“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
—George R.R. Martin.
In our day and age we are fortunate enough to have easy access to books and information. With the dawn of the E-reader its easier than ever to bring multiple books along with you while traveling; no more excuses about not having room in your bag or it’ll put your weight limit over. A great book can be just what you need to inspire that next goal, trip, step you want to take, or simply a nice way to wind down at the end of the day.We will be sharing books that we have found useful, inspiring, or just plain fun, in planning our trips and finances. Now this isn’t Oprah’s book club so please don’t expect a list of the latest best sellers, its just another way for us to share what we have learned with you. Please feel free to share any recommendations you have for us and contact us if you have any questions.
This book was instrumental in preparing us for our travel lifestyle and made a huge impact on our lives. It, along with the 4 Hour Work Week, encouraged us to take our lives on the road. To quit making excuses about not having enough money to follow our dreams. It is a book that deals directly with the mindset change required for long term travel. We both highly recommend this book, and the version we found on Audible was also great. We liked it so much we’ve even gifted it on to friends.
The title of this book is a little misleading, and I think a lot of people miss out on a lot of good information by passing over this one. It is mostly about setting up systems to help run your life more efficiently so you have time to pursue your real interests. While I don’t agree one hundred percent with all the advice in this book, I did find it incredibly useful and influential. I implement a lot of the practices in this book and find myself reaching for it again and again.It’s another great book that gets your mind ready for a lifestyle of freedom.
I am currently reading this book. It is a fascinating story about a guy retracing the ancient coffee routes. He travels through different countries in the 1990s while telling the history of when coffee arrived in those countries and how it affected them. It is a captivating travel log of the world pre-9/11 and even more intriguing to learn about the pivotal role coffee has played in world history. It’s packed with fun facts and travel inspiration. Just like with a good cup of coffee, I made myself slow down to savor this one.
If you’ve ever dreamt of being a Victorian explorer sailing off to foreign and exotic lands, like I know I have many times, this book is for you. The story of Percy Harrison Fawcett (PHF to his family and friends) “one of the last individual explorers” and his ill-fated quest for the Lost City of Z gives you everything you want in an adventure novel, with the twist of it being a true story. I couldn’t put this book down; I finished it in two days staying up well into the night. I became as obsessed with finding out what happened to PHF as the characters in the book were. Follow author David Grann as he finds himself retracing the parties final footsteps, infected like many others before him with “Fawcett Fever,” in search of stripping away the layers of the man and his mysterious disappearance.
Back from the days when Igor the cave man needed to win followers to rule territories, to the business age where maintaining client relations and sustaining business operations put food on the table, and to today’s internet age where people focus on winning “followers” and “friends”; some things never change. To put it bluntly, in just about every aspect of life, the art of interpersonal communication is paramount; yet we are rarely formally trained in the subject. This book has been, and remains, the authority on the matter. Whether it be traveling around the world, or through everyday life, we consider the principles and lessons in this book fundamental in meeting new people, building relationships, and making friends wherever you go.
In today’s economy most people are obsessed with performance and terrified of losing their jobs, but what makes somebody stand out? What makes a Linchpin? Seth Godin shares his take on what he thinks makes a person truly indispensable in todays labor market, and steps you can personally take to become a linchpin yourself. Personally I think this would have been better as a short story or blog series. At times I found the author a bit elitist, and often found myself annoyed re-reading the same exact point made again and again. But as I plowed on I found that the overarching themes of the book were worth reading. So for those of you stuck mid-way through, like me, don’t quit. In the end it is worth finishing.
While sometimes we may come across like all we care about is travel, we also care about our retirement. Not the kind of retirement that happens at 67, the kind that happens at a good healthy age. For us that’s right around 50. This is the most actionable book towards actually making work optional. It is by no means a get rich quick scheme. It is a book that sets you up with the tools and the perspective to break the chains of the rat race
Take this book and read it with a grain of salt. It’s not a literary masterpiece, and often we found it rather cheesy. However, the main premise is to stop hitting the snooze button on your life and get up early to work on your own goals. The author provides a handy acronym to simplify setting your goals and affirmations to help you visualize them. While it isn’t the best read, and definitely don’t try to listen to it, the main take home message is one that we have taken to heart and started using. So for that reason we recommend it.
The Audiobook version is so good I couldn’t leave it out of this section. It was instrumental in preparing us for our travel lifestyle and made a huge impact on our lives. It along with the 4-Hour Work Week encouraged us to take our lives on the road. To quit making excuses about not having enough money to follow our dreams. It is a book that deals directly with the mindset change required for long term travel. We both highly recommend this book. We liked it so much we’ve even gifted it on to friends.
If you see all the alluring posts on instagram of the freshly salted women in bikinis hanging outside their van and the couples cozy in their customized Westfalias and Sprinter vans, it’s all staged. Traveling in a #rollinghome has some down sides. In 1948 after returning from the war Ben Carlin, a mining engineer, sets out to circumnavigate the globe in one vehicle; an amphibious jeep. One of the most amazing true stories I have ever read about a man and his wife with a dream/mission to drive themselves around the world. The narrator in the audible version is great. If an around the world trip or extensive travel in a vehicle interests you at all, this relatively short story is not to be missed.
The first time we listened to this book we were on a winter road trip driving from San Diego to Boise. It made the drive go so much faster and it was one of the first audio books that I actually finished. Set in 1872, smack dab in the middle of the Victorian era and the first year of the Enlightenment Period, this book takes a look into world travel before the days of the “Around the World Ticket”. We especially enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the places and cultures. It definitely brought to my attention a lot of respect for the world travelers of old. We both highly recommend this classic as a trip around the world and back in time as it is both inspiring and entertaining.
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