How I Blog Around World – My Mobile Blogging Gears

One of the greatest benefit of making money by blogging is you can do it from anywhere in the world. I’ve received numerous emails and comments asking what equipment I am using to run my Internet empire while on the road. Generally, when I take a weekend trip, or any North American trip that takes less than a week, I just pack along the MacBook Air, Flip Mino and Canon digital camera. However, on international trips, the list of equipment grows considerably.

In the video below, I show all the gadgets I packed into my laptop bag when preparing for an extended trip. These gadgets allow me to blog and run my business from anywhere in the world. As long as where ever I am has internet access, I can get online and make money. The next time you decide to pack up and fly to China, make you’re packing some of the stuff on my list. If you have any questions about the equipment I use, please post them in the comments and I will answer them.

74 thoughts on “How I Blog Around World – My Mobile Blogging Gears”

  1. Chris says:

    I agree with you about the Flip Mino. I rarely use my video camera anymore. Instead I’m always carrying around my Flip Mino. Lightweight and better video quality than my video camera.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Flip mino rocks big time.. Been trying to win one of it on the many contests online but no luck till now.

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      1. Jake Stone says:

        Maybe it’s finally time to go and buy one.

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        1. Agent 001 says:

          I will agree after seeing this high quality video no should have any doubt.

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          1. Ryan McLean says:

            I need to get myself a flip mino for my road trips.

          2. Flip Mino is great.., i like it.

        2. Ben Pei says:

          Thats really sad…

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          1. Ben, you are such a busy internet guy, that I feel you’ll win your desired toys sooner or later, or have them sponsored for yout o review and evaluate and promote as your tech items of choice.

      2. I just entered for the third Mino Contest, I hope I can win this time.

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    2. That’s amazing that this little camera is better quality than a regular video camera. I really need one.

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  2. Trader Mom says:

    Nice I guess it is even better than day trading. I can not just lug my trading station around. But still my life style is way better than working a 5-9 job. Opportunities always favor calculating risk takers. I worked no more than 6 months in total in my entire life. Well I guess I still work now. It is just that I answer to nobody.

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  3. Awesome John. A truly great online business you have. When traveling you need these accessories. The benefit of an online business is as long as there is internet you can work. Be anywhere in the world and make your living. And that’s The Dot Com Lifestyle.

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  4. FunnyChix says:

    I’m enjoying your China travels, living vicariously through John Chow.

    Have a very happy day, wherever you go.

    Funny Chix

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  5. martin gover says:

    Great video John on dig-equip for travel.
    Are you comfortable with putting everything on Goggle docs – ie out there beyond your control if it all goes down. I love them, but do you absolutely trust them with EVERYTHING of yours data wise?
    Just asking

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    1. John Chow says:

      Considering Google has more backup systems than you likely have on your desktop, yes, I have no problem with having my stuff on Google Docs. But I do make offline copies.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        But your online assets don’t belong to you..

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        1. Joe says:

          This is not communist China, your online assets do belong to you. Most companies that John Chow deals with are reputable US based start ups and would not use unfair tactics for publishers.,

        2. Agent 001 says:

          Ben you bug a lot.

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          1. Ben Pei says:

            Huh what do you mean by this?

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          2. So would I! What kind of a comment is that? How is one supposed to take it?

          3. Agent 001 says:

            Well friend your comments sometime hurt.

            The comment you gave was discouraging.

  6. Joe says:

    Wow that Mac Airbook is thin!

    1. fas says:

      Macbooks sell because they are thin, else there are better options in the notebook world.

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  7. Michael Zhao says:

    Awesome, Awesome, Effin AWESOME!!! That’s what I’m talk’n ’bout! “Global Empire”…haahaaa…Love IT!!!

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  8. Silvia says:

    The advantages of the online business are obviously seen.The great experience define things more necessary in your conditions to make your tour more comfortable.

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  9. Fadli Chan says:

    how do you do!
    nice to see ur articles… good job and expirience!!

  10. this was very practical and informative to know for the next time I travel. Gotta buy some of those gadgets soon and be prepared for my next trip!

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  11. Ronnie says:


    Do you have invisible shield on your laptops? They’re shiny.

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, I do. The work great.

    2. Gary says:

      I have the invisibleSHIELD on my MacBook and helped John get his on his MBP too. Check out the review here:

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  12. Dwayne says:

    Have you had any problems with blocked websites since you have been in China. I hear that they restrict a lot of sites.

    1. John Chow says:

      Not as bad as the last time I was here. Currently, only Youtube is blocked.

  13. Tran Harry says:

    What is your international World Phone of choice, Blackberry or iPhone?

    By the way, I dig the Squid!

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    1. John Chow says:

      Neither. Nokia handsets are the most popular.

  14. I think using i prefer net book rather then mac book. Its slim and low weight. And john please do something with your sever.

    I think your blog in running really slow.

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    1. John Chow says:

      A netbook is great for blogging but it’s not powerful enough to process videos. Well, it can but it’s painfully slow!

      1. Jake Stone says:

        Just get Nokia E75 and make your films and download them directly from the phone.

        Jake Stone’s last blog post: Barriers to travel

        1. John Chow says:

          Download videos without any editing? Not a chance! You want your videos to look at least somewhat professional.

          1. Btw, John, what did you use to edit your videos? They look pretty professional.

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  15. Paul U says:

    I don’t even have any of those equipments!

