Chapter Three

Resources for lifestyle simplicity

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. Available in Kindle and print.
The philosophical account of Thoreau’s experiment in anti-materialist living. An American literary classic for over 150 years.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, by Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin (Penguin USA, 2008, Kindle and print)
A best-selling book that uses a nine-step process to demonstrate how most people are making a “dying” instead of a living. Practical pointers for achieving financial independence by altering your lifestyle.

Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich, by Duane Elgin (Quill, 1999, print)
First published in 1981, this is a popular reference and inspiration for those looking to live a simpler life. Strongly themed toward environmental sustainability.

The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living, by Janet Luhrs (Broadway Books, 1997, print)
Luhrs is the founder and publisher of The Simple Living Journal (and the companion website). Book contains tips for living fully and well through simplicity.

Less Is More: The Art of Voluntary Poverty: An Anthology of Ancient and Modern Voices Raised in Praise of Simplicity, edited by Goldian Vandenbroeck (Inner Traditions, 1996, print)
Quotes and essays on the value of simplicity, from the likes of Socrates, Shakespeare, St. Francis, Benjamin Franklin, and Mohandas Gandhi as well as the Bible, the Dhammapada, the Tao Te Ching, and the Bhagavad Gita.

Zen Habits
Leo Babauta’s blog on simplicity in everyday life.

Packing and Traveling Light
Packing and Traveling Light Recommendations from Mark Verber.

Travel Independent: What to Pack
Travel Independent’s guide to packing.

Budgeting and money management

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Living on a Budget, by Peter J. Sander, Jennifer Basye Sander (Alpha Books, 2005, print)
A concise guide to planning and abiding by a day-to-day budget.

The Budget Kit: The Common Cents Money Management Workbook, by Judy Lawrence (Kaplan, 2008, print)
Easy-to-use tips for managing your finances and getting the most out of your income.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift As a Viable Alternative Lifestyle by Amy Dacyczyn (Random House, 1998, print)
Nine hundred pages of compiled tips for frugal living.

How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously, by Jerrold Mundis (Bantam, 2012, Kindle and print)
This book helps you get out of debt, stay out of debt, and live prosperously.

Generation Debt: Take Control of Your Money, Carmen Wong Ulrich (Business Plus, 2006, print)
Personal financial advice for young adults.

The Dollar Stretcher
An online resource for saving money in day-to-day life. Weekly columns on thrift and simplicity.

Get Rich Slowly
A detailed blog with personal finance tips.

WiseBread
Blog dedicated to living large on a small budget

The Billfold
The Billfold’s tagline reads: Everything about money you were too polite to ask.

Man Vs. Debt
Transparent and honest account of the journey to remove barriers of debt and excess clutter.

Moolanomy
Online personal finance magazine.

Punch Debt in the Face
Bringing personal finance and cartoons together since 2009

Enemy of Debt
Debt free principles to take control of your finances.

PriceOfTravel.com
Prices for hotels, meals, and attractions in many different locations. Also includes weather and climate information.

Mint
Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place and helps with budgets and goal tracking

Payoff.com
Debt management tools online.

PayPal
Buy and sell items and transfer money online.

XE Currency Converter
Live exchange rates

Vagabonding for seniors

Road Scholar
The world’s largest educational and travel organization for adults 55 and over. Offers 10,000 programs a year in over 100 countries. A good way for traveling seniors to get a taste of other cultures before striking off on their own.

Transitions Abroad’s Senior Travel Guide
Includes senior travel articles, travel programs, international tours, volunteer vacations, and travel websites.

Independent Traveler’s Senior Travel
Resources on senior deals and tips, sightseeing, traveling with family and health issues.

Over 50 and Overseas
Volunteering resources for senior travelers.

ThirdAge.com
Travel tips and information page including a Traveling While Disabled blog.

Lonely Planet’s older travelers’ forum
An online message board for senior travelers.

AARP Travel
Products, services and discounts for travelers aged 50 and over.

Boomeropia
Online travel resources for Baby Boomers

Vagabonding with children

Your Child Abroad: A Travel Health Guide, by Jane Wilson-Howarth, Matthew Ellis. (Bradt Publications, 2005, print)
Accessible and practical health information for parents traveling with children to far-flung areas of the world.

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children, by David Elliot Cohen (Simon & Schuster, 1999, Kindle and print)
When David Elliot Cohen turned 40, he quit his job, sold his house and car and left to travel the world with his wife and three kids (aged 8, 7, and 2) in tow. A first-hand account of how vagabonding exotic lands can be a family experience.

Take Your Kids to Europe: How to Travel Safely (and Sanely) in Europe with Your Children, by Cynthia Harriman (Globe Pequot, 2007, Kindle and print)
A book of practical tips for traveling families traveling to Europe on limited budgets.

Family Travel: The Farther You Go, the Closer You Get, by Laura Manske (Travelers’ Tales, 2000, print)
A collection of literary tales about family travel.

The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide To Living Abroad With Your Family, by Elisa Bernick (Intrepid Traveler, 2007, Kindle and print)
Advice for families considering an expatriate stint abroad. Focuses on Mexico.

WorldTrek: A Family Odyssey, by Russell and Carla Fisher (Rainbow Books, 2007, print)
A family of four spends a year traveling the world.

Delicious Baby
Ideas and stories about how to make travel fun for kids.

Families on the Road
For families who are on the road fulltime, on extended road trips, or are just dreaming about it.

Boostnall Traveling with Children forum
An online message board where family travelers can ask questions and share information.

Lonely Planet’s Kids to Go
Another useful online family-travel message board.

Practical Adventurology Escape the Rat-Race, Travel the World
Ongoing series of interviews and stories of everyday families who overcome obstacles to travel the world.

Lonely Planet Family Travel
Online resources for family travel.

Suitcases and Sippy Cups
Guide to long term family travel including preparation and tips from the road.

Adventure Parents
Resources for an adventurous life with kids.