Vagabonding by Rolf Potts


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 vo...

Details Vagabonding

Release DateDec 24th, 2002
PublisherVillard Books
GenreTravel, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Adventure, Self Help

Reviews Vagabonding

  • Matthew Trinetti
    I finished reading Vagabonding for the second time. The first time I read it was about four years ago, when I first started to experience serious wanderlust. It was inspiring and echoed the way I felt about traveling, but it wasnt applicable yet. One Day, I mused, I will go on a long-term trip. One day, I will go vagabonding. It put the bug in my ear that long-term travel is possible.But finishing it now, in the midst of an extended journey, is i...
  • Chris
    I hit the road for 8 months--7 countries, 4 continents--because of this book. College behind me, an ex-fiance, and a wad of cash in the bank (invested since I was a child)--that was when I discovered this book. I boarded the plane 5 months later.I carried it with me the whole trip (it's very light). When I was feeling homesick or just sick, down, or in a rut I'd read a bit of this book and it would fire me up and give me ideas of what to do next....
  • Derek
    Rolf Potts Vagabonding was recommended to me by a friend who apparently thinks I:a) Need to get out of the house (and the city/state/country)b) Enjoy books that heavily rely on quoting Walt Whitmans Song of the Open RoadIts not a bad book, certainly not the type I would pick up on my own, but theres nothing really life-changing here either. Potts is conversational (almost to a fault), and he makes some fine points about living with less and accep...
  • Chrissy
    Rolf Potts gives a ton of good resources for how to travel long-term. This is not for the person who wants to take a week vacation in Cabo, but for someone who wants to hang out in a country or two or however many for a long time -- several weeks to several years. It's inspiring and helpful to know that I'm not the only one who wants to travel this way!
  • rahul
    XXXIIIHow happy is the little stone That rambles in the road alone, And does nt care about careers, And exigencies never fears; Whose coat of elemental brown A passing universe put on; And independent as the sun, Associates or glows alone, Fulfilling absolute decree In casual simplicity. -Emily Dickinson (183086). XXXIIIHow happy is the little stone That rambles in the road alone, And does n’t care about careers, And exigencies never fears; ...
  • Priya
    I found this book Strictly OK and I fail to understand the hype this book has generated so much so that it comes under "Top 10 books travel books".Given that the author is well-travelled, there could have been a lot of meaningful things to be shared with the readers from his personal experiences. Unfortunately, all that the book contains is a whole bunch of website links and references to read. And an equal number of quotes from all kinds of trav...
  • Kate
    As someone who lives a nomadic life, I found enriching what he has to say about long-term travel and living an alternative lifestyle. He give some excellent, concrete ideas to those who want to travel but claim they can't afford to. He also helps us see how living a traveling life can be greatly rewarding. And also how "vagabonding" is really about being open to life.Some of my favorite quotes:"Vagabonding is about not merely reallotting a portio...
  • Ru Viljoen
    "...deliberately not carrying a camera and sedulously avoiding the standard sights, the anti-tourist doesn't have much integrity or agenda beyond his self conscious decision to stand apart from other tourists."That comes half way into a book that at first states that vagabonding is all about your personal lifestyle choices and not about contrasting with or criticizing other people's choices. I have read of at least 5 labels for travelers which RP...
  • Heather
    This is a short read that I intend to read over and over. Basically, it explains that you don't have to be in college or retired to experience long-distance travel. Hiking the Appalachian Trail or spending a year in Thailand is completely do-able for even 30 or 40-somethings. It's a reminder for me not to get caught up in the rat race and the sequence of school, job, marriage, kids, more job, 1 week vacations at a time, retirement, and then death...
  • Mlle V
    It certainly lives up to it's title as an "uncommon guide". The book is much more about the idea and the motivations behind our desire to travel and what keeps people on the road. It's a great source of inspiration, especially for anyone who hasn't done much research into lifestyle traveling. The author provides many outside resources for the more travel-specific information, though by now, these resources would need to be updated.
  • Feliks
    Simplistic reading. Contains a lot of material I've seen reiterated before in other guidebooks; holds a lot of stuff which is well-covered elsewhere; yields a lot of info which should already be common-sense to the experienced (or even mildly-experienced), I confess I'm merely going to skim this thing.Listen--in my experience--if you have an opportunity to travel; just do it and don't worry all that much about pre-planning or logist...
  • Clackamas
    ***I keep trying to find a better book for the type of travel I plan, and haven't yet, so I re-read this one... I can't quite upgrade it though, even though part of me wants to. Originally read 1/2008***This is a pretty simple book, designed for those who have never traveled but always wanted to. By "travel" I'm referring to long-term, low-budget travel. This is definitely not intended for the independently wealthy or those who don't know how to ...
  • Paul
    Pure sophistry. Included in this work are maybe two or three genuinely handy bits of advice, mainly found in links to external readings and resources. The rest of these 203 pages are filled with bland bits of armchair philosophy and anecdotes from dozens of other people who are not collecting checks for writing this book.Perhaps it would not have been so very disappointing to me if I hadn't shelled out the ridiculously overpriced $10 expecting to...
  • Julie
    So I didn't exactly expect this one to actually be a GUIDE. I thought it was going to be a novel of some sort.Having already done my fair share of journeys across the US of A and a few other places, I didn't really take much from this book. Most of my time reading this book was like this: "Yes, I already know that *turns page* Yes, I already know that, duh *turns page* Oh, nice inspirational quote *turns page* Already know that" and so on. I'm no...
