What’s in My Bag: Our Year-One Family Travel Gear

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Family travel gear — An Epic Education

As August flies by, we get ever closer to our first anniversary of full-time family travel. Twelve months ago, I was frantically selling our belongings at home and collecting all the travel gear, while at the office I was hammering out a remote working agreement with my boss.

Family Travel Gear

When we first left Japan, we carried a ton with us, slowly shedding suitcases full of stuff we didn’t need any more. My bags have certainly lightened in the past year, but because I remain a remote worker, amateur photographer and aspiring blogger, there are many things that I’ve kept hauling across the globe with me. This isn’t every item I carry,  but I’ll spare you the minutiae of listing battery chargers, q-tips and tubes of sunscreen. What’s listed below is the main stuff — the remote working gear and the family travel gear — as well as what I think of it now. A complete list is at the bottom of the post, but here’s an item-by-item rundown.

Computing: Family Travel Gear

MacBook Air & MacBook Pro — Family Travel Gear MacBook Air (MBA), Macbook Pro (MBP): I started the trip with only the MBP. I had been using that bad boy for over three years, carrying it back and forth on the trains to my office in Tokyo, and also lugging it to places like Mexico and Costa Rica for work. By three months into our trip, it was showing serious signs of wear, tear and overuse. I thought it was going to putter out on me any day. I had held off on getting a new computer when we first set off, thinking that the money should go towards other things — but when the MBP couldn’t even hold a decent Skype conversation anymore, I broke down and bought the MBA, and I’m glad I did.

I’m embarrassed to say that all the MBP needed was a clean install (computer savvy I am not), but getting the second machine gave the kids their own, and with it many more opportunities for computer time. The MBA became my work device while the old MBP now serves as the kids’ shared computer. The MBA is a traveler’s dream: lightweight, sturdy, long battery life and it powers up and/or wakes in no time. The kids use the MBP for their homeschooling programs, email and photo editing. We share a crappy old mouse because I haven’t been bothered to buy a second one, but that may change as one remnant of the MBP’s years of use and abuse has been a janky trackpad that seems to work only when it wants to.

iPhone 5s and olloclip — family travel gear iPhone 5S: This damn thing is much more important than I care it to be. I’m not a Mac fanboy. In fact, I’ve had my fill of product fail and software update screw-ups — to the point where I’ll be happy to try Android or something else somewhere down the line. That said, right now I’m pretty invested in the Mac system, and the iPhone is the device in my hand and on my person all the time.

My life runs on email, Skype, Evernote, Google Maps and Trail Wallet. I love what smartphones are doing to photography as well, so apps like Instagram and dozens of others tickle my creativity when the mood strikes — the True HDR app alone makes it worth carrying the iPhone around, as it takes pics that my more advanced camera’s can’t.

I’m also a big olloclip fan. They have several models now, but I have the original one in my pocket most days. Slip it over the iPhone lens and you have options for wide-angle, fisheye, 10x macro and 15x macro. The only problem is that most iPhone cases make the olloclip unusable, so I bought the case developed by olloclip themselves. Completely worth it to me, especially since it comes with a tripod stand, as well.

iPads & iPod Touches — Family Travel GearTwo iPads, two iPod touches: Sure, we could go much simpler and live with just one iPad. I know that this seems excessive. However, consider two iPads among four people and doesn’t seem as unreasonable. Especially since this gives two of those four individuals one less thing to fight over. We also rely heavily on the iPads for homeschooling. One of our iPads has cellular capability, so we buy a SIM card for it in each country we visit. The computers are put away during most travel (you don’t really want a laptop open in the back of a bus, boat or songtao, do you?), so the iPads facilitate reading (via Kindle, Pocket & kids reading apps), research (Google, Trip Advisor, Evernote) and navigation (Google Maps) when we’re out and about.

The iPods came later as Christmas presents for the kids. My hope, as I’ve mentioned before, is to eventually turn both kids into little producers, using Youtube, Tumblr, Vine, iMovie and other applications to create their own content and report on their experiences using their devices as portable studios. That hasn’t happened yet.

