Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L a Digital Nomads Dream

Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L a Digital Nomads Dream

Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L – the real deal for digital nomads

Here are some really slick features about the Tortuga travel backpack: its carry on size is 22 by 14 by 9 inches which means that there’s no need to check it at the Airport. We have all heard stories of people paying somewhere in the range of several hundred dollars in last minute baggage fees. With the Tortuga travel 44 liter backpack this will not be a problem. It’s a front loading backpack which means that you won’t need to reach deep into your backpack from the top as you fumble around looking for your belongings. Even though no backpack is truly theft proof Tortuga has taken measures for theft prevention by making all of the zippers in the main storage area are lockable.

This backpack has a 44 leader capacity features 11 different pockets. Even though the backpack itself may be complex the outer appearance gives a very sleek and organized look.


With a high-strength nylon shell, it offers good protection against the various elements you will face when you are traveling. Even though it is tough and gives the feeling of a decent thickness it is still lightweight and will not add any extra fatigue of the wearer.

Duffle handle:

One of the Interesting features this bag has is a side handle in the form of a typical duffel bag handle that is located on the left side which allows for the easy carrying with one hand. You will appreciate it in situations such as airports train stations and other places when having it on your back would not be convenient.

Lockable Zippers:

Having lockable zippers is a very easy way to maintain light security for your belongings when traveling. High-quality zippers on the main compartment are all lockable and give just a little extra reassurance that someone will not be able to simply open your bag and take your belongings without having to get past this security feature first.

Hip Belt:

The hip belt is a great feature for those who are interested in doing trips where you may be wearing the backpack for long periods of time. The hip belt has extra padding which although may not be convenient sometimes you will definitely appreciate It when wearing the backpack In situations that might not allow you to rest your bag on the ground for long. The hip belt also provides zippered pockets which give quick access to important items such as passports and money.


In total there are 11 pockets. There are two pockets on the sides which are zippered which are great for small items and accessories for phones and such. There are as we mentioned to hip belt pockets which are perfect for important items that are required to be readily accessible. There is one medium-sized pocket on the front which is great for slightly larger things that you might not want touching the rest of your gear such as flip-flops or spare shoes. The main compartment is just a typical large storage area for potentially all clothing and other items that you will need when traveling. There is one laptop sleeve which is padded and is perfect for any laptop up to 17 inches. On the inside, you will find 4 zippered pockets. Two of them on the inside of the main compartment and two are mesh Pockets located on the front flap of the backpack.

Internal Storage:

Constructed with the ripstop polyester lining this pack is very strong and gives you access to all your clothes and belongings whenever you need them for those who have owned top-loading backpacks you will know that this can be a bit of a problem and a nuisance at times where the Tortuga company has made the access of your belongings much easier than typical backpacks.

Hip Belt and Strap Storage:

This backpack also comes with a very easy to use and very convenient built-in strap and hip belt protector cover which is located at the bottom of the backpack. Since conveyor belts at airports are notorious for snagging and damaging your straps Tortuga backpacks have this problem solved adding this feature.

Carry On:

Obviously, one of the best features that an international traveler can want in a backpack is that it to be carry-on size. No one wants to get caught at the airport trying to check in a bag that’s too big and that is why traveling with a Tortuga carry on is a perfect fit for almost every airline when packed correctly. You should not have any problems with this bag as it fits right in with most of the airline baggage Dimension constraints.

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Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L

BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED WITHOUT CHECKING A BAG. The Tortuga is a maximum-sized carry on backpack measuring 22 x 14 x 9".
KEEP YOUR BAG ORGANIZED AND YOUR STUFF WITHIN REACH. The Tortuga is front-loading, like a suitcase. Neatly pack your clothes and find what you need in your bag.
PREVENT DISCOMFORT AND INJURY. The padded hip belt transfers 80% of your bag's weight from your shoulders to your hips for a more comfortable carry.

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Packing light as a Digital Nomad – tips

Packing light as a Digital Nomad – tips

You always wanna be as light as possible when it comes to travel. At least I tried for a long time to reduce as much as I can. The best thing being on an airplane is when you only have carrie on luggage!


In order to do that I have a few easy tips for all you Digital Nomads out there Light Packing Tips




Take only one pair. My favorites are ON RUNNING Cloud, they are super lightweight, comfortable and as the name says, you walk on clouds. Maybe, only maybe bring another pair of flip-flops or sandals (Xero X-Trail). If you´re in Asia you get flip-flops anywhere super cheap.



Take as few as possible. 2-3 T-Shirts. One Hoodie. 2-3 pairs of underwear. 2-3 pairs of socks. One Pant, one Shorts or Boarding Pants, a lightweight rain jacket, a travel towel and a Cap.

Important that you have good quality clothing. I only use Merino Wool from Icebreaker. They are odor free so you can basically wear them for weeks and weeks and weeks without having to worry about the smell… That said, I also have socks and underwear from Icebreaker.

Clothes on

Go directly to the Amazon Merino Wool Section


Buy a lightweight carry on backpack. I use the Osprey Farpoint 40, but there are way more lightweight backpacks out there like the Arcido Faroe.

