Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vanabode - Travel and Live Forever on $20 a Day Review

Revolutionary new travel book shows everyone regardless of current financial condition how to camp, travel and live forever anywhere in the United States on $20 a day. Author Jason Odom and his wife Kelly have traveled over 700,000 miles in 15 years enjoying the sumptuous beauty of pristine national parks and the exciting nightlife of big cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Vanabode shows you how to earn a living working in some of the most exciting places in the United States like national parks and state recreational areas, how to sleep safely and comfortably in your own bed every night; how to eat better than you ever have, how to cook for free without electricity, fire or fuel; how to get rid of all our current debt and regain your freedom; and most importantly - how you can do it forever if you want. Do you want to travel for 3 months? How about 3 years? Vanabode shows you how down to the tiniest detail and you do NOT need to make any expensive purchases to make it happen.

The Vanabode sales page states "I will show you how to safely travel ANYWHERE in the United States, sleep in your own luxurious clean bed every night, have a hot bath every day, eat fresh delicious meals, and experience incredible adventures for $20 a day. You will never feel neglected, bored or uncomfortable. I promise to show you how to sleep better than you ever have, how to get the time you want and need to relax or pursue your favorite hobby, how to eat healthier, and how to travel to new exciting destinations of your choosing forever.

For those that don't have any savings or retirement income I include a list of more than 30 legitimate easy ways to earn money while traveling all over the country. You need this book if any of the following apply to you: if you are so bored with your lifestyle that you don't feel like you're living at all, if you have household expenses so great that you never get ahead or get to do anything fun, if you would like to happily camp, travel or live anywhere on $20 a day, if you are retired and want to keep a house but still travel cheaply, if you would like to downsize from a large RV to save money and time while adding destinations, if you have children you would like to travel and camp easily and cheaply with, if you would like to take time off work to write a book, recover from a tragedy, or change your life, if you are a foreign tourist coming to the U.S. for a long holiday, if are you a survivalist who wants to live off the grid, if you want to disappear and leave your past behind, becoming invisible escaping creditors or stalkers, if you are heading for divorce, blaming your marriage instead of your life, for the boredom killing you, if you want to run your own mobile business?

NEW THIRD EDITION! Contains 60% more pictures and 22% more content.

My Review:
4 stars

This was both an unusual and fun book to read. I was drawn in by the title, and so I was eager to see what the book was about and how helpful it would actually be. Just because someone writes a “guide” or “how-to” book, doesn’t mean it’s actually helpful or well-written. This book was not your typical “how-to” though. While it did have a lot of practical advice and know-how, it was a mind-opening type of book. Even if you couldn’t (or didn’t want) to do any of the suggestions in the book, you would still get something out of it. It definitely got me thinking outside of the box on possibilities I hadn’t thought of. My roommate and I both want to travel during the summer, but we don’t have a lot of money to spend, so we thought we wouldn’t be able to. Reading this book has expanded my thinking, and has reignited our plans to travel and explore this summer.

I know that some people won’t like this book, considering it too “hippie sounding” or unrealistic. But honestly, I actually enjoyed the writing style. The author is very laid back and enthusiastic, and it shows in his writing, which I enjoyed. While there are some grammatical errors and repetition in the book, it was still a fun read. All in all, while I may or may not use all the ideas in this book, I have started rethinking my assumption that vacations and travel are a luxury and expensive. You can have a great time at a great price, and this book definitely shows that. I would definitely recommend reading it, it’s worth the price.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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