How To Work And Travel The World With The Dot Com Lifestyle

While travelling this year I have learnt a lot about how to work and travel the world at the same time.

Mostly by learning the hard way =D

So far this year I have blogged from the mountains of Snowbombing – Austria, the tropics of Costa Rica and Fort Worth airport.

How to work and travel in Europe

Working while traveling in Costa Rica

How To Work And Travel Around The World

You have to be prepared for every possible situation and I have been caught out a couple of times while trying work and travel at the same time.

So this work travel guide will teach you how to work and travel around the world while being prepared for any situation life throws at you.

In fact I’m writing this post from the seat of my flight between Texas & London so we can add that to the list as well now!

Everyone around me is sleeping so shhhh! Daphne sat beside me took a strange sleeping pill and woke up randomly for 30 seconds to tell me about genocide.

A bit distracting but crazies aside let’s take a look at how to work and travel the world!

Live In The Cloud

One of the biggest problems I faced while trying to work and travel was been able to access all of my files and applications.

Whether I was using my laptop on the side of a mountain or only had access to a web browser in an internet cafe, having access to my files and applications was critical.

So I decided to move everything to the cloud with Google Drive which offers a few benefits.

Store data in the cloud

First of all it keeps all of my devices in perfect sync with each other – if I edit a file on my laptop, it is instantly updated on the office machine and vice versa.

Secondly it allows you to access all of your files from any device that has a web browser, which is pretty much everything these days – even some fridges have a web browser!

But most importantly it means that everything is always automatically backed up so if your laptop was stolen or your crazy ex burns the house down while you work and travel; you’re still good to go!

At the moment 100GB of storage costs just $5 per month which is pocket money compared to the benefits it offers.

However you can get 5GB of storage free of charge to give it a whirl if that tickles your fancy.

Setting It Up

Just sign up for Google Drive and install the application on your PC. This will create a new ‘Google Drive’ folder, anything you place within it is automatically sync’d and backed up in the cloud.

However I changed the My Documents location on all of my computers to be the Google Drive folder.

Check out this guide, this guide or this one to do the same!

The process is pretty much the same for most versions of windows!

I also did the same with the My Pictures folder so every day I copy all the pictures from my camera and they are instantly backed up.

I would be gutted if I lost pictures from my travels and this setup helps to protect against that.

Also, check out CloudVault for your Android phone/tablet to automatically upload pictures and videos to the cloud!

Portable Applications

You can also get portable versions of applications that you don’t need to install.

Just single executable files that can be ran from your computer, a USB drive or straight from the cloud!

So I have portable versions of all of the applications I use regularly stored in the cloud, ready to rock and roll anytime I need them.

Google around for them – they are pretty easy to find!

Dealing With Large Files

large data files in the cloudThe only drawback to this was a lot of my video tutorials, the raw footage and project files can span 10-20GB each.

It doesn’t make sense to have these accessible via the cloud so I created a separate offline documents folder and marked it as a favourite folder in windows.

This folder gets backed up and archived separately on my network & a remote destination using SyncBack.


Music is my life and soul while I work and travel that helps keep me going throughout the day; I would be lost without it!

So how do you make sure you always have access to all of your favourite tracks?

Google Music will allow you to store up to 20,000 tracks in the cloud and access them from any device or web browser.

So that’s the software side of things dealt with but what about everything else we need to have a smooth experience working on the road?

Working On The Road Essentials

There are a couple of essential pieces of kit you will need if you are going to work and travel on the road.

Reliable Laptop

I recently bought a new laptop because my current one was on its last legs after surviving a few rough knocks and bumps. It even cartwheeled its way down the stairs one time!

So I decided to buy a laptop that was strong, lightweight & powerful. It needs to be good enough to edit videos with, but without adding unnecessary weight to my travels.

There are a few good options on the market like the HP Envy but eventually I settled on the cheaper Asus U32V.

work and travel with a lightweight laptop

It is made of aluminum so is strong & light (1.7kg) but also features a core i5 processor, 2GB dedicated Nvidia graphics and 4GB of ram.

Not seen it cartwheel down the stairs yet though.

Laptop Update: I have since upgraded my laptop, check out my Alienware 13 review.

Decent Camera With Optical Zoom

You will also need a decent camera to steal souls and capture those precious moments in life.

It should be able to shoot good quality photos and HD video, but most importantly it needs optical zoom.

A DSLR provides the best image quality and lens options but is far too bulky to be carrying around everywhere.

Trust me a phone just doesn’t cut it in most circumstances, digital zoom makes for terrible pictures!

You might have the latest handset but my cheap 2-3 year old compact camera will spank it every time.

Pack a good lightweight camera to work and travel abroad

At the moment I’m using a Panasonic DMC-TZ8 which I have had for a couple of years out of a bargain bucket but it does the job beautifully and has 12x optical zoom.

They have just released the DMC-TZ40 which has 20x optical zoom and some other nifty features though, tempting! Perhaps when I break the $10,000 barrier.

