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World Unfurled… An entrepreneur travels the world. » Travel Book Reviews

Travel Book Reviews

Round the world and long term travel books
If you are planning a round the world trip or considering long term travel here are my thoughts on some of the books I have been using in my own planning.

Book Cover: Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard

My book review: A gripping and powerful story, as compelling as any novel. I have not been as addicted to any book since the Davinci Code, but this story is actually true. Dugard paints a spectatular portrait of Stanely’s search for Livingston against the canvas of both British and African life in the 1850s-1870s. If you are curious about why the dark continent is called the dark continent or just like swashbuckiling adventure this is a great read. 5 out of 5 stars.


Book Cover: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

My book review: A philosophic look at long term travel and why it is valuable. Potts offers his view on why working and saving for travel helps you appreciate the travel. He scorns the “Trustifarians” dressing in local garb while wondering aimlessly thanks to their trust funds. It is a quick read and it offers lot inspiration and philosophy it is the complete counter balance to the Practical Nomad. 4 out of 5 stars.


Book Cover: Rough Guide to First-Time Around the World Rough Guide to First-Time Around the World

My book review: A great introduction to the concept and planning for a round the world trip. It is filled with detailed useful
information and tips, but not excessive. As an experienced traveler, I found the book useful and worthwhile but not essential. It was a great introduction for my wife, a somewhat less experienced traveler, and would work well for those for those looking to explore the idea of a round the world trip. 4 out of 5 stars.


Book Cover: The World's Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Dollars Are Worth a Fortune The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Dollars Are Worth a Fortune by Tim Leffel

My book review: This thin book on budget traveling in low cost countries offer a very price driven view of the world. Each country gets 3-5 pages on the bargains in three areas: accommodations, food and transportation. It did get me excited about some places that I might not have otherwise considered, but it only just whets the appetite with such limited information on each country. Most of the destinations are in Asia and South America, there are a handful in Eastern Europe and an the Middle East. It was published in 2003 and so the price data is beginning to be dated, but the overall value is
still there. If you are thinking about more exotic destinations or budget is your number one consideration it is worth reading
through. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book Cover: The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World by Edward Hasbrouck

My book review: Hasbrouck is a travel industry expert and it shows in his book. This is a very detailed book offering tremendous insight into the travel business and an exhaustive (if somewhat exhausting) guide to pre trip issues. It is a comprehensive reference. If you delight in knowing the arcane ins and outs of travel and sometimes feel like you know more than your travel agent, you must read this book. It is for those that want to know how things work, not for those who want to be inspired (try Vagabounding for that)

If you want a book written by a true expert and is a valuable resource. 5 out of 5 stars.