10 Books that Will Make You Quit Your Job and Travel
For over 10 years I’ve been living in exotic places around the world while earning an income with a laptop. I’ve got no fixed address and friends with benefits in tropical places.
I save more cash per month than I spend, and I live life out of serviced apartments and a carry-on. While I don’t identify as a “digital nomad”, I guess you could say I’d be classified as one now that the lifestyle has a name.
Lately I’ve been asked often
how I was pushed to the edge what inspired me to make this life change and how I did it. The truth is that it’s much easier than you think. Especially if you’re able to get up and work for a person you don’t like, doing a job you hate, and suck up all the traffic, wasted time, and take-out dinners that go with it. “Easy” is relative, no?
Here are 10 books to deliver the answers you need to quit your job, renew your passport, and live to travel.
A digital nomad lifestyle has a lot of benefits and this reading list may turn you into a flashpacking baller;
- Get out of shoveling snow for years at a time
- Earn USD, spend a lower value currency day-to-day; living in the tropics is cheaper than living back home
- Upgrade. Live in a luxury all-inclusive resort for less than the cost of rent for a bachelor apartment back home
- Learn new skills, like how to manage virtual assistants so they earn money for you
- Get ripped and learn how to fight with the help of a Muay Thai instructor
- Sleep with exotic, spicy ladies all over the world
- Ride a motorcycle, wake up in strange places
So. Now you know the risks. What you do from here is all on you.
Digital Nomad Reading List
1. The E Myth (Michael E. Gerber)
“Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it”
Voted #1 businss book by Inc. 500 CEO’s; the E Myth is a book to undo all of that entrepreneur lifestyle design porn you’ve been consuming over the years. If you’d like to start your own business the E Myth is required reading. It will set the right expectations for success in any new venture, and teach you the difference between an entrepreneur and a “wantrepreneur”.
2. The $100 Startup (Chris Guillebeau)
“Reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love and create a new future”
A successful new business can be built by putting in no more than $100 and this book will show you how to do it. Get your prospective customers to foot the bills before launch and learn how to bootstrap a business from the ground up. Chris is one digital nomad who isn’t full of shit, and his other books are worth reading too.
In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.
3. Gorilla Mindset (Mike Cernovich)
“Stop being a pussy for fuck sakes”
Gorilla Mindset is not a self-help book. It’s a well respected, best-selling how-to book. In Gorilla Mindset you will learn how to control your thoughts and emotions to live a life others dream of. Although written for men, Gorilla Mindset has also been read by women who appreciate a direct approach to getting more out of life. Gorilla Mindset is an entire system that when coupled with specific mindset shifts and habits, will change the way you think, feel and live your life.
Your thinking will become clear. You will have more focus. You will know exactly what steps to take to change your life. More importantly, you will be able to troubleshoot your own life – what psychologists call auto-regulate – when something goes wrong.
4. Job Escape Plan (Jyotsna Ramachandran)
“The 7 steps to build a home business, quit your job, and enjoy the freedom”
Read this book if you are scared of the consequences of quitting your job, worried about your financial security, or not sure if your business idea will work. Most entrepreneurs advise you to just leave your job and start your dream venture –easier said than done. This book will help you reverse the equation: Why quit your job and then start your business? This book will help you start your home-based business and generate a steady passive income from it first, so you can comfortably quit your job. Doesn’t that sound more doable?
5. Travel While You Work (Mish Slade)
“How not to suck and lose clients while working remotely”
All around the world, thousands of people are ditching the office and taking their working life on the road. Freelancers are packing up their laptops and setting up shop in Thai cafes and Spanish coworking spaces, while entire companies are realising that they can slash their costs and have happier employees by allowing them to work from wherever they want.
Being able to see the world outside of a two-week vacation is pretty great, but it’s not just about the travel. It’s about doing away with all the constraints of office life – the commute, the cubicle, the bad coffee – and finding freedom in a more flexible way of working and living.
6. 4 Hour Workweek (Tim Ferris)
“A good book written for normal people by an over-achieving twat”
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less; The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
- How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
- How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
- How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
- How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
- How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”
7. Digital Nomad Escape Plan: Chiang Mai, Thailand (Michael Hulleman)
“Before you pay for any digital nomad mastermind groups, online courses, or workshops; buy this book and hold onto your money”
Any well-traveled work online expat will agree that Chiang Mai is the digital nomad capital of the world, and the best place to begin life as a location independent entrepreneur. The number of digital nomads that live in this one city creates a powerful safety net and makes it easy for expats to network, meet the people behind the travel blogs, and collaborate on new income ideas.
Read the first couple chapters for free and find out why Chiang Mai is the place to be. This guide is 99% how-to, and 1% mindset; a must read for any aspiring digital nomad who’s read enough blogger spin to want straight answers to questions they didn’t know to ask. Find cheap apartments, popular digital nomad hangouts, the best co-working cafes, where to get laid, save hundreds of dollars on travel expenses and learn how to navigate Thailand’s complicated visa system. When I picked it up it also came with free maps, phrase cards, and an audio book.
8. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day (Matt Kepnes)
“Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter”
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day reveals Nomadic Matt’s tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys. Offering a blend of advice ranging from travel hacking to smart banking, you’ll learn how to:
- Avoid paying bank fees anywhere in the world
- Earn thousands of free frequent flyer points
- Find discount travel cards that can save on hostels, tours, and transportation
- Get cheap (or free) plane tickets
Whether it’s a two-week, two-month, or two-year trip, Nomadic Matt shows you how to stretch your money further so you can travel cheaper, smarter, and longer.
9. International House Sitting (Nat Smith & Jodie Thompson)
“How to travel the world and stay anywhere, for free“
Paying for a place to sleep every night is one of the most expensive parts of traveling. Imagine if you never had to pay for a place to sleep and you could have all the comforts of home while you travel the world.
Imagine being able to save more money traveling than you could by staying at home.
Imagine being able to pay off debt, start a business you love, or build a new lifestyle while you are traveling.
All of this (and more) is possible with International House Sitting. House sitting is the practice whereby a homeowner invites you to live in their home rent-free in exchange for looking after the owner’s pets and/or property.
There is a fast growing network of luxury homes all over the world looking for people just like you to come and stay for free. This definitive guide is your invitation to join this exciting movement and become a professional house sitter.
10. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator (Ryan Holiday)
“In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs as much as any one person can”
The world according to the author;
- Blogs like Gawker, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post drive the media agenda.
- Bloggers are slaves to money, technology, and deadlines.
- Manipulators wield these levers to shape everything you read, see and watch-online and off.
The American Dream is dead and the sooner you see through the bullshit, the sooner you can be on your way –no one says it as succinctly as Holiday.
“Why am I giving away these secrets? Because I’m tired of a world where blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. I’m pulling back the curtain because I don’t want anyone else to get blindsided. I’m going to explain exactly how the media really works”.
Would you like to suggest a book about working remotely? Let us know in the comments.
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