Essential Reads for Digital Nomads: Book Edition

We shared our favourite blog posts for digital nomads and now here are the books that we recommend if you aspire to or are currently pursuing a digital nomad or location independent lifestyle.

Breaking Free

Sell Your Crap – If you want to become a digital nomad then freeing yourself from your stuff is an essential step. This is the ultimate guide to selling everything you own and includes incredibly detailed information on how to sell on eBay, Amazon and Craigslist. We wish we had this guide when we were selling our belongings.

Dream Save Do – When becoming a digital nomad it’s a good idea to have some savings to cover your expenses while you build up your business. We saved 75% of our income for nine months before we left the UK, and our friends Warren and Betsy from Married with Luggage did the same. In this book they give you a step by step plan on how to amass the cash you need to live your dream. We know it works because it’s the same system we used. See our Dream Save Do review.

Location Independence

The Location Independent Lifestyle Guide – Lea & Jonathan have been location independent since 2007 and have lived in destinations such as Thailand, Dubai, Grenada, South Africa and Panama. This book is perfect for aspiring digital nomads as it covers the nitty gritty of working as you travel so you can be prepared.

Business

Unconventional Guides – Chris Guillebeau has produced an amazing series of quality guides that address every aspect of being a digital nomad. You can learn about Travel Hacking, Freelancing, Running a Small Business, Working For Yourself, Making Money from Art and Using Social Media. You can’t go wrong with one of these guides.

He has also written The Art of Non-Conformity a book to inspire you to live life on your own terms – a great starting point for aspiring digital nomads. Update: Chris’s new book $100 Startup is essential reading if you are starting a small business.

The 4-Hour Workweek – This is the most famous book for digital nomads and one that got many of us started on this path. Tim Ferriss explains how to use automation and outsourcing to create a successful business that requires very little time.

The E-Myth Revisited – This book really opened our eyes to the reasons behind many of the problems we were having with our business – we were working in the business rather than on it. Although the book is more aimed at bricks and mortar businesses there are some fantastic lessons to be learned here for any small business owner.

Book Yourself Solid – If you are a freelance service provider this book teaches you how to get more clients, and more importantly the right clients. Even if you are uncomfortable with self-promotion like we are there are some excellent strategies here.

Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuk’s book is more inspirational than informative but if you are new to the world of entrepreneurship or need a kick up the ass then it’s a fun read about how to make a living from your passion.

The Launch Coach – Dave Navarro’s well respected guides to launching your own digital products are now available on a “pay what you feel like” basis. This is an amazing deal as the workshops are packed full of useful advice – ideal for running a digital nomad business.

On The Road

Language Hacking Guide – Once you hit the road learning the local language is an important part of travel (and will make your life as a digital nomad a lot easier). If you want to learn a languagebut have never quite managed itthen this is the guide for you. Benny from Fluent in 3 Months is one of our favourite bloggers and this guide is packed full of his unconventional language learning tips that will inspire and encourage you. Check out our full review of The Language Hacking Guide.

Almost Fearless Travel Books – Christine Gilbert has developed a fantastic book store with a number of books that would be useful for the aspiring digital nomad or those who are new to travel. There is everything from a guide to visas around the world, taking better photos, and getting work on a cruise ship.

Vagabonding – I haven’t actually read this as we were already experienced travellers when we embarked on our digital nomad life. If you don’t have experience of long term travel though this book by Rolf Potts has come highly recommended by many people. It will inspire you to hit the road as well as covering all the practicalities about how to do it.

If you are a digital nomad and a big reader then we highly recommend a Kindle. It has enabled us to buy books like those above that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to access in remote parts of the world, has lightened our bags and we are reading more than ever. Read our full Kindle for travellers review.

For more resources for perpetual travellers see our Essential Reads for Digital Nomads: Blog Edition and 33 Useful Resources For Digital Nomads.

Please note that some of the above links are affiliate links which means we will receive a small commission if you buy through them. These are all books that we love and have read ourselves. If you choose to buy through these links thank you for your support.

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What are your favourite books for digital nomads? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

11 thoughts on Essential Reads for Digital Nomads: Book Edition

  1. Pretty comprehensive list. Not sure if I would call myself a digital nomad, but I did sell/give away all my crap so that I can carry everything I own with me. P.S. I have a Kindle – love it.

    • Is there anyone who doesn’t love their Kindle? I find the only people who are cynical about them are people who haven’t tried them. Glad yours is working out.

  2. O God. You know I love you two, but how could you put that twat’s book up on this list — 4 Hour Bulls&%&. Total garbage. Bleh. Uggg, I wouldn’t cross the street to pee, Mr. “I have gotten every woman to the finish line” if he was on fire. Ugggg.

    • Haha! I do know what you mean. I think the idea of only having to work four hours a week is rubbish but it did make me think about a different way of living life which is why I included it. It’s one of the first places I learnt about the concept of digital nomadism and it is for many people.

  3. A nice list you’ve got here! I just recently reviewed “Getting Out of Auto,” Bethany Salvon’s photography e-book. And it’s pretty great. I’ll definitely be traveling with it in the future!

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