Top 5 Travel Books

Need some travel inspiration? Or want to fall into a story and live vicariously through the adventures of others? Want to get started on your way to financial freedom? Not sure who you are or what place you have in this world? We have book recommendations for you! We share all the books we have read which have lead us to where we are now… travelling the world and living on OUR OWN terms!

VAGABONDING:
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

by Rolf Potts

This book started it all for us. Veteran traveller Rolf Potts shares his insights on how the world is viewed differently from a place of travel. Discovering the world on your own terms. This book relates to anyone who has travelled from 2 weeks, 4 months or 2 years. Rolf explains how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. This book covers:

• Financing your travel time
• Determining your destination
• Adjusting to life on the road
• Working and volunteering overseas
• Handling travel adversity
• Re-assimilating back into ordinary life

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FOUR HOUR WORK WEEK:
Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

By Timothy Ferris

After reading only a few chapters, this book kick-started change towards living a nomad lifestyle.  Tim Ferriss writes about a new concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, this book has you covered.

This step-by-step guide to luxurious lifestyle design teaches how:

• Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
• To outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
• Blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
• To eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
• To trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

Purchase Here =  http://amzn.to/2sUf2um (USA) / http://amzn.to/2ucor4E (CANADA)

THE MYSTICAL BACKPACKER:
How to Discover your Destiny in a Modern World

By Hannah Papp

If you’re looking for a book that will allow you to delve deeper into personal growth through your travels, this is the book for you. Part memoir, part guidebook, The Mystical Backpacker invites you to explore your inner terrain and learn how to create your own unique version of a modern day vision quest.

Tired of living a life based on other’s expectations, Hannah Papp quit her job, bought a EuroRail ticket and a map, notified her landlady, and left town. Embarking on a journey across Europe with no plan and no direction, Hannah stumbled into becoming a modern-day Mystical Backpacker. Along the way her discoveries and the teachers she encountered allowed her to go on a deeper journey into the self and the spirit—revealing the real self she had long been missing.

The Mystical Backpacker will help you reorient your own life map. It offers a solution, a way to break free and find your inner self’s rhythms and needs, fulfilling your true destiny.

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THE LOST GIRLS:
Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

by Jennifer Baggett and Holly C. Corbett

A light, fun, and easy read that will surely spark the wanderlust on your commute into your rather-lack-luster 9 to 5 job. The Lost Girls is about three 30-year old gals who put aside the pressure to hit certain milestones—score the big promotion, find a soul mate, and have 2.2 kids. Instead, they make a pact to quit their jobs, leave behind everything familiar, and embark on a yearlong round-the-world search for inspiration and direction.

Traveling 60,000 miles across four continents, Jen, Holly, and Amanda bring the reader along for a series of adventures from East Africa to South America. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true friendship—a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, trekking across mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.

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ANOTHER COCKTAIL PLEASE:
The Essential Guide to Long Term Vacationing – How to Live an Exotic Lifestyle

by Jack Jenssen & Carrie Trip

With the desire to live an unconventional lifestyle, discovered various models of how other people are doing it. Will we be digital nomads?  Will our model be 6 months of travel and 6 months of work? Or maybe it’s 3 months of work and 9 months of travel. We’ve discovered that there are so many ways to live the unconventional lifestyle.

We read Jack and Carrie’s book about being “seasonal nomads”, a couple that works in beautiful Muskoka (Ontario) Canada for half the year and venture to a new destination and live abroad for five to six months every year.  Not a bad gig if you ask us. From the Caribbean to New Zealand, they settle into a beautiful new location and live like locals in a different part of the world every year.

Merging a conventional lifestyle with a nomadic twist, teeming with excitement and adventure, Jack and Carrie share their wealth of expertise with all would be travellers – whether your holiday is for one week, two months or longer.

They share how to:

  • Think outside the box to create more time for travel
  • Choose the perfect destination from which to live and explore your surroundings
  • Plan a hassle and disappointment-free vacation
  • Find the best holiday home for your budget
  • Negotiate vacation home and vehicle rentals to save money
  • Be fully prepared, packed and ready to go
  • Stay healthy and safe while assimilating into a new community
  • Set goals and record your memorable moments with an Evolving Bucket List

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BONUS:

Books we Recommend to get you Financially on Track

MONEY MASTERING THE GAME:
7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

by Anthony Robbins

Based on extensive research and one-on-one interviews with more than 50 of the most legendary financial experts in the world—from Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett, to Ray Dalio and Steve Forbes—Tony Robbins has created a simple 7-step blueprint that anyone can use for financial freedom.

Robbins has a brilliant way of using metaphor and story to illustrate even the most complex financial concepts—making them simple and actionable. With expert advice on our most important financial decisions, Robbins is an advocate for the reader, dispelling the myths that often rob people of their financial dreams.

