When you first start traveling, everything is new and exciting. You enjoy the rush of being somewhere new. You experience new cultures, see new cities, and enjoy life in a way you’d never experienced before.
Each night out you try a new beer or liquor. Each week your off to hike some mountain or splash around at a new beach. Every city is a new adventure. Hell, you even meet a few girls along the way, too.
The highs keep coming and coming. Spending a week frolicking around a nearly deserted island with your best friend while Euro chicks sunbath topless next door? Check. Learning how to surf in a tropical paradise while partying your balls off with new friends from all over? Check.
Mandatory Machu Pichu trip with the bros? Check. Spending a week in one of the best beach towns in Latin America with your girl and the boys? Check and check. Making a mockery of salsa dancing in Cali, Colombia? Check.
Life has been good. I can’t really complain. But the human mind works in mysterious ways. The highs never last. We’re always left craving more and more. We want better adventures, more danger, hotter women, and all the spoils that come along with them.
I started freelancing as a means to an end. I wanted to travel. I was ready to hit the road. I just needed a way to finance the whole ordeal. Freelancing was the quickest way to cash.
If you’re just starting out online, freelancing is where you should start. Sure, work on niche sites or build a blog. Hell, do both. Just know the cash that’ll cover your bills will come from freelancing for a while.
That’s perfectly fine. I’ve been freelancing for over three years now. And that’s the issue. That’s not perfectly fine. What does that mean?
I fell into the “freelancing trap.” I enjoyed the fruits of my labor without actually putting in too much labor. I realized making $1,500 a month was easily doable and I settled. I hit the road and enjoyed more adventures than any freelancer not making $5,000 a month or more should.
It’s taken awhile, but I realized the mistakes I’ve made. I’ve put fun before the grind for way too long. I hate that I’m saying this, but it’s time to make a drastic change.
Put In Your Grind Time
I pulled the trigger. A combination of factors led me to book a ticket home. I wasn’t planning to head home until Christmas, but my travel enjoyment had dwindled.
I just wasn’t feeling the same on the road. I was spending all my days behind a computer screen. I was building sites and doing freelance work for 6-10 hours every day.
I’m all for hard work, but I didn’t start traveling to make $2,400 a month while working 60 hours a week in a third-world country – all from my studio apartment. I was a living definition of falling into the “freelancers’ trap.”
So I’m headed home. Changes will be made. I won’t leave until my passive income more than sustains me each and every month. That could take a few months. It could take nearly a year.
The only plan is to grind. I’ll put in the 4-12 months it takes to build sustainable websites that will fuel the lifestyle of adventure I desire.
I won’t leave the United States for a long trip until I have over $2,000 in “passive” income from affiliates and advertisers.
My goal for the end of 2017 is to make $3,000 per month or roughly $100 every day from affiliate sales.
Some say that’s small numbers. That’s fine. I know if I can hit those figures my income will continue to grow exponentially through continuing to follow the process.
What You’ll See From Nomadic Hustle in the Coming Months
I have tons of old travel content that I haven’t released yet, so you’ll still see some entertaining travel stuff here. But things will change for a few months.
I’m going to show you how to make money publishing articles online every single day. Reaching my goal will become your crash course to increasing your online income each and every month.
And once my income is where I want it to be, we’re going to have some real adventures together. No more of the cookie cutter travel experiences that everybody and their mama has blogged about.
Fuck that! We’ll be getting off the beaten path and going to places no one else does. I’m talking places like Paraguay, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, and Northern Brazil.
So here’s to changing it up, putting in the grind time, and the real adventures to come. Hasta luegooo!
If you invest in merino wool clothing, then you’ll probably end up searching how to wash merino wool. I know I did before the first-time I wash my favorite travel shirt.
See, many of these garments are expensive. If you spend $50 USD on a t-shirt, then you’ll typically want to take great care of them. You don’t want to wash away $50 just because you didn’t pay attention to the care instructions.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to take care of your merino clothing. If you’ve ever washed clothes before, you’ll have no issues keeping merino wool so fresh and so clean.
Smooth looking merino wool tank top.
How to wash merino wool the right way? Let’s dive in!
Before I give you my specific tips on how to wash merino wool travel clothing and best practices, there’s something you should do…
Read the care instructions on any and every merino garment you plan to wash. Find out exactly how the manufacturer wants you to wash then items.
If you read the care label on a merino wool product and follow the instructions, you’ll avoid 99.9% of problems. The care label was designed with the advice needed to ensure your travel clothes last as long as possible.
If I follow these tips, I’m confident my merino tank top will last a long time through heavy gym use.