Or maybe someone from Panasonic is reading and wants to donate one – who knows ^^

Travel Bag

The best travel bagIf you really want to travel cheaply then you’ll want to avoid the additional fees of taking a suitcase with you, which you then have to carry around as well.

So to make the most of the (usually) free hand luggage I purchased a Cabin Max bag which gives you the maximum amount of storage possible – 44 litres in fact!

It also has a padded compartment for your laptop – perfecto!

They are stupidly cheap to buy as well in comparison with some bags I looked at.

Day Bag

day bag for travelYou also need a decent lightweight day bag for when you finally get to your destination.

I just use one of those cheap draw string bags – you know the type.

Simple but effective and I can carry everything I need for the day including wallet, laptop, camera, sun screen and so on.

Gadget Insurance

The problem with carrying all of this kit with you is it makes you a prime target to be mugged.

This is a greater risk in some countries than others although regardless of the country you will always read ‘horror stories’ online.

So make sure you protect yourself against theft and accidental damage abroad with comprehensive insurance for your gadgets.

In my case this was already included on my homes content insurance so check your existing policy as you might already be covered!

If not it’s usually only a couple of dollars a month to add to your existing premium.

Anti-Theft / Location Tracking

I use the PreyProject to track all of my devices.

I have it installed on my laptop, home computer and phone.

If I ever lose a device I can track its location, set off an alarm, view its camera, watch what they are doing, erase it remotely, lock it with a password and so forth.

anti theft software

You can activate any of this instantly via the website control panel or by sending your phone a text message.

Not had to use it yet though!

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Peripheral Preparation

You’re also going to need a few odds and sods to make sure you’re prepared for every possible situation.

If you prepare for the worst, then the worst can never happen right!?

When I went to Snowbombing I had Wi-Fi and could stream films, but I didn’t have a HDMI cable to bring it to the big screen in the room /doh!

Portable Speaker – X-Mini 2

compact portable speakerThis is the most important peripheral you need. Music gets me through the working day!

So having a decent portable speaker was critical. In the corporate world I was demonstrated the XMI X-Mini speakers which produce an unbelievably rich and deep sound for their size.

They are lightweight, charge via USB and last for around 8-10 hours. Zing!

You really need to hear these for yourself to fully appreciate them!

Avoid the cheap clone knock offs they are no way near as good, trust me I tried :P

Travel Adapters

This one probably goes without saying but having a worldwide compatible travel adapter is pretty important.

travel adapter with USB

I chose to get one that provided both a plug socket and a USB socket to keep all my bases covered!

Plug Socket > USB Adaptor

extra USB adaptorEven though my travel adaptor has a USB socket I also decided to get a plug socket > USB adapter.

I haven’t actually used it yet but I’m sure a time will come when having access to 2x USB power sockets will save my skin!

Retractable Network Cable

It might sound stupid but you’ll be surprised how this has helped when Wi-Fi wasn’t working or available.

At Fort Worth airport in Dallas, Texas it costs cold hard cash to use the Wi-Fi.

However there are loads of stations that allow you to use the internet for free and charge your devices, if you have a network cable that is.

work and travel in Fortworth airport

See my bag in that picture? Everything I need to work and live anywhere in the world right there!

Retractable Micro USB / Mini USB / Apple Cable

This is the coolest cable in my whole setup – did I just say that? Never getting laid again.

retractable USB cable

Anyway this little beauty (damn it) gives me 3 plugs in one and covers a lot of bases from my phone to my camera.

To be honest you need one of these even if you’re not trying to work and travel at the same time.

Retractable HDMI Cable

Ok so let me explain the retractable obsession. This is just cable management on steroids and when you have a bag full of cables it’s a pain to untangle them.

So any cables you get; make sure they are retractable – it just saves a lot of hassle!

A retractable HDMI cable is always handy and allows you to hook up to most TV’s in hotels or projectors if needed.

Memory Cards

I always like to have 3 memory cards for my camera at hand. I never ever come close to filling one up, never mind 3 but there is method in the madness.

I have 1 in the camera at all times, 1 in my wallet and 1 where I’m staying.

Half way through the day I swap the memory card from my camera with the one in my wallet. That means if I ever lose my wallet or my camera I only ever lose half the days pictures.

At the end of every day I copy the pictures from the camera, to the laptop which automatically get backed up to the cloud.

The 3rd memory card is a just in case spare – they are easily lost/misplaced so it’s good to have a backup at the ready!

USB Flash Drive

I carry a 32GB USB flash drive with me for the ride as well – this is just an empty drive that serves no specific purpose other than ‘just in case’

This saved my skin in Costa Rica when I needed to quickly transfer files from a client’s computer to mine when we didn’t have internet access.

The Doomsday Flash Drive

I also carry another 32GB USB flash drive that looks totally different to the other one so I don’t get them mixed up.

