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✈️ Travel Tools

These are the services I like to use when I travel.

Namecheap Domain Registration

♦️ Chase Sapphire Reserve has 3x points earnings on travel and dining, $300 annual travel credit, 50% more on travel redemption, complimentary lounge membership, global entry/TSA pre-check registration reimbursement, 25% more of travel redemption when booking through their website, and no foreign transaction fee. Without a doubt, one of the best travel cards out there. The annual fee is $450 but in reality only $150 if you account for the $300 annual travel credit. For more benefits, check out benefits.

Charles Schwab Debit Card

♦️ Charles Schwab Debit Card has no foreign transaction fees and will reimburse you for foreign ATM withdrawals, which I took full advantage of in Colombia. No minimum balance required and a very nice card to have while traveling the world.

World Nomad Travel Insurance

♦️ World Nomads insured me fo my Europe, Colombia, and Japan trip and seriously one of the best traveler's insurance sites out there with really great rates. They refunded me $500 bucks when I had problems with my laptop!

Chase Sapphire Preferred

♦️ Chase Sapphire Preferred was the card I previously held before the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. The card has 2x points on travel and dining, 25% more of travel redemption when booking through their website, no foreign transaction fees, annual fee waived the first year, and other trip and baggage protections. This card is a lighter on the annual fee at $75 than the Reserve card. If I couldn't have the Reserve card, I would have this one instead.

Capital One 360 Debit Account

♦️ Capital One 360 Debit Account is my backup card in case of emergencies. I had both their credit and debit card and experienced solid service every time. With the debit services, I really enjoy not having to maintain a minimum balance and ability to deposit cash at a branch right across the street from my house. Their online systems are fantastic and you can even deposit a check via mobile. They are striving to have less of a physical location presence and it's apparent.

AirBnB

♦️ AirBnB was my go-to for quick accomodations and booked them too many times to count. I've used it in the states and abroad in Europe and Colombia. A lot of people use it around the world and I found some pretty great homes when I was traveling in Santa Marta, Colombia. I'm even using it for my next trip in Mexico and found a great top floor apartment! Excited to live there.

Uber

♦️ Uber is a great option for a quick ride. Most of the time I took public transportation or use local taxi apps (IE EasyTaxi in Colombia). Uber is the way to go if you don't yet have the local currency and want to pay with your credit card or you're just not sure about safety. To further increase safety, try out their new feature about notifying a friend for a trip. Invite code: "timothyh4504ue".


💻 Computer Tools

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I use these tools daily and always working towards the perfect setup.

Macbook Pro 2015 (15-inch 2.5Ghz Retina Display)

♦️ Macbook Pro 2015 (15-inch 2.5Ghz Retina Display) is designed with the developer in mind, there's no better laptop in my opinion! Why the 2015? It's the best generation with usb ports, a headphone jack, a mag-safe charger, and retina display. There's none of that gimmicky touchbar deal. Weighs 4.49 pounds. Want to see my technical specs?
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Roost Laptop Stand

♦️ Roost Laptop Stand is an ergonomic solution which has dramatically help my long sessions of coding and watching video tutorials. There are going to be a couple imitations out there for cheap but get the original so it doesn't fail on the road. Very durable construction compared to others as I've read/researched about. Shell out the money, buy it once, and make it count. Weighs 5.8 ounces.

Western Digital 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0

♦️ Western Digital 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 is a beast for the price! I'm using it to back up all my essentials like code, songs, movies, courses, etc. It also has some great software that comes along with it too. I use this drive for file backup and another external drive with Apple's Time Machine. Weighs 0.54 pounds.

iLeadon Macbook Pro 15 Inch Case, Nebula Map

♦️ iLeadon Macbook Pro 15 Inch Case, Nebula Map gives a really nice rubbery grip with a world map silhouette, what's not to love? Oh, it helps hide that Macbook glowing apple logo which might garner the attention of thieves.😉 Weighs 8.2 ounces.

Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Rechargeable Battery

♦️ Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Rechargeable Battery is an awesome cheap keyboard with keys mapped the same as your macbook keyboard. Adaptation to the keys is a breeze and the battery lasts! Sometimes bluetooth connections disconnect (as with many macbooks bluetooth connections) but reconnects almost instantly! Weighs 0.71 pounds.

Logitech M720 Triathalon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse

♦️ Logitech M720 Triathalon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse is for those multi-platform switchers between their laptop, computer, and work computer. It's a bluetooth that uses a single AA battery. This one does not disconnect at all with my Macbook Pro, which I can't say for the other cheapo $15 bluetooth mouse I bought before this. There are forward and back buttons as well as a hidden for Mac's "Mission Control" feature. It's near your thumb. Weighs 4.64 ounces.

