Holiday Gift Ideas for the Digital Nomad
Dec17

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Digital Nomad

What do you get your little digital nomad for Christmas eh? That’s the question a few thousand people the world over are asking themselves this festive season as the number of wireless workers the world over continues to rise. It’s a tough one for sure. With their location independence you can’t exactly dispatch heavy duty goods and expect they’ll get there all wrapped up in time for December 25th. Still, there’s plenty of options available if you take the smart approach. Here’s Vagabundo’s recommendations on holiday gift ideas for the digital nomad. Audio Books Relatively cheap, easy to send and high value, mp3 audio books make great gift ideas for the location independent worker in your life. Purchase online, send a link via email and that’s it. The recipient can then simply download one of thousands of titles you choose and enrich their life by settling down and listening to a narrator read them some of the best and most powerful literature and non-fiction out there. E-Readers Gone are the days of hardback paper books and in is the new age of the electronic book. Chances are the digital nomad in your life is already pretty well accustomed to using the latest technology but if they haven’t yet got themselves an e-reader or electronic book reader like the Kindle, then that might well be the best gift you can get them this Christmas. Relatively inexpensive and with international despatch powers, e-readers take the weight out of carrying that slug of a mini-library around. Laptop Accessories It’s going to be pretty pointless – not to mention expensive – investing in new hardware for a location independent worker this Christmas. Gifting them something to clean up and improve their existing rig, however, might just be the best step forward. Why not look into things like portable hard-drives for information storage, cleaning kits, screen protectors or even laptop bags that offer create storage options for people on the move? In fact there are hundreds of great options for laptop accessories that can help spruce up the working conditions of any digital nomad this holiday season. Cloud Backup The next best thing from hard storage? Backing up wirelessly to the cloud. In fact a yearly subscription to a cloud based service might be one of the firmest gift investments you can make for a digital nomad this Christmas as security and backing up is likely integral to their business and livelihood. Entertainment Subscriptions Following on from audio books, how about getting a subscription to an entertainment service like a movies or video channel like Netflix? The digital nomad in your life can then...

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5 Things to Do For the Art Lover in London
Dec16

5 Things to Do For the Art Lover in London

What follows are five fantastic suggestions on things that an art lover can do during their stay in London. The real difficulty? Actually narrowing it down to five as there are so many things spread across the city that can be a fantastic way to spend just a couple of hours. Still, here are five of the best for arts and culture aficionados everywhere. Opera Shows If you love opera, then the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the place to go. Also home to the Royal Ballet, both put on shows throughout the year. You can expect opera shows to be a mixture of both classical as well as more modern twists, but do remember to dress up in order to get the full experience in what is a rather majestic looking building with perfect acoustics. Explore Modern Art at the Tate If the likes of Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol is your thing, as well as a love for strange art, then a trip to the Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames really is a must. You will find that this is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and it will also be free unless there is a specific exhibition as there could be a charge to get into a certain part of the building in order to see it. Theatre on the West End The West End is the place to go if you love the theatre and this is where you will find all of the main musicals as it is the London equivalent of Broadway in New York. Name a show, it has been here. You’ll also tend to see major stars appearing on stage in various plays, but do remember that some shows will sell out and this means you need to plan ahead and see what will be on during your stay. Buy your theatre tickets early to avoid disappointment. See the Masters at the National Gallery The National Gallery holds paintings by all of the greats and entry to it is normally free although there could be a charge with certain exhibitions throughout the year. You will also find that there are guided tours, lectures, and a whole host of other things that will teach you more about the art and you will undoubtedly come away from it with a firmer understanding as to the history of the painting. Learn About British Icons at the Portrait Gallery In order to learn more about the famous people that shaped the UK, you are advised to check out the National Portrait Gallery in St. Martin’s Place. This was the first...

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5 Must See Hotels Around The World That No Traveler Should Miss Out On
Dec16

5 Must See Hotels Around The World That No Traveler Should Miss Out On

When you travel, inevitably you need to spend some time thinking about where you are going to stay. With such a wide range of hotels for you to choose from no matter where you are going in the world, these hotels can go from the rather mundane and more for the budget traveler, to those that are more out of this world. What follows are five such hotels that you really should try to spend an evening at. Beckham Creek, Cave Heaven, USA This particular hotel situated in the Ozarks in Arkansas is going to let you experience what it is like living in a natural cave, but with a modern and more comfortable twist. It can be expensive, but it is also luxurious and even though there are other cave theme hotels in existence this is the best one that you can book into. Silken Puerta America, Madrid, Spain If you want to stay in a hotel that is futuristic, then Spain’s capital has one you need to book into.The beauty of the Silken Puerta America Hotel is that you can go as many times as you like and it will always be different as each room is unique. The design is rather minimalistic and with amazing lighting that just adds to the feeling, you will love the nights you spend here. The Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden The Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland has been built every year for the last two decades and it will certainly be something that you will not have seen elsewhere. Every aspect is carved from ice, but there is still a great degree of comfort since you have warm rugs to keep you cosy and there is always some amazing art on display, so do try to visit there in the winter and marvel at the work that has gone into its creation. Blow Up Hall 5050, Poznan, Poland The reason why you should consider checking out this hotel is due to the design and the way in which they use geometric shapes to create the overall effect. The biggest thing; however, is that you are given an iPhone when you arrive and you use this to open the door to your room, so they clearly love to use technology and gadgets and this alone is a major reason to stay there. Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Skinnskatteburg, Sweden If you love being eco-friendly, then the Kolarbyn Eco Lodge in Sweden may very well be the perfect hotel for you to stay at due to the fact that it helps you to really blend in with nature in ways you would never imagine. The rooms...

