The Runaway Book Store

Books By The Runaway Guide

  • From the damp streets of Paris to the chaos of Cairo, from quaint Scottish shires to the slums of Istanbul, by trains, planes, ships, hitchhiking, and foot, with various enlightening and eccentric peoples, a plethora of perspective altering drugs, crystal clear moments, near death experiences, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, border jumping, and Bulgarian prisons all through the eyes of a penniless, curious, frustrated, adventurous, middle class, 16 year old New Yorker,,,searching…for himself.
    Coming Fall 2015!
  • The purpose of this book is to inspire you to travel and be inspired by travel. It’s about letting the emotional anxieties go and letting things flow. It’s about providing the spiritual fiber to help discover your fears and flush them away. It’s about preparing and transforming yourself, so that, if one day, you have no choice but to shit in the streets, a very plausible predicament if you’re traveling India, you will be empowered to do so. Coming Spring 2015
  • There are four primary positions aboard a private luxury yacht; deckhand, Maid, Cook, and Engineer.In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know to get hired on one of these glorious behemoths. Travel the world in style and get paid very well doing it! Coming Summer 2015


Informative Books By Top Travel Experts

  • If you have no idea where to begin or what to do, then this book is perfect for you. It will save you hours of stress and make creating a blog a simple and easy process.
  • This ebook takes you through the whole process of blogging, SEO, and monetizing your website. There is information in the book for beginners as well as those with a little more knowledge. It is written by the legendary Nomadic Matt who earns over 8000$ a month on his travel blog.
  • Looking to get a teaching job overseas but not sure where to start? This book provides everything you need to know, from the required qualifications to english teaching opportunities around the world.
  • If you’re looking to become location independent, this is a great guide by Norbert from Globotreks.
  • This is an excellent guide for transforming your life by the legendary long term backpacker Wandering Earl. In this book, Earl presents great information on traveling cheap as well as how to create a travel sustaining lifestyle.
  • Learn exactly how to land a job in an industry that pays you excellent money to travel the world. This guide provides detailed instructions on how to apply to every major cruise line. Without such guidance, it’s almost impossible to get hired. As a former cruise ship Tour Manager myself, I can tell you that the benefits of ‘ship life’ are simply life-changing.


My Favorite Travel Books

  • On The Road is one of Jack Kerouac’s greatest backpacking adventures. It’s a story of freedom, longing for the open road, and self discovery across the US during the beatnik era.

  • This is my favorite book by Jack Kerouac. It’s all about freight train hopping, hitchhiking, working odd jobs but also an inner quest towards transcendence. It takes place after On The Road.
  • Another awesome book by Jack Kerouac about his somewhat difficult yet somewhat enlightening time spent in Big Sur California.
  • Bill Bryson’s mixes great stories with just the right amount of British humor. In Neither Here Nor There, Bryson recounts his 1970’s backpacking trip around Europe. Very entertaining and relatable.
  • Random encounters and adventures along the Appalachian Trail. Must read if you’re planning any kind of walk through the woods.
  • In this Bill Bryson classic, he attempts to understand humanities oldest and biggest questions through an analysis of the world and human history. It’s insightful, inspiring, enlightening, and funny. A great read for a long Trans-Siberean train ride.
  • Into the Wild by John Krakow goes into the wild with Alexander Supertramp much deeper than in the movie. If you’re a fan of the movie, definitely check out this book.
  • This was and still is one of my most favorite survival novels. It’s about a young kid whose plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness and forced to survive the winter/spring with nothing but a hatchet.
  • While the Leo Dicaprio movie is great, the book is much better. Definitely a must read if you’re considering a backpacking adventure through South East Asia
  • Kafka On The Shore is another master piece by acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It’s about a 16 year old boy who runs away from home and ends up living in a library. It’s part survival, part sic fi, and part metaphysical. One of my favorite books.
  • “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.” The beginning of one of the most epic tales of spirituality, growth, survival and adventure.
  • If you’re at all a fan of Japanese history or the Age Of Exploration, you’re going to love this historical fiction novel. If you’re traveling to or planning on living in Japan, this book is a must read. It is my all time favorite book.

Best Backpacking Regions Guide Books

  • I don’t usually use a guide book but when I do, it’s always Lonely Planet. I’ve tried other guide books but none are as well rounded in terms of accommodation, attraction, and transport suggestions. They also always include excellent maps which is a god send when the smart phone battery dies. Central America is my favorite backpacking region and this latest edition of Central America On A Shoestring is an excellent guide for any budget backpacking adventure.
  • Having utilized Lonely Planet’s Eastern Europe guide during four tours of the region, I highly recommend it. If you’re planning to go, definitely visit in the summer and be sure to check out festivals such as Exit Fesitval in Serbia and Szeiget Festival in Budapest.
  • South East Asia is another incredible region for budget backpackers. It’s extremely safe, the food is cheap and delicious, and the beach parties are unrivaled. Having traveled through SE Asia three times, I can definitely recommend SE Asia On A Shoestring to budget backpackers.

Top Wilderness Survival Guides

  • Tom Brown Jr. is legendary when it comes to wilderness survival. Mentored by Native Americans, Tom Brown teaches you both the practical and spiritual side of survival.
  • Although the Department Of Defense published this in 1957, all the survival information is still up to date and essential. It has lots of great illustrations and situation based guides.
  • Another oldie but goodie with lots of great diagrams and illustrations.

Am I missing a great book? Let me know below!

Let Me Know What You Think!

  1. the absurd man says

    Check out Ken Walsh’s classic “Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Europe” or any of the “Vagabonding” series by Ed Buryn – both authors inspired me.

  2. sascha says

    hi leif,

    i peid on your bed in cairo, remember ? ;)

    i wishyou all the best with book!

    its ging to be septmeber eh ?

    best wishes,

  3. Mark says

    Actually cant wait for you to bring your book out! seem to be obsessed with your blog at the moment! cant wait to start travelling i just have no idea where to start :/ How soon is your book out?

  4. says

    Ah, Leaving for Europe in a few days and would’ve loved to have your book! Good luck with it and keep the travel spirit in the book alive!

    • says

      Really glad you’re interested! I’ve been working on it, but it’s hard traveling, writing for the blog, and writing the book all at once. I’m afraid it won’t be for a year or so. Sorry for the delay, will try and pick things up.

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