I'm getting close to having Life Nomadic laid out for print. Before I commit a version of it to something as permanent as paper, I'd like to get your feedback.
I'd love to hear what you think of the book overall, but I'll ask for that feedback in a couple weeks, probably after the print version is out. Until then I want to focus on how I can make it even better.
Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) pages of suggestions or just one sentence. I might put a short acknowledgment section into the print book and include you if your feedback is particularly helpful.
tynan.. love the book overall, it's very well written and informative. i think it would be great if you used more charts or tables for certain areas as it breaks up the prose. it's easier for people to understand things in point form and nicely summarised.
also, with the flying.. as much as i also love getting cheap flights, i wonder if you'd like to mention something about the carbon footprint/ eco damage of taking lots of short flights. great if you could write more about other forms of transport too...
i love the minimalism you practice while travelling.. though honestly i couldn't bring myself to buy more stuff instead of use what i already have- in the old days we didn't have fancy gadgets and could still pack light. i think the expensive prices on many of the things you have suggested aren't realistic for everyone. my boy currently has a 38L and i have a 45L (which is rarely full) and even though i confess to some travel guilt about the size, i think we have to be flexible. an additional thing- i really believe women travel differently. not that we pack useless stuff but we probably won't put up with wearing the same thing for a week, or just two pair of underwear. just a thought you might like to consider- maybe get some tips from women travellers?
otherwise, it's something i wish i'd written! you are a really inspiring guy and i bow down to your awesomeness!
Oh, maybe the work section can go a bit further into various fields a nomad can work in while 'on the road.' It'd probably be pretty difficult for me to become a nomadic patent lawyer; I can't see most conventional occupations working.
I do know a nomadic programmer though. :-)
"One issue you may run into, though, is the contradiction between being a vegan and your love of wool clothing!"
People who choose to be vegan for reasons of environmental efficiency, health*, or disgust at the thought of eating animals are generally okay with wool clothing.
And as for feedback on Life Nomadic, have I mentioned that it's awesome? It's awesome. I mean, that's not very helpful to the printing process, but it really is thoroughly awesome. Good luck!
*: I'm not aware of any scientific research that suggests that a vegan diet is actually healthy, although there's plenty of anecdotal evidence and a few observational studies (poorly done, as they tend to be) if that's how you get your epidemiology on.
I've stopped going to your site with my iphone. The pop-up that tries to collect emails will just not close on an iphone - I'm tried increasing the focus on that button. Just thought you might be interested in knowing - while I know you don't prefer iphone - some readers might need to connect via that mechanism.
In addition to the posters above (where to sleep, tour group or locals, creating another income which is not a scam etc), you said in your book that you would keep an up-to-date page on Gadgets on your blog - only I can't easily find it.
Does it exist yet? You have blog posts on gear but I don't know how to search those, so some kind of index would be great.
Fantastic book, cheers.
I read the book a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I like your use of quotes. The book really feels like "this is everything I know about travel from my experiences" which is awesome for someone who's never done this (probably most of your readers)
The part about making money online is scant and might leave people wanting. I can understand why you might want to avoid getting into it - but maybe you could add some more resources that you trust - so people at least have a direction to go on where to get started.
Maybe you can add photographs to the book to make your experiences even more vivid?
I kind of glazed over the part about scheduling trips and your system for working out countries and orders, etc. but maybe that's just me.
Loved all the links and resources for more information that you added throughout and at the end of the book. Overall, an excellent piece of work. (Feel free to email/call me if you need any other feedback).
Very good read Tynan. Lot's of useful information. I did feel it was lacking something though but I don't know what. Maybe it's just a sense of disappointment that I am currently at home and not adventuring. Keep up the good work mate! The book is definitely motivating.
It was a great read Tynan, something which I hoped there was a little more of is about creating an income. It was touched on but I would think it would be quite an important subject, worthy of an entire chapter to itself. If you logically have to earn around $500 a week to survive or so. Also maybe a few tips for people who don't have a significant nest egg to use, and who are becoming nomads with little to no savings.
Otherwise its something im recommending to a lot of people, as just the idea of minimalism is defiantly a movement we need in society today.
Also let me know if your still available for interview on facebook if you can man.
Life Nomadic was probably one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. I can't help looking at all of my possessions now and wanting to get rid of them.
The only thing I wish that you had talked more about was how to make money while traveling. are there any legitimate online jobs that you would recommend?
I think the people who pre-ordered for Haiti have had enough time to read the book, so now it's time to make it available to everyone.
You can buy the book here at Amazon!
In case you're new to the site, I haven't had a regular condo or house in 4 years or so, and have been traveling around the world and around the US. Life Nomadic a really practical guide about efficient traveling -- experiencing a LOT while spending relatively LITTLE. It has everything from travel stories I didn't publish on the blog to packing lists. If you broke it down, about 1/3 is life outlook sort of stuff, 1/3 is stories (maybe a bit less), and 1/3 is take-action-now howto advice. It will change how you travel, one way or another.
It's been almost six months since I published The Motivation Hacker, my book on how to get yourself to want to do what you always wanted to want to do. Here's what surprised me.
Sales (update: First Year Book sales)
I use a site called PredictionBook to compare my private guesses to reality for things like this. It helps me be less overconfident. I took a brutal calibration beating on my predictions for how many copies I'd sell in the first six months:
Here's how many I actually sold: