Recommended eBooks

Since we’ve been travelling we’ve read quite a bit of information to help us on our travels. We’ve even published our own eBooks, such as From Saigon to Hanoi, with more to come!

Below is a selection of eBooks that will both entertain and inform you. Click the links to check them out in the iTunes Bookstore.

On the Road … with Kids

It’s a life-changing trip. Take it!

By John Ahern

On The Road With Kids

John Ahern has a high-flying job, a big house, a loving wife and two great kids. But if this is success why does he sense he is failing as a husband and father?

So John does something insane. He blows his career apart and buys a busted-up campervan online to chase an improbable dream: a year on the road… with kids.

From the North Pole to Africa’s highest peaks, John and his family get mugged by monkeys, charmed by snake handlers, and challenged by their quest to create a life less ordinary.

On the Road… with Kids is a funny, messy and inspiring adventure all families will love.


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Down Under

By Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson - Down Under

‘It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parallel universe where life was at once recognisably similar but entirely different. I can’t tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunshine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle, but with a slightly British bent – a sort of Baywatch with cricket…’

Of course, what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different. Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the world’s sixth largest country and its largest island. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life – a large proportion of it quite deadly.

In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. This is a country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimes go for you. If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback.

Ignoring such dangers – yet curiously obsessed by them – Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging; their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn’t get much better than this.


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A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone

Inspiring true tales from solo women travellers

By Gemma Thompson

A Girls' Guide to Travelling Alone

Taking to the road alone is a brave decision. A woman taking to the road alone is an even braver decision.

A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone is an eye-opening, honest and inspiring on-the-road companion.

Richly varied, these witty, inspiring, challenging and sometimes uncomfortable travel stories have been written by women of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and experiences, each with a compelling tale to tell.


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Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips

Get the best travel secrets & advice from the experts

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Travel Tips

This illustrated and fully updated edition of Lonely Planet’s pocket-sized bestseller contains our best-ever tips, tricks and trade secrets for stress-free travelling, all brought to life and made easy to understand with stylish, witty illustrations.

Find out where the best seats are on a plane, how to avoid bug bites and which essential gadgets you should never leave home without.

Featuring contributions from a range of travel writers, industry experts and staff, this book contains the ultimate insider secrets for travellers and ensures you stay safe and happy on the road.

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012 winner in Favourite Travel Guide category

‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

‘Lonely Planet. It’s on everyone’s bookshelves; it’s in every traveller’s hands. It’s on mobile phones. It’s on the Internet. It’s everywhere, and it’s telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)


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Confessions of a Hostie

True Stories of an International Flight Attendant

By Danielle Hugh

Confessions of a Hostie

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a jet-setting hostie, or international flight attendant, then spending a little time in Danielle’s life is a captivating journey. You might be surprised and shocked to discover many of the truths behind the lifestyle as well as the incidences and behaviour of passengers at 30,000 feet.

Danielle writes candidly, humorously and from the heart about life, love and her exploits around the world. From the slums of Mumbai to the glitz of New York there are as many highs and lows as take-offs and landings.

Prepare for a turbulent ride of emotions and adventure, so place your seat upright, fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off. Danielle Hugh’s passion for flying dazzles in this frank and amusing account of jet-setting around the globe. With almost 20 years in a unique working world, her juicy tales are often as shocking as they are colourful.


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Cockpit Confidential

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

By Patrick Smith

Cockpit Confidential

For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web’s popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know…

•How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them

•Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety

•The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport

•The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation

•Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security

•Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service

•The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate

Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theatre of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It’s a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

It’s the ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travellers.

Refreshed and vastly expanded from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.


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How Not to Be a Tourist In London

By PK Munroe

How Not to be a Tourist in London

You think you know about London? Be prepared to think again! ‘How not to be a tourist in London’ is a treasure-trove of valuable insider information. Your visit to this historic capital will be made vastly more interesting and entertaining simply by reading this book and following its insightful advice.

Do you know, for example: – which new Olympics structures are said to be haunted? – that swimming in a central London park might make you rich? – why London cabbies don’t like tipping? – how to get restaurants to cook you the best local produce ‘off menu’? – where you can view a live surgical operation?

Packed with great advice and unusual information, this book is an essential guide for visitors and Londoners alike. The author has lived in London for 30 years and knows every crook and nanny. Let PK guide you on matters of etiquette and custom, showing you how to behave like a Londoner, so that you are never taken for a tourist!


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101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Partying Around the World

By the Matador Network & David S. Miller

101 Places to get F*ucked Up Before You Die

What Are You Waiting For?

Looking for a guidebook that isn’t full of tired, lame, or even BS travel information? 101 Places to Get F****d Up Before You Die brings together the most irreverent and legit accounts of drinking, nightlife and travel culture around the world. Part guide, part social commentary, part party invitation, 101 Places gives you all the info and inspiration you’ll need to:

* Blowout one (or several) of the year’s biggest festivals

* MacGyver your way into underground clubs and backcountry raves

* Throw down with people from the Himalayas to the salt flats to Antarctica

* Travel in every conceivable style—from baller to dirtbag—to some of the most epic spots on earth

Do you really know where to go out in San Francisco or Tel Aviv? How about preparing for Burning Man or Oktoberfest? The award-winning journalists and photographers at Matador Network let you know what’s up at each spot, whether it’s drug policies, how to keep safe, special options for LGBT travellers, or simply where to find the kind of music you like to dance to. No matter if you want to rage at Ibiza or just chill on some dunes smoking shisha, 101 Places has something for you.

So, hop a flight, raise a glass, and join us as we breach security, ride ill-recommended ferries, and hike miles into the wilderness all in search of the parties and places going off right now.


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