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What’s in your bag, Craig and Linda?
This month we interview Craig and Linda Martin, long term travellers and founders of the Indie Travel Podcast.
So, guys … what’s in your bags?
First off, tell us a little about yourself and your travels.
We’re Kiwis with a love of new experiences, good coffee, and wine. We’ve been travelling full-time since February 2006; to 50 countries and counting, while running projects like the Indie Travel Podcast, Seriously Board, the new Indie Travel Blogs and client work. Oh, and if we stop for a few months, Linda still likes to go and teach English to help her meet new people and pay the rent.
What tech gear do you carry with you, and why?
Our workhorses are a 13″ MacBook Pro, an 11″ Macbook Air, an iPhone 4 and an iPod touch and a Airport Express (Yep, that’s a lot of Apple). We also have a Sony HX5 camera (love the big-for-a-point-and-shoot sensor and GPS tagging), a Zoom H2 microphone for podcasting, four hard drives, three power adapters, two Kindle e-readers, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Of those, what is the one thing you couldn’t live without…
Well, without the laptops, there wouldn’t be much ongoing income… So I’d like to keep one of those.
… and the one thing you would / have happily gotten rid of while travelling?
We’ve pared things down a lot, so we’re only carrying things we actually use a lot. I’d love to be able to replace our big, heavy hard drives with SD cards, but they’re not making 500gig SD cards at a price range I can afford just yet.
Any travel tech tips you’d like to share?
Take as little as you possibly can, make sure it’s got a good physical build as well as the capabilities you need, and — if you take photos or do creative work — backup like a madman. A madman obsessed with backing up; not the foaming-at-the-mouth, I-like-mushrooms-and-frogs type.