They say “sharing is caring” and we couldn’t agree more – especially when it comes to the stuff that we love!
We are always excited to share the books, blogs, online services, travel gear, and other products/services that have had a meaningful influence on us over the past few years and/or are an essential part of our day-to-day lives. This page is about the stuff that we LOVE in an obnoxiously enthusiastic, shout it from the rooftops, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t like this stuff” type of way. Anything less ain’t making the cut!
Some of the recommendations are affiliate links (we are honestly so proud of ourselves for figuring out how to set that up), but no big deal if you’d rather access any of the products separately. Your readership (and trust!) is way more important to us than the beer money we might get from any of the links.
Now, on to the recommendations!!!
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is required reading for anyone in a “9 to 5” job who has ever found themselves working until midnight or over the weekend. Despite its obviously lofty ambitions (that title!), the book is surprisingly practical in its description of meaningful things that anyone can do can do to be more efficient in their pursuit of income – whether at the office or through more entrepreneurial means. Even workaholics will appreciate several of the tips for being more productive in a fraction of the time. Our copy is full of highlighter marks and notes!
Stumbling on Happiness is written by Harvard Professor of Psychology, Dan Gilbert. The book is a brilliant exposition of how deceptive the human mind can be in our pursuit of happiness. Many of us assume that we know exactly what will make us happiest in life, but the reality is that our predictions are terribly inaccurate. A great read for anyone who is intrigued by the inner-workings of the mind.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was first published in 1937 and is as relevant today as ever. Using an endless supply of anecdotes, each more engaging than the last, Carnegie methodically outlines a handful of core principles for successful human interaction. The brook breathes life into old adages that have become a bit stale over the years, like “kill them with kindness” and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. It’s a great handbook for promoting stronger and more meaningful human interactions.
The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing is more Personal Finance 102 than 101, but it is an absolute treasure trove of helpful tips regarding saving rates, retirement accounts, target portfolio allocation and much much more. Confused about why a finance book would be recommended on a blog about travel? About 5 years ago we made a concerted effort to better educate ourselves on the subject of personal finance. It was one of the best decisions we ever made and is a large part of the reason why we are able to embark on the exciting travel plans described throughout this blog.
Note: for Personal Finance 101, consider If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly by William Bernstein
Career Break Adventures is a great blog written by two 30-somethings who had established careers and decided to take some time away to travel the world. Sound familiar? We really enjoy their detailed country guides and their thorough Planning Timeline for long term travel.
Will Fly for Food is another blog that we relate to closely given its focus on FOOD. We ended up relying pretty heavily on their restaurant recommendations during our trip to Vietnam last year.
Millennial Revolution is written by two young Canadians who “retired” early to travel the world. The blog is popular within the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and strikes a great balance between documenting their world travels and providing useful personal finance tips (check out their free Investment Workshop).
Culinary Itineraries: Basically a travel agent for foodies, providing curated restaurant recommendations and reservations for individuals, traveling groups, and businesses. Currently New York focused with eyes on expanding to other food focused cities around the world. Full disclosure, Christina is the founder of Culinary Itineraries so we’re a tiny bit biased on this one, but we really do love it!
AirBnb: Where on earth would we be without AirBnB. Hotels can get very expensive when traveling abroad and AirBnB’s have done wonders for providing more affordable options, with the added benefit of “living like a local”. If you haven’t signed up yet, use our referral link and you’ll get $40 toward your first home booking.
Ebates / Rakuten: Anytime we’re about to buy something online, we always check out Ebates (now called Rakuten) to see if the retailer is registered. If they are, we use their referral link to access the retailers website and automatically get cash back on our purchase. It’s always funny to get a check for $7.43 in the mail, but they add up!
Anker Portable Charger: There’s nothing worse than running out of juice while you’re on the road. We swear by this brand of portable chargers, which are fairly lightweight, easy to carry around, and hold about 4-5 full phone charges (or more with some of the upgraded versions). Kevin never leaves home without one!
Rainbows: These are our go-to sandals for walking, roaming, strolling, wandering, etc. They take a few days to adjust to your feet, but once they do, they’ll last for several years with daily use. Don’t leave the country without them.
Toddy Cold Brew System: When you live in New York City, you’re always looking for simple, low-impact lifestyle changes that can have a positive influence on your bank account. As two self-professed cold brew addicts, the $4 ventis from Starbucks were really adding up (2 per day = ~$3,000 per year). We bought this contraption to make cold brew at home and now we prefer our homemade brew over the Starbucks version!