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.
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 Vagablogging.net). Bruce Northam’s Globetrotter Dogma book is a pocket guide with lots of short nuggets and advice.