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Survival Filter vs LifeStraw

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Once upon a time, there were very few options for fresh drinking water when adventuring in far-off lands. You’d have to make a fire, boil the water in a clean pot in hopes you rid it of all the nasty microbes, then hope for the best.  Everything has changed! That’s right, we’re talking about on-the-go water filters. When it comes to choosing the right water filtration for your outdoor adventures or for your doomsday preparation, there are plenty of options, but it really boils down to the Survival Filter vs LifeStraw.

LifeStraw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, 3 Piece Price: $48.44 LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, 3 Piece Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 11/27/2018

LifeStraw has been a leading charge in the water filtration movement and offers many different water bottle and drinking solutions for a variety of different needs while you are on the go.

When you begin to compare the benefits of the LifeStraw versus the Survivor Filter, their variety of water bottles is one of the largest benefits to choosing a LifeStraw solution. When it comes to microbial filtration, however, the Survivor Filter does advertise that is filters down to .05 microns when the Lifestraw is a mere .2 microns. In a seriously dirty water scenario this could mean something, however, they both filter out an incredible amount of microns.

As you can see the LifeStraw does a pretty incredible job even in the most, dare I say, disgusting scenarios. From dark murky dirty water to clear and delicious the LifeStraw is able to transform your water instantly.

If the instant straw isn’t your on-the-go desire, they also sell an amazing amount of different water bottles as well that have the same technology as their classic LifeStraw does. Personally, my favorite looking one would be the LifeStraw Go water bottle solution.

LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Purple Price: $35.96 LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Purple Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 11/27/2018

A single LifeStraw is very affordable Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. and makes it a tough item to not pick up in your just-in-case scenarios. If you’re looking for something a little more professional I would say look onward to the Survival Filter below.

Survival Filter

If fashion statements are what you’re going, look elsewhere. If clean water and reusable features are your focus than the Survivor Filter vs the Life Straw is your best bet.

Survivor Filter - Virus Tested 0.05 Micron Portable Water Filter Price: $29.95 Survivor Filter - Virus Tested 0.05 Micron Portable Water Filter Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 11/27/2018

With a threaded end to screw into any standard bottle of water, it makes this survivor filter straw extremely useful and forgoes the need to purchase a dedicated water bottle which saves you time and money!

Additionally, the Survivor Filter has three filters that can all be easily replaced so you won’t need to purchase a new straw once you have gone through its 264 (1000 liters) gallons of filtrations that it is rated for.

The only real downside of this straw, in my opinion, is the dark green color. When adventuring in wooded and natural landscapes I could see myself losing the Survivor filter straw pretty easily with its green color blending into its surroundings. This is where the LifeStraw outshines the Survivor Filter. With the blue color that the LifeStraw has, it stands out. Since fresh drinking water is kind of important for survival I’d say color can matter!

Survival Filter vs LifeStraw, Which One Should You Get?

While both of these filters are great and will help in times of crises, adventure, or just general outdoor activities it depends on if you are looking to utilize it on a more regular basis and if you are going to be in an area where the water may be especially “dirty”. If that is the case, I’d recommend going with the Survival Filter however the LifeStraw is an extremely affordable and useable option as well if you are looking for something to add to your go-bag.

Since both options are affordable and do a great job of filtering you’re hard press to go wrong choosing either. And if you’re like me and just drink water straight from Icelandic ice caves than either is better than none.

Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village Food Tour Review

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If you’re looking for a food tour to explore some of Greenwich Village’s best eats, sit down and prepare to feast.

Living in the city these days means Caroline and I spend most of our time either working on our walking tours or eating at home to save money. We only treat ourselves to the delights of New York City eats every now and again. When the opportunity came up to take a food tour and explore the Big Apple through it’s Greenwich Village restaurants, we jumped at the chance.

Foods of NY Tours is an incredible local food tour business here in the city. They’ve been around since 1999, which means I was barely feeding myself when they began sharing the best food in New York City with the world. So they know a thing or two about food!

