Our Recommendations

We recommend stuff that we actually use and believe in. We use Adobe Lightroom and Slack every single day. Eric’s North Face has lived and survived Scotland weather. We search flights using Google Flights. We create photos with a Fujifilm. Lisa’s Osprey Farpoint 40 has been carry-on luggage more times than she can count. We’re typing this introduction from an Airbnb in Romania. We love our gear, our tools, and our resources – and we hope they can work as well for you.

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Travel Gear

blue mec travel backpack with red accents penguin and piaMec Backpacks

Eric thinks Mec backpacks are the best. His day-pack is 10 years old and it’s not slowing down. For longer trips, a bag from the “Spirit” line serves his needs perfectly – acting as checked or carry-on if packed correctly.

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Osprey Farpoint 40

Lisa’s backpack has been all around Europe. Small enough to count as carry-on on places, but large enough to hold gear for a few months around Europe. It’s Lisa’s perfect travel companion (besides Eric).

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Northface Jacket

Eric’s black Northface jacket has been through pouring rain in Antwerp and chilling wind in Stockholm. It’s lightweight, water-resistant and the foldaway hood makes it the perfect outer layer for any weather.

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Merrell Hiking Boots

Our Merrell Hiking boots are super rugged, built for comfort, and good for any adventure. A good all-around shoe for all “active” activities.

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Trip Planning

Skyscanner flight search engine blue logo penguin and piaSkyscanner

Skyscanner is one of the flight checkers we use most often. We love the “explore” option – set a date, choose a price and click go.

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Momondo flight search engine colorful logo penguin and piaMomondo

A flight search engine that shows not only the cheapest or shortest flight but also the “best” option – very convenient for long-haul flights. See for yourself!

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Google Flights Logo Penguin and PiaGoogle Flights

When we go to book flight for our next adventure, we usually start with a browse around on Google Flights.

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World Nomads LogoWorld Nomads

A great source for travel insurance. Eric’s current coverage (2018) was purchased through the site. It’s not always the cheapest option but definitely the most convenient – especially if you are already travelling (which he already was). Literally a potential life-saver!

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Hostelworld Meet the World Logo Penguin and PiaHostelworld

Having personally used Hostelworld (and their flawless app) over 25 times, Eric trusts all his hostel booking needs with them. He trusts their reviews wholeheartedly and has never been disappointing.

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airbnb logo penguin and piaAirbnb

Airbnb is our favourite way to book accommodations. We generally love our own space – especially when we have work to do (which is always).

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Booking com hotel blue logo penguin and piaBooking.com

We don’t stay in hotels all that often, but when we do, we use Booking.com. We like the interface, trust the ratings and reviews, and generally find the best deals here.

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Rome2rio LogoRome2rio

Rome2rio is the ultimate tool for determine how to get from point A to Point B. Type in any two locations, and voila – a good understanding of all the trains, buses, flights, etc between the two places! We’ve been using it for years.

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Photography

Nikon D3300

Affectionally known as “Nicky the Nikon”, Eric’s camera was – or still is – the perfect introductory DSLR for an amateur photographer. Even shooting with the stock lens, its capabilities have captured many wanders.

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Fujifilm XT10

Upgrading from an old Canon, Lisa’s mirrorless camera is the perfect mix of function and features. The next model (XT20) is already available, but her XT10 is friends with Nicky and more than enough for the average traveller.

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GoPro Hero Session 5

This GoPro survived our first trip together (and more). That includes a harsh Polish winter, and a champagne spill in Berlin over New Years. Don’t ask about the details of that, though.

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lightroom adobe logo by penguin and piaAdobe Lightroom

The necessary tool for all your photo editing needs. Lightroom differs from Photoshop in its ability to “batch” process many photos quite quickly. The mobile app integration and easy syncing across devices is a must-have.

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Social Media & Blogging

buffer social media scheduler dark logo on website penguin and piaBuffer

The ultimate tool for planning, writing and scheduling your social media. Buffer has a variety of free and paid plans to fit your needs for your blog or company.

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tailwind pinterest scheduler black blue logo on penguin and piaTailwind

Tailwind is the go-to for Pinterest. It’s a pin scheduler, editor and poster. You can even join “tribes” to understand your niche and maximize your social engagement.

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Later Instagram Scheduler dark blue logo on penguin and piaLater

We use Later for organizing and scheduling our Instagram. It has some great features like being able to save previously used groups of hashtags. A time saver!

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SiteGround LogoSiteground

Website hosting is always a hotly-contested topic among bloggers. We switched to Siteground after having another host and don’t regret the decision. 24/7 live support and our website certainly loads a lot faster now!

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Surface Pro 4

Eric’s computer is a Surface. He’s still holding strong to the PC tribe. It’s light and powerful, making it perfect for travelling. The keyboard detaches which makes the tablet (and pen) perfect for Lightroom (photo editing).

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Slack productivity tool logo on penguin and pia

Slack

If you don’t already use Slack for communication between your team members and for its productivity tools, you should probably start immediately. Slack is a powerful tool for people who get things done.

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trello productivity tool blue logo on penguin and piaTrello

If you’re a visual organizer who makes lists, Trello is for you. Creating customizable “cards” makes tasks and lists easy to see and manage. We use it every day for blog posts and other tasks.

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