My list on some of the best reading material for travel, general and blogging.
- “Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel” by Rolf Potts
Hugely inspirational, the first book I read to decide whether long term travel is for me. Great tips on how to approach such a big lifestyle change. Hugely recommended.
- “All the Gear, No Idea: A Woman’s Solo Motorbike Journey Around the Indian Subcontinent” by Michele Harrison
An amazing story about a brave woman how leaves it all for a scary trip around India. She has so many stories through this, I was hooked. Great chance to read up about such a massive trip and she survived and how she coped.
- “How to Drop Everything and Travel the World! How to do it, Where to go and Why it’s cheaper than you think.” by Dagny Taggart
Fun and quick read on what you need to consider when going travelling.
- “It’s What I Do: A Photographers Life of Love and War” by Lynsey Addario
This was my book of choice for a trip in Thailand. It is a fantastic story about a woman who was led by intrigue into the life of a war photographer and how she couldn’t leave it behind. It’s people like her that help make sure we are all as aware as possible of what is happening in the world around us. Inspiring.
- “How to be Remarkable” by Colin Wright
Nice read to remind you to be aware of how you are seen by others. Also an interesting list to check if you’re doing all of these things that make sure you are being how you want to be and not what others have told you to be.
- “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
Just a beautiful story. It’s very deep and moving. Makes you appreciate your life a little bit more.
- “The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins
Great read. Bit disturbing with the obsession that the lead character has for her ex and being a part of the mystery that really has nothing to do with her at all. Either way it’s definitely worth a read!
- “Unreasonable Behaviour” by Don McCullin
I loved reading about Lynsey Addario, and this account of Don McCullin’s life is fantastic. Nothing better than an autobiography to make you understand what the world is truly like. Highly recommended read.
- “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner is a great book so I was interested to see how this stacked up. The opening story is brilliant. I read it a few times. The story that follows is depressing but it feels more real than others. Honest and truthful, overall I liked it.
- “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts
One of the longest and best books I’ve read. An epic tale of a man who has been through a serious amount of hardship. A criminal that you believe has love and compassion for all. A conflicted emotion reading this book, knowing he isn’t do any good but also seeing all the good he does for others. A definite read but settle in for the long haul.
- Expert Vagabond by Matt Marston
One amazing person. He is a seasoned vet in the land of long term travel. Has been really helpful for me and I’m sure he’ll get sick of me soon enough. Check it out for his tips on travel.
- Beyond Blighty by Arianwen Morris
An inspiration solo female traveller. She’s a great writer and her posts are entertaining. Worth a look!
- Backpacking Matt by Matt Kyhnn
Having spent 13 years of my life in NZ I respect that this guy is helping their tourism with a great blog about how he has set up a life there. Founder of Planit NZ it’s worth a read on his kiwi excursions.
- Millie Goes by Millie!
Inspirational lady, I love hearing about other solo female travellers. It shows that just being alone as a female doesn’t mean that travel is too difficult and dangerous. Great tips and advice.
- Along Dusty Roads by Andrew and Emily
A great blog with amazing photography around Central and South America. A perfect one for me with my upcoming trip to Colombia and onwards!
A guide to the Middle East and North Africa. Interesting reads on the latest topics and sights and sounds. A good way to start getting familiarized with the region if you’re heading there.
- Classe Tourist by Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer
A freelance travel writer and photographer couple working for several newspapers and magazines worldwide. A photo-a-day travel blog which is always interesting to see what will be next! They go to hard to reach places which always makes it a bit more interesting to see what they will come up with next.
- Cool Hunting
An interesting publication with loads of reads but their travel section is worth a look.
- Eat Your World by Laura Siciliano-Rosen and Scott Rosen
Food has never been my main motivation for travel but I sure know a few people to which it is. This is a great blog of all the things to look out for, where to go and reviews on each.
- The Funnelogy Channel by Nicolas and Gabriella
A fun blog on their experiences travelling and food. Some great reads and interesting takes on various destinations.
- Jungles In Paris by Oliver and Darrell Hartman
A unique travel journal where destinations and stories are captured through amazing photography and short films. It’s easy to lose time in this site.
- On The Grid
I’ve just discovered this and it’s brilliant! City guides with some great tips on where to go, what to eat and what to see.
- Roads & Kingdoms
A much more hard hitting travel site. It’s interesting and deep. The cast are formidable with talent from some impressive publications. It’s worth having a look for the areas you are travelling to so you have some honest updates.
- Spirited Pursuit by Lee Litumbe
Great travel stories, great photography, great view on life. Makes me happy just perusing the site.
- The Voyageur by Pauline Chardin
Classy travel site with beautiful photos and some helpful tips. Love the design of her site!
- Brendan’s Adventures by Brendan van Son
A fantastic travel blog with some great photos and helpful advice. He is an expert on South America! Bonus! 🙂