When buying any merino wool clothing, always start by reading the care label. Then simply follow the instructions when it’s time to wash the garment.
You’ll typically find the care label on a tag or around the neckline of the shirt. Care instructions are also often printed on paper and packaged with the item – to ensure you know how to care for the product.
For merino wool tank tops and t-shirts, you shouldn’t have much issue when washing the garments. Just follow these instructions and you should be good to go:
Get the Shirt Really Dirty: Feel free to wear your shirt to the gym 3-4 straight days or go on a four-hour hike in your merino clothes. The sturdy fabric can handle it and more!
Turn Inside Out: I ALWAYS turn my merino clothing inside out before I throw the apparel in the wash. I read about turning my merino travel socks inside out and started doing it with all my merino clothing. It seems to extend longevity.
Throw in the Washer: Throw the merino wool shirt in the washing machine. While like colors are preferable, it’s not a huge deal to mix and match after the first few washes.
Merino swagger with a machete!
Run on Cold: Many a merino shirt says warm or cool. I do all my laundry on cold. I recommend you do, too. Merino wool does great being washed in cold or cool water.
Soft, Gentle Detergent: Make sure to us a soft, gentle detergent with merino wool. No chlorine or bleach products.
Hang to Dry: While you can tumble dry merino clothing on low, I’d recommend hang drying or air drying merino clothing, especially t-shirts. These products dry quickly due to the nature of the wool.
Wait 3-8 Hours: It’ll take 3-8 hours for your merino clothing to fully dry – depending on the climate and how wet the apparel was when taken out of the machine. Now, you merino clothing is clean and ready to be worn, again.
Can You Hand Wash Merino Wool?
Of course! Merino wool is the premier fabric for travelers, so you can definitely wash it by hand when need be. Hand washing is a simple process, especially when you only have a few merino travelers’ clothes to clean.
To start, run some warm or cool water in the sink or a basin. Add just a little bit of gentle laundry detergent. Then add the pieces of merino clothing you want to clean. Allow the merino clothing to soak up some water and detergent as you move them around. Then let the apparel sit in the water for ten minutes or so.
Solid merino wool Henley after a hand washing.
Next, remove the clothing one by one. Rinse the items under the faucet for 20-30 seconds and make sure all the detergent is removed from the fabric.
Now, you take each pieces of clothing individually and wrap a towel around them. Next, roll the garment into the towel and apply pressure so the towel absorbs some excess liquid.
Then lay out the piece of merino clothing to air dry, preferably in the sun somewhere. In 3-8 hours, your clothing will be like new, again. Dry and ready to be worn.
How to Wash Merino Wool Clothing
It’s not difficult to wash or care for merino clothing. Just follow the instructions above and you’ll be good to go. The most important thing you can do is read the care instructions on any product you buy and follow them closely.
I went on a great hike in Cali, Colombia the other day. Cerro de las Tres Cruces is a popular hike in the city. If you’re living in Barrio Granada in Cali, Colombia – then you can start the hike without even leaving the neighborhood.
Finally made it to the top of Cerro de las Tres Cruces!
How long does it take? It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to get to the top of Cerro de las Tres Cruces from Barrio Granada.
How tough is it? I may be a little out of shape, but this is a fairly difficult hike to get to the top. There are some steep spots and I even feel once. Do NOT go to the gym before you do this hike. It’s tiring.
How to find the entrance? Just ask around in Barrio Granada if you can’t find where to go by using the video as a guide. Every person in Barrio Granada should be able to help you find out how to get there. It’s not too complex.
Check out my YouTube video on Cerro de las Tres Cruces here:
Ibague, Colombia is a unique mid-sized city in the country that sees little tourism. The city isn’t a part of the coffee region, so many a tourist and traveler decides to skip the city in favor of others nearby.
But Ibague, Colombia offers a number of great things to do for the average traveler. If you speak a little Spanish, you could have a great time in this small city. Check out a few of the articles I wrote about Ibague here:
This is a really big water park and zoo situated about an hours bus ride from Ibague, in Melgar. It’s a great day out, and you can go to and from water slides and pools while you’re walking around the zoo. You can pick up a bus back to the exit gate. I’d recommend going in the week to avoid the crowds. Click here to learn more.
Armero Tragedy Site
Armero tragedy site is situated about an hour from Ibague. You can go to the bus station and get a bus that passes there. A volcano from the Nevado del Ruiz completely destroyed this town and killed 23,000 people. You can go and visit the ruins of the town, and there is also a small museum there with information on the disaster.
