A visit to you local neighbourhood bookstore will reveal a massive array of travel-related books. Here is a small and very carefully chosen selection of what Kathryn and I consider to be the “best of the best” when it comes to helping you plan your round-the-world trip.
Below you’ll find a few superb books certain to enhance your round-the-world travel skills. Some provide detailed information on specialized topics; others are more inspirational in nature. Each one, however, has proven itself to us as a significant cut above the usual crap. And buying them through our affiliate links helps to support our blog!
1. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. He provides the necessary information on: financing your travel time, determining your destination, adjusting to life on the road, working and volunteering overseas, handling travel adversity and re-assimilating back into ordinary life. Not just a plan of action, Vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit. Click here to purchase Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel from Amazon.
Planning a trip around the world? Let First-Time Around the World get you started. Loaded with the very latest travel information, including all you need to know about round-the-world tickets to teaching and working overseas, this pre-departure guide will help get you make the most out of your ultimate journey. The guide begins with a full-colour ‘Things Not to Miss’ photo section with suggested itineraries, route maps, details on what to bring, when to go, how much it will cost and which vaccinations will keep you healthy. The individual country profiles highlight the best places to visit with country-specific websites and necessary budget information for your first-time world trip. There are plenty of useful tips to help save you money, keep you safe and maximize your time on the road. The guide comes complete with concise regional information, with overland maps and details on weather, major attractions and unmissable festivals. Click here to purchase The Rough Guide First-Time Around The World from Amazon.
3. Where To Go When
Packed with detailed weather info, events, festivals and practical advice, Where to Go When has everything you need to plan the perfect trip at the perfect time to go. Thirty destinations are presented for each month, with 11 covered in depth. Tuscany, Italy, is recommended for October, when the grape and olive harvests take place, and when porcini mushrooms, prized truffles and other specialties appear on regional menus. The listing includes a six-day itinerary on the “Chianti Trail,” from Florence to Siena. With travel inspiration at your fingertips, planning your round-the-world trip has never been easier. Click here to purchase Where To Go When from Amazon.
4. The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
The world is a breathtakingly big place, and in this big book Lonely Plaet has undertaken the big task of detailing as much of it as they can—every single country, many of the larger dependencies and other, smaller destinations. With the traveler’s experience at its heart, this book shows a slice of life in every corner of the globe, and all points in between, engaging the reader’s senses in an adventure which conjures up the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and feel of our amazing world. Click here to purchase The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World from Amazon.
5. 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World
Unmissable: 300 Events & Festivals Around the World is a four-colour inspirational guide book to events and festivals, celebrations and natural phenomena in the world’s top cities, secret retreats and far-flung places. It also offers practical information and insider tips, from how to get there, to where and when to buy tickets before they sell out, the best vantage point for a street festival or cycle race. First-person recommendations and lively descriptions bring the sound, smell, feel and taste of each experience to life. Click here to purhase 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World from Amazon.
6. The Packing Book: Secrets of the Carry-on Traveler
From choosing the right kind of luggage and the appropriate travel gear (money belts, ear plugs, etc.) to customizing your wardrobe according to the length and type of your intended travel, Gilford covers all the bases. She provides plenty of checklists so you won’t forget the essentials, gives detailed instructions (complete with illustrations) on just how to pack items such as skirts, jackets, and slacks to minimize wrinkling and maximize space, and offers suggestions on packing for children and teens. Medical needs, entertainment needs–even security tips–are included in this invaluable guide to getting the most out of the least amount of luggage. The Packing Book takes the anxiety out of preparing for a trip, and even the most seasoned travelers may be surprised at how much they never knew about packing light. Click here to purhase The Packing Book: Secrets of the Carry-on Traveler from Amazon.
Travel blogs are amazing but the printing press isn’t dead—yet. Travel writing of all kinds is more popular than ever, and there are books on every aspect of travel and every kind of traveller. Remember, too—the books make great gifts for the person who loves travel or is planning a trip round the world. Here are a few recommended books to inspire and to help you plan.
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