While they offer many different food tours around Manhattan and Brooklyn, we chose to join their Greenwich Village “Heart & Soul” tour because it’s one of their most popular experiences.

So What Was It Like?

Our day began with meeting our group at a classic Italian family-style restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village’s bustling Macdougal St. Joanna, our guide greeted us and instantly made us all feel welcomed. She prepared us for what we were about to experience in the next three hours of our day.

PS… Joanna was a rock star guide who really made us feel like old friends!

Joanna Russell - Foods of NY

After introductions, we headed to our very first stop, Cafe Dante. In an effort to not ruin the allure and surprise of the stops for you, this will be one of the few restaurants I will name in the review. You will have to join them on a future tour if you want to know all the fun stops first-hand!

We kicked off the many tastings with my personal favorite on the tour: Cafe Dante’s Burrata cheese Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. with Sea Salt on honeycomb, cranberry, and pecan sourdough flatbread. If that doesn’t get your taste buds salivating then the photo below may.

Cafe Dante - New York City Greenwich Village

One slice of this stuff was not enough for me, but I quickly learned to pace myself as we had seven more tastings to go. The burrata cheese was so soft and flavorful that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to traditional mozzarella ever again.

Once we finished with our first tasting, our guide Joanna took us around Greenwich Village. She shared not only the history about the food we were tasting, but also the surrounding areas such as Washington Square Park and the like.

From exploring the Village’s fast-casual Indian cuisine…

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Exploring where to get the best coffee beans…

 

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Finding a hidden gem to grab fresh spices, tea, and honey…

 

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To all kinds of desserts and cookies…

 

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Every fifteen minutes we were trying or exploring something new. It made the tour so endlessly exciting!

And last but certainly not least, we need to mention the empanadas. Those sweet, sweet Empanadas.

 

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Caroline’s favorite and a close second fav for me were the empanadas from a place called Cuba.

There, we had a variety of traditional Cuban foods. The crust on the empanadas was perfectly crunchy and thick, while the fillings of spinach, cheese, and beef made for an almost out of body experience.

I wanted to eat more of these but at the tail end of the tour, my stomach was telling me that wouldn’t be wise.

Final thoughts

After sampling more than ten different foods, I left this food tour stuffed and extremely satisfied.

Being a New Yorker, I often find myself getting stuck in a routine and forget that there are hundreds, no thousands, of new restaurants and activities I have yet to explore. This food tour was no different. Now Caroline and I have a list of Greenwich Village spots that we must return to for full meals.

At a price of $54 per person, this food tour doesn’t disappoint!

In fact, I am stunned at how affordable it was for just how much food you get during the tour. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the price, so be sure to bring an extra $10-$20 if you’d like to enjoy some wine or mojitos along the journey.

If a good blend of food, local businesses, and history is what you’re looking for in a New York City tour, I’d recommend giving the Foods of NY Heart & Soul Greenwich Village tour a try!

Okay, time to go find that cheese again…

Full disclosure: Opinions are our own and we have not received compensations for this review. 

Why You Should Absolutely Travel After a Breakup

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I’ve traveled to over thirty cities in three different countries in the last six months. When I started this traveling adventure in January, it came fresh off of a break-up.

Yep, you heard me right, a break-up.

For the one person reading this that has never experienced a breakup, this is a moment in anyone’s life where they realize that everything they were accustomed to for the last year or so is now completely GONE.

Breakups are blinding and can leave a temporary and for some, a permanent hole in your soul that you most desperately want to fill again quickly.

If you’re not off filling the void by hooking up with anything that walks by, then typically your next go-to vice could be traveling.

It makes sense. Traveling can really leave you to your own thoughts and reflections and provide a new lease on life that may be a bit more healthy than “Netflix and chilling”.

Breakups aren’t bad reasons to travel.

I mean ask any Life Nomading team member and we will cheer you right along, ideally to Bulgaria (shameless plug). However, I think it bears a little reflecting on the intentionality of travel and the expectations out there for what you will get out of your adventures as you search for that “missing piece”.

