5 Reasons Being a Digital Nomad Is Easier Than You Think

A big thanks to Steve and Sacha for publishing this article.  Their site is an inspiration for anyone wanting to leave their job for a life of freedom and travel, and they offer many great anecdotes and tips and tricks to help you on the way. After reading this, be sure to check out their post on the best websites for planning your trip.

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There seem to be endless articles cropping up recently about the realities of life as a digital nomad.  They address the raised stress levels, uncertainty and potential disasters of this sort of lifestyle, but they barely ever point out that, despite the challenges, it’s easily doable—no matter who you are.

Sure, there are some downfalls of life on the road, but every choice you make will always have its drawbacks. In reality, there are many reasons why choosing to quit your 9-5, pack up and travel the world, is much easier than you’d first imagine.

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Gerber Shard – An airline safe compact travel keychain multi-tool

The Gerber Shard is a brilliant multi-tool that is small and compact.  In fact it’s so small that it easily fits on your keychain without digging into your thighs when you’re walking around.  It’s about 3cm long, and only weighs 9g. It’s also coated in titanium nitride for corrosion resistance and it looks pretty cool too in a slick matte black.

The size is brilliant for travellers, but more importantly it’s airline safe meaning you can carry it across airport security and onto planes without any trouble.

It might be small, but it’s a proper multi-tool too with 7 of the most useful tools:

  1. Small Flat-head Driver
  2. Medium Flat-head Driver
  3. Philips Screwdriver
  4. Wire Stripper
  5. Lanyard hole
  6. Pry Bar
  7. Bottle Opener

Yep, the all important bottle opener for that beer that is begging to be opened.  Also a great way to be a hero when someone else doesn’t have one.

I don’t carry around a big bulk Swiss Army knife or wonder what those 20 other things are on my other multi-tool any more.  This little powerful and useful beauty is more than enough and a brilliant travel companion that doesn’t take up much space or weight.

Get it on Amazon for a super cheap price.

Fripito App: A travel photography guide for travellers and photographers

We’ve recently discovered an up and coming travel and photography app called Fripito.  The concept is a great one.  Not only does the app contain travel guides with beautiful photography and GPS information but travelling photographers can also contribute their own photo guides and receive proceeds of the sales.  The app is available to download for free on the AppStore or Google Play and guides cost between US$3.99 and US$8.99.

Readers of What Way Today can get a premium subscription to all of Fripito’s guides absolutely free, so read on.  

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We all love a bit of socialising and community action, and Fripito does this well.  Fripito works with professional photographers all over the world to create amazing guides to provide travel and photography inspiration.  Also anyone with the app can comment and share photography and travel tips too.

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Saving Money for a Big Trip

Money is a major factor that prevents people from travelling, but it is possible to save money for travel with a few tweaks to daily life.  Many travel bloggers and long-term travellers claim to be able to travel on $30 or £20 a day, even on this shoestring travel budget that works out at £7,300 for a year long trip.  That sounds like a lot, and it is, and you may even want to budget more.  We’ll share our budget estimates and actual spend soon, but right now we’ll share how we’ve been saving money for our big trip.

Going Out

Going out is fun but expensive, especially if you live in a big European city.  There’s pretty much a pub on every other street in London and with pints now costing over £4 it has become an expensive hobby.  I used to pop in after work every day and go out for a big night every other weekend.  A conservative estimate puts that at £100 a week on just drinking and I’m a small guy!  I don’t not go out anymore but cutting this back and inviting friends around to your home can have a dramatic effect on your wallet.

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Eating out isn’t cheap either, with many mediocre chain restaurants and pubs charging at least £15 a head for food plus drinks and service usually means around £30 a head.

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Best Websites for Travel Planning and Travel Research

Travel planning can be exciting, and the travel blogs like the ones we’ve listed in our Travel Links page are excellent inspirations.  With many travel websites available, research can be time consuming so we’ve listed the best travel websites we’ve found that have been the most useful for the more functional aspect of travel planning and research, i.e. travel transportation, accommodation, and destination guides.  Some are general and some of these travel websites focus on regions we are focused on next e.g. India and South East Asia.

Travel Transportation Websites

Rome2Rio is excellent for travellers planning the best way to get from their departure point to their destination.  Plot in two destinations and Rome2Rio will provide various air, land and sea transportation options with timing and cost estimates.  Brilliant for travellers planning for the fastest or cheapest way to travel and excellent for planning the order of your itinerary to find the most efficient travel routes.

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10 travel hacks learnt from 32 countries visited so far

Depending on who you speak to, there are around 200 countries in the world, some say 196 if you aren’t China and include Taiwan.  I’m a few behind Sacha having not visited anywhere in Australasia and there are definitely more countries to visit compared to the number of countries already visited.  The number of countries is a bit of a misnomer given that the larger countries have so many different cultures within them, but now I’m starting to sound like a sore loser.

So what lessons have been learnt on these travels so far?  We list 10 travel hacks and travel tips that make our travels so much easier.

Steve has visited 32 states (16.3%)
Create your own visited map of The World or Triposo world travel guide for Android

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Best Apps for Travel Planning

Now that the decision been made to travel for a year it’s damn exciting.  But there is a bit of stress and dread regarding all the preparation that needs to be done: vaccinations, visas, renting out the flat, etc.

We needed to get organised and manage this process so our heads wouldn’t spin.  Apps solve most 1st world problems so here are the 3 best apps we’re using to really help our travel planning.

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First Draft Travel Itinerary

With around 200 countries in the world it’s always hard deciding where to go.  Sacha has a rule when we travel (which I sometimes try to argue against) that we shouldn’t visit a country that we’ve already been to.  In this case it was pretty useful as it eliminated around 30 countries.  I eliminated Europe because we’ve seen a lot of it recently on our shorter travels and I was after a bigger culture shock.

It came down to a toss up between the natural beauty of Central America and the multifaceted culture of Asia.  Asia finally won mainly because Sacha has always wanted to do the various golden triangles in India and Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos, the opportunity to teach English, and also because of our heritage.

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Yes, We’re Doing It

YOLO Travel

We love travelling, but it’s been a long time (probably since our university days) since we’ve done some long-term travelling.  Before we get too old and have too many responsibilities we thought we’d take a career break and do a big trip.

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