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Long-term travel books or memoirs?

I'm wrapping up business loose ends after my daughter is finally off to college and planning to do some serious, long-term travel. Can anyone recommend a book by someone who took up living on the "road". I'm hoping to find some insights advice and warnings as I start to plan my journeys. I'm not looking for something place-specific so much as the long-term aspect. Thanks

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Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin. Also her website, Home Free Adventures.

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Barbara Savage, "Miles from Nowhere", ISBN-13: 9780898861099 , Mountaineers Books, 1985. two years on the road, 25 countires trip around the world.

Tim Travis, The Road That Has No End,ISBN-10: 0975442708, Down The Road Publishing, 2004. Global touring first of three books.

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All Over the Map by Laura Fraser (NY: Harmony Books, 2010); Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman (NY: Crown Publishers, 2001); Female Nomad and Friends by Rita Golden Gelman and others (NY: Three Rivers Press, 2010); Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (NY: Viking, 2006); The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World by Edward Hasbrouck (Chico, CA: Moon Publications, 1997--there may be a more recent edition); The Grown-Up's Guide to Running Away from Home by Rosanne Knorr (Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1998--ditto possibly a more recent edition); Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach (NY: Random House, 2000); Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach (NY: Random House, 2005). Many of the travel memoirs that are place specific may also offer insights, advice and inspiration. Happy travels!

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Ed Buryn - Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa, dated, obviously, but how i loved this book in the early 70's.

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I second Home Sweet Anywhere -- it may not be the absolute best book of those mentioned in the thread so far, but it has the advantage of being recent. As much as I've enjoyed many of the books on these lists, many are quite dated and their experiences are of a different time. Home Sweet Anywhere is not a how-to, but a narrative of one couple's experiences as first-time long-term travelers. The couple tell of their mistakes and their difficulties as well as their successes and good times. I hope you keep in touch via this forum, I'd love to hear about your experiences.

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Thank you all for the replies, I was able to find about half of these at my local library and am currently reading Vagabonding. I expect to lurk around these forums for a while looking for more information. For whatever reason I find this forum the easiest to use with my phone though I know there are larger ones. Will be in touch.

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I read Vagabonding by Rolf Potts before I left for a year long RTW and looked at a lot of websites and blogs written by people who had done, or were in the midst of, long term travel. It's very rewarding to be able to do long-term travel and living on the road will really challenge you in a number of ways, particularly if you are doing it solo. Enjoy the planning. If you have any questions, you can always send me a PM.

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I just read Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod. It's the story of a woman who quit her job, moved to Paris and fell in love. Enjoyed it.

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I love to read (and re-read) Alice Steinbach's books: Without Reservations, and Educating Alice. She took a year's sabbatical from her job to travel in Europe and. Japan.

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The first book I can remember reading that got me interested in travel was: On ancient Central-Asian tracks. Stein, Aurel.

A somewhat more contemporary book that I enjoyed was: Foreign devils on the Silk Road. Hopkirk, Peter.

Peter Fleming wrote: One's company, a journey to China in 1933. Also: News From Tartary.