Stopped travelling? Learn another language while you wait.

Get ready for your post-virus-crisis travels by learning a language with the most efficient (and cheap!) online methods from your bunker. Illustration of me bullshitting in Russian by Johanna Thomé de Souza.

Howdy from our bunker. I’m not travelling nor even going dancing in this Covid-addled hellscape.

So for now the best this site has to offer is our guidance on learning a language. Get on Italki to practice that language or to take online classes in a new one. At least learn enough slang to fake your way through the language, especially while tipsy. You can go in depth on what the scientists have to say about language learning, or read a more approachable book on the subject. We’ve also got quick guides to screwing around in a number of fun languages in the “learn” menu of this site.

Stay minimalist, zen, and positive. It’s good for your immune system, mind, and spirit. We’ll go back to our world vagabondery soon.

— Mose

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What Scientists Know About Learning Languages that You Probably Don’t

Check out our ongoing list of hacks for learning language based on studies — what really works best based on cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, and education science.

Or just skip to our guide to quick language learning tools and techniques for the short and sweet version

Pack Lighter, Fly Less, Journey Deeper

Evolving to carrying a lighter load leads to better travelling

I’ve been on the road for most of the last 15 years. And like most travellers, I started out carrying too much stuff, and eventually learned to whittle it down.

And the lighter I travel, the more I want to make sure that the few things I do carry work really well.

I’m the guy who will spend days trying out plug adapters in order to find the lightest, most useful one to take on the road.

It’s madness, but there is at least a bit of method to it.

I want the adventures to be good ones;  I’m happy to be come across an impromptu street Brazilian dance party and less happy to waste a night in a Brazilian bus station at 5am because my credit card was rejected.

So this site is about the practical stuff for really good, simple travel — or permanent, slow nomadism. I’m happy to be joined here by a few more writers and researchers who think likewise. We hope the info will help you on your wanderings as well.

Mose & co.

Illustration by Johanna Thomé de Souza

We Know Worthwhile Luggage

For years we’ve obsessively reviewed the most lightweight yet durable luggage for frequent and long-term travel. We love backpacks, but think wheels are not an invention to be ignored, and thus generally prefer combination rolling backpacks.

The Differences in the Top Eleven Osprey Daypacks — And How to Choose the Perfect Daytime Backpack

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The Most Durable Rolling Backpacks for High School — and Which to Avoid

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Rolling Carry-On Backpacks: We Love the Osprey Meridian 60L, But There Are Alternatives

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Our Recommended Larger (Checked) Rolling Backpack: The Osprey Meridian 75L/28

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The Best of Rolling Women’s Laptop Bags, Purses and Carry-Ons

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Better Train Booking for Europe

The booking process for the continent's official national train websites can be awful, particularly for non-Europeans.

We love riding the rails in Europe and have done so for a few decades between us. So we’ve put together a complete guide to riding European trains.

We’ve also gained insights from a train inspector about what it’s like to be on the other side of the adventure.

And finally, we’ve analyzed all of the options and uncovered the most convenient (and cheapest) way to buy European train tickets online.


Cheap Eurostar Alternatives: Low Cost Tricks for London-Paris & More

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The Experience Onboard Renfe AVE Trains

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A Train Inspector Reveals: The Top Five Most Beautiful, Thrilling Rides in Switzerland

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Our Best Schemes for Cheap Train Tickets in France

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How to Keep Comfy on Trains in Germany: Secrets Behind the Amenities of the Deutsche Bahn Fleet

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What is Minimalist.Travel?

We're devoted to spending our travel dollars and most importantly time where it counts. We'd rather carry a few things that work well, rather than a large suitcase full of "just-in-case" accessories. We want to hit just a few destinations and really enjoy them, and travel low-carbon wherever possible, rather than take whirlwind tours. And we want to help others who hope to do the same, and really dig into the delights that minimalist travel can provide.

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