Travel Resources

Travel Resources and Recommended Reads for an Exotic Lifestyle

We’ve written our essential guide book to assist you with living an exotic lifestyle and planning the perfect longer term vacation.  Now let’s get inspired and decide where to travel!

Travel Inspiration Favorites

1,000 Places to See Before You Die sits on our coffee table, its pages well-worn. Thumbing through this provides not only destination inspiration , it provokes pleasant day dreams of exotic sights and experiences. 1,000 Places to See Before you Die is a must on our travel book list.

National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime – This pleasing publication highlights the best of nature, wildlife, sea, shore, mountains, waterfalls and town and country paradises worldwide. The awe inspiring photographs, descriptive text and helpful tips will stimulate even the most well seasoned traveler.

Packed with beautiful photographs the Ultimate Travelist lists the top 500 places to visit, as ranked by the world’s leading travel media company, Lonely Planet. A great coffee table book, topic of conversation in itself and a must have for the intrepid traveler.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac, is a timeless classic and one of Jack’s (my Jack) favorites. Read this for inspiration and create a wanderlust for long term travelling. Jack always told me that travel rounds a person and Jack Kerouac depicts just this!

While A Salty Piece of Land may not be a ‘travel around the world inspirational guide’, it is one of Jack’s favorite ‘paradise is a state of mind’ reads. A voyage of words, this is the perfect beach-side read for your next vacation.


Now that we’ve established two of Jack’s favorites, here is my all time favorite. Self-discovery, travel-vacation-adventure inspiration. Eat, Pray, Love One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. It’s an easy read with a big message.

The Alchemist not only opened doors for the author Paulo Coelho, it opens doors for his readers. The Alchemist inspires self-discovery, transformation and adventure. A classic novel, its one of our all time favorite reads.

The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook

If you are like us, you may want to give back to the community you are visiting. There is no better Volunteer Travelers Handbook than this. First hand knowledge from an experienced nomad.


happy mattersEvery once in awhile a book comes along and sheds light on your life. Why Being Happy Matters is just that.  I love this book too much to give away my copy although it does make a great gift. It makes you take account, be thankful and – happy! 

Useful Links


Travelling with a Medical Condition

World Health Organization








Destination Specific Guide Books

If you are interested in heading to the Caribbean and have never been this is a great guide as it provides a general overview of the islands in this area. All you have left to do is choose which one to visit first!


Jack and I like this one for the general overview and history of Australia. If you are looking to learn about Australia this is a good start. If you want to plan an actual trip somewhere in Australia in particular we recommend sourcing out a guide for that area.

Eyewitness Travel Guide to Sydney, Australia comes in handy with so much to see and do in this one city.

Travel Guide Lonely Planet FijiWith 322 islands, we recommend you read up on Fiji before you travel. This guide from Lonely Planet is the most up to date. We’ve lived in Fiji for a total of 11 months and strongly urge you to explore this beautiful archipelago at least once in your lifetime!

Travel Guide New ZealandTraveling to New Zealand? Check out this handy guide! New Zealand is a beautiful country with much to see and do. Our favorite highlights can be found on our Evolving Bucket List!