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Nearly three years ago, I rounded up some of my favourite apps for travel. Well, three years is a long time in the tech world, so that list is long overdue a refresh.

Let’s see what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same in that time. We’ll start with:

Eight Travel Apps We Never Leave Home Without

ipad running maps with me

Nearly three years ago, I rounded up some of my favourite apps for travel. Well, three years is a long time in the tech world, so that list is long overdue a refresh.

Let’s see what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same in that time. We’ll start with:

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Roof of Basilica de Voto Nacional quito cathedral 1

We did get very high in Ecuador’s capital Quíto, my oh my! 2,850 metres above the sea level. That makes Quito the second-highest capital in the world, right after La Paz in Bolivia (3,640m). But Bolivia cheated with the title, because they have several capitals (I see, how convenient!). There. Team Quito.

Getting High In Quito

Roof of Basilica de Voto Nacional quito cathedral 1

We did get very high in Ecuador’s capital Quíto, my oh my! 2,850 metres above the sea level. That makes Quito the second-highest capital in the world, right after La Paz in Bolivia (3,640m). But Bolivia cheated with the title, because they have several capitals (I see, how convenient!). There. Team Quito.

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Canoa sunset 2

You know what’s nice? Sunsets. And you know what’s even better than sunsets? Sunsets across the ocean, enjoyed from a fine beach, preferably with a cocktail or chilled beer in hand.

During our time in Ecuador, we were privy to some rather fine sunsets, but the only place where we really got our sunset-with-beach-with-cocktail-in-hand vibe on was the laid back beach town of Canoa, about two thirds of the way up the Ecuadorean coastline.

Photo Essay of Canoa: The Best Beach Town in Ecuador?

Canoa sunset 2

You know what’s nice? Sunsets. And you know what’s even better than sunsets? Sunsets across the ocean, enjoyed from a fine beach, preferably with a cocktail or chilled beer in hand.

During our time in Ecuador, we were privy to some rather fine sunsets, but the only place where we really got our sunset-with-beach-with-cocktail-in-hand vibe on was the laid back beach town of Canoa, about two thirds of the way up the Ecuadorean coastline.

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Grass and Volcano

Otavalo is a pretty little town, a couple of hours bus ride north of Quito in Ecuador. It’s largely famous for its market, which, to be honest, didn’t totally blow us away. It was very nice and all, but it wasn’t exactly a reason to visit this particular town over many others in Ecuador and South America which also have very nice markets.

Otavalo: Things To Do Beyond The Market

Grass and Volcano

Otavalo is a pretty little town, a couple of hours bus ride north of Quito in Ecuador. It’s largely famous for its market, which, to be honest, didn’t totally blow us away. It was very nice and all, but it wasn’t exactly a reason to visit this particular town over many others in Ecuador and South America which also have very nice markets.

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Road to mount cook 2

Packing! It can be the most difficult part of travel. Deciding what to take, what to leave behind, what to wish you’d brought with you. With this in mind we’ve put together our ultimate list for travel packing, based around our experiences from years of adventure. We’ve also sprinkled some photos in from our travels, to help inspire you to go beyond just making the list!

This list is aimed at folks travelling for a little longer, and hoping to do some work from the road. Hence the snappy title. It should act as a great master list though, from which you can pick and choose based on your destination and specific trip type.

Just so you know, some of these links go directly to Amazon and earn us commission if you choose to buy. However, we will always recommend our favourite product in any category, even if it’s not available on Amazon.

Now, let’s get started with:

The Ultimate Digital Nomad Packing List for Travel

Road to mount cook 2

Packing! It can be the most difficult part of travel. Deciding what to take, what to leave behind, what to wish you’d brought with you. With this in mind we’ve put together our ultimate list for travel packing, based around our experiences from years of adventure. We’ve also sprinkled some photos in from our travels, to help inspire you to go beyond just making the list!

This list is aimed at folks travelling for a little longer, and hoping to do some work from the road. Hence the snappy title. It should act as a great master list though, from which you can pick and choose based on your destination and specific trip type.

Just so you know, some of these links go directly to Amazon and earn us commission if you choose to buy. However, we will always recommend our favourite product in any category, even if it’s not available on Amazon.

Now, let’s get started with:

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treehouse at night San Cristobal Island Galagagos Ecuador dream scaled 2

There are not only cute sea-lions and impressive landscapes in the Galapagos, there are also 25,000 really nice people. Like typical island-folk, they are rather laid-back and friendly, and most make a living through tourism or fishing. One of them was a bit more ambitious and built something that is now the first visitor sight on the Galapagos created by a person: La casa del Ceibo, a tree house on San Cristobal Island.