As for cases/protective gear, we’ve had a good experience with Griffin for the iPods. For the iPad cases, I bought a case came with a shoulder strap, basically because they were the cheapest cases I could find in Tokyo that had a shoulder strap. If you’ll be carrying your iPad around a lot, then it’s really worth your time to find a case with a detachable shoulder strap. Whether you’re racing to a boarding gate or jumping out of a tuk tuk — or just need to hold a child’s hand or help them navigate a less-than-sanitary bathroom — having both your hands free and not worrying about your iPad smacking the concrete is priceless. Make sure the strap comes off, though — it can get in the way sometimes: kids can pull it at inopportune times, etc. I also brought along two Logitec iPad bluetooth keyboard covers, and they work really well, but to be honest they aren’t really used very much. If (when?) the kids and I begin using the iPads more for longer writing, these may come in handy. I’ve used it to write & import data into my iPhone and it works well — much nicer than tapping on the iPhone screen — but I’ve only made the effort when whatever I’m writing takes an hour or longer.

Other computer essentials — Family Travel GearOther electronic essentials: Thanks to Evernote and Dropbox, I have been slowly digitizing everything in my life that can be digitized: music, books, photographs, documents, all of it. The Fujitsu Scansnap s1100 helps me do this with anything flat and paper-like, including receipts, boarding passes and business cards. It’s light, compact, and fits into small spaces without any wires or breakable parts protruding anywhere. Yet I can hook it to my computer, run any document A4 or smaller through it and boom: now I have a searchable PDF of the document in my Evernote account, across all my devices. When you’re traveling all the time, you don’t want to carry lots of extra paper documents around, so I scan them, back them up and then file them away to be sent to storage or thrown out. To back them up, along with all our music, pictures and family videos, I always have at least two external hard drives with me. In truth, I actually have, like, six of them now, the latest a Transcend StoreJet, but no one maker has won my loyalty, as several companies’ drives have sputtered out on me before. Another essential for me is the Mac Airport Express. Some of my copywriting work is under non-disclosure agreements, so when I first left Tokyo, I had to assure my company that I would be able to send and receive information securely. This is where the Airport Express came in. Instead of using the wifi provided in various apartments we rented, instead I would hook up the Airport Express to the LAN line and create my own private wifi network. The last item you see here (bottom right) is a cheap external disk drive, as the MacBook Air doesn’t have one.

Photography: Family Travel Gear

D7000, Speedlight and lenses — Family Travel GearThe D7000, lenses and accessories: I’m not a great photographer, but I love shooting. And for my purposes, this is the right camera for me. I could use some bigger and faster camera, but I don’t need it, can’t afford it and have no interest in hauling it around. The D7000 take great pictures and video, especially when I’m using my 50mm f/1.4 NIKKOR lens. The 18-200 Zoom is great for capturing orangutans from a distance, but a f/1.4 lens is so much easier to have hanging from your next when you have two kids in tow, and pics look just great at night. I’ve also carried around a 60mm Micro lens, but have barely used it. Same with an old SB600 Speedlight. Not pictured is the Black Rapid Cargo camera strap. I use this with the D7000 a LOT, and recommend getting one, but don’t get the fancy one I bought, with all the extra pockets. They just get in the way. The classic one works best, unless you have special needs.

COOLPIX A & SB400 Speedlight — Family Travel GearThe COOLPIX A and SB400 Speedlight: This has been my go-to camera for the entire trip. It has the same size sensor as the D7000, but in a tiny body that I can hang on my neck virtually all day. It’s a wide 28mm, which is a nice contrast to the lenses on my D7000, letting me have two completely different perspectives at once if I care to. There’s a macro mode on it, as well, which can be great for details and even portraits. I wish it focused faster, but when it’s sharp, it’s tack-sharp, and I have room to crop. I’ve turned off the shutter sound, so now I can take pictures in near silence — something that I relish when shooting candid pics of strangers on the street. But regardless of the sound, the COOLPIX A’s appearance alone makes it easier to shoot people. It looks like a point-and-shoot camera, which is less intimidating than a big clunky D-SLR. People act differently in front of it. Attached to the strap is a wireless adapter. Plug this into the side of the COOLPIX A and I can zap photos directly to my iPhone via wifi. This is great when you want to send off a pic quickly. If/when I get a new camera, built-in wifi capability will be a huge selling point for me. The attachable dongle is useful, but the extra step it takes to set it all up means I use it less.

When I need extra light indoors, I use the SB400. It doesn’t do all the things that upper level flashes can, but I don’t need all of that, really. Just pop this baby on, point the flash towards the ceiling and the bounce effect gives me great light.

