Books to get us started
03.02.2010 10 °C
Today has been rather busy with me clocking a few extra hours in the office. I don't have much to write at the moment but I did manage to scrounge together a few minutes to talk about the books that we are planning to read to help us go forward with this. Since we're basically uber noobs when it comes to planning a trip of this scale, we figured we might as well get as much help as we can. The best place to start would be the internet of course but then there is also a case of too much information since it's all over the place and can take ages to accumulate. Two logical steps would be to either go to the library or buy a few books. We really didn't think the library was the best place for "cool" guys like us (none of us know how to search through those aisles looking for random alpha-numeric digits that make zero sense) so buying books was definitely the way to go!
A day or two ago, sesh went ahead and bought a few books on Amazon.com, he's waiting for the free super saver shipping to run it's course. Anyone else notice how Amazon's FSSS takes longer and longer to get through these days? I guess they're trying to make everyone switch to "Prime" so they can make their $79 in membership fees every year.
I figured I'd post some links to the books that Sesh bought, so here they are:
Vagabonding An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts
Now Rofl Potts is the same author who wrote "Marco Polo Didn't Go There", a book well received by its readers. His book "Vagabonding" retails for about $10 at amazon and has some really good reviews. I'm looking forward to reading it when I get a chance, or at least once Sesh decides he's had enough of trying to read the same first page for the next 10 days. ha!
Practical Nomad: How to travel around the world by Edward Hasbrouck
This book doesn't come with as good reviews as the other one but might still contain a few tips and pointers that we can use.
From my end, I'm planning to get this book and get me pointed in the right direction:
Rough Guide First Time Around the World by Doug Lanksy
I'm in a bit of a conundrum here, the 2nd edition of this book costs $4.99 shipped but the third edition costs $13 almost. Something tells me I should get the newer edition even though it's nearly 3 times as much...this is really stingy of me to be worrying about 8 bucks but I hope those instincts will help me wade through this crazy world trip without too much fiscal damage.
Anyhow, let me know what you all think - if you know of any books out there that are better, then we'd be glad to hear of it, or if you can provide us any suggestions that would be great too. Please leave us a note in the comments section anytime. I should get going now and try and catch up on sleep. It's raining crazy outside and all that Tilapia (Google says the plural of Tilapia is Tilapias, I prefer Tilapiae...don't you?) I wolfed down for dinner is kicking in. Alright then, over and out for tonight my friends.
This is Sandeep, signing out...