This provides a bootable windows environment along with portable versions of all of the applications I need. Follow this guide to create yours.

I haven’t had to use this yet but if worse comes to the worst and I lost my laptop, I could just plug this into any computer and instantly be up and running with everything I need in seconds.

Spare Batterys

Call me paranoid but I like to have a spare battery for my phone and my camera fully charged and ready to go.

You never know when you’re going to run out of juice, either while you’re out or just before you head out and there is no time to wait for things to charge.

spare batteries for everything

So keep a spare battery charged and ready to go for your camera and phone.

I don’t do the same for my laptop though because of the sheer weight of the battery and I can access everything through my phone anyway thanks to living in the cloud ^^

VPN Connection

Often while you are working on the road you have to use public Wi-Fi to gain access to the web.

The problem is this is not very secure at all – with nothing more than a rooted android phone it is possible to sniff out logins for a range of websites.

The bottom line is if you ever use public Wi-Fi to do anything you are at risk of having your accounts hijacked, its not even that hard to do.

So to get around that I make sure I use a VPN connection from these guys, make sure to read my full IPVanish review first though.

ipvanish vpn

This encrypts all of my data/traffic so no one can listen in! This also works with my phone.

You can also use it to quickly change your location online to test things like ad targeting or searching Google from other countries in one click etc.

Portable Mouse

portable mouse for work and travel abroadThe one thing I hate more than anything with laptops is the touch pad to control the mouse.

Things just take longer to do with that thing than they would if you had a decent portable mouse!

I went with the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 which is compact, lightweight and has all of the buttons I need.

There is no need to carry a separate receiver as my laptop has Bluetooth support.

Other Travel Essentials

That’s pretty much all of the techy side covered – with all of that in hand you can deal with most common problems that come up while you work and travel quickly and easily.

make sure you are well prepared to work and travel

But what else might you need?

Credit/Debit Cards

foreign credit card spendingIn general credit cards are better for spending on abroad as they offer the lowest rates and charges when compared to debit cards, unless your withdrawing cash.

So find out which credit card has the best rates for spending on abroad and get one – just don’t spend more than you can afford to pay back! It is easy to fall into that trap when you work and travel at the same time.

You also want to find a debit card that offers good rates on cash withdrawals.

When you go out always leave one at your hotel or wherever you’re staying so if your wallet is lost/stolen you can instantly hire a hitman to get it back for you ^^

Travel Insurance

I know we already discussed gadget insurance but you’ll also want to consider travel insurance as well.

This protects you against a bunch of stuff including injuries, illness, cancelled flights, companies going bust or if you need to cancel for any reason and so forth.

I have an annual travel insurance policy that keeps me protected everywhere I go all year long.

Be sure to do your research though as some have significantly better payout rates than others – you get what you pay for in that respect.

There We Have It!

You should now have everything you need to work and travel around the world without a hitch!

my setup to work and travel the world

Have you ever worked and traveled at the same time? If you have I would love to hear some of your top tips to make sure you are prepared for every situation!

Feel free to ask my any questions you have about how to work and travel at the same time in the comments!

145 Responses

  1. marat

    I will steal it on my travel site lol

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 8th, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      That’s what it’s there for :)

  2. Martin Sulcs

    Great blog post. As a semi-digital nomad, this is what inspires me. And you gave me some ideas which to implement. I need to buy some of this stuff.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 21st, 2019 at 6:30 am

      Hey Martin! No problem – glad I could help :)

  3. co nhan tao dan tunog

    Hahaha sounds like a good plan =D

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 21st, 2018 at 9:34 am

      It certainly was :)

  4. برامج

    I also highly recommend the Priority Pass card for using the airport lounges. I put mine on my business expenses. You get good wi-fi, nice toilets, showers, free food and drink (pays for itself) and a nice quiet space to plug in, charge up and get some work done. Both the Revolut card and Priority Pass came recommended from another digital nomad.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 16th, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Thanks for the recommendation :)

  5. Joanne Munro

    I travel a lot and agree that all of the above is pretty much essential packing. (I freakin’ love a retractable cable!)

    I actually use a Chromebook now instead of a laptop. It’s light, cheap, has plenty of storage space, the battery life is great and the screens are anti-glare.

    I can also add a 5-slot USB charger (so you can create a little charging station when you arrive), a tiny foldable laptop stand (just in case you spill your coffee!), headphone and a spare laptop cable to the list. I once had an unspeakable cable incident in Italy so bought a spare one as soon as I got home.

    Money-wise I use a Revolut contactless card. You top it up from you bank account (it’s all done in an app), there are no fees and you get the best exchange rate of the day.

    I also highly recommend the Priority Pass card for using the airport lounges. I put mine on my business expenses. You get good wi-fi, nice toilets, showers, free food and drink (pays for itself) and a nice quiet space to plug in, charge up and get some work done. Both the Revolut card and Priority Pass came recommended from another digital nomad.

