It’s a JetBackPack!

This post first appeared on packhacker.com.

This whole thing started last May when I packed up my life in New York City into one 40L backpack and left to travel the world. I’ve been on the road ever since, living in a new country every couple of weeks. My travels have taken me through bustling cities and remote villages, tropical climates and cold temperatures, and a variety of different cultures, cuisines, and languages — it’s been quite the journey!


Island Hopping in Southeast Vietnam

I’ve had a little voice in the back of my head for some time now: Prodding me to start a business of my own. Nagging me to spin up something from nothing. Nudging me to work on my own ideas instead of others’ as I’ve done as a designer, engineer, and creative director in the past.

I finally answered that voice.

First things first: The Infatuation was a great company to work with. Chris, Andrew, and team are executing an incredible vision, and I can’t wait to continue to watch them grow. I had a blast completing many challenging projects…


Here at The Infatuation, we help people find their way to the best meals in an approachable, funny, opinionated, and not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously manner. We’re like Zagat for a new generation. You’ll never find us using words like ‘toothsome’ our ‘mouthfeel’ to describe a piece of meat, but you will find over 1.6k unbiased reviews on the best restaurants around through our Website, our iPhone & Android apps, and Text Rex.

Chris Stang, co-founder & CEO of The Infatuation brought me in to help centralize all our creative under one umbrella. We’re a small company with a large audience, and we think…


Me in Lofoten, Norway

Edit: I’ve launched a full website called PackHacker: We test and review the best gear for travel so you don’t have to.

Sometime back in January of 2016, I decided to leave my job with Apple and take a dive into the unknown — explore the world while working remotely.

Below is everything I’m currently traveling with, and basically everything I own (besides a storage locker in Minneapolis that holds my other possessions). Generally, it feels freeing and good to have next to nothing. …


Last week, I sat in on S. N. Goenka’s 10 day Vipassana mindfulness meditation course in Menomonie, Wisconsin. It was nice to spend some time in a peaceful spot far away from the constant chaos of NYC.

I’ve never been much of a meditator, but tried it out last year in an attempt to give my brain a break every once in a while. I really love design, tech, and all the things that come with it, but often times, I don’t really know when to shut it all off (or how to for that matter). My brain is constantly…


Thrilled to announce some big changes in my life.

For starters, I’ll be saying goodbye to two Apples: New York City, and Apple. Beginning June 1st, I’ll be traveling wherever, whenever, flashpacking around the world. Planning to start in Norway & Sweden to experience the midnight sun and see why my ancestors left. The rest of the trip is open as of now, but Berlin, Isle of Skye, Buenos Aires, Okinawa, Sa Pa, Bagan, and Sydney, are on the top of the to-travel list to name a few.

Also, couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’ll be joining The…


What I learned and how you can do it, too.

Creating for 100 days straight. When I tell people about this project or they see my feed on instagram, their questions are usually “Why?” and “What are you going to get out of it?” and “What’s next when it’s done?” My answers to these questions tend to be “I’m improving my illustration skills” and “I’m going to sell something with these printed on them eventually” and “I just enjoy a challenge”. …

Tom Wahlin

Founder of @packhacker. Digital nomad. Formerly: @infatuation, @apple, @coverpay (acquired by @velocityapp), @space150 & @the_nerdery.

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