Standard Ebooks

When I travel, I do lots of reading. It fills in time on planes and trains. Although I like paper books, my reading when I travel is all ebooks. Here is a great discovery—free, classic, out-of-copyright books in high quality ebook format: Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open … more

Apps for travel

Some handy applications to have on your phone when you travel. Part two of our series on using your phone in Europe. Part one is about Taking your phone to Europe.   Finding your way Maps.me A free Android and IOS app that runs completely off-line—unlike Google Maps, Maps.me doesn’t need mobile data or a … more

Take your mobile phone to Europe

This is part one of two posts on traveling with your phone. (Part two is about Apps for travel.) This post is written from a Canadian perspective for people traveling to Europe, but applies to most travel. Updated March 2019. What are my options? Cheap: get a SIM card with a European phone number and a … more

Some gear notes, Europe 2013

Bicycle I hope I don’t ruin my luck by mentioning this: so far no punctures! I am using Continental Touring Plus 32 mm tires, new at the start of the trip. The puncture-resistant layer works yet they aren’t too heavy and ride well. Likewise, the wheels are have remained true in spite of rough pavement … more