This page is a collection of helpful resources for travel, money and motivation. Included are various books, travel gear and money management tools. Enjoy.
Updated January 2020
Essential Books / Audio Books
I read a book a month. Reading is a valuable habit to develop so here are some excellent book to get you started:
12 Rules For Life – I’m a casual reader, but Dr Jordan Peterson is a highly verbal person and the audio version of his book is simply outstanding. If you’ve not listened to this book, get it. It’s worth every penny.
The Rational Male | Preventative Medicine – This books teaches you how female behavior is and how to act accordingly. There are two books by Rollo, The Rational Male and his follow up, Preventative Medicine. I found that latter to be an excellent read.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich – By Ramit Sethi. The best personal finance book for those just getting started with making and managing money.
How To Get Rich – By billionaire Felix Dennis who founded a bunch of successful magazines. This is a book about what it really takes to achieve great things and the painful sacrifices that you will end up making. In Mr Dennis’s case, children and a wife. Much better than the name implies.
4 Hour Work Week – This was brilliant stuff when it came out. Now people are on to the concept of not having jobs, doing what you want. It’s an excellent read if you’re young and will motivate you to forego the dreams of mansions and lambos (so 90’s) and instead do what I do. Make a western income and travel on your terms.
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder – Yea it’s a book by Schwarzenegger, how good can it be? This is easily the most inspiring and motivational book I’ve read to date. It’s Arnold’s story about how he came from the country side in the middle of nowhere Austria to being a real estate millionaire, actor and world champion body builder.
The Dip – By Seth Godin. A short brilliant book about the struggle you will face when doing any creative endeavor and why most never achieve anything of real value because they don’t work to get past the dip.
Linchpin – By Seth Godin. A book more relevant than ever. Safe is not safe. Safe is found in your ability to adapt and be incredibly helpful and useful at something.
Sapiens – By Yuval Noah Harari. A classic and for good reason. This explains how humans made a deal with the devil and traded a nomadic life for farming and how wheat tamed us conversely.
Meditations – By Marcus Aurelius (Ceasar). Made popular by Ryan Holiday. This is an excellent book and you can get it for free as a PDF on the internet or as proper book on Amazon. The most powerful man in the world reflects on his life and shares some profound wisdom that will enable you to re-wire your mindset, behavior and outlook on life.
Atomic Habits (Audio) – By James Clear. James Clear originally founded a personal finance website called Passive Panda. But has since gone on to build a massive personal brand around his name based on his work of forming habits. He narrates the audio version which I suggest getting.
Essential Travel Stuff
Travel is a big part of my life. Here are some things I find helpful:
Air BNB – For obvious reasons. You can stay at a hotel or you can book a nice local place. You can usually find cheaper and better accommodation with Air BNB.
Sony FDR X3000 – The best travel camera for vlogging. No you don’t need some big camera with a fluffy mic. You need something small, light and durable.
OGIO Renegade Backpack – This is my favorite backpack for travel. It’s big and can carry a laptop, tablet, DSLR camera, shoes and shirts with ease. The downside is that it’s big. But again, it’s made for travel or working professionals. Ideal for taking trips. Not a good choice for everyday use like going to a cafe to work.
Remington Grooming Kit – I cold water shave my neck and use a trimmer to get that 5 o’clock shadow look.
Swiss Army Knife – I love my Swiss Army knife. It’s easily one of the most useful things I have and use it everyday. It’s not just a knife, it has a bunch of tools like scissors, a bottle opener, can opener and so forth. All in one little package.
Small First Aid Kit – A small first aid kit is perfect for putting medication, band aids, condoms, eye drops, aspirin and anything else you need to stay safe. Become insanely useful when you least expect it.
Google Flights – My go to source for finding flights. I like Kayak too, but I always start with Google Flights.
Google.com/ncr – Forces Google to use Google USA instead of localizing your searches (which can be annoying when the top suggestion are results and videos in a foreign language).
Apple Air Pods – These just work without issue. These are so much fun to wear while at the gym as you’re not tethered and they have built in microphones for hands free voice calls.
iPhone 8 – I’m not into big phones with 7 cameras. I like small, stylish, high quality devices. The iPhone 8 is the perfect small phone on the market today.
There are a lot of fun helpful websites, apps, credit cards and bank accounts for managing your money and investing. Here are some of my essentials.
Schwab High Yield Investor Checking – If you have any intention of ever becoming an expat, this is the checking account you want and need. They pay you back for all ATM fees incurred.
Before I had TD Bank, and I was getting charged by TD Bank and by the local bank abroad. I was paying almost $10 in fees just to withdraw money. Instead, go with Schwab.
Transferwise – Send money to a foreign bank account with ease. Ideal if you’re going to be living abroad. Simply use Transferwise to send money while getting the best rate possible.
Capital One Quick Silver – No annual fee, not foreign transaction fee and 1.5% back on purchases. A nice simple card for expats.
Chase Sapphire Preferred – The pro travelers credit card. 2x points on travel purchases, spend 4k in the first 3 months and get 4000 points ($750 USD equivalent). No foreign transaction fee. Annual fee of $95.