    Love your work Matthew; fly safe x

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 17th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Wow thanks Joanne! Some really useful advice here for anyone considering the dot com life!

  6. marie

    thanks for this great info!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 19th, 2018 at 9:56 am

      No problem

  7. Isobel

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful article.

    Thank you for providing this information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 15th, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Hey Isobel, thanks very much :)

  8. Kim Westmoquette

    I’m a bit of a newbie to this scene but my immediate reaction is- does it really have to be that complicated?!

    I guess we all get there in small steps not one big leap.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 5th, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      You have to plan for everything!

  9. Russian Bear

    I love traveling too! However, I travel with my home and all the gear. I am sick and tired of hotels and airports, so I bought a sailboat and now I can travel while always staying home. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      That sounds like the ideal solution!!

  10. cỏ nhân tạo

    My best travel tip is to take a single travel mains adapter and a 4

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Yeah make sure they have USB as well!

  11. Namer

    Travel itinerary for us to experience good things

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:37 am

      The dot com life :)

  12. Pit

    Hi Matt,
    I’m from Germany and it’s very nice that you have travelled to Austria.
    What do you think of the country? Did you liked it?
    Btw great article with some fantastic ideas :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Awesome country with friendly people!

  13. Sufjan

    A lot of good travel and business advice here!

    But I think you’re putting too much pressure on yourself.

    … If you carry all that “stuff” with you, it’s guaranteed you will be robbed one day, It screams you’re a tourist with a lot of money. An easy target for the locals.

    It’s better to just look ordinary, like you’re not travelling, act like you already live there. And they won’t notice or see you as an easy target.

    MINIMALISM can greatly help with that.


    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Well that is only if you flaunt it publicly, you have to pick and choose where you work :)

  14. Tom

    My best travel tip is to take a single travel mains adapter and a 4 way mains adapter from your own country. Only need one travel adapter then and can plug in multiple devices!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 11th, 2016 at 3:28 pm


  15. Mark

    I’m in Internet Marketing since 2007.
    Since then I work and traveling, all the time.
    Your tips are great but I seriously want one day to bring only my passport with me and nothing else, lol.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Hahahaha well you’ll probably need a little cash as well :)

  16. Mahbub Osmane

    Amazing! Post. I wanna be traveler like you and definitely I’ll be.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 23rd, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Then do it :)

  17. Kim Willis

    Awesome post, Matt!

    (First post I;ve seen with this level of detail.)

    I’ve been doing the digital nomad thing for two and a half years, but I like to ‘stay put for at least 6 months in one location. Right now I’m in Cambodia, before that it was Vietnam and Philippines.

    Only thing missing for me on the technology front is a decent mic so I can record better quality audios and videos. The mic attached to my current headset was cheap (8 bucks) but aweful.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 25th, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Ahhh yes that can be promolomatic sometimes, I use a Microsoft Lifechat LX-6000 which creates great audio

  18. hamza

    thanks for the details and tips Matt im really enjoyed this post hope one day i start my laptop lifestyle.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 11th, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      There is no such thing as hope. There are decisions and hard work, but not hope.

  19. Amit Acharya

    As always a great post from you Matt. Keep going. Sometimes, I need to think of these useful gadgets. I almost stop my work on travel or lose control. This is a great help definitely. Very organized. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 5th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Amit, glad it helped you out :)

  20. Michael

    Some great tips!
    I find internet access the most challenging when I travel.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 15th, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Yeah that is always a wild ride haha

  21. Ray

    A huawei 4g LTE router is also good. get a local sim and data pack. a lot of times the hotel internet and cafes are shyte internet and you dont have to worry about relying on anyone for decent net.

    best purchase i ever made

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 8th, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Yes I was recommended one of those but in the end I’m using an old Motorola G I had lying around as a router right now because my new house, doesn’t have internet /facepalm

  22. Ray

    Dont know if i agree with you using a credit card.
    I got money out of an ATM in Thailand once and thats it. It went through at a rate that didnt exist for 2 years (its called the cash advance rate) meaning the bank was skimming around 5% off in bad fees, 0.03% charge for overseas and a retailer fee and an atm fee made it around $15 in fees per $100.

    You can link things like a Western Union online account. The rate is reasonable and it comes off your local card bypassing the overseas service charge. pickup in 15 minutes is $8, sometimes free, you can transfer to a bank account in 15 minutes etc.

    This is an emergency. I got to hospital and other situations I had to get people to pickup money. That way no one gets your card and pin but a coded number and the exact amount. The other one is world remit but they take the money out of the UK and its a 0.03% service charge for me. Well, WU is $5,000 a day withdraw limit. and World remit 1k a day. The fees do matter. The conversion rate is also.

    The other thing is to setup such a facility just in case you lose your wallet or cards, or stolen you still can get emergency cash off the WU in 15 minutes before acting on the card.