You’ll get out of it what you put into it

Just like most things in life, you’ll have a shitty time traveling if you don’t make an effort to push yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. You want this life-changing experience, but if you aren’t willing to work on your travels you’ll have nothing but photos of you drinking frozen daiquiris on the beach somewhere.

And that doesn’t help you in re-discovering who you are as a single person.

You’ll Re-Learn How to Be Awestruck

Movies have done a poor job setting our expectations with travel (and most everything in life to be honest).

I know when I started traveling continuously for the first time, I remember stepping into that first new city ready to be mind blown and waiting for the Walter Mitty theme music to begin playing as I walked down the jetway. However, it just doesn’t happen that way. Unless of course, you are literally playing the Walter Mitty playlist as you step off the airplane.

Be patient, this is a process of re-learning how to be awestruck.

I’m not a religious guy, but I do think that you can’t force yourself on the universe in this way. You just have to be patient, be open to any experiences, and just let the life happen on your travels. Awe-striking moments will happen, I promise.

Your Perspective Will Be Worth Its Weight in Gold

When it comes to breakups it’s easy to get into this weird phase where you only see things in a certain way. You get self-absorbed and feel like the world is ending.

News flash. It isn’t, and travel helps you get over that real quick.

How? Well by giving you so many perspectives on life and environments in such a short amount of time that you can’t help but accept that your problems are just a small drop in the world of millions of people around you.

You’ll Learn to Be Single

travel after a breakupDuh, right? But seriously, its a new territory for you and you don’t understand it yet.

Well, guess what, when you travel solo you learn real quick. The more important thing is that, not only will you learn to be able to laugh at yourself and enjoy quiet moments by yourself, but you will also begin to learn who could fit into your life in the future.

Traveling when single gives you the time to gather up all these global perspectives, bundle it up in your brain and come to conclusions about what priorities, values, and morals actually matter to you and thus gives you the patience to not force a new relationship until you find someone that slides into those respective slots.

Breakups are terrible. There’s no way around that, but travel can help.

The beautiful thing about travel is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. The way you go about it is, and always will be, unique to you.

5 Incredible Things I Learned While Traveling the Country for a Month

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I’ve referenced the movie ‘Up in the Air’ many times in the past here on Life Nomading.

And to be quite frank, I have experienced many of the ups and downs that the movie references in the past three years…

But it wasn’t until this past month when I was living out of airports and other people’s homes, that I got to reflect on these words on a whole new level.

When I first started Life Nomading back in 2014, I was a single, all-in-on-my-pursuits kind of guy. Then things happened, I fell smitten to a girl and quickly without even realizing it I was molding into many things that I used to refute.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad chapter at all. In-fact I learned a hell of a lot about myself in that chapter of my life and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

But, when reality slapped me in the face I was forced to realize I wasn’t living my truth for the long-term me. That’s when I knew things needed to change.

So I decided to travel the country in hopes of figuring it all out on my journey.

Whenever I’m stressed or sad I just need to move, ask any of my friends. In middle school it typically meant running for miles around the football field during a Friday night game, but as an adult it means booking one-way tickets around the country for a month to get away from it all.

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Perhaps that was a fools errand in the first place. My trip around the country as a solo traveler left me with far more questions, even deeper discoveries, and even weirder senses of longing that I never thought I would have going into the trip.

I thought I would be writing this article with some awesome discovery to bestow on to you, but instead I have a plethora of thoughts, ideals, and concepts that culminated into less of an ‘aha moment’ and more of a shift in my own thinking.

 

Take these tid bits for what they’re worth:

1. Have More Faith in People

I’m not talking about religious faith here, but more so just believing that people likely want to do more good to you than harm. Going into my trip, I was sure that trusting others, especially strangers was to lose a sense of security for myself. Our friends and family members always tell us we will get robbed while traveling.

