How to Start a Side Hustle

This year, Rowkin has embarked on a mission to inspire.  Personal growth, entrepreneurship, and motivation are all on our theoretical vision board.  At the start of every year, Google Trends reveals a surge in searches for “side-hustle”. What is a side-hustle, you ask?  A side-hustle is a way to gain extra income on top of your full-time job. It may be a passion project or a necessary means to supplement your income.  Either way, Rowkin is here to serve you up some tips on discovering a side hustle that will improve your life, and perhaps even fatten your wallet.

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15 Useful and Free Health Apps You’ll Want To Download

If there’s one thing most people neglect on a daily basis, it’s taking care of their physical health. Statistically, those who simply increase their intake of water and daily cardio live longer, healthier lives. In honor of World Health Day on April 7, we’ve curated a list of 15 free and useful apps to keep you motivated and movin’.

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Everything You Need To Know About True Wireless Headphones in 2018

Today, there are a large number of wireless headphone options that use Bluetooth to connect to your mobile devices and are arguably more convenient than traditional wired headphones. So, what is true wireless and why should you use them? We’re here to help you make a decision on what might be best for your needs.

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Fitness Gadgets for 2019

As we embark on 2019, many people have fitness on the mind.  According to the November/December Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019, released annually by the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal, wearable technology will be on everyone’s list this year.  If you’ve added “get fit” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions this year, then adding a fitness gadget to your routine is a great way to inspire and motivate you!  So what are some fitness gadgets that actually work? We’ve got some of our top recommendations below that have the potential to launch you into a healthy fitness routine…

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Why True Wireless?

How many times have your headphone wires caught on something, tearing them out of your ears mid-workout?  This is only one of the many annoyances associated with traditional wired headphones. The good news is that true wireless technology has evolved tremendously since its conception (circa 2015).  There are five excellent reasons to go wireless…

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5 Budget-Friendly Travel Ideas for 2019

Every year as December comes to a close, anticipation builds nationwide for New Years Eve. The stress of the holiday season bubbles over into what is to be the highlight of the year-- a time to reflect on trials and tribulations, victories, disappointments, and achievements.  Why is New Years Eve so romanticized? Why are expectations so high for the perfect starlit evening punctuated by the perfect midnight kiss? Research tells us that the popularity of New Year’s resolutions stems from the fact that New Years is such a significant temporal landmark. Temporal landmarks, such as the onset of a new week, a birthday, or a new semester, allow us to demarcate periods of time in our lives, and “relegate past imperfections to a previous period”.  Thus, the New Year is an opportunity to start fresh; The unachievable is achievable with enough motivation, and the weight of past mistakes seems altogether lighter…  


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Backpacking in Koh Tao, Thailand!

The age old debate of nature versus nurture is essentially null.  It’s true, you are a product of your environment, but you also have the choice to change your environment.  That’s the best part about traveling!  Heading out on new adventures helps you grow as an individual.  Making new friends, becoming acquainted with new cultures, and experiencing all the world has to offer is an incredible way to reignite your fervor for life.  Not to get all sentimental and sappy on you all now. After all, this is a guide to… BACKPACKING IN KOH TAO!

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Why you need to leave the rat race behind, NOW.

It’s easy to get caught up in the humdrum of daily life.  The blare of your alarm yanks you out of your peaceful dream state.  You groggily feel your way to the sink to brush your teeth, still dead to the world until the first drop of caffeine reaches your lips.  You sit in traffic on your way to work, consuming radio music that has been formulaically crafted to produce an artificial sense of well-being…


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Father's Day Tech Gift Guide 2018

For many of us growing up, Dad was a source of wisdom and (sometimes unsolicited) advice.  He may have had scolded you for getting less than an A, but that tough love gave you the fantastic work ethic you now possess.  Dad probably taught you how to ride a bike, and encouraged you to nurture your many talents and skills. This Father’s day, show some gratitude for putting up with all the attitude you gave him over the years.   Whether the Father on your list is a tech-whiz, or can hardly type a text message, we have the best tech gifts that will show Dad (or the father figure in your life) just how much you appreciate him! To make sure you get it on time (Saturday, June 17th), all of our Dad’s Day gifts are available on Amazon Prime.  Happy shopping!

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Love A Tree Day-Top Forests & Jungles To Visit In Your Lifetime

If you don’t consider yourself a “tree-hugger”, I’m here to tell you why you should reconsider.  For starters, May 16th is national Love A Tree Day. Besides being visually stunning, trees also reduce erosion, produce oxygen, remove carbon dioxide, and moderate the climate by lowering temperatures, reducing energy usage and removing air pollutants!  Do you live in a major metropolitan area? Rowkin is based in San Mateo, on the peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Many of our trees are neatly lined up and definitely not naturally occurring. While we love some good ole city planning, we love trees of the unplanned variety (particularly if they are trees we encounter on an adventure).  We’ve got a fantastic list of the top forests and jungles around the world to plan out your next one! Pictures won’t do them justice. You’ve gotta see them to believe them…

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12 Unbelievably Easy Ways To See The World Without Quitting Your Job

Quitting your job to travel the world is a timeless fantasy.  Some people have made travel their lives, calling themselves “digital nomads”, and hopping from one WiFi hotspot to the next.  Travel bloggers post glorious photos on their social media, presenting their lives as carefree, glamorous, and full of boundless pleasures.  Many who quit their jobs to travel the world find it to be much more stressful than anticipated, or become very lonely in the process. Everyone has to take their own path, but I’m here to tell you that you have options!  You don’t have to live with the frustration of thwarted wanderlust if you take advantage of these 12 unbelievably easy ways to see the world-- without quitting your job.

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5 Incredibly Bizarre Easter Traditions Around the World

Have you ever microwaved a peep just to watch it expand and then explode?  Easter egg hunts, Cadbury eggs, and taking photos of terrified children on the Easter Bunny’s lap are all exceptionally American Easter traditions. But where did all of these traditions originate?  Due to our love for travel, cultural exploration, and a little adventure, we were curious how people celebrate Easter around the world.  So we did a bit of research, and this is what we found!

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