The Best Books for Round-the-World Travel

I get asked for book recommendations a lot from people planning their first trip around the world or going on an extended trip. Thankfully half of the e-mails have “(besides yours)” in the request. Yes, of course I think The World’s Cheapest Destinations should be the one you look to when deciding where you can afford to spend a good amount of time. And if you’re heading south from the U.S. or Canada, then Traveler’s Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America is the most comprehensive travel planning book out there. Hey, you can even get a Kindle version of either.

Others that are great with the nuts and bolts of traveling and planning are The Practical Nomad by Edward Hasbrouck and Rough Guides First Time Around the World by Doug Lansky,

After that, the ying to those yangs is Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts. Great advice mixed with philosophy of the road. (See the accompanying blog, with only an occasional appearance by Rolf, at Bruce Northam’s Globetrotter Dogma book is a pocket guide with lots of short nuggets and advice.

Need to work somewhere while you’re on the move? Check out one of these from Susan Griffith: Work Your Way Around the World or Teaching English Abroad. For a non-British stance see Teaching English Overseas.

Well past your young and single backpacking days? See The Grownup’s Guide to Running Away From Home , Escape 101, or The Family Sabattical Handbook.

Got a favorite book that helped your extended travels? Put it in the comments below!

  1. conor

    I am currently reading Work you way around the world and I have to say it is very good. It has some brilliant tips for us less well off travellers.

  2. Aaron Schubert

    Good post mate. I don’t think there is a more efficient way to learn something than off someone who has already done it!


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