    My comment on the fees doesnt apply in all countries, some US banks offer great ddeals for overseas ATMS just Australian banks are a bit greedy piggies thats all.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 8th, 2015 at 10:37 am

      I should state that you should use ‘the right credit card’

      The card I use right now is zero fee’s for cash withdrawals abroad and gives me solid exchange rates. The funny thing though is it’s a UK card, and if I was to take cash out in the UK it hits me hard!

      I have had to go the Western Union route in an emergency when I had everything stolen which worked wonders, but it was expensive going from UK to Costa Rica.

  23. Keith Agnew

    Great Post Matt,

    Thanks for taking the time to help out in so many ways! I’m dropping your cookies everywhere throughout my day!

    Cheers Mate!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 6th, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Haha thanks Keith :)

  24. Colin

    Great post Matt!

    Retractable cables – I never even thought of that and I’m a sound engineer by trade! Moving to Barcelona in October so bookmarked, cheers!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 27th, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Haha they add a bit of weight but it makes life a lot easier :)

  25. Naveen Kulkarni

    Love your minimalist way of focusing on essentials and truly accomplishing a ‘freedom’ driven lifestyle. I personally congratulate you on that part.

    Not to mention, it’s not just about financial freedom, it’s doing what you love. When you work on something you love, it’s no more a work – it’s a play !

    And you a veteran player now in this field.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 12th, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Naveen :) Actually I will have a much more detailed version of this soon, possibly even a small series of how to truly work on the road.

      And I agree, most people are focused purely on finanical freedom but that is worthless without freedom of time.

  26. Lev

    So happy to hear that you are realisng your dreams! Power to you!

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 13th, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Lev!

  27. Oloyede Jamiu

    Hey Matt,

    Being an internet entrepreneur is awesome.

    You can work from anywhere in the world so far there is access to a laptop and an internet connection.

    Take care and have a nice day ahead.

    -Oloyede Jamiu

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 29th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      That is the beauty of it =D

  28. Roxana

    Just got this in my inbox, really cool info, Matt.
    Although I’m just thinking how am I supposed to carry so much stuff when I’m 160 cm tall and weight 47-48 kg, haha. I’d probably drop on my back like a turtle if I try to carry a backpack that big. :D

    One thing’s sure though: that laptop/notebook needs to be light as a feather. I transformed my “old” Toshiba into a desktop, bought a 24″ display, added more memory cards and deleted most programs except the IBM pack (SPSS, AMOS, Python) for my data analyses. Made that into my “home computer”, plugged 24/7. Good thing the electricity bill is really cheap here.

    I bought a Windows Phone (HTC) last year, and synced it with my home computer.

    And guess what? I bought a while ago an Asus Transformer Book T100TA-DK007H, turned a usb flash into an external memory (of 4 GB!) and synchronized all my devices (Windows Phone, Toshiba laptop and this little jewel). And now I can work remotely, freely and most of all, with a huge smile upon my face.

    And this 10.1″ gadget turns into a nice tablet. If I plug it into its keyboard, it becomes a netbook with 500GB space (in its keyboard) and 1T storage in ASUS cloud for the 1st year. All light weighted and with a battery autonomy of 9-to-11hrs (if I don’t overload it with hundreds of useless apps). :D

    On second thought, we should create the ASUS bloggers’ cult, like the MacBook user community. :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 10th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Hahaha that’s only a small bag :P I’ve seen backpackers with huge backpacks as long as their entire bodys you’ll be fine!

      Seems like great minds think alike though :P As you can see in my pictures I had the Asus transformer for a while as well but it didn’t do what I needed it to really so sold it and bought the lightweight laptop instead =/

      But being prepared for every situation has saved my bacon on a number of occasions so far while travelling :) Btw there is a strong chance I will be local to you in November!

      • Roxana
        July 11th, 2014 at 8:32 am

        Haha, I might as well buy a backpack bigger than me, so I can pull the disappearing act -inside it- in situations of danger (bears, wildlife gone … wild; Google updates – the usual stuff). :D

        November? Hmm, we’ll have a late celebration of the famous “Oktober fest” then. Fingers crossed we don’t have a shitty weather. Autumn is nice here though. I’ll probably still be here. :D

        p.s. We have free wi-fi here everywhere.

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 11th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

          There is no way a Penguin could open a backpack that’s for sure :P

          I’m still hashing out the details but I will let you know :)

          • Roxana
            July 11th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

            Haha, a penguin can’t, but a hummingbird might stick its nose in it. :D Kidding.

            Sweet, just shoot me an email once you have the details. :D

          • Matthew Woodward
            July 11th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

            I will for sure =D

  29. andy

    Great job Matt, thank for your post :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 29th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Hope it helps!

  30. Onder

    Great article Matt,

    It’s never a bad idea to be too prepared. My biggest problem has always bee coming up with a solution that backs everything up all in one go without losing anything offline.

    I’m curious to know what executable applications you use. If you could list out the essential ones, that would be awesome.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 28th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      What about an external hard drive?

