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Books to Read for Travel Inspiration

The EXPLORIST.life “Books we want to Read” List

Winter is the perfect time to make a new reading list and dive-in.  The days are shorter which means adventures typically end earlier.  Aside from the holidays, there's more spare time.  This is our list of books we are wanting to read this winter.  Most of them are adventure travel books, but there is the random off-niche book in there as well.  Take a look through our list and perhaps you'll find a new one to add to your list.  We've got a comments section going at the bottom of this post and we'd LOVE to hear what you are planning to read this winter.

LIVING THE RV LIFE

MARC & JULIE BENNETT

This is a newly released book we were able to get our hands on in an early-release and WOW is it packed full of good information.  Before we built our van, we traveled around for a year in a 40′ Class-A Motorhome, which is similar to what Marc and Julie from RV Love travel in.  This book would be a great choice for anybody, sure, but would be invaluable for somebody who is in the ‘serious preparation' phase of starting a nomadic life.  It's geared more toward RV travel, but RV travel and Van/Overland travel have a LOT of overlap, so the advice applies to all ends of the nomadic lifestyle spectrum.

ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO

MIKE & ANNE HOWARD

We are always looking for our next adventure, especially for when we start our long-term overseas travel.  We met Mike & Anne Howard of HoneyTrek at a conference earlier this year and had a chance to thumb through this guidebook.  It was a straight-to-the-point book that had a quick story then dove into the specifics about what to do, where to stay, how to travel, where to eat about each destination.  We even saw some locations we've already been and Mike & Anne's style of travel is right in line with ours, so if you like our style of adventure, we think you'll enjoy this book.

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VAGABONDING

ROLF POTTS

Rolf Potts is A long-term traveler from the great plains of the central US (sound familiar?).  We look forward to being able to hear a travel-veterans point of view about taking time off of work to travel, preparing for travel, and getting the MOST time out of time on the road.  Sure, we've been doing it for a few years now, but we know there is SO much more to learn in all of these aspects.  We had a chance to see him speak in-person earlier this year and he is one of the best story-tellers around.

LANDS OF LOST BORDERS

KATE HARRIS

Travel and destination guides are great and all, but stories… the stories we can tell when returning from those destinations is why we do what we do.  This story is about a duo (who you should read more about here) who bikepack (like backpacking… but on a bicycle) over 6,000 miles from Istanbul, Turkey through Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, western China, before finishing 10 months later in a small town in northern India.  10 months and 10,000km's on a bike is bound to make for some great stories we can't wait to read.

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HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD ON $50 A DAY

MATT KEPNES (aka Nomadic Matt)

Nomadic Matt was one of our earliest travel inspirations when we were creating this blog.  I think we've read ALL of his blog posts and we're excited to get into this book.  It's always welcome to get more, and new ideas from a seasoned traveler about how to travel cheaper, longer, and smarter.

TO SHAKE THE SLEEPING SELF

JEDIDIAH JENKINS

Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job at 30 and spent the next 16 months riding his bike from Oregon to Patagonia (the southern tip of Argentina).  If you've been reading our blog for more than 8 minutes, you'll likely already see why this book is appealing.

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MAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

BRENDAN LEONARD

Perhaps most known for his witty infographic type illustrations on his website, semi-rad, this is his book about the creative process.  We don't know exactly what's in this book, but Brendan isn't exactly known for click-bait titles, so we're sure that whatever is inside will be informative, helpful, and educational with a healthy dose of smart-ass (right up our alley) and we can't wait to dive in.

ATLAS OBSCURA

JOSHUA FOER

To be totally fair, I'd never head of this book before I started researching this blog post.  Also, I'm completely guilty of judging books by their cover.  For example, I buy craft beer based on what's on the label (whale graphics rarely steer me wrong).  So, the title and cover of this book drew me in and the description of “Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world” made it a no-brainer for this list.  Cool.  You talked me into it.  I'm in.

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BORN TO RUN

CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL

The barefoot running movement…  This is the story that made it mainstream.  The book has over 6,000 reviews on Amazon.  3 million copies have been sold.  We're actually good friends with Barefoot Ted, one of the main characters in the book.  It's about time we actually read it.

ALONE ON THE WALL

ALEX HONNOLD

Last year, Alex Honnold climbed the 3,000-foot vertical face of El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley, CA.  Oh, and he did it without ropes… which means, a slip, or fatigue, or slight error; would be… a bad deal.  This book is written by Alex himself so we are excited to hear HIS story about what he saw, felt, and thought when he was ‘Alone on the Wall'.

THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK

MARK MANSON

More of a self-help book than an adventure travel book, but they have a lot of overlap.  It's tough to have the adventure travel side of things without the mental health to take advantage of what's going on in the present.  Both Steph and I struggle with mental health sometimes (and I think most people do), and this book is reviewed as being a fantastic resource about not pretending to be positive all the time in efforts of GENUINELY being happier.  In the description of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK, this was our favorite quote: “There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter”

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