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Useful travel backpacks

When I travel I have always many things with me. Most of the times I have to add to clothes and accessories something related to my job. Other times I have some items that help me to enjoy more my trip. So I need in my wardrobe some useful travel backpacks ready for different journeys.  I can’t renounce to my laptop, then on a plane, I have always hand luggage with some clothes and toiletries in case my suitcase will be lost.

If I go out for a short trip in nature I need to choose among the useful travel backpacks a small one. Why? To put a bottle of water, a sweater, an umbrella, and a few other things. Answering to whom asked me advice about the backpack to buy for a trip I decided to write this post with some tips coming from my experience as a traveler. Even during my luxury trips, I have always a backpack because it is practical for any movement, also inside an airport.

Useful travel backpacks: how to choose the best one

Are you going to travel or are you searching for a gift for someone who loves to travel? This post is made for you? I am going to help you, with some advice, in finding the best option on the market. Because experience is important to select the adapt bags. Before I mentioned that I have more useful travel backpacks at home. There are a lot of models and I need a different type of luggage according to the type of trip.

Trendy backpack

Fashion and design are as important as much comfort? Well, so size, weight, and space are not the only criteria you need to search for. Maybe you need a bag that will look fashionable also on Instagram. I can suggest a couple of objects. Both of them can answer to your needs.

1. Fjallraven is the classic bag, especially to take around a laptop. It is practical and functional and it contains also accessories and cables, thanks to an external pocket.

2. Herschel is one of the coolest and useful travel backpacks, elegant, with space for the laptop, and magnetic strap closures with metal pin clips. The bag has an internal media pocket with a headphone port. Therefore it is perfect for your tech devices.

Trekking backpacks

Trendy is nice, but it depends on what you need. If you like the adventure and if you need useful travel backpacks for trekking, forget the previous ones. Choose something practical and functional, a bag that can contain all the necessary for your trip. Just one recommendation: don’t buy a trekking backpack for a trendy woman. She will never appreciate.

The variety of useful travel backpacks for trekking is huge, but also the variety of prices is really big. That’s why you need to focus on your goals and on the budget. Amazon offers many types of items, it is surely the proper place where to do your research. There are many sizes so you can select the best one according to the type of trip. Don’t forget: pick the lightest backpack, because of the weight policies on planes. Also because you will carry it on your back during your journey.

My selection

1. AmazonBasics is perfect for hiking and camping. It is made of durable polyester.

2. Sunvp 50L is made with nylon and it is water resistant. This backpack is one of the most equipped for any condition. There are different pockets and the quality is very high. Because resistance is an important feature.

3. Mountaintop 40L is good for camping. It has 6 adjustable straps. The advantage concern the respect of the airline policies about the size.

4. Mountaintop 55L/65L is bigger than the previous, then it has a lot of pockets and it is water resistant. The design guarantee comfort on the back. In this way, you can bring it everywhere without efforts.

5. Teton Sports Scout 3400 offers many professional features. It is versatile and you can customize it easily in order to answer to your specific needs. The quality is high.

6. Venture Pal Daypack is an item, among the useful travel backpacks, that you can use for a daily trip. There are many compartments, it is also capable, durable, and comfortable. But, of course, it compact, so adapt only for short journeys.

I hope you found something interesting or at least that you will get inspired. Therefore you can buy directly the backpack you prefer. If you are searching a gift for a traveler, or other items for your trips, read my guide.

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Food Delivery: 1 cool way you can use to make money to travel

There are a lot of options to earn some extra money to travel, but at this moment food delivery is surely one of the best ways. Why? Because the request is increasing. Many people want to have food from restaurants in their offices or houses. Especially in bigger cities, there are services like this and not only proposed by restaurants. Companies specialized in this hire who need a job and send them around to pick food and to bring it to the client. The commission is not so high, but with a huge quantity of delivery, you can earn extra cash. How does it work?

It is easy because people order and you have only to go on their behalf to the restaurant. Of course, don’t eat the food, but bring it to them. Before to go deep into the topic, let me share some considerations. Maybe you are scared by the competitors. If you are searching for a company to work with or if you want to set up a business on your own, don’t worry. In both cases, you will find a lot of opportunities. Why food delivery is successful? Because people don’t need to drive around. They can save a lot of time and stay in the comfort of their home.

Food delivery: your new job

Open your smartphone and check how many restaurant takeout delivery apps are available. UberEats, GrubHub.com, Glovo, just to mention some of the most famous. All of them are ready to hide drivers for food delivery. They generally don’t give you a car, a motorbike or a bicycle. You need to use yours, but everything depends on the company and on the area where they provide the service. The requirements are not many. Show driving skills, the ability to work fast and to be kind in the approach with people.

