Books I'm Reading
This is a random post as I don’t normally write on Wednesdays, but I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and I thought that I might as well let you know which books I’ve come across. It certainly doesn’t hurt and perhaps one of them will catch your attention if you just so happen to be looking for a new book to delve into!

Here are three books, two of which are written by fellow bloggers, that I’ve read in the past month or so.

The Food Traveler’s Handbook

I’ve mentioned her before on my site, not only because she is a friend, but because she knows her stuff when it comes to travel and also when it comes to food. And it was only a matter of time before Jodi, who is also the writer behind the site, wrote a book that combined the two.

Here’s the official description: “The Food Traveler’s Handbook provides a compelling argument for why it is important to use food as a lens through which you see the world. Using this handbook as a guide, you will learn how to eat safely in developing countries, source cheap but delicious streetside meals and discover how to make food a tool for understanding a new place and connecting to its local culture.

Those few lines sure had me intrigued when I first read them and it should come as no surprise whatsoever that Jodi’s book didn’t disappoint at all.

Great reading material for anyone interested in travel and/or food, which is probably just about everyone!

The Food Traveler’s Handbook

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

The second book I want to mention is written by Matt Kepnes from It’s called How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and it focuses on providing tips and advice aimed at helping you save money, and make your money last longer, while out there traveling the world.

It’s a book designed for first-time travelers as it covers all the major aspects – food, accommodation, transportation, activities – and it discusses them in relation to the most popular travel destinations around the globe. So, for example, if you want to know the cheapest ways to travel around Europe, what you can expect to pay for accommodation in Central America, how to choose the right backpack, the ins and outs of travel insurance and how to save money on entrance fees and activities during your adventures, this book is a good reference that will answer those questions and more.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World

Finally, I have to mention this one, which I read towards the end of my recent trip to India. It’s an interesting account, written by Jay Bahadur, of the pirate issue that has been present in Somalia for quite a few years now. Jay traveled to the Puntland region, which is considered to be the ‘hub’ of Somali piracy, in order to learn exactly who these pirates really are, what their lives are like and how this surge in piracy started in the first place. It was another great read, one that left me far more knowledgeable about the current pirate situation, and its origins, than I had ever imagined possible.

The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World

Anyone have any other good book recommendations? I’m looking for another book myself!