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1. The 4-Hour Workweek

This book is an inspirational bomb. It is not about traveling in a classical way. It is about turning your life into the endless journey by becoming a location independent entrepreneur.


You will get not just a plain advice, but an extremely pragmatic guide to action. Learn how to design your lifestyle and business that supports it, outsource your life, improve your productivity, maximize your efficiency, and get the freedom you are looking for. “It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box".


Warning! This book can actually make you leave your 9 to 5 job, start building your business and living a location independent life full of travels.


2. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Written by a man who traveled the world numerous times, this inspiring book will  fire you up with a serious wanderlust.


As Rolf Potts states it, "Long-term travel isn’t about being a college student; it’s about being a student of daily life. Long-term travel isn’t an act of rebellion against society; it’s an act of common sense within society. Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive “bundle of cash”; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way."  This book inspired the whole generation of backpackers for a reason.


Get the book, read and go!

3. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

It's an extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer confronted by the spiritual crisis.


It will take you on a life-changing journey to the Himalayas and will share with you the secrets of monks.


Read it to discover how a garden, lighthouse, sumo wrestler, pink wire cable, stopwatch, roses and a winding path of diamonds are symbols of timeless principles for living a harmonious and fulfilling life.


4. Travel As Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity

Most travel books tell you where to travel, Gregory Diehl makes a deep dive into why we travel and how we become new versions of ourselves during traveling.


It's a sincere philosophical conversation about inward and outward journey that we experience on the road. "Transformation is not just a broad new future. It is a completely reconsidered past".


5. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

While traveling the world, Adam Braun ran into a young begging boy on the streets of India. When Adam asked him what he wanted most in the world, the boy responded “a pencil.”


This random, simple conversation inspired him to create the Pencils of Promise. He started this organization with just $25 that has since built more than 250 schools around the world for children in need.


“The single most powerful element of youth is that you don't have the life experiences to know what can't be done.”



6. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

It's not a typical travel book; it's rather a travelogue of ideas. Eric Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent reporting about catastrophes.


But in his book, he decided to research and write about happiness: how different countries define and pursue it. Where do the happiest people  live? Can the conditions of place  contribute to happiness?


“Money matters but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.”


7. 101 Jobs That You Can Do Anywhere In The World

Get paid to travel the world! Does it sound good?


If you are you having enough of your 9 to 5 job, grab this book to get ideas and practical information on how to find amazing opportunities for working abroad and exploring the world.