• Around the world,  Digital nomad,  TDM,  Travel Light

    Minimalist Mics for Digital Nomads: Podcast or Zoom

    I saw a question about the best microphone to create podcasts when you are a digital nomad on a forum. Implied: good sound, not too big, not too expensive, not too heavy. Having produced podcasts with bad sound quality (oops), I’ve been looking into this as well. I asked my sister who is over-equipped in this field because she is an amateur singer/YouTuber so she needs good sound. Rode VideoMic GO Compact Microphone She highly recommended the Rode VideoMic GO Compact Microphone. The Australian brand Rode is very well known for its affordable and high-quality microphones. This model is a bit big but not expensive (63€ or 96.99$ on Amazon),…

  • Around the world,  Digital nomad,  TDM,  Travel Light

    Using Rode VideoMic Me with Osmo Pocket

    If, like me, you are a creator of minimalist video content, you have probably opted for one of those many sports cameras or an Osmo Pocket. If Osmo Pocket’s internal microphone is acceptable, you may need an external microphone to get good, professional-quality sound. All links are from Amazon because that’s where I bought my gear. I’ve read many reviews online, and everyone is going for the Rode VideoMicro model (95$, Amazon link). I tested this model because my sister has one. It’s compatible with Osmo Pocket, has all the mounts you need, but I find that its microphone stand is a bit big and its cable too long. Since…

  • TDM,  Travel Light

    November 2020 Favorites: DIY & Amazon Kindle reviews

    A small article to share with you my favorites of the moment. Workshops on Zoom I’m following the Zoom workshops with Zack from @paperandwood_ He’s very talented and is a very good teacher too. I learned how to make birds out of wire and also butterflies out of paper and wire. The classes are quite long (between 2h and 4h), and only in English, but he explains very well, is very positive and everyone follows the steps at the same time on Zoom. I didn’t buy the kit sold by Zack because I’m not sure I can receive the packages in Italy. I just paid for the course, but if…

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    Amazon Audible: My Tips for Paying Less

    I watched the very bad movie “Le Beau Monde” with Ana Girardot as the lead actress. The script includes a little of DIY, sewing, embroidery etc. that’s why I was able to watch it all the way through. The heroine did a lot of manual things. There is a scene where she was listening to audio books and the hero asked her why she was doing it, she answered that it allowed her to concentrate on her manual activities while “reading” a book. Since I do a lot of DIY, I thought it was a good idea. That’s when I started listening to books on Audible. This post is NOT…

  • Around the world,  Female Travellers,  TDM,  Tips,  Travel Light

    My Mixed Opinion on THINX after 1 year: Menstrual panties / menstrual panties

    I took advantage of our trip to the United States to order a lot of things available in the US but not yet distributed in France, including THINX, the “revolutionary” menstrual panties. This is a good idea, especially for women travelers, because in many countries you can *NOT* find tampons or thin, absorbent sanitary pads like in France. I think a lot of us are targeted by this brand’s ads, whether it’s on Facebook or Instagram. What I really liked in their ads was the use of *no Photoshoped* photos, and especially their concept, of course. I will explain in this long article: the concept who it’s for how to…

  • Around the world,  Preparations,  TDM,  Tips,  Travel Light

    Minimalist travel this summer: Checklists Men / Women

    These images come from our Instagram stories, but I decided to post them here on the blog. To save the checklists, just right-click and “save image”. Here is the list of the clothes we recommend for one week. If you are leaving for more than a week, it is better to bring your clothes for 1 week anyway, then just do the laundry. If you’re just going away for a weekend, I already have another list here for you that fits in a small Longchamp bag. To save space and prevent wrinkles, fold them in the KonMari(read more here). 3 pairs of shoes maximum, it may be hard for you,…

  • Around the world,  Before the World Tour,  Digital nomad,  Female Travellers,  TDM,  Travel Light

    Opinion: Columbia’s Saturday Trail, Best Women’s World Tour Pants

    Even if I have become a digital nomad and do less treks, I still keep the habit of wearing technical clothes, like merino wool tops because they are very breathable. Some of my clothes are even water repellent. And in terms of design, we’re getting better and better. I used to wear Decathlon pants but I didn’t like the texture so I wore my cotton pants as soon as possible and reserved these cardboard pants for real treks. But it’s a shame because it means that there are pants sleeping in the backpack most of the time. And then, I discovered the Saturday Trail model at Columbia (from 31€, Amazon…

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    Test & Reviews: AirPods 2 vs. 1 – Not that much difference

    With the many conf calls and trips, I advised you to choose Airpods in my article “Computer Hardware for Digital Nomads“. I really appreciate these wireless headphones. Especially since with conf conf, I cook a lot more and I appreciate not having to carry wires everywhere. A few years ago, I gave you a review on the 1st generation Airpods here. After a few years of loyal service, its battery has become very bad and can only last about an hour (very insufficient to last until the end of a call). So I bought the 2nd generation Airpods. Airpods 2nd generation – The trap I recommend that you order online…

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    Our Photo & Video Material for the World Tour

    Still hesitating between going with a camera and taking a simple smartphone? Here is our opinion and our photo & video equipment. During our first world tour, photo & video was clearly not our strong point as we only left with two has-been smartphones and a 1st generation GoPro. The pictures were pretty much OK but the colors were really disappointing. During the 2nd round-the-world tour, we realized how important it is to have quality visuals, which are able to show things as they are (realistic colors, some depth for the pictures). We don’t have a crazy budget and being still amateurs in photo/video editing & retouching, we don’t want…

  • Around the world,  Before the World Tour,  Travel Light

    Comparing Icebreaker’s Merinos Wool T-shirts to Decathlon’s

    One advice that a friend who traveled around the world gave me was to buy little (to wear little) but of quality. Comfort during the round-the-world trip is essential, and you shouldn’t save money on this point, especially since good gear isn’t to be found everywhere in the world. Even if JB already has a Decathlon backpack, he bought a real Gregory Baltoro 65 pro bag, which changes everything! Apart from the backpack, there are other items on which one should not be thrifty: the shoes merino wool t-shirts winter clothes: the lighter, the better, the more expensive it is Today, I will compare several merino wool T-shirts/tops I bought…