Food delivery is a good opportunity to earn some money. If you work for one of the big companies you can choose how much time to dedicate because they hire also part-time workers. It is not hard to combine the requests of the company with your needs in terms of time. If you want to do it by yourself you have some costs and also you need to plan the activity to not be in competition with big brands. Otherwise, you will never survive.

Do you like to work alone? Find an area with a potential client, but not too big. So you can easily satisfy the requests and not have competitors. To get more information about this activity and do all the steps, I suggest you visit the website of GrubHub. Then you can search for the other companies, the ones present in your area. Invest your free time in this work and you will get some money to travel.

Check out also my other guides to get some tips and inspiration.

Work on your own

If you live in a small town not served by those type of companies, you can try on your own. I mean that you can offer the food delivery service directly to people. What do you need? First of all, you have to study the situation. Yes, check the needs, the restaurant present in the area. This is useful to search for customers. In the beginning, you will serve a few people. Then you can involve someone else to help you. Anyway, to start you need a bike, a phone to get in touch with clients. 

The investment for food delivery is not that big. You can consider it as an option to make money. Of course, one of the differences between the companies in the market is that you need to work more hours. You are alone and you have to cover many services. It can be hard, but profitable. This can be good if you have no job at the moment. Focus on your goal and you will have success. This is an opportunity you can catch in case your area has no service in this field.

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Online courses to travel

Do you need money to travel? Create online courses to get extra income. First of all, focus on your competencies. You have to think about your skills and answer these questions:

a) what do I know very well?

b) am I able to teach it?

The first answer will help you to find the fields, meanwhile, the second one will put you on the right way to refine the method. I suggest you pay attention to the audience and to the competitors. Decide who are the people interested in your courses and check what is missing. Your competitors are for you a source of information. Catch what is missing e prepare tailor-made online courses.

Online courses and audience

If you are an expert about one or more topics, maybe the people will be glad to pay to attend your online courses. It depends on your niche, but selling courses online is profitable. Don’t think only to a live presence because you can realize tutorials. In this case, each person can buy it and see it even when you are sleeping. Meanwhile, you earn money many times on the same tutorial. Of course, you need to prepare more than one to have success.

This way will make you an authority for the audience and you will grow. You can use your free time so you can have extra cash to travel. Therefore you keep your job, plus you do this activity. If you reach great success, you can transform it into the main activity. What? Oh, you don’t know how the realize a video tutorial and how to sell it. No problem, online it is full of tools that will help you. Only advice: invest a bit of money, because the free sources are limited and you don’t reach the best effect. I suggest you visit this website to find all the technical answers to your questions: Teachable.

If you are searching for other ideas read my other guides.


Virtual assistant: 1 wake to make huge money to travel

Would you like to be a virtual assistant? I am asking this to you because I know that you love to travel and you need extra money for that. This is the idea, to work as support for small enterprises and businessmen. It will give you a good income to pay the bills during your trip. This is a chance and it doesn’t require special competencies. According to your engagement, you can work for a few hours per week.

Everything will be made online so you can organize the activity in your free time or during the night. Of course, it depends on what you offer to the client. Anyway, you will work on the computer. A virtual assistant has multiplier tasks and generally the client gives instruction, but it is not necessary a face-to-face meeting. It can be really profitable, but surely there are many people ready to hire you. They save money because they can pay for the job done without hiring a person to be paid monthly for a long period.

How to become a virtual assistant

The internet gives a lot of opportunities and one of these is to work as a virtual assistant. All the business owners need some help to manage their daily work, what they can’t do by themselves. That’s why you can propose yourself to them or join some online marketplace. This will put you in touch with potential customers for your services. In this case, you will generally make some offers and you will compete with other virtual assistants. The most profitable way is to build your own website as marketing. Then you have to send direct messages to companies. Don’t forget to do some promotion through social networks.

What they will ask you to do? Data entry, social media management, formatting, editing, some online researches, email management, graphic design, booking travel, and so on. You can offer specific services. Or deal with the clients the activities according to your competences. I know that you have another question. How much does a virtual assistant earn? You can get $10-$30 per hour.

You have some elements to evaluate the chance to work in this field and get extra income to travel. If you want to know how to become a virtual assistant, I suggest you read this book. There are all the tips you need to start and have success. In case you are searching for other ideas, read my post. Or you can find more ideas among my guides.

