Overseas trips – Reading material before you go Books
If you are going to ‘Third World Countries’ or foreign speaking places, I suggest you buy a few books before you leave.
Buy on-line, scour bookshops including the secondhand treasure troves, and Rotary often have great book clearances too.
Another good find at Op Shops.
You can swap them when you finish with other tourists.
This is especially important with children’s books – you don’t want to be paying full price for a book they read in a night.
They can then donate to school libraries.
You can always find bargain books and send them on, though if you have ever read
If you want to find great books I recommend ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert, you will fondly recall the books she sent herself from USA to Rome never arrived. Thanks Jane for recommending this great read!
where I purchased this book
You may want to take a Bible with you – if you read it.
Glean Op Shops, ebay etc for 2nd hand Guidebooks.
Buy Guide books for the first 5-6 countries if you are travelling through many places.
I know they are heavy.
If you only need sections, get out the kitchen knife and cut them apart and tape together the region you are visiting.
A handy hint emailed to me by David Stanley the author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific.
David kindly sent me several emails and freely shared his knowledge, and for that I am very thankful.
If need be you can buy some that incorporate a region, but try to get as detailed as possible.
Up to 5 to 10 years ago as a publication is usually ok.
Little changes fast.
You can buy David’s Guide Books at South Pacific Travel
However in USA and major countries get an up to date Guidebook.
You can usually sell these for a few $$ to an incoming tourist when you are about to leave.
This lightens your load, You may find you can trade along the way too.
MapsA concise and large detailed map will beat anything you can find on-line when planning your trip.
I had to order two, in order to find the best one to give the detail I needed — as we were island hopping.
A cheaper alternative is Op Shop for a large Atlas in A3 size like they come in hard cover.
Cut the cover off — the maps are great and you can remove and take just what you need.
We got a great one for $4. Where each map I was buying on-line was $15 — $20 of a detailed region.
Town maps and area maps can be used on your phone. As can GPS.
My wonderful travelling mentor, David Stanley also recommends you purchase Maps at
Map South Pacific http://www.mapsouthpacific.com
If you plan on driving, I firmly suggest buying detailed Road Maps on-line first.
You will need this as soon as you arrive and best to have in advance.
You can download MAPS as an App on your phone or iPod too.
Read “The Last Bed On Earth” by Teri Louise Kelly.
Funny in a twisted way, but gives you some ideas of things to watch out for when backpacking.
I have this for sale on eBay at the moment if anyone would like to buy it !
A great space saving idea for travel.
I find them tiring on the eyes after a while.
I also find that a book is quite safe to leave on your towel by the pool, or on your table whilst you go off to re-fill your coffee, but a kindle is less likely to be there on your return.
I will add more books and reading matter to this section as I travel.
If you have any great books you would like to forward to me, I can review and add for no cost as a trade for the item. Discretion requested thanks.