Great items to take when travelling

Great items to take when travelling

Travelling is one of the greatest things that we can do. It broadens the mind, exposes us to a wonderful variety of cultures and is one of the best ways to really feel alive.

However, many of us will have experienced that occasional travel hiccup that can make us question why we ever left our homes. So with the summer holidays in the not-so-distant future, here are a few handy items to take with you to ensure a smooth voyage!

For the flight

Although flying is the quickest and easiest way to get to those far flung locations, it’s also becoming a bit of a chore with ever-increasing security checks and baggage limitations.

So why not invest in a compact electronic luggage scale that can accurately weigh your luggage. They’re so handy to have if you like to pick up a few mementos on your travels, and will avoid that horrendous overweight baggage fee on your return trip.

Lost luggage is something that most of us have faced. So eliminate that fear with the Trace Me Luggage Trackers that use barcode technology that links your luggage to a central database ensuring your bags will never completely vanish!

At the hotel

And likewise, we’ve all checked into a hotel that redefines the word ‘basic’. Whilst many of us will not exactly be expecting a comfortable luxury mattress, there are still a few ways that we can ensure some sleep.

Many firms offer deluxe travel pillows that are nicely compact and will offer you all of the sleep support you require, even if the rest of the bed doesn’t!

And the bewildering array of gadgets that we require to travel can lead to a headache when trying to keep everything charged in hotel rooms that frequently only offer a couple of sockets. This is where the roll up travel charger from Restoration Hardware steps in by offering the ability to charge four devices from one socket.

If you find yourself trying to sleep in a particularly noisy area, then having a compact Bluetooth speaker in your room playing soft, continuous music can also mask many noises.

In the bag

Being a frequent traveller will also require you to develop highly efficient packing skills. So why not get a little extra help with a self-sealing dry bag that ensures that the rest of your clothes don’t have to risk becoming waterlogged by a soggy pair or socks.

And if you’ve got a particular fear of getting soaked, then check out the a micro umbrella courtesy of Genius Pack that can be packed down into a mere six inches of height!

Working Nomad Feb 2015 Update

I am starting off another blog post in a similar fashion to before e.g. ‘it’s been a while since I have posted’. Well that seems to be the way things are these days, of course it doesn’t mean I haven’t been working or being nomadic. Far from it as I have been on the road since leaving the UK in August.

So I am shortly heading back to the UK for the Spring and Summer and to get back into playing softball in the Bristol Softball League and touring the country too. My plans also involved buying a camper van to travel around the UK and further beyond in Europe. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and the time is now!

So how is my work going?

My online income has been declining for a while now but it still pays enough for me to travel and do the things I want to do. What I am seeing is that I need a new direction if I am to get back to the heady days of 2008 – 2010.

Because earnings have not been so great I have had to travel more frugally and this is going to be the emphasis of my next ebook which will focus on travelling for longer and cheaper.

For instance I travelled around Australia for a couple of months last year on a very limited budget. In fact my overall spend was lower than what I would spend in Bali or Thailand which is crazy considering how expensive people find Australia.

The key factor is having a cheap car that I successfully sold on for a small profit! In fact every car I have ever bought in Australia or New Zealand (probably about 5 now!) I have sold for pretty much what I paid for them or more. So in effect I had a free rental car and free or very cheap lodgings.

A car can be your accommodation and transport rolled into one. The initial outlay might stretch some travel budgets but as I have proved you can more often or not get your money back.

What am I going to be working on going forward?

So as I mentioned above I am currently researching for an ebook about travelling longer for less. I appreciate for many the working nomad route is not always possible. Not everyone will have the skills, time, patience, nerdy-ness even to get into technology and become a location independent worker. It’s also not getting any easier as there is a lot of competition online now but there are still opportunities. I just think you’ll have to be smarter these days.

So for many they will be travelling on their savings not on their earnings and it’s my determination to show how this can be taken to the extreme. Watch this space!