Virtual assistant on Airtasker

To start to find easily clients or to apply for the offer, the best solution is to use a dedicated platform. Airtasker offers to you great opportunities. It works very well in connecting people in need of a virtual assistant with who is able to do this job. Of course, the tasks can be various. But you easily check on the website. Because the offers are specified.

Also, you can calculate the average income. You can do it according to the number of tasks you can do per week. For example, on the page dedicated to the offers, you find immediately a form. You select from the menu how many tasks you can do for a week. The system gives you back the average amount of monthly earnings.

If you manage more than 5 activities per week, your income will be $909/month. Not bad, especially because a virtual assistant needs to guarantee the tasks. Not necessarily a number of hours. It depends on the requirements and on the tasks. If you will use Airstaker you will get the chance to decide what to do. You will be your own boss. Your payment will be secured through the platform and every day you will find different offers. Plus, for some tasks, they offer insurance coverage. Safety and freedom are the benefits you can get from Airtasker.

The Dummies’ Guide to Travel: 11 tips to make a huge trip

This is The Dummies’ Guide to Travel. I lost the number of countries visited in my last ten years. Always going abroad for work reasons. It was (it continues to be) an amazing experience that allowed me to learn a lot. Especially how to travel. That’s why I propose to you my “The Dummies’ Guide to Travel“. It is a simple list of things that you should keep in mind when you travel around the world.

Since I was moving for business, I was more close to a luxury traveler than to a backpacker, but some rules are valid for all. The tips included in “The Dummies’ Guide to Travel” are useful especially if you are going on an international trip for the first time. You will be ready to face the main situations you can find around the world. Good, let’s start.

1. Easy trip for the first time

As the first advice of “The Dummies’ Guide to Travel”, I feel to say: choose an easy destination for your first international journey. Why? Because not all countries offer good conditions. It’s fine to go out from your comfort zone, but do not exaggerate. Especially if you don’t have experience as a traveler. Don’t go climbing Everest if you can have a tour in Bali. What does it mean?

Simply that the cultural impact, the absence of transportation and maybe the huge distances without villages, services, and facilities will be too much. When you go abroad for the first time go step by step, because it is a travel, but also a life lesson. If it will be too hard, you will go back and you will definitely close the suitcase in the wardrobe. Don’t search for troubles. The hardest trip will come when you will have more experience.

2. Buy a local SIM

Around EU countries roaming doesn’t exist anymore, but not for all the world is the same. If you want to be connected with relatives and friends and use the internet, you have to purchase a local SIM card. I include this tip in “The Dummies’ Guide to Travel” because the use of the mobile is important, but it can cost really a lot. Especially if you are online.

The local SIM card will allow you to have cheap rates for high-speed data. It doesn’t matter the country where you go, it works like that everywhere. I suggest you do not consider the travel data plans offered by international companies. They are not convenient at all, so you risk to spend more to have less. It doesn’t make sense. Then if you know some locals ask what is the best phone company in the place. If you don’t have friends there, compare the offers.

3. Choose carefully the suitcase

It looks like a stupid tip and obvious at the same time. Nothing more wrong, believe me. Why? Because who is writing is a traveler with experience and with a lot of mistakes done. This is not the reason, but let me explain it better. What luggage is the proper one? It depends on what type of traveler you are. If you move through airports and cars a trolley is good, but if you like adventure and you will use public transport. Also, if you will go around the country, you will be better with a backpack. Not too big.

The Dummies’ Guide to Travel says that you need a small bag for your flight, as hand luggage. To put toiletries, a shirt, a pair of trousers and all that you need in case the suitcase will be lost. It can happen, just be prepared. Then I also suggest you buy a smaller bag than you think you might need. Why? Travel light, it will be easier to move and to change often and quickly the main of transport and the hotel or the hostel. A big suitcase is always encumbrance. Except you have someone who takes care of it for you during all the journey

4. Pack light

This advice is connected with the previous one. I know, when you prepare the suitcase for the first time you think that you will need a lot of stuff. No, trust me. You will just take with you something that you will never use. And it is unuseful weight. Don’t listen to advertisements when you have to pack. Never. They built their marketing on what you “might need”.

The Dummies’ Guide to Travel suggests you stay under the weight required by the airline company. In case you fly. Why? Because you will have space for some souvenirs on the way back. During your trip you can do laundry, so you don’t have to carry too many clothes. Have your devices with you, but don’t exceed 15 kilos. You will be grateful for traveling.