Or look at my Backpack Section of

Carrie on luggage on Amazon


Every single Digital Nomad needs a Daypack. A durable, lightweight one you can use for shopping, working, going to the beach and whatnot… I use the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack, and I use it almost every day…

Take a look at my Daypack Section

Daypacks on Amazon

Tech Gear

Also, bring as few as possible… Laptop, Keyboard, Mouse, Laptopstand, Phone, Charger, Kindle. That´s about it. Get a big iPhone+ or a Galaxy S8+ you can use as a tablet.

I recommend buying a USB to LAN Adapter if you have a MacBook, Wifi isn´t that reliable in Asia and you can connect via Lan at a lot of places. Where I´m at now I have 90Mbit up and down…

Off to the tech section of



If you like coffee as I do, bring your own coffee machine. The Aeropress is lightweight and small. Buy local coffee and use coconut milk – delicious and inexpensive. Also, buy the Premium Filter so you don´t have to use the paper ones…

Keep your stuff organized

I use Eagle Creek packing cubes so I know where all of my stuff is. It´s good to be organized, saves you time and trouble.

Declutter before you leave

Pile all your luggage. Then really think about if you need any item. Sort out and declutter. Your backpack shouldn´t be full when you start. It should be half empty. Do you really need that item or do you just think you need it?!


I hope this gives you an idea how I pack being a digital nomad. I´m always looking for new items or ideas so if you have some ideas just write me, I´ll appreciate it…

Love, peace & loco,



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Koh Mak an Island in Thailand which is still unspoiled

Koh Mak an Island in Thailand which is still unspoiled

Koh Mak, an Island which is still quiet and laidback

I was looking for a quiet island in Thailand, which in fact is not that easy these days. I found it! Koh Mak is the place to go if you´re not after Full Moon Partys or getting drunk all day long.

It´s chilled, laidback and there isn´t a lot of traffic so driving is easy and fun!

Sunrise on Koh Mak

Sunrise on Koh Mak


I wouldn´t say it´s the perfect place for digital nomads, the internet isn´t that great but you can always use your phone as a mobile hotspot and you are good to go.

Nice place to get some work done...

Nice place to get some work done…


Not much to do on Koh Mak except relaxing, eating fresh seafood, taking diving lessons (pretty cheap and well organized) or going on a snorkel trip. If you are like me then you´ll enjoy a snorkeling trip on a slow boat visiting the small islands surrounding Koh Mak. There are also some very good Thai massage places who do a great job. Everybody is friendly, and best of all they really mean it!


Snorkel Trip to the surrounding islands of Koh Mak

Crystal clear water and lots of fish...

Crystal clear water and lots of fish…

A handy tool to use while underwater – cheaper to buy upfront…

a lonely island... only our boat and lots of fish...

A lonely island… only our boat and lots of fish…

It´s easy living there if you´re willing to rent a motorbike, otherwise, you have to call a taxi which is 100 Baht per drive.

Nice people, nice vibe, everybody is open to conversations and a beer watching the beautiful sunset. I met so many new people of which some I became good friends in only one week.

Koh Mak is located next to Koh Chang, the bigger brother and Koh Kut the next door neighbor. I tried to take a trip to Koh Kut but I ended up staying on Koh Mak without any regrets. I got a lot of work done – also drank a lot of beer with new friends from all over the world. The vibe makes it easy to sit somewhere and work on serious projects.

After work, you go for a swim, enjoy the sunset or head out for fresh seafood – or just drive around with a motorbike.


Fresh grilled Tiger Prawns – 450 Baht

Going to Koh Mak

You have different options from Bangkok.
You can fly to Trat, take a minivan and a ferry or take a bus from Bangkok (around 4-5 hours) and take a slow boat arriving at the east pear.

I recommend Boonsiri they are located close to Khao San Road. They are professional, you get a great big bus with a good driver and once you are at the shore, you get a nice slow boat (40 minutes) directly to Koh Mak – for 850 Baht!


Recommendation for staying on Koh Mak

I made my host a new website while staying at his resort... sea view resort koh mak

I made my host a new website while staying at his resort… sea view resort koh mak

I was at a place called Sea View Resort Koh Mak (Facebook) and although the bungalows might not be the best (the owner is working on them all the time, they just opened a year ago), I highly recommend the place. Luca, the owner is very friendly and helpful, also fun to talk to. Check it out, they only have 12 bungalows. The only downside is that it´s not at the beach, but Koh Mak is so small, you drive 5 minutes and end up at any of the beautiful beaches.

Great food at Sea View Resort
I forgot to mention the chef at the Sea View Resort… she has 20+ years experience in cooking. The food there is just amazing! Normally I hate Pad Thai, but I gave it a try there and it was simply delicious!


I definitely go back to Koh Mak next year, working from there and hope to see some of you guys also joining.


Back to Chiang Mai not to bad either…

Hard to go back after such a swell time...

Hard to go back after such a swell time…


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