In the section below we have hand picked a selection of the best independently published digital guide books ( or eBooks for those in the know ). We not only own, we’ve read and recommend every travel ebook here. They’re all a great resource to have especially if you’re traveling with an iPad, laptop or digital reader because they go anywhere and weigh nothing!
The way we consume our information is changing and that goes for travel guides too,
why lug heavy paper guide books around when you can have great independent advice from experienced travelers stored digitally on-line, on your computer or iPad…
The problem with conventional guide books is they’re a collection of facts… and nothing more. They’re generic and written to suit most people most of the time. Well they didn’t suit me and I’m pretty sure they don’t suit you either.
Below is a collection of some of the finest, funniest and frankly brilliant – independently published travel guides available on-line. These guides are all written by travelers just like you and me, to share lessons learned and mistakes made. From extending your travels by teaching English to taking travel photos the likes of Nat Geo would be proud of… It’s all here.
They bring together the digital world and the backpacker trail – all in the palm of your hand
Below are the five “best of the best” books, five books that will help you plan your travels, help you extend your travels or show you how to travel better. I can’t recommend any of them enough
How to Travel the World on $50 USD Per Day
Looking to save money but don’t know where to start? This ebook will teach you to avoid bank fees, find cheap flight, save on travel insurance, work overseas, get free accommodation, and use credit cards for FREE travel.
Best for: First time travelers & Location Independent Newbies
Plus this book offers over $1,000 USD in FREE TRAVEL COUPONS AND DISCOUNTS that are exclusive to the book. That’s guaranteed money right away.
What People Are Saying…
“This book is a great read for people looking to take their first extended vacation (longer than one week) and don’t know where to start when it comes to budgeting. It will also be extremely helpful for backpackers looking to venture out.” – Go Backpacking
“Turns out, Matt is the Bruce Lee of budget-foo, with the real art of his skill shining through in how efficiently he packs his information……he fits just about everything you need to know in less than one.” – Matador Network
“Overall, this is an informative and useful book, especially for those who are just starting out on extended travel. Even if you are only planning for a few weeks on the road, it’s still possible to save money with the information and coupons within this book.” – The Amateur Traveler
The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself: Create Location Independence
*Truth and Lies of Affiliate Marketing
*8 Ways to Earn (At Least) $200 a Month
*Strategic Microbusiness Building
*3 Separate Ways of Selling on eBay (including one that 98% of eBay sellers ignore)
*The Truth about Blogging for Dollars
*How to Get Paid for Things You Currently Do for Free
*Where to Start from the Beginning
*Scaling Up to a Business Empire
*Affiliate Income 2.0
*Logistics for Getting Paid
*6 Top Mistakes of Entrepreneurship
*4 Overrated Businesses You Should Avoid
Chris even offers a 365-day guarantee that if you don’t make at least an extra $200 a month within 60 days after reading this guide, you get your money back.
What People are Saying…
“Chris’ claims in this guide are attainable and it sets reasonable expectations for the reader. You’re not going to become a millionaire overnight like some ebooks will claim, but Chris guarantees to teach you enough that you can earn an extra $200 per month if you put the knowledge to use. So at just 39 bucks, it’s a very worthwhile investment—who couldn’t use an extra $2,400 a year?” – Cody McKibben on Thrilling Heroics
“The author of this e-book, Chris Guillebeau, has a wildly popular web site called The Art of Non-Conformity, which is a template for living life outside of the box by challenging our ethos and ideas. Chris also has great business sense, and regularly shares the details of his ongoing entrepreneurial ventures with his readers.” – Wisebread
Getting Out Of Auto: Travel Photography 101
Getting Out of Auto is geared towards the relative beginner to a DSLR camera, as well as those who want to get the most out of their point-and-shoot consumer brand cameras. With simple explanations for everything important you need to know, you can break free from the auto settings on your camera and truly learn how to get the most out of your camera.
What People are Saying…
Beth has created what might be the best introduction to photography guide I’ve read: Getting Out of Auto. If you have a camera, especially an SLR, and you are shooting in automatic mode (aka “P” for programmed), then this is the book for you.
It is a better reference than anything I’ve found browsing at Barnes & Noble and at $9.99 it is also cheaper than any other introductory book you can find. I keep a copy of the ebook on my iPad just so I can show others.
How to Teach English Overseas
Teaching English is a great way for people without a lot of money to head overseas. Instead of spending hours searching for information on the web, Nomadic Matt created this 101 page ebook for you that includes information on: TEFL degrees, types of teaching jobs, teaching requirements, salary and benefits, job links, DETAILED country information for every major TEFL country.
Best for: Wannabe English teachers/Long term travelers
“One of the greatest things I did was teach English. That experience should me I could survive anywhere. Let teaching do something for you. Let this book help you become a teacher instead if spending hours surfing the web looking at outdated information.”
