Being a digital nomad is a unique experience, and there’s no right way to approach it.That said, it can come with a lot of questions. Namely, how do other people do this, exactly? And, if you’ve been a nomad for a while, what else should you check out?
Whether you’re looking to find out more about what it means to be a digital nomad, want to read stories of people who have been there, done that, or are just looking for inspiration, these are the best digital nomad books to check out.
Digital Nomads: How to Live, Work and Play Around the World
This book is considered a solid guide for people interested in pursuing the nomadic life, but haven’t actually embarked on it yet. It offers a step-by-step guide to going from office life to a slow travel lifestyle, and it features interviews from people who have been through the experience.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Written by travel writer Rolf Potts, Vagabonding offers a handbook for taking a break from regular life and traveling the world. It was originally written in 2002, before the digital nomad movement was a big thing, making it an OG guide (it’s been updated and revised since its original release). Among other things, it offers up tips on how to afford the lifestyle, figure out where to go next, and adjust to life on the road.
The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Create Freedom in Business and Adventure in Life
If you’ve been trying to figure out how, exactly, to use your current skills to make money on the road, this is the book for you. The Suitcase Entrepreneur teaches people how to sell their skills to make a living so that they can travel the world. The book is written by Natalie Sisson, who quit her well-paying corporate job, learned how to build an online platform from scratch, formed to her own business, and traveled.
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
Chris Guillebeau’s book encourages readers to question what you think you should be doing when it comes to life and work. It also offers up tools to do things a little differently, like becoming self-employed, setting goals that feel right for you, and traveling on your own terms.
Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9–5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills
This book is big on finding out what it is that makes you happy in life — and actually doing it. Written by life coach Marianne Cantwell, Be a Free Range Human breaks down the things that people who are interested in making a career change need, plus how to build your own business on your terms.
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
For most people, being a digital nomad requires sticking to a budget. Matt Kepnes (akaNomadic Matt) offers up a guide to finding affordable housing, inexpensive food, and spending $50 a day or less while you’re roaming the planet.
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business
Have a business and want to make it nomad-friendly? Chris Ducker’s book helps answer a lot of questions about building a virtual workplace, and how to make it work for your company.
The Laptop Millionaire: How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money Online
Author Mark Anastasi gives a step-by-step guide to making good money online. Anastasi made millions through virtual work, and he shares his strategies, as well as those of other millionaire Internet entrepreneurs, so you can try to do the same.