Instead, it was the exact opposite.

Instax shots from my trip around the country

The more vulnerable and open I made myself, were the more opportunities I had special moments where I connected with perfect strangers on the opposite sides of the country. These connections were as small as a waiter wishing me luck on my travels, to a coffee shop patron getting into conversations with me about the meaning of life.

2. Smile When You Feel Like Smiling

It’s contagious.

About a third of the way into my trip I stopped hiding my happiness from the world. When I was exploding with happiness I let the smile emit from my face. I’d look up randomly in the airport and see others smiling too. It’s like the best contagious disease out there. 🙂

3. Don’t Settle, Ever.

This may seem cliche or obvious but it’s all too real.

Settling is the core of all things that will make you unhappy.

An all in or all out mentality can scare most, but if you truly want certain things out of life, settling will be the only reason those things don’t get accomplished.

I’m certainly not perfect at this. It takes effort to refuse the settle culture that our society has just naturally breed into us.

Check yourself on a weekly or monthly basis. Question if what you are doing is working towards your dreams or just feeding your current reality.

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4. Relationships Can Be Temporary, and That’s Okay

I think it’s almost impossible to go through a trip without having feelings toward someone. Romantically, friendships, whatever you want to call it, titles need not apply we’re millennials after all.

Whether you spend a week or just an evening together. When you set your life up in a way that is nomadic in nature, there is a real sense of temporary that drives a heightened sense of connectedness in the moment with others.

It’s not about how long you spend with someone, but how you spend it with them. There were moments on my trip where I spent fewer than a couple hours with someone and I felt a connection stronger than I’ve ever had with some of my closest friends and former partners.

Life is on-going. I’m finding a real humility and a comfort knowing that the stars can align down the road. It’s a long term play, enjoy the now more than ever.

5. No One Honestly Cares What You’re Doing

People have their own lives to care about.

They care far less if you decide to pull out a camera in the middle of the airport terminal to get a cool shot, or if your decide to dance a little to your favorite song on the subway. Whatever you feel moved by, do it and stop caring what others think.

Trust me, I am one to get anxious in social situations (like I sometimes break out in hives kind of bad). Forcing myself to vlog in public on this trip…

…quickly made me realize that when I have a purpose and I am the “me’st” me there is, my anxiety would disappear and now I was just a wannabe filmmaker taking video of myself in public… latty fricken dah right?

So…

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10 flights, 9 states, 7,000 miles and many latte’s later I feel like I learned a lot about myself on this trip. I feel changed because of this experience. I allowed myself to be open to absolutely anything and I believe it paid off for my soul.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

It feels weird being in my apartment writing this. I almost wish I was back journaling these thoughts on the side of a Colorado foothill somewhere. But the beauty in a nomadic life is that I can make that choice when the moment is right again for me.

For now, I’m digesting how I take my revitalized passion for wondering the globe, and harness it into something sustainable for my soul. Be you, everyone else is taken!

Now I’m curious, what are some things you’ve learned on your travels? Share them in the comments below my friends.

Best Inflatable Kayak for Adventuring

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Not all adventures are created equal.

Some adventures take us by land, some by air, and some by water. For the water adventurers out there transporting a kayak can be an annoying and sometimes discouraging task. Thank goodness the world gave us inflatable everything. In this article we will review some of the best inflatable kayaks on the market depending on your budget and missions.

Our Recommended Best Inflatable Kayak Options

Inflatable KayakHighlightsPrice 
Intex Challenger K1 Kayak- Inexpensive
- Lightweight
- Holds up to 220 lbs
- 1 person
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Intex Challenger K2 Kayak- Affordable
- Lightweight
- Holds up to 400 lbs
- 2 person
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Intex Explorer K2 Kayak- Affordable
- Lightweight
- Holds up to 400 lbs
- Stable
- 2 person
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Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak- Lightweight
- Holds up to 500 lbs
- Stable
- 2 person
$$$Buy Now!