  • Thomas Frank
    Great inspirational work on travelling long-term. The book is filled with links to lots of online resources that are probably out-of-date at this point, so it might not be a great idea to consider this book the Holy Grail of long term travel.However, it will inspire you to get started in the first place.
  • Sarah K
    This book was phennomal, it is one of the best books Ive read in a while! It inspired me to travel the world more and not be so worried about life and money. It made me realize that if one of your passions is traveling, than just start taveling. All you need is a backpack to travel! It gave some really great tips on travleing! One of my hobbies is traveling so I really enjoyed this book! This book was really well written and included some great i...
  • Melissa Luna
    If you have already gone on open-ended adventures into the world, the first two-thirds (or more) of this book are a bore. Not until I got to the end did I start to enjoy and appreciate it. If you haven't had the opportunity to travel freely then this is a well-grounded book full of lots of great advice. Highlights (for anyone) include; good quotes, interesting excerpts from other travel writers, and tons and tons of resources, links, and other ch...
  • Lesley
    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.
  • Scott Dinsmore
    Why I Read this Book: Travel and exploration is an essential part of the development of a successful and fulfilled life. Rolf provides an awesome and inspirational guide.Review:All I can think of is travel right now. Not just travel, but moreso exploring, adventure and discovery. Where will my next adventure be? I have that excited feeling right now that only the best possibilities bring us. You know, that one we used to all feel the night before...
  • Andy
    part philosophical view on how a journey, exploration or life should be prepared for, live, enjoyed and reflected upon, part how-to guide for would-be vagabondersperfect blend of idealism and practicality and none of the rarified mysticism I feared and had associated with the idea of 'dropping out to travel the world and find yourself'touches on stoicism ,asceticism, mindfulness, cultural awareness, readiness, willingness to to take chances...eac...
  • Joseph
    Although I do admire Rolf Potts, I think that the advice written in this book is less practical information and more spiritual inspiration. Most of what he writes are things to motivate the reader, to show that a vagabonding lifestyle is desirable and possible.Unfortunately, Rolf Potts gives very little specific, actionable advice. Some of the things that he writes are very true, but they are also incredibly general, such as 'be gracious', 'simpl...
  • Alex Pyatetsky
    I'm surprised by the rather scathing remarks here. They all seem to have in common the expectation this this will either be 1) a checklist or 2) a reinforcement of their personal travel identity (or lack thereof).So, perhaps, you should pick up this book with the expectation of learning a mindset and exploring the paradigm of someone with extensive experience in a subject, not "Travel for Dummies."As someone with no longterm residence, I found Ro...
  • Ari
    This talks about the mindset and philosophy of someone who feels more comfortable on the road than anywhere else. He has explored many places and many options and lists a good number of resources to use as you travel. It helped put me in the right mindset as I set off for my trip, but didn't teach me much I wasn't already aware of. He writes in a straightforward manner, much like you would see in any travel blog.I was most appreciative of his sel...
  • Arimo
    A good book. It gave me lots of concrete ideas for my traveling even though many parts of the text can feel familiar for a traveler with some experience who has already read some other travel guides and searched information online.I'd recommend this book for anyone who's planning long trips abroad, but I only gave it three stars. First of all, the book is very short and if you'd skip all the (somewhat dated) website links and ignore the numerous...
  • Christopher Cordry
    Everything in this book is old news to anyone who has already undertaken "long-term world travel." However, its basic premise is sound, and it would serve as a good wake-up call for those who have previously limited their travel experiences to the safety, comfort, and ease of--for lack of a better word, tourism, or rather the petty-bourgeois approach to travel. If I sound like a travel snob, it's because I am. Sorry, no apologies.Potts's core mes...
  • Ren
    I can sum up my review with the following quote: "Interestingly one of the initial impediments to open mindedness is not ignorance but ideology. This is especially true in America where a particularly in progressive circles we have politicized open mindedness to the point that it isn't so open minded anymore. Indeed regardless of whether your sympathies lean to the left or the right, you're not going to learn anything new if continue to use polit...
  • Alexander Fitzgerald
    The reason this book has received a number of bad reviews is because people fail to understand this is a philosophy book on travel. To be fair, it's not like the cover really makes that clear.The other reason this book has received several bad reviews is because many people sincerely want to travel, but they have it fixed in their mind that they are unable to do so. They read books such as this one looking for a magical bullet, and they become fr...
  • Anastasia
    I read bits of this book before my recent six-month adventure in India, then during that trip, and just now finished it a few months after coming home. Primarily, this book was a revelation that other people out there view travel as intrinsically valuable to one's life education and spiritual growth, as I do. After having my wanderlust written off as a form of indulgent escapism by some or just simply a bewildering need by others, copying down qu...
  • Byron
    Not for everyone and certainly about so much more than just travelling.This book is for those who want to depart not on just a two or three week holiday but for those who aren't afraid of exploring, discovering and understanding the people, places and unexpected experiences of the world and it's cultures - to see them for what they are outside of the tourist beaten path. And once they're ready, to return home to see, discover and experience their...