BOOKS (& PODCASTS) for some peace and quiet

Sometimes you just need to turn off your brain.  Books are a great way to redirect your thoughts and refresh.  Plus, they are great conduits for conversation with a stranger.  Many hotels and hostels have book exchanges, so you only need to bring one for revolving entertainment. Here are a few that we like.

The $100 Startup – A great introduction to starting a small lifestyle business doing something you love without a big investment. It includes lots of inspiring case studies.

The 4 hour work week – If you haven’t read this or heard of Tim Ferriss we have a lot of work to be done. This is one of our favorites and his ‘hacks’ plus in depth knowledge makes for great reading!

The Now Habit – This book helped me become more productive by overcoming procrastination so that I  have time for work and exploration. I love the idea of scheduling guilt-free play.

Hammocks and Hard Drives: The Tech Guide for Digital Nomads – For all your questions about the technical aspects of being a digital nomad including choosing gear, setting up a robust backup system, security, useful apps, and more. The section on improving a WiFi connection is gold.

Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting – Housesitting has become very competitive so to stand the best chance read this book for everything you need to know including creating the best profile and application letter.

Lonely Planet Travel Guides – Although I do a ton of travel research online through TripAdvisor, WikiTravel and  There is nothing that replaces the Lonely Planet Travel Guides. They provide an easy overview of an entire country and you can supplement the content with the online resources.  You can get Kindle versions much cheaper, but I prefer the hard copy.  You can earmark pages and make notes of places you want to go with quick and easy references back. Plus, many hostels and hotels have book exchanges where you can find other Lonely Planet books to swap when you’re done with yours.

Not a reader, check out these great podcasts below.  You definitely won’t be disappointed.

Dating for Dinner (coming soon) – Hilarious and mortifying dating stories from a girl that decided to say YES to any date for an entire year.  Listen to her stumble through dating in LA, NY, Chicago and Paris.

Stuff You Should Know – Josh and Chuck educate the public about common things and how they work. Tapeworms, computer viruses, Lizzy Borden, How Fireplaces work, with hundreds of episodes archived, there is something to learn every step of the way.

Serial – This podcast quickly reached cult status as it explored the potentially wrongful imprisonment of a 17-year old Muslim American convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1999.  As a result of the podcast, his case has been reopened and a new trial date has been set.