Resources

The Internet is an awfully big place. I’ve scoured the web to bring you a few of my favorite tips on traveling our world.

 

If Karl Pilkington can travel, so can you. Watch a few episodes of An Idiot Abroad to whet your travel appetite and stoke your courage.

 

Japan

Japan Guide is a great website with details on cities and towns. You can even book directly with hotels from their site.

 

Tim Ferriss Articles on Travel

How to Travel

How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less

How to Travel to 20+ Countries… While Building a Massive Business in the Process

 

Tim’s List of What to Take

Backpack

Always a carry on. Pretty much always with me.

Laptop
I use a MacBook Pro 15″ Retina.

Unlocked Smartphone
Get a local SIM card (usually a prepaid or pay-as-you-go for between $20-$50 at T-Mobile, Vodafone, etc., with a few GBs of data that you can top up as-needed) everywhere you go so you can always be online and never stress about what you’re missing. Don’t leave the store until you have the phone in your hands with working Internet. If you’re on an iPhone 5, you can almost always cut a micro SIM to fit the nanoSIM and it will work just fine.

Tablet
You’re an engineer. Use Airdisplay to enable your tablet as a second monitor. It also makes it much easier to work on planes: I used an iPad Mini to write this post on a flight from LAX to Auckland, New Zealand.

GPS
I rent cars and explore places a lot, so this is key. I have a Garmin Nuvi. I try to download the maps before I leave to go to anywhere new.

External charger
iPhone batteries are terrible, and this saves the day.

Apple headphones
For work, I use the ones that come with everything Apple. They never fail, and I live on Skype. I see lots of people with more expensive systems and they constantly have problems. It’s pointless.

Ethernet cable
WiFi doesn’t always work.

Travel adapter
You’ll use this everywhere. If you ever find yourself without one, ask the hotel if they have an extra.

Sunglasses

New whiteboard marker
It saves the day at least a couple times a year, whether it’s because you’re collaborating in a co-working space and all the markers are dead or you need to work out somethingJohn Nash-style.

Pens

Passport
Take photos of this on your phone and also email them to yourself.

Insurance card
Take photos of this on your phone and also email them to yourself.

SIM card collection

Business cards

Thera-Band
Olympic gymnasts use these for resistance training. With 6″ of rubber, you can do a full body workout anywhere. When you spend long hours on your computer, you need to get up and exercise every hour.

Ibuprofen
For headaches and general aches and pains.

Dramamine
For motion sickness.

Probiotics
For digestion. Traveling can be stressful, and new foods do unexpected things.

Deodorant
Don’t let yourself expire. Like wearing boat shoes? Put a dab on your feet as well.

Toothbrush