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    1. Jake Stone says:

      Not to worry! I can still read you clearly.

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  16. Scott Ford says:

    You really do travel in style. Wish I had half the stuff you have.

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  17. Karl Foxley says:

    You’ve got some really cool gadgets there John…

    Thanks for sharing such insights into how you run your blogging business.


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  18. Well one day I hope to own one flip mino. I looks so sleek.

    Peter Lee

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  19. Rick Kats says:

    Wow John, this is awesome, I’m truely inspired by you and your blog, maybe one day when i achieve such greatness I will be able to join you on you travelings :)!

  20. Very cool video, John. What if you put together a JohnChow Branded International Travel Package in several levels – Platinum, with MacBookPro, 3 cameras, all gear; Silver MacAir, flip and minidigital camera, and the Basic that is just all the ‘supporting’ gear. If you could get a volume deal and pass on a bit of it to your readers it would sell like wildfire.
    I hope the trip is awesome – Diane (whom you met at a Dot Com Pho) is in Bejing all next week, I’m forwarding this to her too – maybe she can pick some things up there! I’ll do some additional research and turn my readers on to your tips too – many are international travelers.

  21. jesse grant says:

    Awesome stuff! Pause it at :21 seconds in, John looks like he was hanging out with cheech n chong. 😛

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  22. If you are using Flip mino for your video, I must say they are clear. I thought the quality might not be good. Now that I see your recording cool videos with it. I might get one myself.

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  23. Agent 001 says:

    John this was great. A useful video. I got to get some of the gadgets. I have no question on the gear.

    I always see you online on Gmail. You even reply within 10 minutes. The above video explains to me how you do all that. Mobile Blogging.

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  24. Now I hope I wing the Flip, didn’t know it was that good. I’m a PC though. It would be a hard switch to go Mac.

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  25. Great video John! Few gadgets I haven’t seen before.

    Just a question: Where do you put the luggage? lol


  26. Chef Patrick says:

    Very cool, thanks for sharing your mobile office.

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  27. marl says:

    all i can is ,”NICE OF PIECE OF GADGETS” you got there!

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  28. I’m going to package “the kit” and sell it for fun and profit 🙂

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  29. Wow! You carry these many gadgets while traveling? You can probably do away with half of those, Flip might be good, but you can get similar/better resolution video with Canon SX10IS and that would also do away with the S3IS. Throw in couple of 16GB SD cards and spare batteries and you have enough juice to cover any event/day trip.

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  30. Flip mino is awesome! Thanks John for sharing your equipment, that’s interesting to know the insights 🙂

  31. Sam says:

    Those are Flip Minos, not Flip Mino HD’s right? How come you’re not going HD?

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  32. June says:

    I envy you John, when I grow up I’ll follow you!

    While you’re in China, think you can find me Investors there for my inventions- like a FLYING CAR maybe?

  33. Great gadgets. That mouse is wicked. First time I’ve seen that version. I really liked the portable router also. I’m going to get one of those. I have Linksys, but that seems better. And one of these days, I’ll get a MacBook Air as well.

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  34. @proson says:

    hi John, china these days got a large size of internet users. Surely high speed internet access are not a problem on most major cities

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  35. paul wk says:

    I loved my Flip, but I sold it when I didn’t use it anymore. I kind of miss though.

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  36. Shyam Kumar says:

    Thanks John for accepting my request and posting a blog within three days after I sent the request to you in the form of a blog comment. It is amazing.

    I also travel a lot internationally and I carry every thing you showed, but one piece each only (Without back-up for my laptop, camera, vedio recorder). I don’t blog, but slowly getting pulled towards that after seeing your excellent tips and the way you blog.

    On a lighter side, looking forward to receiving a small gift from you, since my idea (Possibly along with others) has given you an opportunity to write a very good blog and generated 59 comments to you. Not sure about the additional monetary gains 🙂

    Some of your customers might not be good writers but must be having good ideas on the blog topics. They can give you tips on those good topics and you can convert them into good blog articles. How does it sound ? In return , I am sure with your experience, you know how to encash this idea and make more money online and also benefit your customers who are sharing those ideas with you.

    Not sure if it is your server problem or some thing else, the moment I open your web page, my laptop goes into hanging mode. It comes back after five minutes. Even the vedios are very very slow. I am sure with this feedback you will be on the look out to fix this problem at the earliest.

    Wish you a safe return back.

  37. What is the power adaptor you are using and where did you get it? I looked at the powersquid website and they don’t carry something like that (theirs are much larger). Something like you have is exactly what i would like for travel.

  38. John, instead of blogging or bringing your blogging gear with you on long trips, why not just let your blog SIT HERE with no updates and see what happens 🙂


  39. Mortgage Guy says:

    Awesome insight in your personal life John Chow! You never hesitate to give personal details. Its make us closer to you.

    However, I would carry Chinese Nan Chukkis for safety. Like the one Bruce Lee had -zip zip zip sash !

  40. Jonathan says:

    Awesome equipment!! Just wondering like some of the others, what is it that you use to edit your videos?

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  41. So John what is the cost of your bag if you put everything into that.

    You do not have the back up for your mobile or iPhone.

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  42. bags says:

    Great video. I love the ‘this is my global empire in a bag’ concept!

  43. Blackberry says:

    Every new thing which we want to do in our cell we can do and we can give it code for security.

  44. Thank you for sharing your gear with us. Fun to see what others travel with.

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