• Vagabonding

  • An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
  • By: Rolf Potts
  • Narrated by: Rolf Potts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-13-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tim Ferriss
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,427 ratings)

Regular price: $14.95

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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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I wanted to love this book...

But in the end I'm not really sure who it's for. For an experienced traveler this book is very much a sermon to the choir. Ideas like "eat the local cuisine instead of pizza" and "don't just hang out where all the tourists are" seem so obvious as to almost feel condescending (though I know that wasn't the authors intent). I suspect that "the beaten path" has never really appealed to anyone who would be interested in this book so again much of the advice seems like common sense (at least for the books audience) Also travel style is a very personal thing and the author can come across like there's one right way to do it. That said I love the idea of this book and there are definitely some interesting sections, I guess I was just hoping for more.

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Loved it! - Great resource

Very interesting book with applicable details related to traveling from prepping before to getting back home.

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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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Not impressed..

I expected to learn a lot about how to travel asks live fairly comfortably on a REALLY tight budget (Vagabond) and it turned out to be more of an empowering lecture that encouraged you to realize that Y.O.L.O. and that you should drop your life and take off, essentially... Ugh..

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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.

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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

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  • Matteo
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • 03-13-14

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.

31 of 41 people found this review helpful

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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.

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good philosophy

A good read even if you dont want to backpack across Asia give it a try. Travel and exploration can be achieved closer to home too. Open your eyes and heart and enjoy all the moments of your life.

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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.

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  • Purpleoak
  • 08-10-14

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Reeder
  • 02-03-17

Excellent book for bed time

if you find it difficult to unwind at bddti!me and dobt fall aslleep well. This book is the cure, it is an easy to listren tto story.😇
The narrators voice is good keeps you interested, at the same fjme you can pyt but book down and easily pick it up and continue folloowing storvy from previous night..
i use the read chapter per night and easily feel relaxed to fall asleep yet picj story up from previous night.
As a blind person thee narrator has got. his speed pitch and tone right unnlime many wh o get it wrong thinking using multi attempts to try to portray different chaacters in story and

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  • Anthony Sephton
  • 12-20-16

A great listen.

The narration was great with bought an easy listing vibe to the book. Full of light hearted theory which really gets you thinking about what travel is really about.

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  • Aneta Milanowska
  • 05-29-16

More about why&how we travel than how to payforit

I didn't learn anything new about financing travel or cutting costs during travel, but part about why we travel and how to approach it was realy good!

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  • Joe Fox
  • 05-13-16

Excellent insight into backpacking

Excellent book written in a friendly understandable manner with great insight into travelling.

A must for anyone considering going backpacking for any length of time.

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  • Jamie Currie
  • 08-23-16

Mostly mundane, common sense.

Any additional comments?

Very dull overall. I expected a lot more from a book that was so highly touted by Tim Ferriss. Nothing to take away I'm afraid, and presented in a tone and style that made listening a struggle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-15-18

expected more after a glowing review

A nice read but not life changing. I enjoyed all the quotes which added a lot of richness to the story telling.

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  • Jessica Jarneberg Karlsson
  • 10-05-18

Useful tips!

Makes me want to go now! Useful tips for all travel. I will listen again.

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  • Sherlotte
  • 08-17-18

Trite feel-good soundbites from a position of privilege

This book really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know— when travelling, do as the locals do; don’t plan so much that good opportunities pass you by, etc. Perhaps this book is showing its age somewhat, but the author’s unmistakeable privilege shines through. His urges to travel, regardless of your means, are wilfully naïve, suggesting that travel is within anyone’s reach, if only they have the right attitude. His advice for solo women travellers is frankly insulting.

This said, it has its moments — some of the prose is inspiring, and perhaps that is this book’s purpose. But make no mistake: this text is one-sided to the point of evangelism, and ironically closed-minded. Give it a miss— check out a few travel websites instead.

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  • Mrs M E Henshaw
  • 07-18-18

Informative and Inspirational

What a great read.

I was looking for inspiration but also practical insights and information. Vagabonding definitely gave me both backed, up by real life recounts of travel experiences from real travellers.

As a 50+ woman about to venture off alone, travelling and working, Vagabonding took away a lot of the fears I was harbouring. Now I can head off with confidence, we’ll informed.

Thank you.

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  • Martin Castilla
  • 10-20-17

Not as Earth-shattering as advertised.

Given the audio version publisher’s promotion of this audio book I expected to have to stop the car from time to time to ‘take it all in, flabbergasted’... but no, I found it a reasonable book with simple wisdom, many tips, and even more quotes of other authors, which I enjoyed but my world still is intact. Recommend it? Yes, but don’t rave about it.

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  • Mehdi
  • 08-29-17

A book for the American idiot

This book is common sense and portrays the opinions of a person which he pushed as though they're facts. As for the travel tips, they're pretty much common sense as well. I can't understand why tim ferries made such a big deal about this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-17

Not sure what the hype is about.

This book delivers advice and motivation for long term travelling that could be mistaken for common sense.

In my opinion this was simply a collection of essential tips for backpacking.

I'll sum up the book in a sentence:

If you want to travel for a long time you will need to have a prior financial windfall, lower your standard of living and be selfish enough to leave everything behind without hesitation.

$20,000 will see you off for a long time if you learn to couch surf, dumpster dive and travel overland. Go for it, but don't take this book.

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  • Carlin
  • 03-23-17

Excellent and very helpful

Very thorough and well written, yet also full of practical personal anecdotes. I was impressed at how well read this guy was about the history of travel, culture and society. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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  • Matt Masters
  • 01-08-17

Hard copy to be Bought

I will be buying a hard copy of this book having listened to it. Rolf is engaging and relaxed in his narration. His passion is evident and in his voice you hear his belef in letting go.

His advice is easy and practical. He does not speak of anything that is not attainable by any person.

This is a book that will fill with notes and scribbles as U an about to begin my own journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-18

a pre-travel must read!

I relisten to this before every big trip. it always helps to set me off with the right mindset to have the best time and connections possible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-18

Great book for would be travellers

Love it. I listen to it over and over again. Plenty of travellers wisdom to make you want to go see the world

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  • Amy Mckinnon
  • 09-02-18

Do you love travelling? This book is for you!

Anyone who loves travelling will love reading this book! Male or female of any age.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-18

Excellent,

This was a great listen. Narrator was very easy to listen to.Thanks for the recommendation Nate Buchanan!!!

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  • Mike Back
  • 02-22-18

A manifesto and starting point

for anyone who's travelled or dreamt of travelling. perfectly articulates the joy of the 'wander'. instantly made me want to sell everything and get back out in the real world.