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CabinZero backpack – my new travel friend!

I love traveling light. Lately, I noticed that many airlines wish to restrict amount of hand luggage taken on board. As a result, hand luggage sized bags are stored with checked baggage and thus suitcases tend to break faster. In fact – no wonder, considering how they are being tossed.

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Unique gift ideas for someone going travelling

Christmas is coming sooner than we might realize. Travel accessories can be an amazing gift for travel bloggers, nomads, expats and any other traveling souls. We all love them! Good ones don’t come cheap, though. But what if I told you there is a way to get really nice gift ideas for someone going travelling and get them without paying a fortune. Believe it or not, there is a way! The website is called Aliexpress and, well, it has almost anything you’ll ever need. The best part is – if you order now, your gifts will arrive exactly on time!

I’m going to share a few gift ideas for someone going travelling that I personally like and will use. These are amazing travel gifts and could make someone really happy. I’m not doing this as part of an affiliate campaign, but rather just trying to help out fellow travel bloggers and give you some cool ideas for Christmas gift.

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#1 Luggage cover

Have you ever experienced the frustration, when your new suitcase comes rolling out the airplane security check with scratches and dirt all over it. Mine gave up eventually and cracked into pieces. I really like hard plastic luggage, but it’s just so vulnerable to the way bags are tossed into the plane storage. Anyway, here is a solution that should at least keep the luggage clean – luggage cover. It’s easy to fit around the bag and there are many different designs to choose from.

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The price for this wonderful invention starts at 5$ for a small, cabin size luggage with just one color. If you’d like something bright and colorful, you might have to pay a little bit more, but not too much.

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#2 Travel journal

A good travel journal is a must on any trip. How else will you remember exactly how you felt during your trip? The photos will never remind you the exact emotions. Only through writing you can truly seize the moment and store it in your memory. This small and very lightweight travel journal is a fantastic gift and will help to store those precious memories, just like people did centuries ago. Take your time, sit down at a cafe and just keep writing what you experience. I promise, you will have tons of fun reading it again years from now. Price: 14$

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#3 Refillable bottles for shampoos and other cosmetics

Traveling light has become a major trend lately, since airlines have introduced extra fees for luggage. Now you can bring all your favorite shampoos and shower gels with you – just need to fill these awesome bottles and you are good to go! All pieces are small enough to pass the security check, but big enough to last throughout your trip. Price: 5-7$


#4 Passport covers

With these cute nomadic passport covers, your friends will stand out in the crowd. A great gift for traveling souls and adventure seekers, who need to use their passports too often and therefore need a way to protect it. Price range: 2-3$


#5 Wireless Bluetooth headphones

Running around the terminal with a bunch of bags, heavy suitcase, backpack, some liqueur from the tax free shop and boarding passes, when you only have 2 arms – that’s a challenge. Especially if you have a headphones wire all around you. Here is how to avoid that – think about getting wireless headphones. It’s not an expensive toy anymore! In fact, you can these for only 25$! Never bother with breaking the wires again! Such a great gift for all music lovers!


#6 18 in 1 Credit card multi tool

Have you ever experienced a situation, when you desperately need a tool, but you are away from your home garage or toolbox and just can’t have it. So here is a nice little solution for your travels – a small multi tool that will solve 18 different problems for you. Whether you need  a hex key, can opener, bottle opener or a screwdriver – they are all there! The price is ridiculously low – only 0,99$!


#7 Glove pillow

Sleeping in the airport can be tough, as they never seem to switch off the lights. Plus, there is always people walking around, disturbing. Here is a great idea for someone, who HAS TO spend time at the airports, in buses or trains – a glove pillow. Just stick your head and let the world pass by. Have a nap, relax, forget about the time. It’s yours for only 10$


#8 Travel jewelry

Small gifts, just as jewelry pieces might be a great gift for your nomadic friends, if they enjoy wearing them. For only 1-2$ you can order one the pieces above.

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What are you giving your friends as a Christmas present? Any other gift ideas for someone going travelling?

Unique travel journal ideas

It’s travel time again, and you will pack something new this time – your travel diary! Why do you need one? Let me explain. Travels are over way too soon. Can you even remember your last trip? Surely there are some awesome selfies, but do you actually remember how you felt? What you were doing, all in detail? Well guess what? Travel diary will help you remember things like that! Next time you are on the road, this little memory foam will suck all your adventures and keep them stored for you. Welcome to Unique travel journal ideas!

Luckily, travel professionals have taken good care of your needs and designed some pretty awesome travel diary and journal designs. Let’s look at some of them.

I Was Here: A Travel Diary for the Curious Minded

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What makes this colorful guided travel journal special is that it encourages users to explore the easily overlooked beauty and details encountered while traveling. It is filled with unique and fulfilling journeys and will surprise you with ideas on every page. Among other cool features: plenty of space to capture addresses, itineraries, reviews, and tips from locals; a reference section with time zones, measurements, and other relevant information; graphic pages for note taking; and a back pocket for collecting ephemera. This awesome journal is filled with appealing illustrations and unexpected inspirations and is sure to bring out the adventurer in every traveler.