There’s a perfect inflatable kayak for your needs. It’s important to think about what your budget and mission is for your water adventures first. If you plan to go on choppier or potentially rockier water, you will want to make sure you invest in a kayak that has more durable material. If you are traveling alone, save the money and go with a single person inflatable kayak.

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

This Challenger K1 single person inflatable kayak from Intex has a rigid design and allows for weights up to 220 lbs. This comes with aluminum oars and a high output air pump to make inflating this kayak quick and simple.

As you can see the kayak has netting in the front for storage of small items like backpacks, lunch, maybe even your small dog (saw this in a photo)!

With highly positive reviews, this is a product that adventurers of all types enjoy using during their kayaking times. This is definitely the best cheap inflatable kayak for budget buyers.

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Intex Challenger K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

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As you can likely tell, this Challenger K2 Kayak is practically identical to the Challenger K1, it’s sister. However, this allows for 2 persons and comes with an extra set of oars, go figure.

You can have up to 400 lbs weight in this kayak. Made with Intex’s same rugged, Super-Tough vinyl that’s puncture and UV resistant you can bet that this thing will hold up for a while.

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Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

intex-explorer-k2-kayakWith adjustable seats, a low profile and bright yellow vinyl, it’s no wonder this Intex inflatable kayak is certified by the national marine manufacturers association and US Coast Gaurd ID.

Similar to it’s younger sister the K2 Challenger, the Explorer adds a bit more rigidity and comfort for a 2 person adventure.

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Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak with Deluxe Package

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This higher end Sea Eagle comes in as one of the pricier options for inflatable kayaks but that is because it is crafted to last a while with extra-thick K-80 polykrylar hull material. As you can see the design of the kayak seems to be very stable and well adjusted for a 2 person trip. Additionally this kayak can hold up to 500 lbs which is an added 100 pounds over it’s competitor’s advertised weight with Intex designs.


To wrap it up…

Regardless of your mission, an inflatable kayak is a nice thing to have in your adventure arsenal. You can easily pump it up with your hand or foot pump in minutes and you have a kayak that can take you on adventures around the world.

When it comes to the best inflatable kayak take into account your mission. Are you looking for a single person kayak? Are you typically with a friend? How much comfort and durability do you think you need?

Answering all of these questions will help to make investing in an inflatable kayak a little bit easier. Remember, the best inflatable kayak is the one you have, so go ahead take the leap and take some awesome photos on your next water adventure to share!

Best Rain Jackets for Men

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When it comes to traveling, it is critical to pack for the impending rainy weather.

But, what if you are trying to decide on the perfect jacket for you? In this article we will run through the best rain jackets for men and which one may be the best fit for you… if of course you are a man. (women specific article to come soon)

When looking for a perfect mens rain jacket it is important to keep in mind that price point and your expected climate and adventure will be the deciding factors on which jacket to invest in. Rain jackets for men can range from $30 – $300+ depending on your needs.

Best Rain Jackets for Men Comparison Table

Jacket NameHighlightsPrice 
Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Front-Zip- Inexpensive
- Lightweight
- Water Repellent
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Helly Hansen Men's Vancouver Jacket
- Affordable
- Waterproof
- Accented hand & chest pocket
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IZOD Men's True Rain Slicker- Stylish
- Waterproof
- Big pockets and hoodie
$$Buy Now!
Outdoor Research Men’s Helium II Jacket- Lightweight
- Waterproof
$$$Buy Now!
Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell Jacket
- High Quality
- Waterproof
- Insulated for Cold Weather
$$$$Buy Now!

Are you about to go to Alaska in January? Perhaps Florida in February? Every trip can warrant dramatically different rain jacket needs. Below I have broken down a few different options giving you lightweight rain jackets and heavy winter waterproof jacket options. Choose carefully and best of luck on your next adventure!


Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket with Hideaway Hood

Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket with Hideaway HoodThis jacket is perfect for the lighter weather adventurer. Coming in at a very affordable price, it makes this an attractive option if you are looking for a resistant rain jacket that will resist the rain but not completely waterproof your day. That combined with the obvious wind breaking protections makes this Columbia jacket a good option.

Additionally, the color options are endless with this jacket so no matter your style you can find one or two perfect for your lifestyle. Some say it runs a little bit big so you may want to get the size smaller than typically needed.

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Outdoor Research Men’s Helium II Jacket

Outdoor Research Men's Helium II JacketThis Outdoor Research Helium Jacket has a lot of positive reviews floating around about it. It is lightweight but also waterproof and a lot of people mention using it as a shell while wearing thicker sweaters under it for colder weather applications.

Additionally it comes with a hood which is always an added plus.

This jacket comes in a variety of colors and has a chest pocket on the front for keeping important things like your cell phone.

A bit higher on the price spectrum, it seems to be well worth it when it comes to quality.

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Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell Jacket

Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell JacketLooking for an all in one solution to keep the heat in while protecting you from the rain and windy weather you’re about to adventure into? Perhaps this Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell jacket is the perfect solution for you.

Patagonia is a quality brand of outdoor wear and this jacket seems to be the perfect waterproof option for colder climates.

With a hood, pockets and insulation it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t.

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IZOD Men’s True Rain Slicker

IZOD Men's True Rain SlickerIf you’re looking to add a bit of style to the functionality of a rain jacket, this IZOD Rain Slicker may be the perfect jacket for you.

With big pockets in front, a large hoodie and a sailoresque cut about it you can add this to your wardrobe and people would look at you and be like “yah, you look good dude”.

This jacket comes in three shades and has a more boxy cut to it.

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Helly Hansen Men’s Vancouver Jacket

Helly Hansen Men's Vancouver JacketThis Helly Hansen I find to be a great price point and appealing rain jacket that protects you from the rain and wind. I especially like the off-grey shade with the orange accented pockets. 

From a functionality standpoint, this rain jacket also has a hood with draw strings, two hand pockets and a chest pocket. Although this has no inside pockets, it is easily able to be part of a multi-layer cold weather dressing situation.

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So there you have it, five of the best rain jackets for men in my opinion for your next trip into rainy weather. If I were to choose, it would be between the Patagonia or Columbia jackets. However, I think each jacket in this article has it’s place in your wardrobe and you need to just asses your needs and invest accordingly.

Happy rain jacket shopping!

 

Change

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Change is hard.

Hear me out.

Figuring out new norms is a difficult task to bestow upon just about anyone, even me. But the truth about life is that change happens and it’s inevitable. You can’t control that even if you desperately want to.

For me change happened this past week. I had a wakeup call and it turned into an opportunity for me to reflect on who I am, what I wanted, and what the point of this whole life thing is (in a healthy way of course). I ended up taking the week off from most work to figure out what this all meant.

Sure, I didn’t discover the meaning of life, but I figured a few smaller things out.

It’s no secret I haven’t written much on this blog lately, hell for the last year and a half Life Nomading practically fell silent. I got deep into my business, slogging along just trying to figure out a way to make it as a business owner at age 23. To be honest, every day is a struggle but that’s not what this post is about. Even more importantly, is that I felt like I was posing to you all. I wasn’t practicing what I preached.

Why I’m writing this today is that this recent change I’m experiencing has been equally painful as it has been eye opening. I’ve preached so many times for you to follow your passion, to take the unconventional path, and to explore the world. Yet I failed to follow some of my own fricken advice.

That’s why I just need to explore.

Not to runaway from my problems, not to mask feelings or delusions, but just for myself.

I need to take some time to work remotely AROUND our nation, I want to meet all you fellow Life Nomading explorers, and I want to take in the beauty of what a well rounded nation has to offer my soul.

But this is where I make an ask to you to help make this possible.

