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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    oreneus 07-05-15
    oreneus 07-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "my advice: pass on to the next book"

    this was the most obsolete audio I've ever listened to. hearing Tim Ferris literally drooling over this book in his recommendation by calling it a game changer and a 'must read' made me want to know what it was all about, obviously I was disappointed. spare yourselves the money and go travel

    1 of 1 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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    selin 12-17-13
    selin 12-17-13
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    "Self reflection on long term travelling"
    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Joseph Goodman 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly excellent"

    As a guide book, Vagabonding deserves so much praise, for so many reasons. In truth, this book is as much about life, humanity, and personal responsibility as it is about travel.

    But, the thing I like most might be the incorruptible clarity that Potts uses to explain the motivations and process of travel and the ultimate results of doing so.
    There is no confusion in his message, and he is careful to explain himself in order not to be misunderstood by the reader.
    In this way, Potts becomes a mentor, not just an author, to each of his readers. He is teaching as much as he is sharing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debora 08-23-15
    Debora 08-23-15
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    "Would read 100 times"

    Great book for those who wanna change your life. Intelligent, funny, sharp and realistic. Tottaly recomend!

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    Casey 08-10-15
    Casey 08-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh"

    I was quite excited for this book based on the recommendation of Tim Ferris. However, short of some entertaining anecdotes, I did not find that it offered much of value.

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    Michael 07-27-15
    Michael 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bags are packed"

    Not that I am actually Vagabonding I listed to the book whilst going through a break up of an 8 year relationship. The principals of "downsizing" and living freely without "stuff" was just perfect. I now have just two plastic boxes and three medium suitcases. Yes, I could better yet I feel free. The other hit for me was to explore my own neighbourhood. Epic stuff, like a young kid finding cool stuff in your own backyard. A simply brilliant book.
    Next chapter for me is to do this for myself and venture just a few (maybe thousand) kilometres more. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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    4/16/15
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    loved it, very useful resource when travelling around the world to help maximising your experiences

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  • Coralie
    12/5/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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