      Applications to do what?

      • Onder
        May 28th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

        I have a few external HDDs already but always felt there weren’t as portable as a cloud based solution.

        In terms of applications. The ones you feel would be best as a Blogger/Internet Marketer. Apps you personally use.

        • Matthew Woodward
          May 29th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

          Ahhh but what would happen if the internet access sucks, which it usually does when travelling in my experience =/

          You mean things like word, excel, photoshop, after effects, camtasia studio? I use a lot of apps depends what im trying to do

          • Onder
            May 29th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

            No problem. I use a mac mainly so I have problem finding alternatives for Windows. Especially for video editing. I know Camtasia is a good alternative to Screenflow for the Mac.

            Thanks for the recommendations.

          • Matthew Woodward
            May 29th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            Ahhh well what other kind of things are you trying to do?

  31. Sam

    I would like to add one item – an extension lead with at least 4 sockets!

    While travelling Thailand & Vietnam for 16 months & working on my websites – taking one of these with me was without a doubt the single best bit of advice I received from a friend who had done the same thing a year before me.

  32. Mehedi

    I think a Pocket Wifi Router will be handy too. Nice checklist Matt.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 28th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      I have looked at those but was never really sold on them – have you got any experience with them?

  33. clayton


    I am first time reader of your blog. Amazing stuff! No hype, no BS. Pure and straight to the point SEO. Love it!

    I got here from BHW, just finished reading your very long post about “how to make top 100 blog”. Three hours of so much motivation and epic information. Thanks!

    Btw what was the exact date you visiting Mayrhofen? From the picture I can certainly say that I was in that hotel across the field.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 24th, 2013 at 8:16 am


      Thanks very much :)

      It was 1st-7th April, I’ll be back there again 7th-12th next year :)

  34. Gary

    Great checklist Matthew. One counter point however . . .

    Like yourself, I too thought that syncing to the cloud was a sound backup strategy . . . until I read these two articles:



  35. Cristea Cristian

    Nice post Mat, Great Advice.
    I’d like to add that is nice to have a “personal search engine”. For example I use http://www.google.com/cse/all to add multiple sites from Authors that I admire and when I search for advice on Online Business it’s a lot quicker and it allows me to search multiple sites. But on Google you have to type every single time what sites your searching on.

  36. JJ

    I used to use this Wi-Fi Finder application it helps me to find free or paid Wi-Fi hot spots anywhere in the world.Very useful when travelling,easy to use,works both online or offline with map included. Love it.


    • Matthew Woodward
      May 29th, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Nice tip thank you!

  37. Morgan

    Another great post Mat! Looking forward to my travels and working on the road soon:)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 28th, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Cheers morgan!

  38. Brittany

    This is a great guide Matt! Thanks for sharing from your valuable experience. Very useful!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 17th, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Glad you enjoyed it =D

  39. Joe

    This is a great post! If I ever manage to get on the open road again I will come back and follow some of your tips.

    For my day bag, I use a North Face backpack/ruck sack that folds into a little zipped pocket so it can easily go in your bigger bag when not needed.

    Its a bit like your drawstring bag but a lot less JD Sports circa 1999 ;-)

    Where is up next on your travel plans?

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 17th, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Wahahaha – its vintage n ting blood! ^^

      Off to Spain at the end of June to see a reader :)

      • Joe
        May 17th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Yeah, keep it real.

        You should also add some noise cancelling earphones to the list to block out the kids on the bus with their ghettoblasters.

        Have a good trip to Spain.

        • Matthew Woodward
          May 17th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

          I have those but didn’t include it in the list =\

          Thanks Joe!

  40. Chris

    Fantastic post.

    How come you do so much travelling, Matt?

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2013 at 4:54 pm


      Because I made it my goal 3.5 years ago to be able to work anywhere in the world with just a laptop and internet connection – time to take advantage of it :)

  41. Sam Matla

    Awesome stuff Matt!

    I can’t wait to travel, really. And I’m keeping this post in mind for when I do.

    I absolutely love the idea of working from anywhere in the world, and you’ve done that – “I’m only living what I chose to create.” <– that right there, that's awesome.


    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Hi Sam,

      Lets see you make the same choice :)

  42. Steve Schellert


    I continually learn from reading your blogs. Inpressed with the way you get SEO by keywords and outlinks.

    Incorporated in my blogs and see almost imediate result.


    Steve Schellert

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2013 at 7:18 am


      Thanks very much, feel free to email me a longer testimonial :)


    That’s long list of awesome tips for any blogger who want to travel more and spend more time on road this summer.

    Some of the tips are very useful and I hope all my friends who are in Europe who travel a lot will like that share.

    Thanks for the valuable tips and tricks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2013 at 7:17 am


      Thanks very much I hope they help you out somewhat!

  44. Emeka Madusha

    Lovely post. One Question though. You never talked about clothes. You mean to say you have all the clothes you will ever need in that bag?

