Whether you’ve been a digital nomad for years or are making your first foray into remote work, there’s always more to learn. Here are the best books I’ve found for understanding the art of longterm travel and learning the skills you need to succeed as a digital nomad:
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to create high-impact work, learn faster, or get more done in fewer hours.
In a nutshell, Deep Work focuses on teaching “Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy:
1. The ability to quickly master hard things.
2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.”
Deep Work is universally helpful. But it’s particularly relevant to digital nomads, who are unusually motivated to learn new skills and leverage their time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re editing videos, writing, or learning a new language. Practicing what’s taught in Deep Work will make you much more effective at both creating and learning.
Vagabonding is one of the staple travel books of the century.
It bills itself as sort of a “how-to” guide for longterm travel, covering everything from financing your travels to handling unexpected difficulties while on the road. But I think the reason it’s become a classic is because of its philosophies about the positive, permanent changes that a long trip can make to your life and your personality.
You are a Badass
Who doesn’t need an occasional reminder of how great they really are?
Fully titled, You are a Badass: How to Start Doubting Your Greatness and Living an Awesome Life. This book is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the pep talk of all pep talks. Jen Sincero doles out inspiring advice, motivational pushes, and funny anecdotes all rolled into one ball of sassy greatness.
Digital nomadism isn’t a path of least resistance. So, it’s both useful and inspiring to hear Jen entertainingly explain why you can and will overcome your obstacles and live your best possible life.
Getting Things Done
As a digital nomad, you have more freedom to experiment with your schedule than nearly anyone. That means you have more potential for an extremely efficient schedule, and also more potential to let work bleed into every aspect of your life.
Getting Things Done has some clearly dated information (read: references to fax machines). But, it introduces a valuable, detailed system that helps you chunk and prioritize tasks. The best part? The end goal is a more peaceful mind, fewer intrusive thoughts about work, and enjoying your non-work time more.
Did I miss one of your favorite books for digital nomads? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re interested in more reading recommendations, check out my article about the best books to read while traveling.