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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812992180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812992182
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A crucial reference for any budget wanderer. "Time"
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"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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Though there are many books out there to help you plan long-term and "gap-year" travel, Vagabonding stands out in its unique blend of philosophical inspiration and straightforward planning advice. If you've ever harbored a desire to take a few months or years off to travel, Potts' book will stoke your wanderlust and fill you with newfound confidence to hit the road.
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.
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I read this book before I set off travelling through Europe with my husband and 7 year old daughter, at the time I was concerned that I had not organised enough of our itinerary and we were walking into a disaster. What I find now, looking back, was that this book gave me the confidence to take the journey as it came rather than intensively plan it. That doing that gave us a lot of the highlights of our travels, although in all honesty we walked into a few problems because of it also. That said - had it just been adults travelling the problems would have been adventures but with a child we had less freedom to be flexible on some things. But it can be done and it doesnt have to cost the earth. This book inspires you to live with a different attitude to life, one that I have willingly integrated into, and that at times has nothing to do with travel. Potts is non-consumerist to the point of being almost anti-consumerist, and that attitude is like a relief in comparison with the market messages that we in the west inevitably live in the middle of. As others have said, this is not just a travel book it is a philosophy of travel book. If you want to travel freely without being tied down in your mind to the obligations of a 'gap year' or your 'OE' then this book encourages that freedom. You should read it!
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Anyone who has ever thought about travelling, this book will make you go! Anyone who has ever been travelling, this book will make you want to go again and anyone who is travelling whilst reading this, this book will make you that bit more adventurous when ordering food in a cafe where a squat toilet is another eating area! It's definitely a case of, if he can do it then so can I!
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!
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This book was truly fantastic. It was inspirational without preaching at you and gives invaluable advice. It shows the way on how to get the most out of your travels and gives numerous other books and online information if you seek further reading. There is advice and stories on all topics throughout the book from all kinds of people, not only the author. Another plus is it is not just geared towards Americans. This book is for everyone unlike other similiar books available. Unquestionably 5 stars!
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I found vagabonding a must-have for anyone who is a philosophical traveller ie someone who isn't a consumer of tourism as a product, but is in sync with the age-old philosophy of travel as a way of educating oneself. It tackles even your mentality about travelling by keeping an open mind, going with the flow and not worrying about the cost of travel or letting that limit what you want to see in this world. Also useful for those who need to learn how to travel light in life and find the confidence and motivation to do so. It includes some practicalities behind travelling like security issues, who to trust etc. which are useful for any kind of traveller and not just the philosophical one.
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This book is excellent. But it wasn't quite what I was expecting - it's more a long essay on the philosophy of travelling, and inspirational advice for anyone wanting to travel. But there isn't much practical advice about travelling - it's not that kind of book.
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).
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