5. Select the electronic equipment

What you really need for your trip? I know you are a social person, so you have to share each moment of your journey. A mobile and a cheap travel laptop should be enough. You can add a USB battery pack and headphones, to cancel the noise around you. This is really what you have to put in your suitcase. Keep in mind that mine is only a suggestion, but traveling light is a good option.

Because you move easily, you don’t have to carry too much, with the risk to lose something. The Dummies’ Guide to Travel is made to give you help to face your first trip and it comes from experience. A couple of times I had to pay more for the luggage weight and once I was at the gate to unpack for the strict airline policies, risking to lose the plane.

6. Do a backup

While traveling everything can happen to you. Like for example to forget your camera somewhere. It will be lost and with it also the pictures. Imagine if you should use those pictures for work or just to share them and grow your online profiles. A Cloud backup doesn’t cost that much but it will save you and your activities. Do it every day or step by step. This is up to you, according to your needs, but it will help you a lot. This is an important tip of the Dummies’ Guide to Travel.

7. Download the useful Apps

Are you tech-addicted? I think yes, as I am. A bit at least. Well, if so get benefit from the applications. Download them on your device Google Translate for some help in understanding some local word or sentence. It works also without a WiFi connection, but you have to be sure to download the proper languages when you are online. Meanwhile, Google Maps will indicate directions.

Don’t be scared to get lost, sometimes is great to discover something nice and unexpected. It gives you the chance to explore the place. Then you will need, according to the Dummies’ Guide to Travel Skype or Messenger to get in touch with friends and relatives at home. They are a cheap way to communicate. You can talk, write and see each other. To be connected with them will be a support for your mental health. Especially if your journey is long. Don’t forget an app for currency conversion.

Then Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be already on your device. So you can share each thought and picture of your trip. If you have a blog you have a proper app to update it with posts on your news. Oh, if you are in a “popular” place maybe there are some free travel guide to download on your smartphone. Check it, maybe you might need them and they are not too heavy.

8. Be open with the accommodation

According to your budget, you have to choose the place where to stay. You will only sleep there, be opened. It won’t be forever. This means that there aren’t only luxury hotels in the world. Hostels can be lovely and there you can meet new people. Those places are perfect if you want to make new friends. There are also luxury hostels if you can spend a bit more.

Check the reviews to choose, but read them carefully. I suggest you use Hostelworld and Hostelz. If you are not convinced about hostels, the Dummies’ Guide to Travel tips drives you to apartments. On Airbnb, you find also a room or shared houses for every budget. It is the first step to live there like a local. Don’t you think so? You will be glad in both cases.

Oh, let me give you other advice. If you are going to a hotel choose a boutique hotel than a big chain. High-quality united to a friendly staff and to a unique setting. The huge structures are not giving tailor-made services and they are equal in all the world. I feel like a pack in the big chain hotels.

9. Phone security

Your mobile is like a treasure, not only for its value but also and especially for the content. Inside you should have a copy of your documents, in case you lose them (my personal tip). Then there are pictures, addresses, phone numbers, names…all your life is there. So lock it. Be sure to protect the device and yourself as well.

This is not because of dangerous countries, but because everywhere something bad can happen. I suggest you use numbers and biometrics to lock your phone. The geometry code let a smudged screen and someone can enter in the system without problems. Pay attention to this tip of the Dummies’ Guide to Travel.

10. Thieves are everywhere

I know you are preparing for your first international trip. You are at the same time excited and scared. The last tip of the Dummies’ Guide to Travel concern your safety. It is not a matter of country, but in all the places there is a dark side. Don’t worry, you are not in danger. Just take care of the details to be safe. For example, check that your phone and wallet are inside the pockets and they are not visible. Don’t leave bags around, be sure that your backpack is closed. Don’t show jewels or an important watch. This can be a temptation for thieves. I suggest you caution in each stage of your trip.

11. Choose carefully the services’ providers

I already gave you some ideas about the websites you can use to organize your trip. It is always important to find reliable partners. Look at the prices, but don’t stop there. Go forward to analyze offers, comparing proposals, services, and assistance. Are they answering fast to your requests? This is very important. Who knows, something wrong can happen on the way and you will need their support. For instance, if you need to purchase a ticket consider Infobus. They offer good rates and they allow you to compare all the routes using planes, trains, and buses. It is a complete platform and the staff is efficient.

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The Dummies’ Guide to Travel: the very last tip

Relax! Yes, you have read very well. Traveling you will meet people, new cultures and you will see amazing places. Be opened and be relaxed. Since the beginning, also before you leave. If you forget something, you can buy it there. You will come back richer in your mind, in your heart, and in your soul. That is the beauty of travel.

If you want more tips about traveling, check out my guides.