And Tarzan Was Jealous: Treehouse Living In The Galapagos

treehouse at night San Cristobal Island Galagagos Ecuador dream scaled 2

There are not only cute sea-lions and impressive landscapes in the Galapagos, there are also 25,000 really nice people. Like typical island-folk, they are rather laid-back and friendly, and most make a living through tourism or fishing. One of them was a bit more ambitious and built something that is now the first visitor sight on the Galapagos created by a person: La casa del Ceibo, a tree house on San Cristobal Island.

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Train devils nose Alausi view 2

Trains! I’ve already expressed my love for their intrinsically romantic nature in this post, and had the luck to experience some fantastically scenic journeys in my life so far. Suffice to say, I’m a fan of the train as a means of getting from A to B, even if the activity upon arriving at B is to remount the train and return to A.

There is a saying that the journey is more important than the destination. In the case of the Devil’s Nose Train (known locally as the Nariz del Diablo) in Ecuador, this is definitely the case, because the destination is ultimately the starting point. So if spending nearly three hours travelling to your starting point isn’t your thing, maybe you can skip this one.

If on the other hand, spending three hours learning about one of the greatest rail engineering feats in the world whilst marvelling at spectacular Andean scenery is your thing, you should probably give this train ride a go.

Riding the Devil’s Nose Train in Ecuador

Train devils nose Alausi view 2

Trains! I’ve already expressed my love for their intrinsically romantic nature in this post, and had the luck to experience some fantastically scenic journeys in my life so far. Suffice to say, I’m a fan of the train as a means of getting from A to B, even if the activity upon arriving at B is to remount the train and return to A.

There is a saying that the journey is more important than the destination. In the case of the Devil’s Nose Train (known locally as the Nariz del Diablo) in Ecuador, this is definitely the case, because the destination is ultimately the starting point. So if spending nearly three hours travelling to your starting point isn’t your thing, maybe you can skip this one.

If on the other hand, spending three hours learning about one of the greatest rail engineering feats in the world whilst marvelling at spectacular Andean scenery is your thing, you should probably give this train ride a go.

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Galway Hooker

Okay, let me get this straight off your dirty minds: a Galway Hooker is a boat, people; a boat! Now that we cleared that up (and had 95% of people leave the site immediately), I would like to get back to the topic, and that is Galway, which is the name of both a city and a county in the west of Ireland.

By the time of our visit, I had the feeling that almost everyone apart from me had heard about Galway before, so nothing new here. I didn’t even know the apparently fairly popular song “Galway girl” (which has nothing to do with a Galway hooker, by the way, which is still a boat).

Galway and its Hookers

Galway Hooker

Okay, let me get this straight off your dirty minds: a Galway Hooker is a boat, people; a boat! Now that we cleared that up (and had 95% of people leave the site immediately), I would like to get back to the topic, and that is Galway, which is the name of both a city and a county in the west of Ireland.

By the time of our visit, I had the feeling that almost everyone apart from me had heard about Galway before, so nothing new here. I didn’t even know the apparently fairly popular song “Galway girl” (which has nothing to do with a Galway hooker, by the way, which is still a boat).

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baby sea lion GalapagosThe Galapagos! Yes, I think I will start every post about the Galapagos like that. They are just such an awesome place to visit! Which was something we recently had the very distinctive pleasure of doing, on a 10 day adventure tour with GalaKiwi.

The thing is, when you tell most people that you are heading to the Galapagos, they’ll assume you’re taking some kind of cruise. Because to be fair, taking a cruise is what most people do to get around and see the sights.

Hiking, biking, cycling and more! An adventure tour of the Galapagos

baby sea lion GalapagosThe Galapagos! Yes, I think I will start every post about the Galapagos like that. They are just such an awesome place to visit! Which was something we recently had the very distinctive pleasure of doing, on a 10 day adventure tour with GalaKiwi.

The thing is, when you tell most people that you are heading to the Galapagos, they’ll assume you’re taking some kind of cruise. Because to be fair, taking a cruise is what most people do to get around and see the sights.

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Lot Chmiela Pub Poznan

Yes, it’s me again, the German lady who doesn’t like beer, and I am going to talk to you about… beer! No, I still don’t like beer, but I gained a whole lotta respect for beer culture, and I thought I’d spread the word.

Okay, I’m saying that like I ever thought there was such a thing as beer culture, which I didn’t. In Germany, you mostly drink the regional beer, god forbid you order a beer from somewhere else (don’t worry about not noticing the faux-pas you’ve committed; it will be pointed out to you). But how is this interesting, really?

Becoming a Beer Nerd in Poznan

Lot Chmiela Pub Poznan

Yes, it’s me again, the German lady who doesn’t like beer, and I am going to talk to you about… beer! No, I still don’t like beer, but I gained a whole lotta respect for beer culture, and I thought I’d spread the word.

Okay, I’m saying that like I ever thought there was such a thing as beer culture, which I didn’t. In Germany, you mostly drink the regional beer, god forbid you order a beer from somewhere else (don’t worry about not noticing the faux-pas you’ve committed; it will be pointed out to you). But how is this interesting, really?

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