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 24th, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Yup – I had 2 pairs of trains, few pairs of short, 1 jeans, 6 tshirts and the other bits. Roll clothes instead of folding them when packing, you can get a whole lot more stuff in – and no creases :P

  45. Alex Eliades

    Excellent post as always but I want to add something that I think is missing here and for me is absolutely essential when away from the office. You see I have a heavy powerful laptop in the office with a good Internet connection. Because this powerful laptop weighs 3KG and is power hungry I cant lug the thing around with me. So, at home (where the Internet is crap) and on the road (where the Internet is often worse) I use a 11.6″ Intel Atom Notebook that cost peanuts, has a 4hr battery life, weighs nothing and that does everything I need except it cant run processor/network heavy stuff like submitter and scrapers etc or do heavy uploads/downloads etc for obvious reasons… so I use VNC to remote access my office machine and do all this stuff remotely while away. This is without doubt a setup that I love and cant live without. TightVNC is my open source VNC weapon of choice. Oh, and I also absolutely must use Dropbox with this setup (equivalent to Google Drive).

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2013 at 7:10 am


      I had to decide what type of machine I would take on the road, the problem was I needed something that was powerful AND lightweight so the atom style netbooks just didn’t cut it and the screen is far to small.

      But yes you are right remoting in would get around a lot of that – but that relies on always having the internet connection which I can’t always guarantee on the move =/

  46. Matthew Woodward


    I was on the Pacific coast and didn’t really like San Jose, just like any other city yawwnnn.

    Who knows I might go live there for a while yet ^^

    Which idea? Publishing a book is on my bucket list one day

  47. Andy C

    I’m not quite at the place where I can travel at will but reading posts like that can only inspire – thanks Matt…

    Nevertheless, there are some really cool gadgets that I might look to treat myself to prior to a trip to the Med this summer! :-)

    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a Page”

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 10th, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Love that quote!

  48. David

    Bloody legend, living the dream.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 10th, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I’m only living what I chose to create

  49. David Berger

    Way cool, wish i could see the sights and make money at the same time…Maybe some day when i have as much knowledge as you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 10th, 2013 at 10:46 am

      No such thing as wish, only ‘do’ or ‘don’t’

      I set myself the goal to be able to work and travel anywhere in the world in November 2009, I have arrived :)

  50. Lee

    A little bit dramatic mate, I spent over ten years traveling pretty much full time and running a business out of a backpack.

    All you need is a dive bag with a roll top (waterproof for the rainy season) also means you can keep it with you at all times on overnight trains when you use the john ect.

    I started out with 2 x 256mb usb sticks, uploading all my programs to a internet cafe computer. Wherever i happend to be, usually in India, then i upgraded to a 4 gig asus device (that got mangled while drunk) then on to an asus aspire netbook (that served me well), then finally an asus j35u (top quality machine i hasten to add)

    what you want in a travel laptop is

    1. A non flexible screen, so grab the screen and give it a wiggle see how sturdy it is. This laptop is strong (been dropped on a corner and survived)
    2. Light weight is good as well (its 1.7kg) that was top draw at time of purchase about 3 years ago in malaysia.
    (tip if you heading that way its worth while buying in Malaysia its not cheaper but everything is like a year ahead of UK spec with tons more specification choice.)
    3.A universal adaptor, plugs, nothing fancy as the charger brick sorts out current spikes.
    4.A bundle of cables.
    5. Phone that is 3g enabled that is rooted so you can tether it and thats about it, (cheap Samsung mini about 80 quid and a tenner to get it rooted and unlocked if you cant do it yourself)

    7. Humility, you aint the first person to travel with a laptop Mr woodward so dont be so dramatic;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 10th, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Hi Lee,

      Some great feedback from an experienced traveller – even more so that Wi-Fi availability wasn’t what it was today back then!

      Could you link me to a picture of the dive bag you talk about? Sounds much better than my drawstring jobby

      I’m not the first person to travel with a laptop, but I spent many many hours looking into it, thinking about the possibilitys and doing it.

      I was surprised by the complete lack of blog posts around this hence this one :) In fact I believe this is an entire niche waiting to be discovered!

      • lee
        May 10th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Email me with contact details I want to offer you some work if interested? pay for your next trip ;)
        + I will save you the exsternal link to an amazon page.
        Google “Dry Bag, 15 Litres ” this kinda bag, I used a tube one this flat type looks good though, its new. when you in the thick of it and its monsoon you want one of these or its game over.

        • Matthew Woodward
          May 12th, 2013 at 11:53 am

          Hi Lee,

          Very kind of you I’ll drop you an email – yeah those bags look much better! Would of thought a british man would be prepared for a monsoon by default ^^

      • Lee
        May 10th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        Also i guess that your laptop is the same spec as U35 laptop, I recently updated the ram to 8gig. Go to Crucial RAM they have an app you can download that checks your spec and tells you if it can take 2x4gig, (even though the manufacturer website states 4 gig max) … cost 50 quid

        • Matthew Woodward
          May 10th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

          I was thinking about swapping the HDD out for an SSD, it made a huge difference on my main rig but to be honest its fast enough already =\

  51. Alex McDonald

    Seriously fantastic guide here Matt.

