Having using lapto built-in microphone at 100% recording volume in Windows properties, quality has always been mediocre. Therefore, after years of bad audio recording for my digital nomad ventures, I finally decided to acquire a higher quality microphone. For years, I thought that the only professional quality microphones would be large ones like the YETI microphones, which looks great, but will never fit a digital nomad's bag, in which every single cubic centimer of storage counts. All in all, the following criteria are crucial, order by importance. Criteria of a digital nomad microphone 1. takes as little space as possible, 2. records professional quality sound, 3. can be used in a variety of situations, 4. is affordable. These criteria actually aren't much, and made me stumble, after weeks of research, comparison, and doubt, on the final choice that is actually a great one, having now being using it for a few weeks: the RØDE smartLav+, a lavalier microphone with professional grade audio recording. The RØDE smartLav+ definitely is a great option for a digital nomad for which sound is not the primary source of income, but a secondary tool beyond laptop and smartphone, as there are higher quality and better microphones around, that also allow to play sound or plug your earphones However, if you only record sound from time to time, and focus on recording sound when you do, meaning you do not need to hear any feedback from your computer, such as someone talking in a Zoom call for a podcast recording, then the RØDE smartLav+ microphone is a great choice, professional, light, and affordable!