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3.0 out of 5 stars
Lightweight but enjoyable guide for the uninitiated, 12 May 2008
Potts' Vagabonding isn't so much a travel guide as a lifestyle guide, an attempt to inspire people to share one man's philosophy on how to live as an independent, mobile anti-consumer. The author preaches a balance of tourism with adventure, seeking friendship with going it alone, planning ahead with being impulsive. Balanced in all ways except perhaps his constant insistence on down-sizing one's life.
Peppered with anecdotes, quotes and common-sense tips, the book has varied ways of communicating but feels like filler at times. Most people who already have an open-minded idea of travelling the world and some experience under their belt will probably find much of the book simply backs up what they already know. Personally I found some small inspiration from the personal stories and general feel of the book, but ultimately was left unfulfilled. Certainly it's a short guide that can be absorbed in one afternoon. It's the younger and newer readers, about to embark on their first flight into the unknown, who will gain the most from reading this book.