Great way to spend a few hours on the tour of the Orchid gardens in Ibague. Situated close to the center you don’t need to travel far. The host is very friendly and speaks a bit of English. There are also lots of humming birds about and it was a nice day out. There are also some great views of the mountains while walking around.
This is a nice relaxing spot with a little lake where you can go and get out of the city and relax. You can hire fishing rods there and spend the afternoon fishing around the lake and drink a few beers. There’s a restaurant there and a small swimming pool. There is also horse-riding available. Just ask a taxi driver for El Carmen.
The Rice Park (Parque del Arroz)
About an hour away from Ibague is the rice park. Take a tour and see how rice is produced. There are also some pools, horse-riding, and many fun things to do there. A great day trip from Ibague. Click here to learn more.
English Movies on Tuesdays
If you just want to relax and watch a film, the Tuesdays at Cinemark are the place to be. You can watch the latest movies there in English with Spanish subtitle. The price is around 7000cop. The cinema is in the Multicento mall.
Try a Tamal or Three
If you’re in Ibague, you simply can’t leave without trying the tamal. This is the home of Tamal, and you won’t get it better anywhere else. Its normally sold at weekend, look for big pans on the streets, that will be local people selling it. It contains rice, carrot, chicken, potatoes, chickpeas, sometimes pork too, mixed with tasty herbs and steamed in platano / banana leaf. It costs 4000 cop.
If you’re visiting Ibague and looking for a place to stay, get in touch with Michael. He offers a solid place to base up while in the region:
An ideal place to stay in Ibague, Colombia.
I have an apartment in Ibague and I’m renting a double private room for 1-3 people with great views of the mountains. The price includes breakfast. The apartment includes a water park, three pools, a gym, and we’re close to all the malls. You’ll also have easy access to the buses to the countryside and an English-speaking host to help you navigate the city or share a beer with.
Just a quick post today. Made it to Cali, Colombia recently and I wanted to do a quick video about how much it costs to live here. As the cheapest big city in Colombia, you can get a lot of value for your dollars in Cali. Learn more here:
I was about to order my first merino wool travel shirt. I was excited. I’d done some research. But I was still concerned. Wool wasn’t a lightweight, ideal travel fabric in my mind. I had to know…Is merino wool itchy?
The Internet came to my rescue. I read forums and reviews. No one talked about merino wool being an itchy fabric. So I decided to pull the trigger and buy a travel t-shirt.
TL:DR – Is merino wool itchy? No. Merino wool is not itchy at all. Keep reading to find out why and see the best merino shirts for travelers.
Looking mad stylish in a merino wool t-shirt!
Is Merino Wool Itchy?
My first travel t-shirt came in. I was excited. I ripped open the package and tore off my shirt. I was about to try this thing on ASAP. I ran my fingers through the soft fabric and gave the shirt a quick smell.
Merino wool was soft and it didn’t have an odor. I put the shirt on. It felt amazing. There was no itch. Merino wool was soft and smooth. The fabric was nothing like the wool that suits were made out of.
I was impressed. I looked in the mirror. Merino had a unique sheen to it. The t-shirt didn’t itch. In fact, it felt great and looked way better than your average cotton t-shirt.
If you’re liked me, you probably heard the word “wool” and immediately thought that merino would be one itchy, uncomfortable fabric. Luckily, merino wool isn’t anything like the wool your grandpa used to rock.
Many associate itchiness with wool due to the diameter of the fibers found in typical wool. In “normal” wool garments, the fibers are large, broad, and are not too flexible. This means they’ll often aggravate the skin when pressed up. The fibers simply cannot bend when pressed against the skin, so they feel prickly and itchy.
Easy to ditch the itch with merino wool!
Merino wool doesn’t have this issue. You won’t feel itchy when wearing merino because the fibers of the fabric are much finer than traditional wool garments. With a small diameter, these merino fibers have flexibility and bend when pressed against the skin.
This means merino wool feels soft and comfortable when on your body. As well, the finer nature of these fibers allows merino wool to be elastic in nature. Many merino t-shirts conform to the body of the wearer. Thus, fit travelers tend to look fantastic in merino clothing.
Best Merino Wool Travel Clothes
As I’m such a big fan of merino wool, especially for travelers, I’ve tested a plethora of clothing made from the fabric. While I may not be an expert, I’ve certainly found my favorite merino wool t-shirts, tank tops, and travel socks.
If you’re looking to add stylish, non-itchy merino wool clothing to your wardrobe, check out these articles:
Is merino wool itchy? Not at all! The fabric is fine and will feel great on your skin. I promise. For minimalist and travelers alike, merino wool is the ideal fabric for a variety of clothing garments. Highly recommended.