Waterproof Cameras — Family Travel GearWaterproof camerasAnother luxury item, to be sure, but if you’re planning to spend a lot of time in a hot and/or rainy country, you’re likely to get your money’s worth taking pictures in a storm or shooting videos on water slides. You also feel more comfortable handing a camera like this to a child since you know it can be dropped (these models are usually shock-proof around 2 meters). Our Panasonic LUMIX has taken a beating (only the “M” remains). I’ve had it for several years, and it’s held up, despite a few breakdowns. There’s only so much abuse these cameras can take, I reckon, and ours has had its share. We’ve had no problems when simply submerging it in a pool or during snorkeling trips, but more than once it did take in water and shut down temporarily, but those times were during extreme usage: jumping off cliffs into a river, for example, or banging it constantly against a sea kayak (it was dangling from my bicep as I rowed). In both cases, I took out the battery and SD card and left it open overnight in a dry, air-conditioned room. It worked fine after  day or two.

The Nikon AW110 you see here is fairly new. Well, it was Jamie’s birthday present last December. The image quality is vastly superior, in my opinion (of course I am biased), but it hasn’t been put to the test yet as it’s been used mostly on land. I’ll come back to you in a year with a verdict on this one. One problem with both of these camera models is that the lens is recessed and water droplets tend to stay on it. There may be no solution for this (I mean, hey, you’re soaking wet and probably standing in the water, right?), but make sure to shake the camera if you can before taking a shot.

Other Electronics: Family Travel Gear

Audio/ Video equipment — Family Travel GearVideo-watching equipmentWe’ve stayed in some real dives as we’ve traveled, but the truth is that we’re usually in apartment rentals through AirBnB, and most of these places have a digital TV. Same goes for hotels. That’s great, but we don’t always want to watch CNN or the local soap operas. If we’re going to watch TV at all, we usually prefer to supply our own entertainment. For these situations, I carry an HDMI cable. We use Lightning Digital AV Adapter with an iPad, or Belkin Mini Displayport to HDMI Adapter with a laptop and hook up a portable speaker (see below) using an audio wire (center). Usually, I prefer to load video onto the iPads because it only takes one wire for audio and video, but it really depends on the sound quality of the TV in question. It’s easy to buy pirated DVDs in just about any major city in Southeast Asia, but the quality varies and you often can’t turn off the subtitles. Sometimes there are even two sets of subtitles (Korean and Bahasa anyone?). If it’s a movie or TV show that we all really want to watch, I usually rent it through iTunes and plug everything in knowing that it will work.

Jabra Solemate & Jawbone Jambox — Family Travel GearPortable speakersMobile audio systems have really made huge advances in the last few years. It wasn’t that long ago when they were the size of a loaf of bread, had tinny sound and drained batteries in just a few short hours. Times have changed. I bought the Jabra Solemate (bottom) specifically for this trip, and was shocked at how good it sounds. It’s no replacement for an audiophile’s sound system, to be sure, but for on the road it’s amazing: we’ve used it in parks, hotel rooms and long-haul taxis (we’ve listened to audiobooks on it). The sound has actually been better than some TVs in places we’ve stayed, and so we’ve run the sound through the Solemate instead. And because it uses Bluetooth, I can use any laptop or iDevice within 10 meters and listen to something using Spotify, iTunes, Podcasts, Audible…you get the idea. So I know what you’re thinking: two of these devices is excessive. You are correct. The Jawbone Jambox (top) was a Christmas present. Both the Jambox and the Solemate have been great for us, but I think when we slim our stuff down further, we’ll keep the Jambox with us. The Solemate has richer bass and fills a room better, but the Jambox is smaller, has clearer sound (better for listening to dialog in a movie), and the Bluetooth works more consistently.

GoGroove Flexsmart — Family Travel GearGoGroove Flexsmart X2 radio adapterDespite all the taxis, tuk tuks, motorcycles and old-school walking, we still spend a lot of time in cars. We’re renting one here in Penang this year, and we’ve hired drivers to help us traverse tricky Indonesian terrain. Sometimes we find a cool local radio station, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes the CD (or cassette) player works well, sometimes not so much. We’ve picked up some bootleg CDs at local markets, but then we argue over what to play. One thing we all agree on is audiobooks, and using my Audible account on an iPhone or iPad, we’ve listened to the Odyssey and other Greek mythological tales on our way to the jungle, the city or the neighborhood market.  For this to work, I use the GoGroove Flexsmart X2. It connects with my smart devices via bluetooth, and then plays on the car stereo by finding an available FM channel. It works great, with a few caveats: the FM signal can have annoying static sometimes, and if you’re on a mountain road, the channel may change from one side of the peak to another. Also, the car must have an operating cigarette lighter, as that’s how the thing powers itself and any other device you want to charge off of it.

