How Travel Blogger Robert Schrader Travels Around the World in Style

Travel Blogger Robert Schrader
in Dublin, Ireland

My name is Robert Schrader. I grew up in the United States, but I live in Thailand now. My travel blog is my business, and has been since I started it, so most of what I “do”—travel, writing, photography, web design—relates to keeping that going. My personality is elastic.

How and why did you get into traveling?

My parents took me to watch airplanes taking off when I was a kid, and I guess that’s when I started dreaming about traveling. I wasn’t financially able to take my first solo trip until I was 20, however. I went to Europe for a month, like most Americans do for their first trip. As far as getting in shape, well, I was a first-time traveler—I was in no “shape” to be traveling, but I managed to figure it out anyway.

I do calisthenics 4-5 days a week. I used to have a personal trainer at the gym, but that proved to be a poor investment—it’s difficult to maintain a consistent diet on the road, let alone to exercise, so none of my results ever lasted. As far as how I plan my travels, well, I offer a Travel Coaching service so this is something I understand on an expert level.

Travel Blogger Robert Schrader
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

How do you finance your travels?

I occasionally accept sponsored trips, but otherwise I use money I make from my website and related activities to pay for my trip. I don’t respect people who fund raise for elective, leisure travel and would never do so myself. I spend as little as possible on travel, but also like to travel well: Stylish clothes, top-of-the-line electronics and never, ever in a hostel.

Why is traveling important for you?

I know fish don’t die when they stop swimming, but I feel like if I were a fish I would.

Travel Blogger Robert Schrader
in Kathmandu, Nepal

How do you bring your things with you?

I travel with a Herschel Pop Quiz backpack and a Herschel Weekender duffel bag, both all black, and both carry-on size. I hate checking bags and haven’t done so in years. Sometimes my bags are packed full, but I always manage to make it work, no matter the length of trip.

How do you organize things in your bags?

I keep my clothes and “soft” items inside the duffel bag. I usually create a sturdy based with shoes and (rolled) pants and jackets on the bottom layer of the bag, then layer rolled shirts and underwear on top of that. To save space, I store socks inside shoes.

In the backpack, go essential items, such as my passport and financial instruments, my toiletries (in a separate, waterproof pouch), my laptop and my camera and family of lenses.

A waterproof bag would be nice, but I don’t want to sacrifice style. I spend over half my time in cities, and I don’t think there’s anything tackier than looking like a camper.

Travel Blogger Robert Schrader
in Kamakura, Japan

How do your bags and gear hold up?

My bags have held up, but they’re about three years old now and I could do with a replacement. Unfortunately, Herschel products (like most other Western brands in Thailand) are expensive, so I’ll probably replace them at Christmas when I go to see my family.

What has been your best travel-related purchase below $100?

It was a bit above $100, but my MeFOTO “BackPacker” tripod is the most important single item I own. It’s a sturdy metal tripod that folds down to 12″, and allows me to use my Nikon D750 DSLR to take amazing selfies. (Fun fact: Every photo of me I sent you, I took myself!)

What is your best advice for other travelers?

Read my blog.

Travel Blogger Robert Schrader
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What will the future bring?

I’m headed to Iran next month, which is amazing because after Donald Trump’s Muslim ban I didn’t think I’d ever get to go. Iran has been at the top of my bucket list for years, so this is quite literally a dream come true. As far as my site, I’m just going to keep doing me.

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