The Long-Term Travel Guide

UPDATE: This book has been released. You can check it out here

Quick announcement: the new book I previously mentioned is being put on hold for the moment because I am pursuing an agent and then a publisher. That means there’s going to be a long process of query letters, book proposals, etc. This will take a while and no telling how long. Once I’ve exhausted all of my avenues, if nothing comes through then I will return to self-publishing it.

In the meantime, I’ve kind of spontaneously taken on another project: a guide to long-term travel.

I’ve gotten more and more questions over the past year about living abroad, making money online, how I afford to live in another country, how much it costs, how I meet people and make friends, how I decide where to go, etc., etc. And with all of the new readers interested in travel it seems like an easy and quick fit.

I’m about halfway through the first draft. Here are a few things you can expect:

  • How to find cheap airfare to anywhere in the world.
  • Where to stay, how to find apartments and hotel rooms for affordable rates.
  • The in’s and out’s of backpacking, what to expect, how to do it well.
  • A brief guide to airline mileage and how you can easily earn free round trip tickets.
  • Regional guides for Latin America, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and North America.
  • Which languages are the most useful and how to learn them quickly.
  • How to integrate yourself into a new culture and make new friends in a brand new city.
  • What you should do about banks, currencies, credit cards, visas, insurance and other boring paperwork.
  • Information about finding job opportunities or volunteer opportunities abroad.
  • How to make your money stretch a long way while traveling.
  • How and why you should pack less.
  • The basics of passive income and how much you need to start the location-independent lifestyle.
  • And more…

There’s also a huge announcement that will coincide with the release of the guide and I think you all are going to piss yourselves when you see it.

No word on a release date. I’d say we’re still at least a month away. But since the process for the new book is going to stretch out into next year and beyond, I figured I should bang this one out for you guys in the meantime.

You can stay up on all new info and announcements by putting your email into the list below. If there’s anything specific you’d love to see in the travel guide, please mention it in the comments below.

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44 Responses to The Long-Term Travel Guide

  1. Jean says:

    How much is the guide going to cost?

    Add some of those “city reviews” you post at the forum. Like some mini-chapter at the end or so with the reviews from the various cities with nightlife, places to eat, places to see and so on…

    • Mark Manson says:

      Haven’t decided… Not too much. Probably in the $20 to $40 area. Depends how much I end up with. I’ve got some ideas for bonuses and videos I want to put together as well.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Damn you and your cliff hangers, I can’t take the suspense! haha

    What I’d really like to see in the guide is some honest advice for women traveling abroad. I’m not saying dedicate a whole section to it, but maybe include some insight in your regional guides. For example, I’ve been advised not to travel alone if I go to Middle Eastern or Mediterranean countries. Makes sense. I was also advised to dye my blonde hair before I went to Peru. Yea, I didn’t do that- that’s bordering on paranoia (and unless I dyed my blue eyes and stubbornly white skin, it wouldn’t have made a difference).

    Again, I’m not saying devote a whole section on how women can be smart travelers, but keep us in mind when you’re working on the regional guides.

  3. Jed says:

    I’d love a straight forward guide to obtaining visa for long term travel. I’m about to head to Brazil for awhile and would love to stay longer than 6 months. I would like to do it legally if possible but it is very hard to find legitimate information on the best way to to that. Keep up the good work, I just recently discovered your site have been greatly enjoying all of your writing. Thanks.

    • Mark Manson says:

      Unfortunately, the rules vary so much from country to country that I can’t possibly cover everything and everywhere.

      But the quick answer is: to stay in Brazil longer, you need either a business/student visa or a residency permit. I happen to know about Brazil because I lived there. Business permits are expensive and huge pain to get. To get residency is even harder: marry a Brazilian (not the worst idea!), have a child in Brazil or start a business there.

      Student visas may be the easiest alternative, but you’ll have to enroll at a school or university once you’re there. You need to prove you have enough money to survive the duration of your stay though of about $1,000 a month. So if you plan on staying for 8 months, you need to show them bank statements showing that you have at least $8,000 or you have an income of at least that much.

      Unfortunately, Brazil has more red tape and bureaucratic crap than most countries. It’s too bad because it’s one of the best countries on earth.

  4. Almog says:

    Start a mailing list for the launch of this one, I’d join! Excited.

  5. Raphael says:

    I would really appreciate it if you’d illustrate your general points with some small anecdotes of your own (travel-)experiences – would really make it a more rewarding read and somehow fit to your ideas on a first-person-perspective approach. Just loved your dust over india article, you’re a great writer, use that!

    ps: don’t take this the wrong way, I understand that you want to live from this site but the commercial you linked… is far under your niveau, actually it looks like those on porn-sites – how about you just link some globetrotter or national geographic or whatelse commercials? If I didn’t knew your site… ;-)

  6. Traindom says:

    Another huge announcement?! I nearly crapped my pants the last time you made one. What could it be?!

  7. Irfaan says:

    You might as well want to include a section on how travelling can affect your psychology & how in turn this affects (restricts or favours) other areas of your life, merged with some of your personal anecdotes to back it up. Write about the link between travelling & mobility jobs – how they perturb each other. Also, do include some healthy mindsets for reaping the maximum benefits from travelling worldwide. Call this section ‘The Inner Game Of Travelling’ lol!