Portable power kit — Family Travel GearPower & computing essentialsThis is what I use to keep my gear juiced and connected while traveling. The Kennsington International Travel Adapter (left) fits just about every plug. I bring an extension cord or two (not pictured) with me as well, which means I have more reach and can charge several devices at once (works great in airports). Everything else you see here is usually zipped into an old sunglasses case and tucked into my daybag: an iDevice charging block & wire, a thumb drive (now a Lexar 32-gigger), a 4-port USB hub and a dual USB car adapter, both from Belkin. When I’m carrying an iPad around, I throw in an SD card reader so I can load pics directly from a camera. Having all of it (tightly) zipped into one container means I can find what I need faster than rummaging through the bottom of pockets where sand and gum wrappers dwell.

Flashlights — Family Travel GearFlashlightsWe have two Black Diamond Spot headlamps and they’ve worked great for us. I like that they have various settings — spotlight, diffuse light, red light, etc — but most of all, I like that you can adjust the brightness, because sometimes I only want just enough light so that I don’t fall into a ditch. Also, using headlamps means your hands are free to climb, cook or carry stuff. This other flashlight you see on the left here is in a category by itself. Mine is a knock-off bought in a Taiwan market, but it has a Cree T6-style LED bulb, which produces an incredibly powerful beam. It runs on three AAA batteries or 1 rechargeable one (the yellow batteries on the right). Just look for T6 on the flashlight itself and try it out first. You’ll know when you turn it on: it’s like the bat signal. You can throw a massive spotlight on something, or with models like mine, you can narrow and concentrate the beam into a small square of intense light that goes on strong for incredible distances. For example, you can home in on a snake or bird in the high branches of a tree over 50 meters away. It’s unreal. And an added bonus I’ve discovered is that when you diffuse the light, it’s almost as powerful as a camera flash. Most of the pics in the post “Overcoming Fear were taken using a T6 flashlight. Get one, but test it first if you buy from a less than reputable shop — lots of crappy knockoffs have the “T6” or “T7” name on them.

Luggage: Family Travel Gear

Thinktank Airport Security — Family Travel GearLaptop, Camera & electronics storageI bought the Thinktank Airport Security rolling suitcase six years ago when I started working on more photo shoots for Nikon. I needed something that could carry several camera bodies and lenses, but it also had to accommodate a laptop *and* be small enough that it could fit in the overhead compartment of airplanes. For some of these photo shoots, I was required to deliver prototype cameras to whatever photographer Nikon was working with, such as the D4 models for Corey Rich’s shoot in Mexico/USA, and the D7100 models for Moose Peterson’s shoot in Costa Rica. This was a big deal for Nikon (and for me! I didn’t want to lose my job!) so I didn’t want to check my camera bag or let it out of my sight. The Thinktank bag was totally the right choice. It does fit above the seats in most big planes, but sometimes I have to remove the laptop case, which is fine. Now I use it to carry the majority of our electronics. Whatever space is left over between the lenses, I stuff socks, underwear and other travel essentials. The bag holds a lot, and it rolls smooth as silk.

Lowepro Mini Trekker — Family Travel GearDaypack (and often “several week-pack”): This is a Lowepro Mini Trekker. My parents gave me this pack for Christmas in 1997. That’s right: 1997. I had just left the US and have lived abroad ever since, and can safely say that I’ve probably used this bag much more than the usual weekend shooter. I’ve carried cameras and swimsuits in this for nearly 17 years, strapping it to houseboats in Hue, Vietnam and lugging it though the jungle in Veracruz, Mexico. It was on my back at the ruins of Angkor Wat, and was bungeed to the gas tank of my motorcycle during countless camping trips during my three years in Taiwan. It’s filthy now, but still in more or less the same shape as the day I unwrapped it. Last week in Bali, I just noticed a chip in one of the side clips, but I am constantly amazed at this backpack’s resilience. It can hold two cameras, and extra lens, the macbook air and all the chargers, along with two or three day’s worth of clothes and supplies (warm climates only, of course). Outer straps can hold the monopod, a pair of flip-flops, a bag of dirty clothes and more if I really wanted it to. When we go for short trips from our base in Penang, I carry only this and a small handbag. If this bag is ever rendered unusable — and I hope that never happens — I will feel its loss like one does a close neighbor or family dog. I’ll seek out a similar model, but it just won’t be the same.

