Tips & Resources


Helpful travel, trekking, and blogging pointers that I have developed over my time spent traveling the world.


A man sitting on a motorbike in the middle of a muddy dirt road with a wooden shack to his right and jungle in the background

Vietnam on a Motorbike: 27 Tips for the Perfect Ride

  Riding a motorbike 1666 kilometers (1035 miles) through the vast countrysides of Northern Vietnam was one of the most rewarding travel experiences I’ve ever had. Breathtaking vistas of layered rice terraces, wandering water buffalo, blissful and generous people, authentic local cuisine — it all felt too amazing to be real. I was living out an […]

Solo traveling couple split-screen. Man trekking Torres del Paine. Woman in Kayak in Thailand.

Solo Travel as a Couple: How We Pull It Off

  Yes, it’s true. Keri and I are a loving couple who would rather travel the world separately. December 24th, 2017. This was the day we kissed each other goodbye and flew to opposite sides of the world. We’d been traveling together for three months at that point, and we were ready for the adventure to […]

Trekking Gear — The Essentials

You’re at the complete mercy of Mother Nature when trekking into the wilderness. Volatile weather, sparse water sources, steep and brutal terrain — its all a fact of life in the unpredictable back country. Harsh conditions will test your resilience and push your gear to the limits. If you’re trying to put together an effective […]

A silhouette flexing in front of Crater Lake, Oregon

The Tenacious Travel Bodyweight Workout

When caught up in the exciting and unpredictable throes of travel, it’s quite easy to push personal fitness to the back-burner or neglect it completely. I get it. I’m living and breathing proof. I’ve pulled hazy all-nighters at Peruvian casinos. I’ve ingested frightening amounts of grease-soaked street tacos under the buzz of flickering Mexican streetlights. […]

Osprey Exos 48 backpack propped up on a back porch

Osprey Exos 48 Backpack Review

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 […]

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

How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep 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 […]

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

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 in front of a brick wall

JBL Charge 3 Speaker Review

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 […]

Screenshot of 20,000 steps on the Sweatcoin app

30 Day Challenge: Take 20,000 Steps a Day

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 […]

Above view of all necessary trekking gear laid out across a carpet

My Complete Lightweight Trekking Gear List

  The gear you bring along on a multi-day trek can make or break the trip. Too much weight, poorly fitting boots, or an uncomfortable backpack will distract you from your surroundings and slow you down. I have spent years researching and accumulating what I believe is the best lightweight gear for a comfortable multi-day […]