Tony Robbins walks readers from any income level through the steps to become financially free by creating a lifetime income plan. This book delivers invaluable information and essential practices for getting your financial house in order. This book is directed towards American readers.

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THE MILLIONAIRE TEACHER:
The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School

by Andrew Hallam

Millionaire Teacher shows you how to achieve financial independence through smart investing. Author Andrew Hallam was a high school English teacher. He became a debt-free millionaire by following a few simple rules. In this book, he teaches you the financial fundamentals you need to follow in his tracks. You can spend just an hour per year on your investments, never think about the stock market’s direction — and still beat most professional investors. This book is directed toward Canadian readers.

  • Gain the financial literacy to make smart investment decisions
  • Learn why you should invest in index funds
  • Find out how to find the right kind of financial advisor
  • Avoid scams and flash-in-the-pan trends

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8 TIPS to Safe Travel

How  are we planning and prepping for MONEY and CREDIT CARDS? What are we doing if we lose our WALLET? What if we lose our PASSPORT? All these questions answered as we share our helpful Travel Precautions – safety & security tips. Check out the video below as well… we even throw in a few stories about how we learned the hard way!

1) MONEY SOURCES

Traveling with a lot of cash is not always best.  You are susceptible to theft or losing it, especially if you flash it all over the place! OR… even worse, when you change countries and are stuck with a bunch of currency you can’t even use!

Using credit cards is not always that easy… mostly when traveling through 3rd world countries. A lot of places will take cash only!

We’ll be using debit cards to take out money when we arrive into a country. Since we have a rough estimation of our budget, we’ll know approximately how much to take out so you don’t have any extra when you leave the country.

SAFETY TIP: We’ll have a few cards (one in each bag), so in case our bag gets stolen or we lose one, we’ll have a backup! This same trick applies to our credit cards. We’ll likely have 2 credit cards , and 2 debit card each!

Don't carry too much cash when you travel

Don’t carry too much cash when you travel

2) IDENTITY PRECAUTIONS

Fortunately, our Nomadic Travel Bag has an RFID protection zipper pocket, which prevents identity theft from people trying to scan your information. But if you don’t have the Nomadic Travel Bag, there are other options as well:

Travel Wallets
Card Sleeves
Passport Holder
Credit Card Protector
RFID Blocking Bag

Protect your documents from Identity theft with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) protection.

Protect your documents from Identity theft with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) protection.

3) DOCUMENT PRECAUTIONS

Always good to have backups! Take a photocopy scan of your credit cards, debit cards, passports, IDs etc… then do the following:

  • Make a digital copy and store it all of your travel devices
  • Send an e-mail with the digital copy to yourself
  • Send an e-mail copy to a friend or family member
  • Print a copy and fold it up and put it in your bag (in case you are in a bind and have no access to internet)
Make a digital copy of your travel documents in case they're stolen or lost.

Make a digital copy of your travel documents in case they’re stolen or lost.

4) USE LOCKS

As we are planning to stay in hostels and other communal type accommodations, it is important to use travel locks to prevent access to your bag. AND the lockers that are provided at these communal-like accommodations often provider lockers, which you should take full advantage of. We are bringing one hefty locker-lock for this purchase.

Safety Tip: Make sure you get combo-locks and not key-locks because if you lose your key… you are !@#&*^!

5) HIDDEN CASH

Before you leave for WHEREVER you are going, you should take some US cash in incremental bills like 5-10-20’s and place it in your travel bag somewhere where you WILL NOT USE IT! This is your emergency cash. Only use it when you are absolutely stuck!

Safety Tip: If you have to use it… make sure you replenish it as soon as possible.

You never know when you'll need cash in an emergency situation.

You never know when you’ll need cash in an emergency situation.

6) PICK-POCKET PRECAUTIONS

BAG SELECTION: Choose a day bag that is not easily accessible. Make sure the zippers or entrance into the bag is either from the front (aka where it rests on your back) or with the zippers covered or hidden well enough that thieves can’t just ZIP and grab!

Carabiners: If you are going into a crowded place and you want a little extra protection, use a carabiner on your zippers. This makes accessing your bag MUCH more difficult and will likely ward off pick-pocketers.

Carabiners can be used to help protect you from pickpocketers.

Carabiners can be used to help protect you from pickpocketers.

7) MAINTAIN A LOW PROFILE

Self explanatory I think! But essentially, don’t be obnoxious and draw any unnecessary attention to yourself. Don’t be loud… don’t be flashy… don’t pull out your travel map and compass in the middle of a crowd (That would be hilarious actually!) Be respectful of the people that live where you are visiting!

8) LISTEN TO YOUR GUT

If your stomach is turning with the idea of taking that short-cut; OR you came across an AMAZING deal for exchanging money… listen to your gut! Most often if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is scam or safety concern!

We are all about taking risks but your gut will ultimately save you in the end!

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