The monopod is from Coleman/Velbon. You can probably buy lighter, more compact ones, but this was the cheapest dependable one I found the the week before we took off. It’d be nice to carry around a decent tripod, but they’re expensive and cumbersome and I just don’t use one enough to justify the expense. The monopod is great for steadying low-light shots and video quickly, while also serving as an adequate walking stick and selfie shooter — hey don’t judge: sometimes there’s no one around to take a family portrait.

Clothing: Family Travel Gear

I’m not going to run through every item I wear. I don’t care that much, and neither do you. Sure, I have a pair of shorts from Columbia, and a Northface shirt — all from the clearance rack — but everyone has their own preferences in apparel, and there’s nothing I can tell you that your favorite outfitter can’t.

Well, maybe there is: don’t bring a lot of clothes. Seriously. Despite what the sales clerk might tell you, you probably don’t need most of the stuff they sell. But you want it, right? Me too, but let me tell you some truth: being dressed like you’re on safari only works when you’re actually in the jungle. How about when you’re dressed for the wilderness but standing in line at a restaurant, museum or convenience store? You look ridiculous. The world isn’t that wild, so unless you plan to spend months in Borneo, take off the pith hat and dress more like yourself.

My go-to items often come from Uniqlo. I have two Uniqlo long-sleeve linen button-downs — one white and one black. My three T-shirts, socks, windbreaker and casual pants (also linen) all come from Uniqlo as well — partly because they were cheap, but mainly because they’re comfortable and there’s no branding on them. My old friend BJ hates wrinkly linen clothes: “It looks like you’re wearing a paper towel,” he says. But the wrinkles work to a traveller’s advantage, since everything in your pack is going to be wrinkled anyway. They also breath well in hot, humid climates like Southeast Asia’s, and their porous structure means they’re easy to clean in a hotel sink.

Two other items I feel I must recommend. The first is a rash guard. If you or your kids get sunburnt easily, this is an essential item. I’m shocked I didn’t even know what these were until a few years ago. As soon as we put them on, I felt a weight lifted. That weight was worry that the sunscreen I put on my kids and I was going to wear off (it always did) and part of our body would be red and painful by the end of the day (it always was). With a rash guard and a floppy hat, 75% or our bodies are protected in 90% of your typical sunburn scenarios. We look goofy, but I stopped caring about that long ago.

The second item I must recommend is fancy Patagonia underwear. Yes yes, I know this sounds unnecessary (it is). And I know you don’t want to dwell on a mental image of me in my black Patagonia briefs (you don’t), but hear me out. These things take up zero space and can be washed and dried in no time. They’re expensive, though — like USD $30 a pair. I would have never, ever bought any unless a Colorado hotel hadn’t lost my laundry and offered to replace them. I bought two pair with the hotel’s money. Six months later, I bought three more with my money. That was, like, six years ago. I just bought two more pair last year. They’re worth it.

Ok, wait, I’m getting sidetracked here. Let’s return to one of the first rules of long-term travel: lay out all of the clothes you think you’ll need to travel with. Now get rid of half of them. Now maybe halve them again. I still probably have too much, but this is what I have now:

  • four long-sleeve shirts
  • three black t-shirts
  • two pair of shorts
  • two pair of pants (one linen, one blue jeans, both barely worn)
  • swimsuit, goggles and rash guard
  • my beautiful, beautiful Patagonia underwear
  • three pairs of shoes: sneakers, sandals and flip-flops.
  • two pair of socks for cold movie theaters and airplanes

There are a few other items — windbreaker, sun hat and sunglasses, for example — but basically, that’s it, and I’ll probably pare down even more later on. I started with a LOT more, but this is what it’s boiled down to.

Other Essentials: Family Travel Gear

Rounding up the list are a few other items I recommend you travel with. I love my little Leatherman knife, but use it more as a screwdriver and bottle opener than anything else. This can’t be carried on the plane, of course, so it goes in a checked bag with the sunscreen and other “dangerous” fluids that the TSA is bravely protecting us from. However, the following items always go onboard with me: earplugs, eye masks and face masks. The reason behind the earplugs should be obvious, eye masks for darkness when you are ready to sleep, but not everyone around you. The mask protect me from all the air in the plane and provide moisture to my nose and throat during dry flight. As promised, the full list is below. What family travel gear have I missed? What items do you feel are vital? What items are dead weight?

