We’ve done a lot of traveling, used a lot of websites, and tried a lot of different gear. Some have been great, and others haven’t. To help you always get the best deal and to save you time, we’ve created a list of products and services that we highly recommend. We personally use every single thing on this list, and would never recommend anything that we didn’t think was the absolute best.
(* means it is an affiliate link. See disclosure at bottom of the page for more details).
Osprey Farpoint 70
PackTowl QuickDrying Towel
World Nomads Travel Insurance*
Allied Passport & Visa
*EPoP readers get $5 off all any visa service. Just write that Extra Pack of Peanuts on your request form!
Not having the right travel documents can easily derail a whole trip and cost you thousands of dollars. I’ve always been super impressed with the speed and personal service from the guys from Allied Passport & Visa. If you need a visa service, this is the place to go. Best of all, China 10 year visas are now available! You can also learn everything you need to know about visas and passports on my podcast with the Allied Passport & Visa founders.
The Flight Deal
EPoP Guide to Budget Airlines
This is my go to site for booking hotels. Their prices are almost always the same as everyone else’s, but they also offer a Buy 10 nights, Get 1 free deal which essentially gives you a 10% discount.
The best hotel site for Asia, I used this constantly when living in Japan and it almost always returned the best prices for that part of the world. Check it out
They won’t show you all the hotel options, just the more upscale ones, but if that’s what you’re looking for, Rocketmiles is the way to go. Why? Because their prices are on par with all other sites AND they give you between 1,000-5,000 frequent flyer miles per night for booking!
Priceline is unique that they allow you to bid for hotels. If you are fine with not knowing exactly what hotel you’re staying at, you can score hotel rooms at up to 50% off the normal rate.
Hands down, the best site in the world for finding good housesits. It’s the largest, has the easiest to use interface, and has some incredible housesits (like the one Heather and I did in Breckenridge).
*EPoP readers are offered a special discount, so click here to find out exactly how you can get 3 extra months, free.
If you want to start housesitting but don’t know where to start, this is the place for you. Video lessons galore on everything from how to write an effective profile to how to make sure a housesit is right for you from Jodi and Nat, who are full-time housesitters.
*By using this link to sign up for AirBnB, you’ll get $25 off your first stay!*
Japan Rail Pass
The Man in Seat 61
You can also listen to all his best train tips and favorite train rides on our awesome podcast with him!
Macbook Air 13"
I used to have a Macbook Pro, but it just got too bulky for traveling. The Air is the perfect blend of size and performance. Check it out
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
The smallest and lightest DSLR on the market, this camera is perfect for traveling. Takes super high quality pictures (like the ones you see on this site) but is much smaller than most comparable cameras. Check it out
Audio Technica Pro88W-R35 Wireless Lavalier Microphone
For a year, I used to have to untangle the microphone cord every single time we wanted to take a video. Heather finally talked me into upgrading to the wireless lavalier mic, and it’s worth it’s weight in gold. If you’re recording videos and need a wireless mic, this is the perfect option. Cheap, lightweight, and good quality. Check it out
Audio Technica ATR-2100
BY FAR the best microphone for the price on the market. Allows you to use at as a USB mic and plug in to your computer or with an XLR cable in to a mixer or digital recorder. I can’t recommend this enough. Check it out
My biggest splurge so far, this digital recorder is super light and it’s what I use to record with when I’m in the same room as guest (like Heather). Check it out
ECamm Call Recorder
The program I use to record Skype interviews. I’ve never had any issues in the year and a half I’ve used it.
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