What to Read Before You Leave
Setting off on a solo trip around the world is an incredible undertaking and something that will change your life forever.
I never would have been able to travel, if people hadn't gone before me and written books on how it's possible.
These are the books that made it possible for me to quit my job and travel the world. They helped me with knowing what to expect, how to budget, and what my life on the road might look like.
This book changed my life. It's the top of the list because it is the best guide to budget traveling that I have ever found. The author, Matt Kepnes, is the well-known travel blogger from Nomadic Matt.
This book is well-written and the advice is easy to implement and follow.
I bought this book when I returned from my first solo trip because I was determined to quit my job and travel. This one gave me some real-life experiences from other travelers to learn from. It made the idea real.
As a solo-traveler, you may think this book could have been a bit irrelevant, but it wasn't. This is a story about 3 friends who travel the world together. They are very honest about the types of experiences you encounter as a traveler. It was a good way to prepare for some of the wild, weird stuff that happens when you are living out of a backpack and in hostel beds. It wasn't my favorite book, but it does give you a good idea of what to expect.
Once, at a meditation retreat, I heard a girl refer to her experience as "some Eat, Pray, Love" bullshit. And I thought, if you can this bullshit, then you're too cynical, even for me. I read this book back when the only country I had been to was Canada. It gives lucious and wonderful accounts of different types of travel experiences through Italy, India, and Indonesia. If you haven't already read it, please pick up a copy and then try to decide what type of travel experience should go for first.
Vagabonding is a classic guide to long-term travel and the benefits of leaving your "normal" life beind from six months to a year to travel the world. If you need a little more convincing that it really is possible to do, this one may just push you into your boss's office to give your two-weeks notice.