Choosing a Travel Backpack

Following on from this post, and with the help of friends sending me links, I’ve narrowed it down to 4 potential carry-on companions.


1 | Minaal | http://www.minaal.com/ | $299 (Yup, Dollars).

This looks like the ‘Apple’ of travel bags, and as such, it has a pretty hefty price tag but it looks amazing and has some great reviews. If I have a sudden windfall of cash and frivolity, I’ll have to hope they’ve got stock for international delivery!

Minaal Carry On Backpack

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The Quest for my Travelling Backpack

In or around September, Charlotte and I are setting off to travel the world. Maybe I’ll do another blog post on that further down the line if anyone is interested. Anyway, travelling requires certain equipment. First and foremost; a backpack.

I’ve been passively looking for a reliable backpack that I can take travelling for the past few months. I’ve seen a couple of good bags that have potential, but nothing that’s made my pull out my wallet.

To make this a bit easier for me, I’m going to make a list, (check it twice) and go from passively browsing, to actively looking. I’m gonna be looking so hard, they’re gonna call me the backpack hunter.

My list will have two sections. ‘Nice to haves’ and ‘Must haves’.

Must haves:

  • Fit all of my stuff in (obviously)
  • Sized so I can carry it as hand luggage (RyanAir is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm)
  • Durable
  • Water Resistant
  • Separate Compartments (one for the main bulk, another for documents, etc.)

Nice to haves:

  • Doesn’t look like a travellers backpack
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Laptop section

I don’t actually know exactly what I’m taking yet either, so that’s something I’ll have to figure out as well. Ideally I don’t want to take much. I don’t really want to take anything but I’ll need at least a few vests, underwear, toothbrush, laptop and a camera so I guess I’ll start with that.

Have you been travelling and are full of tips on what to look for in a bag? Let me know, I need some guidance! Leave a comment here or tweet me @marcusmichaels.

Thanks.

Sweat Roulette is in the news

News Clipping - The Mercury

SweatRoulette.com has been making headlines in The Mercury newspaper, available to read online and in print.

It’s crazy to think that this idea was only thought up last week and a crude prototype was only developed last Sunday. The website has been updated with more functionality since it’s launch such as giving you a rest period after each workout, a round counter which tells you how many rounds you completed with a dynamic link to share your achievement on Twitter.

A big shoutout to TeamTreehouse.com, I’ve learned so much from these guys. It’s definitely one of the best places online to learn how to code (amongst a load of other useful things). If you want to take yourself to the next level, give it a try with 50% off your first month.

Learn to code with Treehouse

Sweat Roulette v1

Sweat Roulette Web App

It’s up, it’s live, it’ll make you sweat your ass off. Sweat Roulette is a healthy project by Charlotte and myself which will get you moving and keep you fit.

The rules are simple. We give you an exercise for 20-60 seconds, then it’ll change. You keep doing them as hard as you can for as long as you can. If you need a rest, skip one exercise.

Timer, Exercise Instructions, Rest Intervals and Music are being development for future release. If you want to be part of this project, feel free to leave feedback or submit a pull request on GitHub.

Give it a go and Sweat Roulette.

Six Steps: Lazy Weight Loss Plan

Weight loss is a big deal. Magazines, Television, Advertising, everywhere is a constant reminder that you should be skinny (not that I agree with being skinny for skinny sake, healthy is the real goal).

The problem with being fat, is that you don’t just wake up one day and BAM, you’re fat. It’s a gradual increase that doesn’t really register until it’s too late. That’s what happened to me. I’ve always been kind of chunky from when I a kid (that’s what you get for growing up Greek). And at uni I managed to keep the weight under control, but it wasn’t until I was living in London, getting takeaways every other night – I’m talking Large Stuffed Crust Pizzas, huge portions of Chinese food, and then the snacks on top, that I put on more weight than I like to admit.

I realised I had to lose weight.

I also realise I’m pretty lazy.

This is how I lost weight, the lazy way.

Step one:
Take a before photo.

I can’t stress how important this is. Over the past year, this has been my biggest source of inspiration.

July 2013 Before Photo Weight Loss
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