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

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 24, 2002 - Travel - 224 pages
With a new foreword by Tim Ferriss • “Vagabonding easily remains in my top-10 list of life-changing books. Why? Because one incredible trip, especially a long-term trip, can change your life forever. And Vagabonding teaches you how to travel (and think), not just for one trip, but for the rest of your life.”—Tim Ferriss, from the foreword

There’s nothing like vagabonding: 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. In this one-of-a-kind handbook, veteran travel writer Rolf Potts explains how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Now completely revised and updated, Vagabonding is an accessible and inspiring guide to
 
• 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
 
Praise for Vagabonding
 
“A crucial reference for any budget wanderer.”Time
 
“The book is a meditation on the joys of hitting the road. . . . It’s also a primer for those with a case of pent-up wanderlust seeking to live the dream.”USA Today
 
“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Potts’s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime.”—Rick Steves
 
“Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written.”—Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside
 

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I love how Potts digs into the philosophy of vagabonding- there are lessons about living simply and with awareness than can be applied to all aspects of life, not just traveling. Some of the tips and ... Read full review

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While I took a trip to DC I picked up and read this book. It completely altered my perspectives and I think amplified the whole experience. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, but ... Read full review

Contents

WAGABONDING
3
Tip Sheet
20
Keep It Simple
32
Tip Sheet
42
Vagabonding Voices
50
Travel Preparation Q A
65
Tip Sheet
75
Vagabonding Voices
88
CrossCultural Interactions Q A
122
Tip Sheet
132
Vagabonding Voices
140
Tip Sheet
152
The Long Run
157
Be Creative
175
Let Your Spirit Grow
192
co MING Hom E
205

Tip Sheet
103
Vagabonding Voices
110
Acknowledgments
211
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Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There. He has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Believer, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Though he rarely stays in one place for more than a few weeks or months, Potts feels somewhat at home in Bangkok, Cairo, Pusan, New York, New Orleans, and North Central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on thirty acres near his family. Each July he can be found in France, where he is the summer writer-in-residence and program director at the Paris American Academy.

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