    Although, I was thinking the exact same thing as the first commenter regarding the headset. In my experience, I’ve found that Bluetooth headsets that you normally see combined with mobile phones work great for coffee shop Skype sessions. They are compact, wireless and you don’t look like a stereotypical telemarketer. Plus, no cables :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 10:11 pm


      Do you have any specific headset you recommend?

      • Alex McDonald
        May 9th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Sorry Matt I don’t, it has been a while since I looked around for one. Though, Plantronics always seemed to score highly.

        • Matthew Woodward
          May 10th, 2013 at 10:51 am

          No worrys =D Way back when Jawbone headsets ruled the roost but they also ruled the bank account ^^

  52. Greg

    I thought it was a dooms day plan…LOL ..when i travel i do nothing :-) the best i’ll do is record my ideas on my hone and then deal with it when i get back..now that’s travelling light.. :-)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Hahaha sounds like a good plan =D

  53. Casey Dennison

    Awesome post, Matt! Man, I stay in Houston, TX – about 3 hours from Dallas – and would of bought you a beer if I’d been in that area lol

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Maybe one day ^^

  54. Sita Gabriel

    You travel a lot so you need many things in your arsenal. Thanks for the details tutorial Matt. Keep it rockin’

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Cheers =D

  55. Herry Phillips

    Looks from your gadget, your not an apple fans.
    Usually I found many Internet Marketer had macbook as their ultimate weapon.
    Anyway what ever… :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hahaha I’m not cool enough for a macbook

      • Munir Nathoo
        February 1st, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        You need to join the Mac family my friend! Just get Parallels for windows installed on your mac and you’re good to go with any windows application/software…

        I promise you will never regret it… :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          February 2nd, 2014 at 7:23 pm

          Hahaha never – if its not broke don’t fix it :)

  56. Dwight

    Enjoyed your post here Matt. My wife and I travel often, and I too run my business from multiple locations. We spend months at a time away and now are back home for the summer. I thought I have all my bases covered but there are some superb tidbits here in your post that I will definitely make use of. Ex. Yearly travel insurance…my broker has never mentioned that we can be covered like that. We purchase new insurance every time we are going out of the country.

    The best thing we make use of is a credit card that gives travel points, plus to shop at locations that also give travel points, believe they add up very fast. We get at least one to two first class trips a year this way. And even when we are away we use the credit card to build up more points.

    Anyways, happy travels

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Dwight,

      Glad to hear it has helped out an experienced traveller :)

      I’m using a credit card that gives cash back on purchases, but what is a ‘travel point’ ?

      • Dwight
        May 9th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        Travel point = air miles. For every dollar we spend we receive a travel mile. So many travel miles = free tickets. :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          May 9th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

          Ahhh I see – what sort of $$$ value is 1 air mile though?

  57. Brian Dean

    As a fellow traveler, I loved reading these tips and insights (In fact, I considered creating a blog that focused on helping people run a business from the road). The only thing I’d add to your list of must-have items is a nice headset with a mic for Skype sessions.

    There’s nothing worse than trying to pitch a client in a hostel lounge when everyone can hear your conversation!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2013 at 4:30 pm


      Great additional tip that I hadn’t thought of! I think a blog like that would do well!

    • Iain
      May 10th, 2013 at 10:35 am

      That’s a great additional tip Brian.

      That is something so simple that we can often forget those types of things.

      I know I carry headphones with me at all times, but not a mic. Great point.

      • Matthew Woodward
        May 10th, 2013 at 10:44 am

        I was going to add about my headphones but didnt, might edit this a little. I have a set of Shure headphones with a lifetime warranty for cable breakages etc which are perfect for the travel!

        • Phil
          May 27th, 2013 at 6:56 am

          Hey everyone,

          first of all amazing post. For having really high quality audio equipment on the road I would recommend using the Samson GoMic. It’s a tiny little condensator microfone which has a plug for your earphones. You can adjust the characteristics of the are to be recorded, you have superb quality and very small size. You could even do videos on the road with this as you can easily apply it to your laptops screen.

          Again thanks for this amazing blog, just wanted to share my 0.02 :)

          • Matthew Woodward
            May 27th, 2013 at 8:22 am

            Just had a look at it, does look pretty sweet and I hadn’t considered recording a video tutorial on the road. Tempted to now though so I have an excuse to buy that wee thing :)

    • Bo Ratliff
      October 14th, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Have you seen the monitor laptop attachment “Slide N’ Joy”?
      It comes out in December and seems like a digital marketers best friend for going on the road.


      • Matthew Woodward
        October 19th, 2015 at 10:09 am

        Holy shit I want one of those!!

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