Blue Host: I use Blue Host because it has a simple (and free) 1-click script install to link my WordPress blog to my new domain name.
WordPress: WordPress is the simplest and most professional blogging platform I’ve used. It is such a widely used resource that it has almost any and every plugin you could ever need, which makes it super simple and universal to customize and create the type of page you and your company may need! I first started using WordPress in 2009, and I’ve loved it ever since.
MailChimp: I use MailChimp to handle my email marketing. Whenever someone subscribes to my blog to receive posts in their email inbox, it’s the MailChip crew making the magic happen. MailChimp lets you send out mass emails to your customers and clients. Every time I post a new blog on my site, my email subscribers get it delivered straight to their inbox! It’s very user-friendly, looks clean and professional, and as an added bonus, who wouldn’t love an adorable monkey delivering mail?
Aside from my Macbook Air, I need a few other products to make this traveling-while-working thing a success!
External Hard Drive: I use an external hard drive in case something goes wrong (i.e. my poor laptop getting kidnapped). I store this in a separate location from my laptop while in my apartment, and I travel with it in a separate backpack (I carry two packs – one with all of my electronics and work necessities, and one with all of my clothing and toiletries). I find that a 500GB is more than enough space, considering majority of my work is hosted online, but you may need more or less depending on the types of files you work with on a day-to-day basis.
Kindle: It would be physically and logistically impossible for me to read as many books as I plan on reading while traveling without an e-reader. I just purchased a Kindle Touch, and I am officially a believer. I must admit, it took a lot of convincing and research to get me to turn over to the dark side of the e-reader world, but they really are an awesome tool. It has wi-fi built in, I can download and purchase books in a matter of seconds, and I can loan and be loaned books from anyone else with a Kindle as well. It’s glorious, and I highly recommend trying one out if you haven’t already hopped on that bandwagon!
Traveler’s Insurance: I Use World Nomads as my traveler’s insurance company of choice. When I was traveling through Ecuador, during the very first week, I had my camera stolen out of my backpack. I was very sad, and I can’t even begin to explain how upsetting it feels to know that there are people out there who would do something like that – but, that’s the world we live in, and that’s where insurance policies come in. World Nomads covered the full cost of my camera, and they were wonderful to work with throughout the whole claim process.
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