What I'm Reading to Prepare for a Round the World Trip
Consider this a big ol' hint at what I have up my sleeve for Summer 2018. As a big time planner and an even bigger bookworm, a great reading list to keep me motivated, inspired and courageous is exactly what I need.
How to Travel the World for $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes. Written by the king of budget travel himself, Nomadic Matt, this is the definitive guide to long-term travel on a budget. I can't think of a single long-term traveler who wouldn't benefit from reading this.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book has been on my TBR forever, but it pops up as a life-changing book for so many. I'm hoping that it's magic, wisdom and wonder inspires me.
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. Potts is an O.G. travel writer and expert in living life on your own terms. It's a handbook to living life out of the norm. As someone who likes a good guidebook, I think I'll need one to start this unconventional life I'm dreaming of.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Living out of a backpack on a fixed income is going to take some serious discipline. It's a mental shift that I'm more that excited about, but if that motivation ever wanes, I'll turn to this book.
Girls Who Travel: A Novel by Nicole Trilivas. I'm going to reach for this book when I need an understanding shoulder to cry on. This transition may not be easy and less understanding friends may cross my path. I'm going to let this book be the one who understands it all. It's a witty and fun read about finding adventure wherever you may be.
The Complete Guide to House Sitting by Nik Rivers. I've done some house sitting stateside and think it could be a great way to slow travel my way around the world.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Spoiler Alert: I've actually already read this book and it changed my life. There's something very freeing about knowing you aren't the only lost soul on the planet. I've brought my paperback edition with me through five moves, so I think it's time I reread it before purging most of my worldly possessions.
The Big Trip by Lonely Planet. This is the most comprehensive, guidebook-style book on the list. It has regional overviews with maps and itineraries, practical work related resources, and pre-trip planning.