Boost Your Productivity With Clever Travel Hardware


Written by Irina Papuc Topics: Self Improvement

Boost Your Productivity

So, you want to boost your productivity? Nevermind Game of Thrones, winter is not coming, at least not in the northern hemisphere. It’s summertime, and here at Toptal that usually means many of our freelance developers and designers are either on the road or getting ready to hit the beach.

When I started writing this, some of our people were in Portugal, trying to work out the math behind surfboards. Now it’s my turn, and I’m wrapping up my draft with a nice view of the Adriatic Sea, just a few miles away from the best windsurfing spot in Europe.

Yes, I’m a workaholic, so this might as well be a good time to cover the topic I had in mind.

I can probably guess what some of you are thinking:

This is a lifestyle post! This guy is going to talk about surfing, healthy food and excercise.

No. This is not a lifestyle post. As far as food goes, fresh fish and veggies are always a safe bet. Exercise? Well, cycling to a nearby village to try a marginally different fish dish and sample local wine counts as exercise, at least to me.

So, with all the lifestyle stuff out of the way, I can get back to my message and start discussing the logistics behind travel and remote work and how you can boost your productivity. You can buy capri pants, cheap flip-flops, and boonie hats everywhere, but beachside shops usually don’t carry quality hardware that can help you be more productive on the road, or save time and money for more enjoyable activities.

Caveat: If you’re an avid Apple user with a profound dislike of Windows, you may not like where I’m going with this. I don’t intend to bash Apple, but Cupertino simply doesn’t bother with cheap hardware that won’t be missed if it ends up in the water.

Travel Hardware: Myths and Moths

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Hanoi Airport Transfer | The Cheap & Fun Way To Get From The Airport Into Hanoi


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Self Improvement, Travel Hanoi Airport Transfer

Hanoi Airport Transfer

Hanoi is an excellent place to visit. The new capital of Vietnam is modern and has a lot going on which can be quite overwhelming. You might be worried about your Hanoi airport transfer but you really shouldn’t be!

Read below to see, in my opinion, the best way to get from the airport to the centre with little hassle, very little money and a lot of entertainment. Oh, and keep reading if you don’t want to get scammed at Hanoi train station!

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Revolut | Travelling Soon? Check Out This Necessary Money Saving Tip


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Self Improvement, Travel

Revolut Review

Travelling Is Expensive Enough Already – Let’s Use Revolut To Save Some Money

For those of you who frequently read this blog, you’re probably aware that I’m currently enjoying a 5 month adventure around South East Asia with a fairly small bag, my Revolut card and, of course, my MacBook Air (these posts aren’t going to write themselves you know!).

As always, before my trip I did plenty of research of things to buy, what to wear and most thankfully how to save money whilst traveling. This lead me to an excellent discovery of a company that are doing something very innovative. This post is all about that company and how they can save you money and be totally awesome.

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Book Recommendation & Hidden Gems #3 | ‘The Alchemist’ Summary – Paulo Coelho Books


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Books, Deep Thinking, Self Improvement Paulo Coelho Books - The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho Books – The Alchemist

Recommendations, Revelations and Hidden Gems

Hello fellow readers and welcome to the third book recommendation. That’s right, we’ve hit the hat trick. This summary is for the best of Paulo Coelho Books.

First of all, it’s worth mentioning that this book was an absolute delight to read. It is the second fiction book I’ve read in about 3 years and leads me to believe that I should probably read more as it was very enjoyable.

Jump aboard the whistle stop tour adventure summary, complete with hidden gems, of:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Click Here to Get Your Copy

Summary & Recommendation – My First Read Of Paulo Coelho Books 

The Alchemist is an adventure story. It is a very smooth read and as you may be able to guess from reading this far, is very highly recommended. The short paragraphs used are an excellent style of writing that makes it very easy to follow and allows the reader to never bore of a specific scene.

The book gives very realistic internal monologue describing the protagonist’s entire thought process on this incredibly captivating journey.

There are wonderful common themes with uplifting philosophies such as:

  • Following your dream
  • Enthusiasm being a universal language
  • Loving what one does
  • And many more

It was incredible to read such inspirational fiction, especially considering I usually stick to the business, marketing and self help genres!

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Minimalist Packing List | 5 Months in SE Asia | Travel With Well Under 10kg


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Self Improvement, Travel Minimal Packing List | SE Asia

The Minimalist Packing List

Apologies – This Packing List Post is a Bit Delayed

I’m one week into my trip so now seems like a great time to post my packing list. The reason for the delay is due to a determination to cover as much of Bangkok as possible. Now that that has been ticked off the list, it’s time to get out on that sun filled balcony and get on with the long overdue blogging.

My Hand Luggage Packing List

My hand luggage allowance was a strict 55 x 40 x 20 cm and only 8kg!

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