What People are Saying…
“My favourite part of the book, however, is the crapload of information about teaching in different countries. It’s damned near impossible to find all this stuff rounded up in one location. There’s nobody trying to sell you a job, it’s all honest, raw information. Matt’s no novice either, he’s taught in both Taiwan and Thailand, so he knows what he’s talking about.” – Candice Walsh
“What little bit of research I’ve done has been stressful. Google searches provide heaps of sites filled with spam, outdated content, and inconsistent information. What I found most beneficial in How To Teach English Overseas was the chapter that goes into specific detail on each country you could ever imagine yourself teaching English in (and even ones you couldn’t). Matt lists dozens of countries and explains how to get a visa to teach there, the specifics of pay and cost of living, benefits you’d receive as a teacher, and links that point you to more information.” -Backpacking Matt
The Art of Couples Travel
The Art of Couples’ Travel is a project Craig and Linda Martin have been working on for over two years. From the original idea, their notes have grown, their experiences have made our advice more helpful, and now they’re happy to have everything written up, professionally edited, laid out, and ready for you.
Best for: Long Term Travelling couples
If you want to know how to score free accommodation, cheap flights, and discounts …
If you’re a bit worried about travelling with your partner (or even a lot worried) …
If you’ve always wanted to travel together, but don’t know how to start …
If you want to know what most couples’ fight over, so you don’t have to …
If you’d like to improve your communication skills before you leave …
If you are struggling to plan where you might go …
If you need help with your travel budgeting …
If you’re looking for a greater purpose in your travels …
… Then Art of Couples’ Travel is for you.
Transcending Travel – A guide to Captivating Travel Photography
Taking a Trip? You’ve Got One Chance To Get Your Pictures Right…
- The dream – going on a trip with dreams of capturing the magical experiences that you have and returning home with a camera full of captivating images to show your friends.
- The reality – you return home wonderful memories, but a camera full of uninspiring images that don’t do your adventure justice, and leave your friends and family disinterested… when they could have been mesmerized. The great thing about it is that it’s just as applicable whether you’re traveling near or far from home.
Best for: Anyone who wants to take good travel photos
What if you could spend time being coached by one of the top travel photographers in the world?
Transcending Travel is an eBook designed to give you the skill and inspiration to take riveting travel images, ones so striking you’re friends won’t be able to stop talking about and sharing them.
What People are Saying…
“Great stuff Mitchell! I just bought the ebook last night and loved it. I plan on reading it again tonight. I would suggest to all to buy the book. The advice and pictures are outstanding!! At this price it’s about the same price as three good beers…and it doesn’t make you pee. – Peter S (blog comment)”
“LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!” – @cindykilkenny (via Twitter)”
“I’m off overseas in the next couple of weeks and thanks to this new publication I feel I’ll come home with better photos than I could ever have hoped for. Thanks DPS for another great read.” – Colin Jones (via Facebook)
The Art of Solo Travel: A Girls’ Guide
Do you want to feed the pigeons in Rome, hike in the Himalayas, brunch on the Sydney waterfront, party all night in Bangkok and then move on to Buenos Aires? Don’t let being single stop you from exploring the world.
Best for: Women travelling solo
People do it you know! And you’ll find the world is a friendlier place than you might expect. The Art of Solo Travel: A Girls’ Guide will answer your practical questions, relieve you of your fears, and get you out the door, enjoying the world in all its fullness.
What People are Saying…
“A mixture of practical advice and an inspirational ‘Go for it’ message – Although the book seems to target single career girls it could appeal to a wide age range, from female gap year students, to career girls wanting a change, to single older women wanting to travel, or even for those travelling with a girlfriend. Many of the tips could be for any solo traveller, male or female, but I really like the way that this e-book targets female travellers, with a mixture of practical advice and an inspirational ‘Go for it’ message, that’s very appealing.” – Heather Cowper on Heather on her Travels
“A ray of sunshine – Daily, I see questions from women of all ages asking if traveling solo is safe. The uncertainty in their written words is overwhelming at times. They not only feel a bit lost but also stuck in the darkness. Because of this, Stephanie Lee’s e-book is a ray of sunshine, shedding a bright light full of answers down on those planning their “escape” – On TravelBlogs.com
Quit your job. Travel the World. The Bundle.
How to Quit your Job and Travel Long Term
How to Build a Completely Online Career
How to Work on a Cruise Ship to Travel Now and Save
The Visa Book: The Visa Rules for Every Single Country in the World, “The Traveler’s Resource”
Using Twitter to Find Travel Deals, Plan for Travel and More
Best for: Great value all rounder
Everything you’d need to start traveling now… from advice to dealing with debt to student loans to getting a job abroad or starting your own freelance business or healthcare overseas or visa rules or planning for travel, and so so much more.
This is the most exhaustive resource available online.