Long-term Travel Books

Buy The World’s Cheapest Destinations to decide where to go, then get your hands on one or more of these to work out the details for round-the-world travel or how to find the best international travel deals.

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travel the world $50 a dayVagabonding, by Rolf Potts, is about taking time off from your regular life to discover and experience the world on your own terms. This is an entertaining and inspiring read, as much a philosophy of travel guide as a primer.

If my book answers the “where” question, this one by Matt Kepnes answers the “how.” See How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.

The Practical Nomad comes off a bit preachy at times, but the author, Edward Hasbrouck, founded a travel agency selling round-the-world tickets and is an industry expert.

The Rough Guide First Time Around the World is a good primer if this will be your first trip circling the globe. Their First Time Asia book and First Time Europe are more focused options. Also try First Time Latin America (though the Traveler’s Tool Kit Mexico and Central America book by Rob Sangster and I is superior).

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you get a “Gap Year,” then check out Your Gap Year or do one anytime with Gap Years for Grown-ups.

working abroadGriffith also has two long-running great books for making some money while you’re away from home. See Work Your Way Around the World and Teaching English Abroad.

Or if you’re ready to leave the grind, try The Career Break Traveler’s Handbook.

How to Travel for Free (or pretty damn near it) provides good strategies on house sitting, home exchange, couchsurfing, and travel hacking through loyalty programs.

If you haven’t traveled much, my book Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune provides a good base for getting a great deal every time you travel.

For living abroad instead of just being constantly on the move, see A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.

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