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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.

    2 of 2 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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    "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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    Christoph 03-24-15
    Christoph 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Travel 101"

    Great book!
    Great content, great speaker (the author) and a joy from the first till the last page!

    It's the (unknown) ultimate travel guide. Wish I had found it already earlier!

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    John McCune 03-24-15
    John McCune 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Start Vagabonding!"

    Now all I can think about is the trip I'm planning and this book planted the seeds. Great tools and real world advice.

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    Alesa 03-13-15
    Alesa 03-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring not all that interesting"

    Really not the best guide or book times have changed my friends. People need to realize this book only covers minimal topics and ideas.

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    Patrick Kennedy 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great travel and life advice"

    I will listen to this over and over again. For travel advice and for the quotes and to remind me what travel and life is about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Persaud 02-23-15
    J. Persaud 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Basic beginners guide to travel"

    This is probably a good guide for someone who has never done much international travel. If you have ever stayed in a hostel or left the U.S, most of this will seem just like common sense. Things like don't read maps on city streets,don't carry your money in your pocket, staying in hostels are cheaper than chain hotels and going to tourist areas are more expensive.
    I found most of this information very obvious and not of much use to me but YMMV.
    Also, this is a Tim Ferris production so expect him to be plastered all over it. He is the Donald trump of vagabonding so he can't help but sprinkle his name and voice all over this like a shiny office tower in NYC.
    One technical thing I noticed is that the audio chapters don't correspond to the actual book chapters. Not a big deal but fyi.

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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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