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Best Books About Adventuring on a Budget

For most of us, both traveling and experiencing adventure are a necessary requirement for a happy life. Also for many of us, finances — or lack thereof — play a significant role in how often we invest in this aspect of our lives. If a tight budget is in the picture, but serious adventure is imperative, you must plan ahead, prepare and learn about how to best use your funds for the best experiences. Take a look at the following books, and see which one best heeds your frugal side while supporting your adventurous spirit.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day
Why read it: Because this guy quit his job to start this site, write this book and inspire you to travel no matter what your budget is.

What you’ll learn: The basics of traveling on a budget, such as how to get deals on flights, but also how to do the little-talked-about things, such as how to successfully store your stuff before you embark on a big adventure, and how to forward your mail. This books contains all of the building blocks and to-do list prompts you’ll need to save money on an adventure of any kind.

How to Live in a Car, Van or RV
Why read it: Because you can get rid of all of your belongings and live the adventure lifestyle. This guy’s been doing it for 10 years, so if you’re going to do it, you’ll be wise to take at least some of his words on it.

What you’ll learn: How to rid yourself or your unnecessary belongings and live the dirtbag lifestyle safely and reasonably. If you’re going to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and become a vagabond, you’ll want to learn about where you can get mail, as well as how to stay warm in the heat and the cold of your ever-roaming home.

The Ultimate Gap Year
Why read it: Because while having a “gap year” traditionally refers to the period between high school and college, we all have years that are gaps of some kind, which would typically be better spent traveling.

What you’ll learn: How to pack, plan, prep and pay for a year of adventure. This book starts with the very basics, so it’s best for someone who’s new to traveling. In addition, it contains advice on traveling alone, which makes it a great companion for the solo adventurist.

The Practical Nomad
Why read it: Because getting the time off and money to travel can be tough. And because it points out how to navigate the territory of airfare, which is all too often exorbitantly expensive.

What you’ll learn: This book keys into techniques for getting extended travel time off, which can be beneficial for someone who has a steady job that they’d like to leave for some time, but return to eventually. You’ll also learn how to navigate tricky situations from airport procedures to border crossings if you’re adventuring in uncharted territory.

Frommer’s Free & Dirt Cheap
Why read it: Because Frommer’s is a well-respected travel guidebook brand, and this series shows people specifically how to “get the most out of a destination while spending the least.”

What you’ll learn: From the words of the Frommer’s Free & Dirt Cheap site itself, “we tell you how to eat for less, how to have a good time for next to nothing, and how to see lots with paying very little.” This series has seven books — five U.S. destinations and two in Europe — so if your adventure of choice takes place in one of these places, you’re in luck. This series focuses more on how to have inexpensive experiences on location, rather than the penny-pinching prep-work you might do before you leave, so it’s best suited for someone who knows how to get somewhere on a dime, but who wants to see a lot for a little once they’re there.


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