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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 2015
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 01-21-15
    Ryan 01-21-15
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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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    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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    D. Ellington 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Travel Book Ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Vagabonding the most enjoyable?

    It's upbeat. It's inspirational. And each and every page is overflowing with valuable, practical, easy-to-follow steps about how to successfully travel long-term.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like all the documentaries of the real people sharing their real travel stories. I particularly liked the middle-aged mom character who traveled the world with her children.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The middle-aged mom talking about how her and her family had traveled to some country (I think Italy?) where they prepared and shared and decadent meal with the local people there. That sounds like a truly relaxing and satisfying vacation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I finished it in two days. But if I didn't have to go to work the next day, I would have finished it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I especially loved all the quotes at the end of each chapter from famous poets and authors. It gave me a good travel perspective to view the book.

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    Anthony Tate. 05-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting read for travellers"

    A lot of common sense advice and useful tips. This will put you in the safe traveling mindset for long distance and long duration travel.

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    Tristan 05-20-15
    Tristan 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but incomplete"

    A lot of the good content is missing due to the concert referrals to the website and it's reference section. Otherwise it's a great book

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    flippinthescript 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiration for the Free Bird"

    If you know there is more to life than what's in front of your nose, then this book might be the inspiration you need to go find it.

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    BattleshipCobra 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it. I don't travel much but..."

    I can appreciate this books as having some of the roots and a complimentary message to 4 Hour WW. I enjoyed the book and learned much about life as I did about travelling. Thank you!

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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.


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    loved it, very useful resource when travelling around the world to help maximising your experiences

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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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