Where do you stay?
We stay in a mixture of hotels, Airbnbs, and houses where we house sit (for free!). The hotels and Airbnbs we choose must have in-room kitchens and be pet-friendly.
Do you have a routine?
Yes. We find that having a routine is essential for staying healthy and sane while traveling. Here is our typical routine.
- 8-9:30 am: wake up, get ready for the day, and breakfast.
- 9:30-1:30 pm: work.
- 1:30-2:30: lunch.
- 2:30-6: work.
- 6-7:30: dinner.
- 7:30-midnight: downtime, get ready for bed, go to sleep.
Does this routine look familiar to you? 🙂 The only difference is that we get to carry out our routine anywhere in the world!
Because we try to stay in a place for at least two weeks, we don’t need to rush with sight-seeing. On days that we feel like going out to explore, we will go for a few hours during daylight hours and then just work later into the night.
How much stuff do you have?
We consider ourselves minimalists and therefore we have very few belongings…and even less while we’re traveling. We are currently in Europe for a total of two months, and all we have are about three carry-on bags worth of stuff.
Our current list of “indisposable” items:
- Whitney: 7 shirts, camisole, 2 pants, shorts, yoga pants, 7 underwear, bra, bathing suit, 7 socks, cotton jacket, outdoor jacket/shell set, hiking/walking boots, sandals, basic cosmetics, hairbrush, thermometer, book.
- Kyle: 7 shirts, 1 pair of pants, shorts, 7 underwear, bathing suit, 7 socks, outdoor jacket/shell set, hiking/walking boots, house slippers, electric razor.
- Kitchen: 4 meal-sized food storage containers, 4 4-oz food containers.
- Electronics: 2 laptops, 2 mice, tablet, DSLR, 2 prime lenses, 360 camera, travel tripod, 7 outlet adapters, power bank, Chromecast.
- Misc: fashion backpack, 2 reusable grocery bags.
How do you eat?
We cook most of our own meals, so this means we get to visit a lot of awesome grocery stores around the world 🙂 And as such, we only stay in hotels and accommodations with an in-room kitchen. But, once or twice a week we enjoy eating at restaurants to experience the local cuisine. Also, since we began traveling we have incorporated more of a plant-based diet. We’re not entirely vegetarian, as we will sparingly eat high-quality or well-prepared meats at restaurants, but we have stopped purchasing meat at grocery stores. Not only does that cut down on food costs, but it’s better for the environment, our homes stay e-coli and salmonella-free, and physically we just feel so much better when we don’t eat meat.
What are your must-have travel items?
We’ve been traveling full-time since August 2016 and we’ve found that there are a few items that we must have with us at all times. (Aside from the obvious laptops, phones, and camera!)
Salt and pepper
Though not really a commodity, most hotels provide very few packets – if any at all – of salt and pepper. We like to make our own meals a lot and salt and pepper can make anything taste just a little better.
Spirulina, oatmeal, chia seeds, flax seeds, amla powder, and nut butter
These, my friends, make up our breakfast most days. Why? Because they are jam-packed with energy, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. With all the traveling and sight-seeing we do, a breakfast like this is essential. Plus, it’s so easy to make anywhere since all you need is hot water. We take the Spirulina separately but everything else is mixed together into one bowl of super oatmeal.
Nuts, seeds, dates, prunes
These are our go-to items when we need a snack. We always have at least two of these foods on-hand.
Food storage containers
We like food containers because when we cook we tend to have leftovers. They also double as great make-shift bowls when we don’t have proper dishes to use for our oatmeal or other simple
home hotel-made meals. The only downside to the ones we have currently is that they take up a lot of room.
We don’t support manufactured bottled waters so we always bring our own wherever we go and fill up on tap water (where it’s safe to drink, of course).
When we were on our 6-month US road trip (pics: West, Midwest, East, NYC, South), Amazon Prime was a life-saver for specific things we didn’t know where to find in-person. With our membership we would receive our orders within two business days most of the time, which was super important since we were always on the move.
Netflix and Spotify
Though not considered basic necessities, we’ve found that watching movies and listening to music that is familiar to us is good for de-stressing from the hectic digital nomad lifestyle.
Natural Cycles is an app that records and calculates a woman’s cycle based on her daily basal body temperature. In my opinion, it’s the easiest form of birth control for travelers, since you don’t have the inconvenience of foreign doctor visits, insurance crap, getting prescriptions filled, and unnatural mood swings. I’ve been using it since July 2016 and it’s been very accurate in predicting my cycle.