EnacFire E18 Bluetooth Earbuds

♦️ EnacFire E18 Bluetooth Earbuds are Apple Airpods for half the price! I've used them for working out and coding sessions. They are comfortable for a few hours but get sore after that, which is a perfect time to let you know to take them off and take a break. The case charges the earbuds and supposedly lasts 12 hours with multiple charges. Pairs great for with my phone and laptop. Weighs 4.59 ounces.

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones

♦️ Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones are my backup earbuds for when I just want to listen to music on a long plane ride without having to worry about it dying on me or having to turn off airplane mode. They're comfy and dirt cheap so I got 2 pairs. You can never had too many earbuds. The sound quality are pretty great on these. Weighs 1 ounce.

Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger (Power strip with 3 AC Outlets, 2 USB Ports 2.1 AMP/10 Watt) and rotating plug

♦️ Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger (Power strip with 3 AC Outlets, 2 USB Ports 2.1 AMP/10 Watt) and rotating plug is a compact, convenient way to make friends really easily at the airport. Has 3 plugs and 2 USB jacks to help charge up all your devices at once. The plug swivels 360 degrees and perfect for those tight spots where you need some flexibility. Weighs 2 pounds.

TSA Luggage Locks (2 Pack) - 4 Digit Combination Steel Padlocks

♦️ TSA Luggage Locks (2 Pack) - 4 Digit Combination Steel Padlocks is a great lock when you're on the go. No more worrying about lost or mangled keys. No more worrying about forgetting the combinations for those than combination locks either. Always, always get 4 digits rather than 3 digits as thieves take 10x longer to crack the lock! Weighs 2.6 ounces each.

REI Trail 40

♦️ REI Trail 40 is a 40L internal-frame backpack that has organization and comfort features. This is my "suitcase" backpack and keeps all my clothes and bathroom items. It comes with a raincover stowed in its own zipper pocket in case you run into any unfavorable weather. It even has a slot for a water bladder which I have not used yet but great for slipping in a raincoat. Go with the black color! Dimensions are 21.625 x 13.125 x 10.5 inches. Weighs 2 pounds and 14 ounces.

Under Armour UA Hustle 3.0 Backpack

♦️ Under Armour UA Hustle 3.0 Backpack is a 30L backpack I got from leftover travel airline points. This is my "tech" daypack and has my electronics. It holds up to 15-inch laptop comfortably and feature a lower compartment for dirty shoes or wet items. A bit small on the size but fits my needs perfectly while still slingin that clean, city-slick aesthetic. Dimensions are 9.3 x 13.6 x 18.9 inches. Weighs 1.4 pounds.


📲 Phone Tools

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My second lifeline after my laptop.

LG G6

♦️ The LG G6 is a water-resistant, travel-ready phone. It's a high-end phone wihtout the hefty price tag since newer phones have taken over the market. The phone take great wide-angle photos which are perfect to capture those great landscapes and group selfies. You can even modify it to have a google pixel theme if you want with Nova Launcher. Weighs 5.8 ounces.

Spigen LG G6 Phone Case

♦️ The Spigen LG G6 Phone Case is a really cool looking case which has a durable kickstand. It has a flexible TPU inner shell and a hard PC outer shell to protect your phone. Go for the gunmetal if you want something new but black never goes out of style either. Weighs 1.44 ounces.

Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 Unlocked (International Version)

♦️ Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 Unlocked (International Version) was my old phone and it is not highly marked up like iPhones. Perfect for just adapting to local sim cards, snapping a few photos for instagrams, and making the occasional skype calls. Pro-tip: no need to be sporting the latest phone like the iPhone X when you're traveling; thieves would love to make a quick buck! Weighs 5.93 ounces.

Anker 7800mAh Extended Battery Combo With TPU back cover included

♦️ Anker 7800mAh Extended Battery Combo With TPU back cover included gives your Samsung Galaxy 4 phone extreme endurance when you're traveling. You want to be able to have your communications, navigation, and logistics powers up and running. This has helped me carry through 3-5 days when I'm traveling without having to worry about charging all the time. It's a little bit hefty but a small price to pay for not worrying about my phone ever missing in the action. Weighs 4.6 ounces.


📹 Camera Tools

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My recording process is pretty minimal and I love portability.

Go Pro Hero 5 Black

♦️ GoPro HERO5 Black has been through so many adventures with me including soaring 5,000 feet above the San Felix to the warm waters of Taganga. It's a great vlogging camera with the excellent video and audio and not having to worry about water damage or dust due to it's naked open case protection. Weighs 4.2 ounces.

Joby Gorilla Pod

♦️ Joby Gorilla Pod Action Video Tripod is a really flexible attachment for your Go Pro which helps attach it to weird objects and serve as a nice tool to do a time lapse at a coffee shop. I've had more rigid stands before this one and would never go back to those. Weighs 6.72 ounces.

Joby Gorilla Pod

♦️ Sony Digital Flash Voice Recorder (ICD-PX312) gives you really great audio quality. You can hook it up with the lavalier microphone and create the seamless speech volume from whatever distance you want and there are no wireless signals you have to worry about. Battery life and features are magnificent! Just don't forget to turn it off and put it on hold. Weighs 2.56 ounces.

SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC Card

♦️ SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter is a great card that supports 4K recording and welcomed by your Go Pro to keep up with the high-paced recording speed. SanDisk are usually paired with Go Pro's and usually work out pretty well for a fair price. I have had no problems so far with it!

Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Microphone

♦️ Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone lets you become that spy/informant/snitch you might have always wanted to be, here's an awesome microphone that picks up your voice and then some of the other person as well. It's mic is small and discreet and wires are long enough to loop from your feet to your head, even if you're 7 feet tall which I doubt! Weighs 0.2 ounces.


💿 Software Tools

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If you're new to web development, make a new site with Namecheap + Bluehost + Divi Theme.

Namecheap Domain Registration

♦️ Namecheap allows you to buy custom domain names which I prefer over GoDaddy. There seems to be less promotional hype and it’s much easier to use. There’s a dashboard to keep of all the domain names you purchase and reminds you when domains start expiring.

Bluehost Web Hosting

♦️ Bluehost is a popular company for good reason. It’s affordable, easy to use, and has excellent support. I’ve already hosted six websites with them and they have not let me down yet. Consider a Plus plan if you plan on hosting many websites. Use my affiliate link if you decide to get it!

Divi Themes by Elegant Themes

♦️ Divi Theme by Elegant Themes makes building websites easy with drag-and-drop blocks that requires zero coding knowledge. With complete access to all themes, extensive tutorials, and unlimited usage; it’s a phenomenal value for the price. Please use my affiliate link if you decide to get it!

Google Drive 100GB

♦️ Google Drive 100GB has a deal for $2/month, which gets you 100GB so you can store all your important files on a cloud. This is a boon for digital nomads who don’t want to carry around an external hard drive. I keep my important documents, music, ebooks, and audiobooks on there. You can even download the desktop app to make your work flow even more fluid.

Cloud Player

♦️ Cloud Player is a audio cloud player that is paired perfectly with Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. No longer do you have to import your songs to your phone via a cable, just use this service over Wi-Fi instead. Use this to sync all your mp3's, audiobooks, and audio medias. Expect it to take at least an hour and more if you have a larger music collection. The basic version is a 30-day trial of the premium version with full features. The premium version is a one time purchase for $7.99 on Google Play store.

LastPass

♦️ LastPass is a password management software that can keep track of all your passwords and features a secure note section too. There's a website app, chrome app, as well as a mobile app for your phone.


📚 Web Development Resources

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I recommend free courses before buying paid courses.

Free Code Camp

♦️ Free Code Camp is great place to learn to code with free challenges and friendly community. It’s considered a real school which you can list on LinkedIn and helps you get in contact with non-profits after you finish your certifications. However, many people get jobs way before they finish their certifications.

Codecademy

♦️ Codecademy is a similar learning environment to Free Code Camp. Plenty of exercises and courses for you to sign up. It’s free and really fun to learn. Instruction is great to follow along but it does not have a large community to interact with. You can read, learn, and practice right on their platform. This is a great place to do just that!

Udemy

♦️ Codecademy is a similar learning environment to Free Code Camp. Plenty of exercises and courses for you to sign up. It’s free and really fun to learn. Instruction is great to follow along but it does not have a large community to interact with. You can read, learn, and practice right on their platform. This is a great place to do just that!

The Web Developer Bootcamp

♦️ The Web Developer Bootcamp is my personal favorite course on Udemy with focus on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node, Express, MongoDB, and more. It’s taught by Colt Steele who has taught numerous bootcamps in the past. I most enjoyed the style and pace of the course. Coding can be daunting for a beginner but the instructor who has teaching experience can help you feel like you’re making improvements every day. The technologies are starting with the very basics and takes you to the end. Some of the syntax and libraries might be older but learning foundation syntax is not a bad thing!

Javascript 30

♦️ Javascript 30 is a free course to teach you vanilla javascript tricks. Wes Bos collected a ton of mini-projects and shows you how to create them without any library or framework. There are even some exercises to work on array methods, working with developer tools, and other cool things. The most interesting projects for me were Flexbox Panel, HTML Video Player, CSS and JS Clock.

ES6 For Everyone

♦️ ES6 For Everyone is an awesome resource if you’re a JavaScript ninja. Get your chops down and learn all the updates that were released in 2015. Wes Bos is a great teacher and his videos are informative but do not leave you snoring. Wes covers template strings, promises, symbols, generators, proxies, and a ton more! Do yourself a favor if you are doing JS and pick this up. Absolutely love this course and recommending to everyone I know!

React For Beginners

♦️ React For Beginners is an awesome course to start learning React with the latest technologies, Google's Firebase, and other services as well. It's how I learned React myself and I highly recommend this instructor too. Wes is ball of fun rolled in with high-lelve expertise which makes picking up React a great experience for newbies.


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