If you enjoy what Life Nomading means to you, and you live somewhere in the U.S. with an extra couch or a few square feet on the floor, I’d love to barter with you. I would love to help with chores (I’m not afraid to clean toilets), buy you a beer or two, or three, go on a photo adventure and get you some epic new photos, or anything else in exchange for a few days of a roof over my head as I experience your wonderful city.

I don’t have a set plan yet. I’m still figuring this all out as we head into the holiday season. Expect to be updated with a general plan once it’s all “sorted” out in my own head first.

With a new camera in hand and no agenda in mind, I just want to explore this nation, work remote (for real), meet remarkable people from all walks of life, and capture the beauty to share with you all. I believe that I will share my adventures on this blog once again, but there’s no commercial intent I have. I just want to see the world more and reflect.

But I could use your help, advice, I could even use your winter travel packing tips for a prolonged wondering session.

Cheers and I hope you follow along… or don’t and go do your own thing,

Ian

Set Yourself Apart From Everyone Else

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Let’s be honest, setting yourself apart from everyone else seems to be increasingly harder and harder to do in this day and age. The more and more social media and our digital world grows the more difficult it is to just merely become yourself. With so many people sharing their ideas and so many people attempting to listen, it sometimes feels impossible to be someone that has a solid platform of ideas.

I’ve struggled with this in my own unconventional life. When I began learning as much as I could about digital marketing, blogging, and remote working back in 2008, I realized the space was already filled with other more established people teaching it and spreading their ideas. I got inundated with the amount of content that was surrounding me. The pressures to consume it all were so intense.  For fear I would miss out (FOMO) on what could potentially be that last article, that last podcast, or that last video I would ever need to succeed in my own digital pursuits, I kept consuming.

It was debilitating.

It was scary. I felt like I could never be anything more than a consumer of other’s dreams.

I feared something, but I couldn’t figure out what.

Personally, it got so bad that I would find that I could spend entire days just being a consumer. Sure, it’s learning to an extent. But you would be surprised how quickly learning turns into reiteration and a diminishing return on your time. Reading, watching, listening, repeat. It was an addiction. An addiction to the machine of fear.

You see fear isn’t merely a mindset, it’s an addiction that needs to be addressed just like any other addiction whether it be drugs, alcohol, or the likes. Fear is an easy vice to succumb to. In fact, I’m writing this article because last night I caved into that addiction that reared it’s head at me like it does every once in a blue moon.

I started delving back into the guilty pleasures of reading, watching, and listening to content that was marginally helpful and instead just left me right back to what I already knew, in return for a few less hours to execute on those teachings. (perhaps this is the impetus on my 1 month No Social Media Challenge –more to come–)

Fear should be addressed in a whole series of articles on here, and I’m sure I’ll get to it. But for now, I’m getting to my purpose of the article so stick with me…

The reason we envy, revere, and even spread the word of other’s teachings is because in-fact they did it their own way and we found value in it. These creators set themselves apart because they decided to pursue their own path towards achieving something in a way that we are delighted in consuming. It may sound basic, or it may sound complicated but know this:

The way you set yourself apart from everyone else is by knowing when to put blinders on to the other creators.

I firmly believe that at some point, when you have the necessary basics to ride the horse, when you have the basics on how to create a blog website and publish posts, or you have the basics to take a leap into whatever your passion or conviction is, then and firmly then should you put blinders on to the other creators so you can focus on YOU.

You have the basics now, you have the tools that give you a minimum viable opportunity at crafting something unique. This is what changes the world.

Take Casey Neistat for example, he knows his shit. I remember watching him way back in 2011 when he posted this…

Now he makes a movie every day and has over 2.2 Million (with an M) subscribers who love his work (me admittedly being one of them). He also knows how to be himself and give zero f#@$’s and does his own style. He does him. You do you. I’m sure he consumed at some point, but I can venture to guess that he consumed just enough to be dangerous. The proof is in the pudding, look at his videos now compared to then… they all hold his own aesthetic and storytelling style.

Wait did someone say pudding!?

