Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
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A crucial reference for any budget wanderer. "Time"
"Vagabonding" easily remains in my top-10 list of life-changing books. Why? Because one incredible trip, especially a long-term trip, can change your life forever. And "Vagabonding" teaches you how to travel (and think), not just for one trip, but for the rest of your life. Tim Ferriss, from the foreword
The book is a meditation on the joys of hitting the road. . . . It s also a primer for those with a case of pent-up wanderlust seeking to live the dream. "USA Today"
I couldn t put this book down. It s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime. Rick Steves
Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written. Tim Cahill, founding editor of "Outside""
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Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life--from six weeks to four months to two years--to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:
- financing your travel time
- determining your destination
- adjusting to life on the road
- working and volunteering overseas
- handling travel adversity
- re-assimilating back into ordinary life
Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit. Visit the vagabonding community's hub at www.vagabonding.net.
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The philosophical core of Vagabonding revolves around the idea that time -- not money -- is the truest form of wealth. How you spend your time is more important to true living than accumulating "things" -- and travel is a deep resource for acquiring rich life experience. A flexible and open-minded attitude, Potts insists, is the best travel tool you can acquire -- and this attitude starts before you ever leave on your journey. In other words, be prepared to take your travels slow. Don't over-plan your travels in advance. Learn as you go and be open to new experiences. Don't obsess about how others travel; just find your own way.
Beyond inspirational matters, however, Vagabonding is a great resource for the practical issues of travel planning -- offering a nice mix of print and online resources without being laborious or redundant. The book is not encyclopedic or exhaustive in this regard, but in the age of the Internet and Lonely Planet-style guidebooks, it doesn't need to be. Potts' resources point you in the right direction, advising and informing your online and guidebook research without presuming to do it for you -- a nice, intuitive information-age touch that (unlike other travel-planning guides) keeps the book from bogging down in superfluous and outdated information.
On a final note, I'll confess I probably wouldn't have written this review had it not been for the misleading two-star review below.Read more ›
Of course if your not a travelling type then the book will mean as much to you as a tin of baked beans to a kipper, but for those who yearn for life as one of the wandering nomads of this world, this book will seem like the travel bible in as much as it suggests a life less ordinary!
This book is about working to live and not living to work!
Like one of the other reviewers said, I'm not sure that someone who hasn't travelled or isn't interested in travelling would really understand this book, and I hate to sound elitist. It's just that most people seem to see life in terms of settling down and working on their career, and being good consumers, whereas this book is a counter-point to just accepting that fate and encourages the reader to live more objectively and to appreciate the freedom that we're all born with.. I think that many people would simply dismiss such an idea out of hand, which is a real shame, because I'm sorely tempted to lend my copy of Vagabonding to my friends and family (to improve their lives and to help them better understand mine), but I don't think that they'd really understand.
Anyway, it's a great book, truly inspirational and I'd recommend anyone to read it (especially not just travellers, because non-travelers stand to learn the most from it).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a bit out of date now (websites etc) but the message is a good one. A lot of the chapters just say what the others have said hence 3 stars.Published 1 month ago by ian short
Perfect book to read if your thinking about going on your first trip. It explores the philosophy and practicalities of travel. Has definitely inspired me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by will
Short and incise... A excelent book that will get you to leave with your backpack and explore the world on your own!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, I thoroughly recommend this to anyone interested in long term travelling!Published 7 months ago by Philip Demetriou
What a fantastically heart-warming book; a real pleasure to read and with plenty of honest and very helpful information. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kris Dudley