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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144953662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449536626
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tynan, a full time nomad, sold everything he owned to travel around the world with nothing but a school-sized backpack. He wrote for AOL's travel blog, Gadling, and keeps his on blog at tynan.net.

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I'm a traveler myself and picked up this book as a light read.
Peter
Whether you are someone who wants to really go around the globe or just learn how to appreciate what is right in front of your nose, you need to read this book!
Matthew Krems
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful By someguy2004 on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
No offense to the author, he seems like a decent chap. But it is clear from this book (haven't read the PUA one) and his blog that he is just a not very successful Timothy Ferris. What I mean is, this isn't so much a book about living a nomadic existence as it is advertisement for a "lifestyle" that he peddles. And its clear, his livelihood is based on selling this idea. And there are several bloggers/"authors" trying to make a living by peddling this lifestyle (Tim Ferris, Steve Kamb, Sovereign Man). In fact its funny that Neil Strauss, whose book popularized the genre that that this author's previous book was on (i.e. picking up women) also has a book on how to life this unattached nomadic lifestyle. Suffice to say, this is a crowded genre that appeals to young American men with fantasies of living "unattached" and having unique and "crazy" experiences. Nothing wrong with that, but it is almost a cliche at this point near 2012. The fantasy they are selling is kind of get rich quick lifestyle where there really is a free lunch. Tynan doesn't talk about the tedium of world travel, the loneliness that can happen living life on the road and the difficulty of starting fresh. It is therefore not a balanced or even honest recollection as much as a one-sided self-congratultory celebration. And as someone who has travelled the world and is preparing to move abroad shortly, I prefer the nuance and authenticity.

I'm glad I read this through the Kindle Lending Library so I didn't actually pay for it. Its not a bad book its just not interesting and very salesy. The author is constantly trying to sell you (on his lifestyle/brand... notice even the one-word name Tynan, pretty sure that he wasn't born that way and its obviously an attempt to stand out in a crowded market) . I would have preferred straight-up suggestions and experiences versus lots of gimmicky salesmanship and self-promotins and "you can be this cool too" attitude.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Intenex on November 27, 2010
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UPDATE: 3/20/2014:

Revisited this book on a whim, saw the highly critical first place review and have a couple comments to make.

This book was indeed quite possibly the most life-changing book I ever read. I ended up traveling to all 7 continents in one year as a direct result of reading this (including taking an expedition vessel to Antarctica), buying incredible gear on Tynan's recommendation which has held up unbelievably well (I count the Deuter Futura 28 and Mont-Bell ExLight Down Jacket as two of the best purchases I've ever made - both are still in incredibly good condition and I use them on an almost daily basis).

Another important note - I wasn't friends with Tynan at the time of my first review [I was 18 then -- 22 now], but I reached out to him shortly after I returned from my first trip to Africa where I climbed Kilimanjaro, we met over tea in San Francisco, and ended up traveling to Japan together last year, which was quite possibly one of the best trips I've ever taken. We then proceeded to buy an island together and now get free flights anywhere in the US for the next two years courtesy of the Southwest Companion Pass. In the works for this year: we'll be doing a transpacific cruise from Vancouver --> Russia --> Japan, and visiting Hong Kong to do the world's tallest bungee jump.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Krems on April 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the best travel book I have read so far. It offers very practical advice on everything from packing to buying cheap airplane tickets. It is also partly a book on travel and life philosophy, which I really appreciated. I have done a lot of traveling myself lately and plan to be a full time vagabond once I finish my Ph.D. I know this book will be an invaluable resource for the logistics of my travels. Whether you are someone who wants to really go around the globe or just learn how to appreciate what is right in front of your nose, you need to read this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By www.intelliot.com on April 29, 2010
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Life Nomadic inspired me to take action on my dreams, and now I'm traveling in Vietnam. I'm loving the quick-dry convertible pants, GPS watch, and traveling LIGHT! I read it cover-to-cover; it was so engaging that it was hard for me to put it down. It is easily the one of the best books I've ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on December 28, 2011
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I enjoyed this book very much because it is chock-full of practical and specific advice. The author takes the time to oh-so-precisely explain exactly what he's describing. For example, he doesn't just say that wool is the optimal fabric for clothing. He explains why wool is so appropriate for travelers, and the precise fabrication of wool that a traveler should buy. He addresses nearly all aspects of solo traveling - credit cards, bank accounts, postal service, shoes, cell phones, backpacks, etc. And, it's all very helpful and engaging.

The author has done an outstanding job of writing a book for a solo, male, healthy traveler. My next few sentences are not intended to be critical of the book - it's simply an identification of what the book does not address. It does not address any of the unique aspects of a solo female traveler - personal safety, obviously, is at the top of the list. Followed by women's hygiene requirements that are different than for men. The book also does not address any health considerations. The author is very clear that he is writing from the perspective of a healthy, young male. There are no tips available for solo travelers with chronic health conditions, or what advice he may have when a traveler faces an acute, unexpected problem.

Finally, the book does not address any family traveling. I have been mulling over how to travel with our young daughter throughout her summer vacation. While I can use numerous of his tips and guidelines, there are aspects of family travel that are simply not covered in this book.

In summary, I encourage readers to get this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I learned quite a bit. His advice is so specific and precise; it's much appreciated. I know exactly where to look for information, and what to search for. I also enjoyed learning about his website and seeing what he's up to now.
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