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Osprey Exos 48 Backpack Review

Osprey Exos 48 backpack propped up on a back porch

Osprey Exos 48 Backpack Review Price: $200 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars Pros: Extremely comfortable, lots of useful features, great airflow between back and bag Cons: Not very durable, mesh loosens after time, lid is hard to access Weight: New Model: 37 oz (1.05 kg)  My Model: 41 oz (1.16 kg) Volume: 48 L […]

How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep in a Hostel

Water, earplugs, glasses, melatonin, keys, wallet, and a plant on a bedside table in a hostel

  Let’s face it: sharing a room with eleven strangers doesn’t exactly create the ideal sleeping situation. Chances are one person will snore like a freight train, someone else will come stumbling into the room drunk at 3:00 a.m., and a third person’s alarm will go off before the sun rises. And they will hit […]

30 Day Challenge: Create 15 New Blog Posts

Noel face down on his office desk in front of his laptop working on his travel blog

30 Day Challenge: Create 15 New Blog Posts   Lately, I’ve run into a problem along my journey to become a self-employed travel writer: I’m struggling to create new content. It’s not due to a lack of material — I have plenty of meaningful travel experiences — I’m just having trouble focusing and creating. Plain and simple. […]

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boot Review     Price: $230 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating:  4.6 of 5 stars Pros: Very comfortable; no break-in period; excellent ankle support, traction Cons: Relatively expensive; potential durability concerns Weight: 52.6 oz (1.49 kg) Women’s Model: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Lighter Option: Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX: […]

JBL Charge 3 Speaker Review

JBL Charge 3 Speaker in front of a brick wall

JBL Charge 3 Speaker Review Price: $150 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars Pros: Powerful! Great sound quality, impressive battery life, waterproof, able to charge devices Cons: Size/weight not ideal for lightweight travel, exposed subwoofers Weight: 28.2 oz (800 grams) Lighter/Smaller Option: UE Boom 2: 19 oz (539 grams) Budget Option: Anker Soundcore […]

30 Day Challenge: Take 20,000 Steps a Day

Screenshot of 20,000 steps on the Sweatcoin app

30 Day Challenge: Take 20,000 Steps a Day   Disclaimer: This challenge ended up lasting 31 days, the full month of July. Since I started Tenacious Travel, I have spent crazy amounts of time sitting and staring at a computer screen. Yes, I truly enjoy creating my website, but damn, I need to get off […]