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Top Five Male Travel Packing Tips
Dec15

Top Five Male Travel Packing Tips

When it comes to packing for travel, men and women have very different needs. If you’re focusing on packing as a man, there are certain things you should make sure you carry. Whether going on a weekend trip or a week-long trip, having the right items can mean added convenience. When things are missing this means having to find them and having to spend a lot of money to replace them. Here are some of the most important tips to keep in mind when packing as a man on the go. Clothing The clothing that is packed should be suitable for the weather! It’s also important to keep in mind what you’ll be doing when at your destination. If you tend to change clothes a lot, pack extra just in case. Don’t forget suits, casual wear, underwear and socks. Men also need undershirts, ties and other small accessories that women wouldn’t think of bringing with them. Roll clothes up to save space; they can be ironed at the hotel. Grooming Items like a brush, scissors, tweezers, a toothbrush, cologne, gel, hair spray, etc., are all absolutely essential. You may also want to pack small bottles of men’s hair products, since those that hotels provide aren’t that effective. Make sure anything breakable is wrapped in a sock to ensure it’s safe during travel. Chargers Keep chargers, electronics and other items with cords inside of one set area. This could be a plastic bag or a zippered bag, depending on what you have available. This will result in not having to fish around the bag just to find a phone or computer charger! Shoes and Accessories When you pack shoes, belts and other accessories; make sure you compact them all into one area. Put the belt into the shoes and keep other things in there as well. This will save space and making unpacking a lot easier. Organize If you want to go the extra mile when you’re packing, organize everything by outfit. For example, pile up all the clothes that you’ll wear in a day and keep it together. Once you put it into the luggage, you can separate the piles so that he has everything needed for each day. Utilize Post-It notes; these can make it easy to identify separate piles even if they are rolled up to save space. Make a List Creating a list of things you need before you pack can help make the packing process go a lot more smoothly. Ask yourself what you need over the course of a few days and write it out. As you go, mark things off so you know...

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Unmasking Mallorca
Oct19

Unmasking Mallorca

Popping along on a “jolly” to Mallorca, for us Brits, always played a big part in our middle class childhoods. Tagging along with our yuppie parents, reveling in the brief escape from their soul-crushing jobs for two weeks in the sun, Mallorca always seemed a land of endless hotel swimming pools, bar-side ice creams and overly confident foreign kids. And like that, rather unfairly, it remained. Compartmentalized and stored away. There for the day when it would be our turn to be parents. Our turn to search for our own package holiday escape. Returning to Mallorca, a little wiser, older, and with the capacity to get drunk freely in the eyeshot of adults, it’s a lot more enjoyable than I remember. Staying at the Lindner Golf & Wellness Resort Portals Nous, I get all the luxury a weary backpacker could want without any of the pomposity. Gone are the crass “family entertainment shows” and water aerobics that haunted my Mallorca holidays as a child. Out are the stale breakfast buffets and curmudgeonly Spanish staff too. Instead what I get is a resort stay that lives up to its promise. Two days of spa treatments (like every real metrosexual should), good food, countryside discoveries and a colonial African atmosphere (yes, in the heart of Mallorca) that actually succeeds in making me feel relaxed. Rather than wearing me down like the many resorts – and the ubiquitous pack of screaming snotty-nosed kids that accompanies every one of them – I’ve visited before. But how else did a stay here manage to pacify this particularly pernicious travel writer? Well, letting me see Mallorca at my own pace was a good move (I was free to check out the nearby yacht harbor of Puerto Portals and the capital Las Palmas if I wanted). Then I was spared all the listless Spanish stereotypes that usually come with this kind of tourist territory (think Flamenco dances, paella tastings and tapas tours), so that I actually felt like I was on a separate island and far from mainland Spain (always refreshing after more than a year there). Oh and I did I mention the free cava on arrival and an the all over body massage I received in an African hut? Nice touches those. If not for the lovely German masseuse then certainly for me. Yet, aside from these twisted details of luxury that are likely to incense young independent travelers rather than inspire them, what’s so special about the Lindner experience that means it’s worthy of a mention here at Vagabundo? The answer lies in the way it unmasks Mallorca to be more than simply...

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