5 Books to Prep you for your Next Adventure

Let's face it we humans don't deal well with change. Once we have developed some sort of consistency or routine in our life it takes more than a crowbar to pry us out of said routine. 

When anyone plans a vacation first thing planned is where to outsource your work and time. Who will get my work done while I'm away? How will I get all the work done while I'm away? I just don't have the time! These are some of the typical questions or I like to think of them as excuses to you denying yourself a chance to explore planet earth and to take on experiences that are lacking in your everyday life. 

I decided to give you a few books that will not only give you the fire to drop everything and hit the road but means and tools to make a life of adventure an everyday phenomena.  

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Made popular by the 2007 movie starring, Emile Hirsch, was originally a book about Christopher Johnson McCandless and his retreat from society. After graduating from Emory university with high grades and a $25,000 grant from Oxfam, McCandless decided to cut off communication with his family and take off exploring the American West. McCandless eventually made his way up to Alaska where he took off in the wilderness with a 10lb bag of rice, a rifle and a book of the region's edible plants. He only made it 100 days in the Alaskan wilderness until he died. 

Okay maybe McCandless’s idea of dropping everything and everyone isn’t quite your speed. 

Maybe you need some more inspiration before you hit the road.

The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho

A young man, named Santiago, from southern Spain who has a vision of finding treasure in Egypt. He meets a king who introduces him the idea of his personal legend and to not deny his dreams of finding treasure in Egypt. Santiago decides to sell his sheep and journey to Egypt. On his journey he encounters thieves, wars, losing all of his money, and love. Many of these encounters have him question if he should have even left home at all. However, his run-ins along the way only affirm that he must discover his personal legend and finish his journey to Egypt.

Adventures just like life never go according to plan. However, those who are resourceful who are persistent about achieving their dreams or getting to where they want to go end up there in the end. This book perfectly portrays any adventure, well at least the adventures I go on. Spontaneous quests to Egypt for dreams with very little planning.

Yours inspired now. You’ve had a dream yourself about visiting a far and distant land and you now have tabs filled up on chrome. However, you start to think why would I only travel for 2 weeks and then not be able to travel again for an entire year? 

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Many questions come up whether your travels will be a short or long term. How will I get my work done? Can't I afford this? How will I fund my travels? Is there work in the area I'm traveling to? If I want out can I just leave? This book will answer all these questions.

  • financing your travel time 
  • determining your destination
  • adjusting to life on the road 
  • working and volunteering overseas
  • handling travel adversity 
  • re-assimilating back into ordinary life 

This book covers at all! From the post travel blues to how to find work abroad this book will square you up on all ends of travel.

Let's say you already have a successful business. You spend all your time working and even when you figure out a way to open up more time in your day you allocate it to more work. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU! 

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tim ferries, known as the human guinea pig, is on a constant quest for optimization of his time and efforts. Whether he is competing in the world kung fu championships or learning multiple languages at one time, Tim will figure out the quickest the most efficient way to figure it out. 

The Four Hour Work Week will not only cut your weekly work time down but it will show you how to get more done in a shorter time with forgotten Italian principles to outsourcing you work to India for $5 an hour the book is great for anyone who complains that don’t have enough time to travel.

  • How Tim went from $40,000 dollars 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'.

Lastly is the book that you will take with you when you are boarding that plane, bus, train, or ship with a one-way ticket.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

The modern day adventure book that painted the nomadic lifestyle a perfect picture. older generations always talk reminisce with the same starting, “Remember when you didn't have to worry about…” Well On The Road is a tale of two friends who make several road trips across the US whether they are driving their own vehicle hitchhiking cross country. Never a fear of where they are going to sleep, never a fear about a hitchhiker decapitating them, or a fear of running out of money and being confined to one area for a while to work until they could accrue more funds. 

The resiliency of the two main characters to continue this upbeat and fast lifestyle is extraordinaire. Calling relatives back home for cash, to transporting cars for companies across the US, to picking up hitchhikers to pay for gas money. these 2 will have you percolating with ideas on how to continue your travels.

You now have the inspiration, you have the money, and the best part is you no longer have to leave the world behind you in order to quench your thirst for adventure. You know now how to stay connected with the world you've left behind and now you'll be able to enjoy your adventures.