I’m the kind of traveler who likes to make a detailed itinerary before leaving home and race from one major tourist attraction to the other. I know it’s terrible. I liked this travel diary because of it’s charming illustrations. As i flipped through it, i realized that it was so much more than your average travel journal. Of course you have the usual things… measurement conversions, common phrases in different languages, and time zones. I also loved international coffee and tea traditions. Basically, the pages are filled with suggestions to get you to sit back and really observe your surroundings and catch all the little interesting bits that you may overlook while running between museums and historical sites. You might like a page with “draw every item within your reach at this very moment” or “ask a stranger what they spread on their toast”. The journal has plenty of space to plan your day and write mini reviews of the restaurants you eat at. That might be particularly useful when you decide to blog about it later. Just make sure to take the time to actually use this journal (although it’s almost too pretty to write in), you will end up with a truly magnificent souvenir.

Travel Journal (Compact Journal Series)

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Next time you are on the road, consider having this little journal as your companion. It’s very handy, front panel closes with a magnet to secure your writing. It also makes a great personal diary – always easy to carry around due to it’s small size.  The design features collages of travel. The journal has a total of 160 lightly-lined opaque pages that provide plenty of space for travel details, personal reflection, or jotting down favorite quotations or poems. The size is very compact: only 5” x 7”. Last but not least, convenient inside back cover pocket holds notes, business cards, receipts, etc.

This diary is just the right size to carry with you while you travel. I like that is lays open flat so it’s easy to write in. The pages are a nice weight, I can write on both sides and it doesn’t bleed through. There is a front magnetic flap that doesn’t really show in the pictures, and it stays closed well while in my purse and protects the book. Also, there is a pocket in the back for things like ticket stubs or receipts that might want to save. Well made, and glad I got this.

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Vacation, The Travelers Journal – Blue Hard Cover by Journals Unlimited

This travel diary is very easy to fill and will help remember all of life’s journeys. The journal features prompts, including How I (We) Traveled, Where I (We) Stayed, People I (We) met, Places to remember for next time. On the backside of every page you will find a blank page for special notes and memories you’ll never want to forget. Customers mentioned, that they love this journal, because it has just enough space to get all the important details down without feeling like you have homework over vacation to write an essay.

It’s enough to do a page for each day or just sum up the whole vacation. It is well organized and cues you to write down all the important information, some of which you might not remember later if you don’t record it. It works so well. To make things easier, you can answer some questions to spark the recall of details, plus you have lots of space to write down all the wonderful memories and experiences you just had. Take a moment or two to remember a trip now. Later on, your memories will be lost. And once lost, they will be gone forever. So set them down now in this easy to use travel diary!



GoPro camera guide for beginners

goproYou don’t need to be involved in professional extreme sports to own a GoPro camera and make awesome videos. This GoPro camera  guide for beginners will help you shoot awesome videos! Since new GoPro camera HERO4 has been introduced, the prices have dropped and it has become affordable to virtually anyone. So what makes GoPro camera so special? One of the main features are countless accessories. One of the coolest ones is waterproof case which comes as standard feature.

Now imagine you are riding your bike to school or going to the beach with friends. Even better – climbing a mountain or riding a motorcycle. All these cool activities could be turned into a great little movie for your collection. You can even upload it online and make some money off it.
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GoPro camera guide: Where to start?

First of all, get yourself a camera. You can even go for pre-owned camera as long as it is in one piece. Second, get some accessories. Here is a tip – original accessories are quite pricey but there a way to get them cheaper. Try looking at some Chinese websites like Aliexpress – they have tons of great accessories for pennies. The quality, however, is directly related to price – you get what you pay for! Before purchasing, however, think of the places you can mount your camera – it may be practically anything from car roof to snowboard. Make sure to check the quality of adhesive so that your camera won’t fall off. Sometimes it is safer to overpay a little and get original accessories that will last better.

Off to adventures!

You are all set now – camera is ready, battery fully charged, memory card empty. Consider more than one point of shooting – this will make your videos more enjoyable to watch. Looking at bike ride for 15 minutes from the same angle may be daunting, so be creative! As I mentioned earlier GoPro’s can be mounted almost everywhere – on the helmet, to the bike handlebar, on your head or chest and even on a surfboard


Check this example video made with GoPro Hero 3 White Edition:

Keep your camera safe!

Camera can be lost quite easily, especially when you are riding on high speeds. Make sure to have an extra safety strap just in case it falls off or the glue dries out. For underwater shooting there are special dry inserts that will prevent camera from becoming blurry due to condensation. Keep in mind that the case needs to be closed fully in order to stay waterproof. The camera itself is not waterproof! When shooting with a monopod make sure to look out especially when snowboarding. When you hold the camera your balance me be off and if you are not an experienced rider there is a good change you will fall. Therefore always use waterproof case when shooting in snow.


GoPro camera offer free video editing software which I found was very easy to use. First step is to crop all necessary parts, then you convert them to the right format, add some text and music and there it is – your shiny new film ready for upload and sharing with your friends. When you collect all the pieces together try to recreate your journey by combining different angles and speeds – speed up the video where necessary, change color scheme to add more contrast and colors. Sometimes the reality needs to be made brighter. This awesome software allows you to play around with the film as much as you like so there is no limit to what can be done.

Tip: when shooting yourself extend the monopod as far as possible to get the better picture. GoPro cameras are wide angle which means they are only great within 1-2 meters range. However, it is possible to shoot from a car like it is in this video (GoPro Hero 3 White Edition):

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