…anyway…

So I ask you, have you consumed lately because you are in fear of taking the executional next steps in your journey to what you actually want to dominate? or, are you perhaps still learning those basic toolbox type skills to be dangerous? Whatever your reasoning for reading this article or any article here on after is, always question to yourself: Am I spending this time out of fear for doing the thing I know this article is about to tell me to do, or am I doing it to get the bare bones toolbox of knowledge I need to be just dangerous enough in pursuit towards an unconventionally unique lifestyle.

Whatever your answer may be, know that setting yourself apart from everyone else is knowing that you must become a creator in whatever sense of the word that means for your pursuits. Create, but create your own things by letting go of that FOMO syndrome, putting the blinders on, and just executing on your pursuits. There is no secret to success, it’s through the work and the mindfulness of your individual unique brain that will get you places. But you must be able to harness it first.

Without that truth… we would have no Casey, we would have no Conan, and certainly would have no Trump for president (jk).

LN 007: A PSA to You

Ian Hoyt - Be Unconventional

It’s been one hell of a long time since I last uploaded a new podcast episode. It takes a lot of time and a lot of dedication to keep a podcast going. But recently I have changed my train of mind and now am creating Life Nomading stuff like a mad man. Audio, video, and articles (even a book). You name it, I’m really enjoying putting in the time and hard work to bring as much value as I can to you all.

This episode is a short rant from yours truly about exactly that. I say I was drinking water, but I think you can tell there’s a hint of a wine kind of night that came with this recording.

With this new found wind under my wings, comes some changes:

  1. I have moved to Soundcloud. It’s a cool social audio platform that allows for Life Nomading to grow. So if you’re an iTunes listener, have no fear, nothing will changes. But now, you have the ability to listen here, on iTunes or Soundcloud.
  2. Episodes will have different styles. Gone are the days of only interviewing people for an hour. Being that this show is all about being unconventional, you can expect to get interviews, my personal thoughts, and other creative podcast ideas that I want to hold onto for now. 🙂
  3. Quality will increase. Audio quality, levels, etc… will all increase. I promise!

I’m excited. I bet you can tell.

Let’s get it going!

Chasing a Waterfall in Columbus : VLOG (#002)

“Don’t go chasing waterfalls”  – TLC

Sometimes you just have to go against the wise words of TLC to discover fun things in your local area. In our case it was about discovering a waterfall in Columbus, Ohio.

As was the case this past weekend when my girlfriend and I decided to head out into the good ole’ outdoors on a day in February where the Ohio weather decided to peak in the mid 60’s. After we got over our amazement of this weather phenomena was providing, we decided on a whim to go adventure a bit. Her and I have been wanting to find a waterfall that was supposed to exist in Columbus, Ohio for a while. Mind you, our state is very flat even in Columbus. So the thought of a waterfall being in our city made little logistical sense to me. I had to see it to believe it.

Regardless, we did what any millennial couple would do when venturing to a new place… we Googled it. We found the park on Google Maps and proceeded to get lost even with technology at the helm. (and I’m a pilot)

SPOILER ALERT: We found it, like you see in my second (yes I said second) vlog, above!

The waterfall was surprisingly larger than I imagined. It was very cool and dare I say beautiful. Once we took the required Instagram photos and soaked in the beauty a bit, we decided to head on home.

waterfall in columbus ohio

 

But wait there’s more. We were near the Ohio State University airport (KOSU) so as any true #avgeek would do, we had to make a pit stop. I’ve been dating my gal for a while now, but I had yet to show her one of the biggest aspects of my life… aviation. I think this was a small sneak peak into where most of my life is spent during work and play. She was actually somewhat interested in how the airport operated as we stood face against the fence watching airplanes. She even watched airplanes fly off into the far distance long after their departure (all signs point to good). She may have been just putting on a show for me, but I’d like to think she is taking to the airplane thing. 😉

Anyway, it was a great outdoors day in the middle of a midwesterner winter. Back to hibernation and winter activities for a bit longer.