An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel

Book - 2003
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With a new foreword by Tim Ferriss * " 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

There's nothing like vagabonding: 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. In this one-of-a-kind handbook, veteran travel writer Rolf Potts explains how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Now completely revised and updated, Vagabonding is an accessible and inspiring guide to

* 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

Praise for Vagabonding

"A crucial reference for any budget wanderer." -- Time

"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. . . . [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
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780812992182
Branch Call Number: 910 Potts 2003
Characteristics: xviii, 202 p. ;,21 cm


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Jan 20, 2020

A quick read, and nothing new to learn about traveling abroad. Be polite, treat people with respect, and you'll have a good time. I felt it was just another book someone wrote about their travels abroad. There are some good references, if you are wanting to research. I did like the message of seeking the unpopular places; put another way, don't just visit the popular tourist spots - get lost and meet people.

Jan 09, 2018

“Vagabonding” is a powerful read that makes me want to run out and do just that... vagabond. The book is full of resources for further learning, reading, guiding, and planning. I can’t say I agree with all points but it’s truly just a few, stemming from my own personal preference, beliefs, and travel style. All in all, a very worthwhile read and one I will revisit in years to come.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

Have an itch to quit your job pack a bag and wander the planet for a few years? This handy guide will make that itch that much worse. I miss traveling.

Dec 04, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a delightful read full of interesting quotes from other travelers and useful information for the traveler.

Feb 08, 2012

I'm partway through this book, but I doubt I will finish. I feel like I am still waiting for the book to start, for the author to provide some substance (or at least some illustrative stories from his own travels). Most of the book seems to be quotes and lists of resources. I'm very disappointed as I am extremely interested in the subject matter.

Jul 19, 2010

Inspiring but not informative, a good starting point for further research, what kinds of questions to ask when setting off

Apr 30, 2010

This book is beyond inspiring if you take the time to read it with an open mind. It may not be what everyone is looking for but it discusses the true nature of how you make it around the world for a long time while enjoying a simple, adventurous, and spectacular time.


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