  • 1 MacBook Air
  • 1 (old) MacBook Pro
  • 1 iPhone 5s (case from olloclip)
  • olloclip
  • 2 iPads (cases from Tunewear)
  • 2 iPod Touches (cases from Griffin)
  • Fujitsu Scansnap s1100
  • Apple Airport Extreme
  • Various external hard drives
  • External disk drive (for the MacBook Air)
  • Nikon D700 D-SLR
  • NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 lens
  • NIKKOR 18-200mm Zoom lens
  • NIKKOR 60mm Micro lens
  • Nikon SB600 Speedlight
  • Nikon SB400 Speedlight
  • Nikon COOLPIX A compact camera
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT3 Waterproof Camera
  • Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Waterproof Camera
  • HDMI Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • 2 HDMI adapters (for lightning wire and thunderbolt)
  • 2 bluetooth speakers: Jabra Solemate & Jawbone Jambox
  • GoGroove Flexsmart X2
  • Kensington International Travel Adapter
  • 2 extension cords
  • 4-port USB Hub
  • 2-port dual UDB Car adapter
  • 2 Thumb drives
  • 2 Black Diamond Headlamps
  • 1 T6-style flashlight
  • Thinktank Airport Security Rolling Suitcase
  • Lowepro Mini Trekker Classic
  • Clothing (see above)
  • earplugs
  • eye mask
  • facemasks

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Comments

  1. Denny Aryadi says:

    Hi Jason, it’s nice to hear your story back after several months and I found another useful traveling tips. Maybe my travel gear won’t be as much as yours since I’m only travel alone. Haha!

    I should revisit your blog frequently so I won’t be missed your story while you were traveling in Indonesia. If you are planning to revisit Indonesia, and really looking for a nice & friendly remote-working environment (whether for short or long term), I am gladly recommend you Bandung city, the capital city of West Java. Maybe even we can arrange an appointment for having some coffee and a little chit-chat about your traveling experience. I also can introduce you to some of my traveler friends from couchsurfing.org and hangout together.

    I’ll be waiting for your next article, Jason.

    I hope you and your family are doing well. Have a safe trip!

    Cheers,
    Denny

    p.s.: How was your child’s English Videogame learning progress? 🙂

  2. Jason, this is very cool – and very impressive. I take my hat off to you, gawd knows how you manage it. Makes me want to sell up and hit the road – not sure what my 2 year old would think, not to mention my girlfriend! Maybe one day… keep up the good work!

    • Long time, Rowan! Thanks for the kind words. If reading this makes you want to hit the road, then why not consider it? With your girlfriend on board and keen as well, of course. A guy with your talents can certainly make it work. Most of the traveling families we’ve met — and we’ve met a LOT — have kids between 1 and 3. In fact, most of them do (we’re still looking for 8 and 11 year olds!). My only regret about taking this leap is that I didn’t do it sooner, when my kids were younger….and when *I* was younger, too!

  3. Nice list, gives a good insight into nomadic life., I travel a fair bit and most of the stuff you mention is very similar to my luggage, although just one of stuff because im solo… Enjoy Penang, it’s a beautiful island 🙂

    • HI Jasmine. Yes, I certainly lug around more now than I did as a solo traveller nearly 15 years ago. Sometimes I daydream of going full-on Luddite and ditching all the electronics. How liberating that would be….for a week. Maybe two. Then I’d probably want it all back.

  4. Hi Denny! Great to hear from you again, and yes, I’d love to meet up sometime — in Java or elsewhere. I really hope to see more of Indonesia while we are living so close. I’m fascinated. Hopefully, I’ll be carrying around less stuff next time we speak! As for English Videogame lessons, my sone was fascinated by Knights and Dragons for a while, then suddenly he lost interest and now just plays FIFA (whenever I’ll let him, that is). I should look for a new one. What would you recommend for the iPad/iPod? In the action/adventure genre, but with reading?

    • Denny Aryadi says:

      Hi Jason! Sure! I couldn’t be more happy to be your host.

      Ah, my game designer friend gave me a great suggestion for challenging educative game. Have you tried “The Opposites”? You can buy it here:
      I think it’s quite challenging, even for adults! I hope you find it useful.

  5. Hey Angela! Yes, the less, the better. Right now we have a home base in Penang, taking 2-week jaunts to Bali, Sumatra, etc., which allows for really stripped-down travel, leaving all the work-related gadgets at home. Once we reach Central America, however, I’m hoping to get even more basic. Safe travels!

  6. As a packing/travel nerd, I found this super interesting and helpful. A few years ago I went on a two-week trip and packed only a swimsuit, and it was eye-opening how much lighter I felt in my travels when I only had to carry a duffle bag. Get on a boat without a dock? No problem! Carry your bags all day while you traverse the city? No problem! Thanks for your tech tips, J – especially with the waterproof cameras!

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