Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published February 1st 2016
Pack up and head out to see the world, it is possible
Travelling invigorates the spirit, it opens your eyes to new ways of thinking and living, it can be fun, uncomfortable, expensive or dirt cheap, it can bring unexpected situations and long lasting frienships. If you are thinking of travelling close to home or far away, for a little holiday or a lifetime, here are 5 books that will give you the little push you may need.
1."Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel" by Rolf Potts
Potts explores the various situations and problems you may encounter during long term travel, and offers practical, approachable solutions.This book; will not only inspire you and encourage you into a long term journey, it also gives you real advice on how to: fund your travels, determine where to go, adaptation, working/volunteering or exchanging labour for accomodation overseas, how to handle tricky or problematic situations and possibly the most helpful: how to return back to normal life; if you ever do, that is!
a great read by Rolf Potts
2."Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico" by Peter Kuper
Sketches and short descriptions by award winning cartoonist Peter Kuper.
Tired of the political atmosphere in the U.S.A during the Bush administration; Peter decides to take his wife and daughter to the colonial city of Oaxaca, Mexico. What they weren't expecting was being in the epicenter of Mexico's teacher strike and pollitical revolt. Kuper shows you how life overseas is a possibility, regardless of this world's adversities.He has a beautiful and very raw sketching style in which you will see everyday life in Oaxaca at it's most honest and colourful, it opens your eyes to the little things that matter and how amusing tiny differences can be.
"Diario de Oaxaca
3."Bali Daze" by Cat Wheeler
This humorous detailed memoir; explains the life of a Canadian expatriate seeking a more simple, meaningful life, so after travelling around Bali, Indonesia; Cat Wheeler decides to put roots down in Ubud, a mountainous town in Bali. Wheeler describes the funny, stressful and somewhat ridiculous situations she encounters through her travels and everyday life. Bali Daze" is an engaging must read to anyone looking at long term travel through the real Bali, it's unique culture and strange ways.
4."Lonely Planet Book of Everything" by Nigel Holmes
This graphic guide will amuse you and teach you some really useful or plain strange things you need to travel.Whilst some of the tips on this guide are essential: exercises while travelling long distances, tipping, counting in different languages, first aid, etiquete, etc, some other tips are simply quirky or fun facts and some are just for amusement. Also check out specific country "Lonely Planet" guide books, which are absolutely full of information, charts, maps and handy hints.
5."A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail" by Bill Bryson
If you have a tickle to go hiking somewhere, camp outdoors or be part of a spiritual treck through nature; this is a must read!
This witty memoir; describes the long hike through the Appalachian Mountains with the help of an old friend and recovering alcoholic Stephen Katz. Bill Bryson describes his struggle and adventure through personal opinion,the trails history and it's relationship with America, and although Bryson doesn't end up hiking the entire trail; this book is still a great read and a humorous take on what should be a spiritual retreat.