  8. Jamie says:

    I really hope you go into a lot of depth in the ‘how much passive income you need’ category. The relative living costs in different parts of the world and how much buffer money you need to have saved up beforehand.

    I would assume that if you are earning minimum wage passively then that is enough to ‘get by’, like it would in your home country. Logic being, travel expenses/hostels = rent/bills and the remainder goes on what you would normally spend on.

    Also I would like it if you went into some detail about how to rent an apartment if you only plan on staying a month or two.

  9. Jack says:

    “Inner game of travelling” lol!

    what about “How to overcome the Last Minute Resistance of travelling”

    “How to Prevent Other Countries From Spoiling your fun”

    finally (after you’ve “been around”) How all Countries are Stupid Bitches and Its All They’re Fault! :-)

  10. Noam says:

    Perfect timing, Mark. A friend and I are collecting info to plan an extended Eurotrip next year.

    Thank you! :)

  11. Bob says:

    If you have any advice on obtaining prescription medications while traveling it would be invaluable. You have no idea how many diabetics wish they could travel long term. There is almost ZERO information on the internet on this topic. Perhaps you have some experience with this topic?

  12. steve says:

    A chapter on general safety would be beneficial. Without a deeper understanding of a location, I assume it would be easier to fall into “tourist traps” or local scams and frauds. How do you personally stay safe and yet still be trusting enough to make friends with strangers? Do you have experience (or have known of people) of being scammed, ripped off, or even injured during their stay?

    Many said to rely on common sense, to observe and follow, and that “if it sounds too good to be true, then it is”. While they are helpful, I personally find that, during my own travel, there are much more subtleties than the common danger signs I was able to identify with common sense. And so I’ve always wondered, how can I get through the culture barrier and trust this stranger enough to develop a worthwhile friendship and experience?

  13. Sarara says:

    Hey Mark,

    Ever make your way to the Salvador, in the Brazilian state of Bahia? I’m a capoeirista and I’d like to visit the birthplace of the art form I practice one day. Always good to get advice from someone who’s been there before you. Also, what can you tell me about Madrid, Spain? A friend of mine is moving there soon and I plan on visiting next year. Any info you can pass my way is appreciated. Axe!

    • Mark Manson says:

      I’ve been to Salvador. Beautiful beaches but a dirty city and supposedly not the safest place.

      Madrid is beautiful and fun. Not really sure what you’re looking for. There’s a post on the forum about Madrid though in the Lifestyle section.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Have you been to Iceland? I’ve always wanted to go there, but finding cheap flights is tricky (although I found some for about $400 in February).

    • Mark Manson says:

      I’ve passed through it multiple times. I don’t know what happened but Iceland airfare has shot up considerably this year. It used to be the cheapest way to get to London by far.

  15. Mike says:

    So glad you’re bringing out a travel guide. I’ve been curious about your lifestyle alot lately and wanted to know a bunch of things. Seems like this book will cover it. One of my concerns is internet access in other countries. If I decide on a nomadic lifesyle, it will depend on broadband.

    • Mark Manson says:

      Of course, internet can be frustrating at times, especially in hotels and hostels — and this is true even in the developed world as well. Luckily there’s pretty much never a Starbucks or McDonalds far away. So sometimes you have to improvise, but I’ve been able to run my business fine.

  16. Andrew says:

    Will you be speaking on disability and health insurance for online entrepreneurs living the nomadic lifestyle? It’s something I’ve only given some thought to recently since becoming aware of the online business lifestyle.

  17. Joker says:

    Inb4 the huge announcement is that Mark is getting married and/or pregnant.

    Just like the movie Junior.

  18. James___UK says:

    Dude I would love to buy this travel guide! :o I NEED THIS XD

  19. Natalia says:

    It would be nice if you make the book available online, like on e – book, even if it’s just a PDF document. I don’t understand the costs of doing it, but you should considering looking on that, maybe it is cheaper and easier than printing the book, you can sell it for less and I m sure you can get more people to read it. About the Book, a session about women would be nice.

  20. Andrea says:

    Damn, I wish the travel guide was available right now! I could use it for planning my move to Ecuador, Columbia and Peru.

  21. Nick says:

    This book is going to be so awesome. It’s exactly the kind of thing I am interested in. One concern I have is that the book might be heavily tailored to the American perspective since you are an American traveller. I hope most of the book will be as relevant to the international traveller as it is for the American traveller.

  22. Jeffrey Biles says:

    I’m so excited about this. I moved to medellin, Colombia 7 days ago and though the experience has been great thus far, a more comprehensive guide for traveling will be incredibly useful next time I decide to move.

  23. Jeremy says:

    Hmm, sounds a lot like my book. Good luck!

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  25. BCN says:

    Yes, I’d like to know some things about “dangerous”
    places like Colombia, Brazil etc:
    * Do you “dress well” when walking around there? As you know, that attracts attentiom. Or do you lay low while in the street but go all out in the clubs?
    * Do you approach mixed sets in places like those? I mean, if there is a place where guys are supposed to not find you hitting on their girls “cute”, Colombia might be it. or is this actually a myth?

    Thanks

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