Friedel & Andrew toured the world by bike and wrote a very helpful guide explaining how you can do it too!
Friedel & Andrew’s Bike Touring Survival Guide is an excellent introduction, chock full of encouragement and helpful information for loaded bike touring inexpensively in North America and around the world. Women will especially appreciate very practical information on some of the hygiene and cultural challenges you might face while on the road. Gadget freaks can appreciate advice on the care and feeding of technology while cycling way off the beaten path. Your obsessive compulsive left brain can make use of checklists and HOWTOs, while your right brain gets drawn into the engaging, conversational writing.
If you’re even thinking of loaded bike touring, I recommend Friedel and Andrews’ Bike Touring Survival Guide. The €5 you pay via PayPal for a PDF eBook is well worth the price.