I love trying out new things and services and get a thrill out of figuring out what works and what doesn’t. This is a collection of my absolute favorite websites and products that I use for traveling 🙂
I take my trusty YOGO mat with me wherever I go. It folds up super small, is really lightweight and is hands down the best yoga mat I ever had. With code “MINIMALISTNINJA” you get 15% off your purchase.
I love traveling like a local and airbnb is hands down the best site for renting a vacation home. While I’ve stayed mostly in apartments they offer literally everything: apartments, houses, RV’s, you name it. Whatever you can sleep in and occupy, it’s on airbnb. Here’s my link in case you are new to AirBnB. If you sign up through my link you’ll get $40 in travel credit.
Xero Shoes are my favorite shoes ever. I have both sneakers and sandals from them and take them with me wherever I go.
I started my first blog with Blogger around 2010 and also played around a little bit with wordpress.org at the time. I didn’t quite stick with it and deleted all of it shortly after. I’ve been wanting to make a new blog ever since starting my YouTube channel in 2015 and at the end of 2017 I said to myself “This is it, I’ll give it another try!” and here we are. I spent weeks reading into it all and found Expert Vagabond’s post on How to start a travel blog incredibly useful. He guides you through every single step of the process, gives you a breath breakdown and also shares his experience with various providers and packages.
I did a lot of research in this area, I checked out Bluehost, GoDaddy and upon reading through Amanda Round the Globe’s resources I decided to go with SiteGround. It only took a couple of minutes to set it up and their customer service is great. I emailed them about a question I had and got a response within a couple of hours! They have three main packages that you can choose from, depending on your website’s traffic and needs.
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I used blogger in the past and also played around briefly with wordpress.org way back in the day. In december 2017 I got my feet wet again and created a website using Squarespace’s trail version and I wasn’t quite happy with it. While it looked neat, I wanted a bit more flexibility and decided to go with wordpress.org instead and I am so happy I did. I installed wordpress through SiteGround with the help of bussybloggingmom’s post that I highly recommend if you want to know how you can install WordPress with SiteGround.
Upon playing around with it for hours I came to the conclusion that wordpress.org’s free themes weren’t for me. I was looking for a simple layout with a sidebar on the right and couldn’t quite get the themes available to look the way I wanted. Amanda Round the Globe’s previously mentioned post led me to pipdig, a website offering affordable WordPress templates that are super easy to install and just plain beautiful. Have a look at their WordPress themes here.
My first ever laptop at age 15 was an PowerBook G4 and I’ve been a lover of apple’s laptops ever since. Granted, I have nothing to compare it to as I’ve never owned a windows operated laptop. 5-6 years after purchasing a PowerBook G4 I switched to a MacBookPro 13″ and in February 2017 I switched to a MacBookAir 13″ and absolutely love it. It’s small, light weight, very thin and does what I want it to do. While I wouldn’t pay full price for it – I got mine used – it’s a great device for what I am doing.
For filming videos and taking photos I was using a Canon 600d which I had for 6+ years and absolutely loved. Downside? Not great for video as there is no auto-focus and fairly bulky and heavy. I sold it all off and switched to a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV that I got used on eBay. I highly recommend looking for electronics used, it’s like with cars, most of them loose a big chunk of their value the minute you drive them off the lot. Buying electronics new? Not worth it.
I am using InDesign to create thumbnails for my YouTube channel, I edit photos in PhotoShop and I edit my videos in iMovie. Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t have an Adobe subscription, I am still using a fairly old version that I got way back when I was a student and back then there was no such thing as Adobe subscriptions. I greatly enjoy iMovie although I am planning to switch to a more advanced editing program in the near future as iMovie is fairly basic. All in all I am pretty happy with my current set up 🙂
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