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This list is a living document and will definitely be updated as we find new and useful tools to help us (and you) in our travels and financial journey.
Kris might be a little obsessive about checking Personal Capital but it truly is a fantastic tool and it's FREE. It pulls in data from all your financial accounts (banks, credit cards, investments, loans, etc) so you can see a complete picture of your financial standing. It also let's you categorize all your transactions, create budgets, and track trends to help you understand where your money is going every month and how you can save more. It's safe, secure, and a super useful tool. You need it. It's free. Get it. Now.
Google Fi piggybacks off of global cellular partners to bring you cheap data, calling, and texting worldwide without having to buy a new SIM card every time you go to a new country. We have been using it for a while and absolutely love it for world travel and will keep it even when we move back to the US. For a full review you can read our post about it.
You don't have to be a worst-case-scenario type person to understand the value in travel insurance. You can probably afford to replace your stuff if it gets stolen or broken... If you find yourself needing an emergency medical evacuation you could be looking at tens of thousands of dollars. If you plan to do anything other than sit in your hostel all day, it's worth it to check out the options here. One of our favorite resources on the topic is Jason Moore from Zero to Travel.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of EVERY blog or podcast on the subject. These are the ones we have found particularly useful and engaging. In short, our favorites.
Mad Fientist - https://www.madfientist.com/
Both his blog and podcast are packed with tons of useful and entertaining information on the topic of financial independence (FI). He interviews people from all over the FIRE community and gives hard number examples as well as insight on some of the psychology behind his own journey.
Zero To Travel - http://zerototravel.com/
Never really read Jason's blog but we LOVE his podcast. He interviews amazing guests who have found ways to travel the world in innovative and frugal ways.
Jim Collins - http://jlcollinsnh.com/stock-series/
Widely regarded as one of the Godfathers of the online personal finance community. His stock series is essential reading for anyone looking for a solid and simple understanding of the stock market "industry." He has also compiled the blog into a fantastic book:
The Simple Path To Wealth - https://amzn.to/2L6xI3z
Afford Anything - http://podcast.affordanything.com/listen/
Paula is a badass entrepreneur who has traveled the world and reached FI in her early 30's. Her podcast features interviews with some of the brightest minds in the business world. Definitely worth your time to take a listen. "You can afford anything but not everything"
Just a few of our favorites...
Get a Financial Life - https://amzn.to/2Lb0ZKo
One of the first financial books we read after graduating. A great foundation for anyone just getting started or for anyone looking to brush up on the basics of personal finance.
Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere, Don't Be One Of Them - https://amzn.to/2KDhXQN
An extremely cynical and honest approach to who's responsible for your financial success... Spoiler alert, it's not greedy mega-banks.
Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn - https://amzn.to/2INJnpF
There are tons of amazing travel books out there but this is one that shows how places that often seem scary on the surface are in fact filled with kind, compassionate, and generous people just like yourself.