- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (24 December 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812992180
- ISBN-13: 978-0812992182
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Paperback – 24 Dec 2002
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Veteran vagabond Potts regales readers with his mantra: anyone with an adventurous spirit can achieve the feat of taking extended time off from work to experience the world. In 11 short chapters that follow the same structure, Potts tells how to negotiate time off from work, prepare for travel, and get the most out of your time on the road. Each chapter contains a profile of a famous proponent of vagabonding (e.g., Thoreau, Annie Dillard), quotes from everyday people with extensive travel experience, and a tip sheet of print and online sources for practical travel advice on topics such as airline tickets and accommodations as well as safety concerns. Alternately warning readers about using drugs in foreign countries and entertaining them with anecdotes from exotic ports of call, Potts gives a thorough recounting of his outlook on traveling. This book seems squarely aimed at twenty- and thirtysomethings; anyone with decidedly nonvagabond accoutrements (e.g., children or career ambition) might be more skeptical of Potts' philosophy. For those with a bad case of wanderlust. Joanne Wilkinson
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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 a book about travel. It offers suggestions based on personal experiences and resources available at hand for a reader/traveller to prepare themselves mentally and physically. He talks about the choice and settling on the decision of long-term travel independently and leaving behind the traditional lifestyle which mostly consist of 9 to 5. His words and wisdom will change someone's perception if any, about travelling and working together is reserved for wealthy students or dropouts. He emphasis enough on money which he considers is the number one factor that might hold anyone to extend their dreams but does point out that money has nothing to do with travelling. You earn, you save, you travel. These tips on working while travelling overseas, minimizing your living expenses and though most of the resources might be outdated since the publication of the book and a drastic change in last 15 years but the context of that is very helpful.
Potts has a different way to motivate his reader. He is very calm and practical about the context he covers up in his words about the long-term travel. He insists his reader to keep an open mind and practice the ability to adapt to new situations. He then discusses how Vagabonding is an uncommon outlook and attitude about life. I think, from current perspective, more jobs are getting remote and there are different ways to earn money from your laptop in you niche than the original publication of the book. There is no single country that is a land of opportunities. In fact, with internet, the world is now a big mass of opportunities.
Another point I like about this book is its suggestion on how to travel. There are main three takeaways from this:
Travel simply, with bare necessities to live. Leave behind the stuff that bounds you to various chains and holds you back. Simplicity is underrated, a neglected commodity but at the sametime is priceless.
Travel slowly, and engage with your surroundings. Watch and listen, a traveller is an active body which is different from being a tourist.
Travel without an a strict agenda and you will do what feels right. There should not be any rush to check off a list just for the sake of getting things done. Your attention is more worth than that.
For me this book has been a real charmer and one of the best I have read on the context of travelling/nomad. I recommend this book you if you are preparing for being a vagabond yourself or have an urge to travel for a long period of time and need help in finding time and freedom to do it. I think, this one will also prove a great companion if you are already on the road.
5 out of 5! Recommended!
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