These are the books that helped me go from windowless office to window seat. I know, I used to roll my eyes at all of the self help stuff too. And quite honestly, I’ve read some books that are way too woo woo for me. But these are the books that helped me get my mind right, helped me address my finances, and helped me realize that I could (and should) for after my dreams. I’m sharing with you my favorite books here as they relate to travel, mindset, and finances in hopes that you find one that helps you realize that you can do this too. 

As I find new books I love, and think you will too, I’ll add them to this page!

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Books Filled with Travel Tips & Inspiration

Fearless Female Travel


Fearless Female Travel

Written by yours truly. Based on my own experience quitting my job, selling (almost) everything I own, and traveling for a year. Plus it comes with worksheets to decrease the overwhelm and keep fears away.

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Good girl's guide to getting lost


The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

She starts in Galway, my favorite place, travels to Australia, and then South America starting off with a huge red suitcase and eventually traveling with only a backpack as she discovers her place in the world. Definitely worth a read.

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The Year of Living Danishly


A Year of Living Danishly

This informative read details a UK woman’s move to Denmark, the happiest country in the world. She embarks on a year of discovering what makes Danes so happy.


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Perhaps the best travel book I’ve read to date. This book contains such practical advice for making long term travel your reality.

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Travel the world on $50 a day


How to Travel the World on $50/day

Written by the blogger who helped me launch this blog, Nomadic Matt’s. This book goes into detail about How to Travel on $50/day which makes travel more accessible to many people.

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Books to get your mind right

You are a Badass


You are a Badass

One of my favorite personal development books by Jen Sincero. It helps you understand and overcome fear so that you can get out of your own way and start living the life you desire.

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subtle art of not giving a fuck


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Don’t like cussing? This book may not be for you. Love it? Buy it right now. It’s an irreverent and counter approach to the self help genre that will call you on your crap!

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the obstacle is the way


The Obstacle is the Way

The Obstacle is The Way was recommended to me by a friend and after hearing Ryan speak I knew I had to read it. Chapter 12 is my favorite chapter, get the book to find yours.

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girl wash your face


Girl Wash Your Face

Rachel debunks all of the lies we tell us that keep us playing small. She does have a strong faith and discusses motherhood, so I skipped over that part, but the rest is excellent.

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the alchemist


The Alchemist

I didn’t know whether to put The Alchemist under travel or mindset, because I think it has applications for both. But ultimately, it’s about the journey towards achieving your dreams and that belongs in all categories!

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the four agreeements


The Four Agreements

Recommended to me by the owner of the surf and yoga retreat I visited prior to quitting my job. This book teaches the four agreements we must make to ourselves to gain personal freedom from self-limiting beliefs.

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you are a badass at making money


You are a Badass at Making Money

Her first was so good, she had to write another one, and I had to read it of course! This no BS self help type book will help you overcome your fears around money so you can get out of your own way and make some!

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think and grow rich


Think and Grow Rich

A classic in the finance world written by Napoleon Hill all about having a money making mindset based on the habits of the financially successful.

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fictional Books inspired by historical events

lost girls of paris


The Lost Girls of Paris

A story of women who went to Paris to transmit messages during WWII and how their lives intertwined. Highly recommend this one, it’s got war, danger, and love. 

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tattooist of auschwitz


The Tattooist of Auschwitz

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.


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all the light we cannot see


All the Light We Cannot See

A story of survival and the love between a young blind girl and a young German soldier caught in the cross fire of WWII.

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books to build A BUSINESS

the one thing


The One Thing

I discovered this in an airport bookstore and devoured it on my trip. Learn why multitasking doesn’t work and how focusing on one thing can get you closer to your dreams. 

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the 12 week year


The 12 Week Year

Overwhelmed trying to plan out your goals for an entire year? Same here! This book breaks the year into quarters and each quarter you focus on ONE thing only. Super helpful for reducing overwhelm when considering quitting your job.

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4 hour work week


The Four Hour Workweek

Incredibly popular among the digital nomad community. Work less and live more by following his methods. Although be aware that it will take more than 4 hours per week in the beginning.

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