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Moving abroad can be terrifying, exciting, and nerve-wracking all rolled into one feeling. But in that same feeling it’s also life changing. Here at Currencies Direct we know that when making such a big decision to even think about moving abroad you need to feel inspired and confident in your decision.
So, we’ve compiled a list of books you should read before you move abroad. From handy guides to fiction to ignite the soul, start planning your move now.
The Travel Book – Lonely Planet
The Travel Book is the comprehensive guide to every country in the world. As a coffee table book, not only does it look great and fill you with wanderlust, but the guide is also informative and educates you on every place you could imagine.
So, if you’re still in the early stages of planning a move abroad, The Travel Book can provide inspiration for the next step. Lonely Planet also have larger travel guides for different countries and cities so if you have made that decision, visit the Lonely Planet website to brush up on your knowledge from Belgium to Brazil.
Where to buy: The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World - Lonely Planet
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
The memoir released three years after Hemingway’s death details his time as a struggling expat journalist living in Paris. The book features numerous locations in and around Paris that you can still visit today, from working at Shakespeare and Co to sipping drinks at Café de Flore.
A Moveable Feast details the highs and lows of living in a new country, however hard it may seem and however much you want to give up, Hemingway makes the experience worthwhile by writing about his friendships and the kindness of strangers.
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
Where to buy: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
The love story of the 21st century set in the 1980’s, Call Me By Your Name not only captivated its audience from the raw depiction of a summer romance in its entirety but also the description and details of ‘Somewhere in Northern Italy’.
Inspiring a whole generation to daydream about their own summer romances in a hot country with wine for breakfast and spending days cycling around the countryside, Call Me By Your Name’s appeal is that it feels so familiar. Though if after reading you don’t want to jump on the next flight to the Italian Riviera, check out Aciman’s Out of Egypt, an autobiographical recount of his family and childhood.
Where to buy: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
Neither Here Nor There – Bill Bryson
Travel writer god Bill Bryson is a necessity when moving abroad. Neither Here Nor There is a hilarious insight into his travels from Europe to Asia with various anecdotes about Germany, Lichtenstein and Istanbul. Culture shock after culture shock is told in a way that makes it feel as though Bryson is sitting across from you with a drink in hand.
Bryson’s other travel books are also worth reading, The Lost Continent was acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years and Notes From A Small Island was voted as the best representation of Britain.
Where to buy: Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
Moving Out, Working Abroad and Keeping Your Sanity – Levi Borba
Levi Borba capitalises on his own expat failures in this book, ‘a study from the Cornell University estimates that up to 69.8% of the expatriates will fail in their international assignment’ he writes, ‘I was one of them.’
Moving Out, Working Abroad and Keeping Your Sanity is truly a complete guide for moving abroad with tips, strategies and different tools to help your move go as smoothly as possible. Levi’s writing is research without actually doing research.
Where to buy: Moving Out, Working Abroad and Keeping Your Sanity by Levi Borba
There are obviously many more books out there to inspire and guide your move abroad, but we’ve picked out these especially to offer a balance of humour, charm, and practical to set you on your way to moving abroad.
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