Travel Tips


Helpful travel, trekking, and blogging pointers that I have developed over my time spent traveling the world.


Osprey Exos 48 backpack propped up on a back porch

Osprey Exos 48 Review

Price: $200 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars Pros: Extremely comfortable, lots of useful features, great airflow between back and bag Cons: Not very durable, mesh loosens after time, lid is hard to access Weight: New Model: 37 oz (1.05 kg)  My Model: 41 oz (1.16 kg) Volume: 48 L Lighter Option: Zpacks Arc Blast: […]

Noel face down on his office desk in front of his laptop working on his travel blog

My 30 Day Blog Challenge: Create 15 New Posts

  Lately, I’ve run into a problem along my journey to become a self-employed travel writer: I’m struggling to create new content. It’s not due to a lack of material — I have plenty of meaningful travel experiences — I’m just having trouble focusing and creating. Plain and simple. This is not a good feeling for a […]

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Review

Price: $230 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating:  4.6 of 5 stars Pros: Very comfortable; no break-in period; excellent ankle support, traction Cons: Relatively expensive; potential durability concerns Weight: 52.6 oz (1.49 kg) Women’s Model: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Lighter Option: Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX: 36.5 oz (1.04 kg) Budget Option: Merrell Moab 2 […]

JBL Charge 3 Speaker in front of a brick wall

JBL Charge 3 Review: A Capable Travel Speaker?

Price: $150 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars Pros: Powerful! Great sound quality, impressive battery life, waterproof, able to charge devices Cons: Size/weight not ideal for lightweight travel, exposed subwoofers Weight: 28.2 oz (800 grams) Lighter/Smaller Option: UE Boom 2: 19 oz (539 grams) Budget Option: Anker Soundcore 2 Overview: JBL Charge 3 […]