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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel | [Rolf Potts]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

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.
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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.

©2002 Rolf Potts (P)2013 Tim Ferriss

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    Stephen 01-22-15
    Stephen 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen!"

    Has definitely affected the way I think about consuming products (Will this hold me down in the future? Could I put this money toward a great meal in Japan someday? If I lose this object traveling, can I easily afford to replace it, or will it be a huge loss?).

    Short enough that it's a relatively quick listen, and well worth it. Long enough to still provoke lots of thinking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 01-21-15
    Ryan 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book for anyone who travels regularly."

    If you enjoy traveling off the beaten path this is a must read. Perfect for those who care more about experiencing life rather than buying happiness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 03-13-14
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 03-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "review of a well seasoned traveler."

    I like to read books where I come out with something. I've been thinking about reading this book for a long time, since Tim Ferris was a fierce supporter. But I struggled to see what pointers I could take on this book.

    Many of the "conclusions" are opinionated, posing a right and wrong way of traveling. Myself, I travel rather similar to how the author of the book has done, but I find that most of his advice is common sense, the rest is just his opinion, which sometimes coincides with mine, and sometimes not.

    For someone that has never traveled outside of package tours, this book my pose a different way of traveling, something that many people can enjoy and learn from if they try. I was expecting to find something creative and different from what I saw, instead I just saw criticism of those that do package tours, drugs or alcohol.

    I'm not saying the way he travels is not interesting, I'm saying that if this is what you like, this is what you will do. If someone rather go to a club med, well, there can be something in that too, different tastes make up for different traveling ways.

    My self, I like to mix up a bit of everything.

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    selin 12-17-13
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    What did you love best about Vagabonding?

    The book challenged me to look at travelling from a new and wider perspective. It provoked me to reconsider the real necessities in my life.


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    Andrew Issaquah, WA, United States 11-12-13
    Andrew Issaquah, WA, United States 11-12-13
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    "Legendary"
    If you could sum up Vagabonding in three words, what would they be?

    revolutionary practical inspiring


    What other book might you compare Vagabonding to and why?

    It has convinced me to live abroad indefinitely.


    What about Rolf Potts’s performance did you like?

    By speaking clearly about his philosophy and using good examples.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Royer 01-28-15
    Royer 01-28-15
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    "Life chaning"

    I read it, it change me for the better. Trip to japan in the summer, and i know how to make the best of it.

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    Ethan 01-20-15
    Ethan 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Left me craving the open road!!!"

    Great general. practical tips for any traveller, from wanderlust newbie to experienced vegabond. It talked a lot about traveling with the right mindset. It was also well-narrated, and, as one of my first non-fiction travel audiobooks, i'd recommend it. I particularly enjoyed the times it quoted and referenced several other great travel books so I can listen to them as well. Looking forward listening to Walden next by Henry David Thorough. All in all for ten bucks, this was a good purchase.

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    Rudy ruberto 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book for the traveller"

    I now have a better idea of how to make travel a lifestyle choice and what to expect from it

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    Dion 01-09-15
    Dion 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    What other book might you compare Vagabonding to and why?

    Got the recommendation from the 4-hour work week. Great book for a mobile lifestyle.


    Any additional comments?

    He says Vagabonding is a new thing but whatever you want to call it people have been doing it for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Kilberg Denver, CO 01-04-15
    Steve Kilberg Denver, CO 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspirational, Informative, and Straight Forward.."

    For anyone who has never traveled overseas this is a must. Even if you have traveled overseas but have been pulled back into a 'rut in life' where you feel trapped this book will give you that wake up call you need..

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    "Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Vagabonding the most enjoyable?

    Worth a listen. One area I would have liked a lot more depth on is finances. A lot of the excerpts he puts in from vagabonders all over the world seem to be freelance writers - what about the rest of us? That said it is still inspiration to just set off and follow your feet.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coralie
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    "Fantastic, very informative."
    What made the experience of listening to Vagabonding the most enjoyable?

    It is narrated in a clear and uncomplicated way, which makes the content a lot easier to absorb and more enjoyable to listen to. The content it's self is very well put together, I was already packing by the time I finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone unsure about vagabonding should listen to this. Any doubts you make have and any questions are addressed in a style that both makes you excited and more informed.

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