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Vagabonding: a little common sense will get you far,
This review is from: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Paperback)
Having travelled quite a bit, I never really had travelled for longer than 3 months, nor had I travelled alone. I stumbled upon this book and considering the price, just bought it. In the end, I felt rather let down. I'll try to point out why, so others might make a more informed choice.
This book could easily have been called "Travelling for dummies". Half of the book is packed with general information that I consider common sense. Nothing new here, unless you've lived under a rock for the past 25 years and are only being allowed out of your village for the first time ever. Whilst Rolf writes well, there's very little practical information in here. The most useful part are the links at the end of each chapter, which will bring you to some sites for further research. The problem is of course with websites that they get outdated pretty fast.
What this book is, is more of a motivational guide to get you going. Littered with personal accounts and citations, it certainly brings you in the mood to get moving. But then again, if you want to travel, do you really need a book to convince you to get into action? Even if you need advice on the practical aspects of travel, this book won't bring you far...
All in all an ok read, but doesn't do what it says on the cover.