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3 Books for Digital Nomads: A Starter Pack

Mel Candea itcherWith more and more people wanting to get away from the typical 9-5 office job and either start their own business, or work remotely, becoming a digital nomad makes sense. We’ve chosen 3 books for digital nomads: ‘Vagabonding’, ‘The End of Jobs’ and ‘Hammocks and Hard Drives’ to start you on your journey. Find out why. ~ Mel Candea

Working While Travelling

Digital nomads are individuals who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner…

I’m sure you’ve seen photos of people with computers and a beautiful beach background and thought ‘How do they do that?’ It’s not as impossible as it seems, and if it’s your dream you should check out these books for digital nomads. They each offer something unique.

I’ve been a digital nomad (it basically means you work online or remotely – it could even be the café down the street from your house or in a co-working space) for over 3 years. I live and travel in Europe while I work on the road. It’s definitely helped me to read about other digital nomads, get new ideas or simply get inspiration.

These are 3 of the best books for digital nomads – especially for newbies – that I’d recommend. See what you think.


Vagabonding is not a lifestyle, nor is it a trend. It’s just an uncommon way of looking at life—a value adjustment from which action naturally follows…

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Synopsis: ‘Vagabonding’ is more of a travel philosophy book than it is a practical guide. It focuses on inspiration and changing your mindset than it does explaining detailed steps of what and how to become a digital nomad.

How it succeeds: It really inspires changing the way you think about travel and points out the possibilities. With quotes from philosophers and real travelers interspersed, it gives you something to think about.

What I’d change: It’s not a practical guide on long-term travel, though there are a few practical moments. Also, some might find it a little dated.

Why you should read it: If you’re still on the fence about whether you want to become location independent from your job, this is a great starter book for digital nomad maybes.


Whether you choose to fight the changes or embrace them is up to you. The opportunity won’t last forever…

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Summary: Pearson’s new book for digital nomads is focused on forward thinking. Not just about your job right now, or how the job market has changed- but questions where you’ll be 10 years from now. He offers motivating and alternative paths to success.

How it succeeds: The book has a pretty good balance between travel and work systems, philosophies and principles that you can apply to your own situation.

What I’d change: Some of the information seems rehashed or already familiar from other digital nomad sources.

Why you should read it: It’s a good book for entrepreneurs and people who are looking for long-term solutions to getting out of the office life.


If you’re like most digital nomads, you’re not a tech guru nor do you want to be. Instead, you’re an expert in your own field…

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Summary: This is a guide for tips and tricks to use for technology while you’re working on the road. It includes practical information and ideas for staying connected, along with some trouble-shooting advice.

How it succeeds: Technology is the skeleton essence of being a digital nomad, so having a guide to help things go smoothly is a necessity.

What I’d change: Anyone who’s super tech-savvy will already know most of the tips and advice.

Why you should read it: Even experienced location independent workers can find fresh information that’s useful for daily work. It’s one of the best books for digital nomad newbies who are just starting their journey.


Which Book for Digital Nomad Newbies Would I Choose?

I’d have to go for ‘Hammocks and Hard Drives’ for the very simple reason that it’s practical. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned digital nomad, a traveler that needs to keep up or a newbie. It’s something that could be a go-to when tech goes wrong.

That’s our list of 3 favorite books for digital nomads.

Have you read any of these?

Have you got any to add to the newbie digital nomad reading list?

Let us know in the comments below!

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