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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (Excerpt)

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (Excerpt)

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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.
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.

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Publish date: Dec 24, 2002
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br77rino reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Tips from a homeless guy to prospective homeless people. Tip 1: have a car. Tip 2: use the showers provided at 24 hour truck stops. Tip 3: use a car cover so the people outside can't see in. Tip 4: government-run shelters are some of the most dangerous places to be.
armyangel1986 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
This guide isn't really a guide. It's more of a "you can do it" cheer, without any how-tos. Some of the author's personal stories are interesting, but I didn't buy the book for them. 
raistlinsshadow reviewed this
Rated 4/5
It's not terribly realistic, I think, for the average person to go "vagabonding", but as someone three days into a six-month semester abroad, its advice is still useful when applied to that. As I deal with a lot of homesickness and feelings of isolation in a strange country, it's nice to have this book here by my side offering advice that's just as applicable for those backpacking around the world as it is for a student studying in a new environment.
virginiagill reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I love this book! I treat it like valium. Whenever I've spent far to many scary hours bedside my husband's hospital bed, or bored to tears in cancer centers I pull this book back out, stroke the cover, remember...and dive right back into its chapters. Someday Mr Potts I will grab a backpack and just go.
skraft001 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
If you read through the website and then read the book, you'll find there is a lot of duplication.I personally think his list of websites at the end of each Chapter is silly -- they go out of date and that's what Google was built for. Give us the keywords to search in one sentence and we'll be fine.The context of the book itself was very enlightening. Especially liked the quotes from other books (John Muir, etc) as that gives me some other possible titles to read. I'm ready to chuck it all and get on the open road!
carrieprice78 reviewed this
Rated 1/5
Books like this (and there are many) get on my nerves. More often than not, it's some over-privileged kid using the book to brag about all the fantastic things he has done in all the different cultures of the world with all the different people of the world. These books always have the spin of "you can do this too!" Well yeah, I guess you could, but you probably cannot, unless you 1) have some money saved; 2) have a job that allows you a long break, and 3) are able to stay health-insured while traveling the world. While this book attempts to tell you how you can do all these things, it's unrealistic for most everyone. But maybe I'm just bitter. Cheers to Rolf.
tyroeternal reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoyed the direct and easy to follow advice. While I don't think I will ever have the chance to take off and visit the world, I hope to apply the advice later in life toward other travels. The informal tone and loads of references for advice were a great addition. Vagabonding was as a great primer to the lifestyle.
tuxable reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Interesting short book on the philosophy of a traveling life. Some helpful lists and points to references, but best read for the mentality. Provides a look at people who embrace traveling as a major part of life.
bexadler reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I became fascinated by this book after listening raptly to Rolf Potts' reading at Google Talks. Potts talked about how he worked menial jobs and lived humbly in order to save up enough money to spend months on end traveling. After college he traveled around the United States for a year with one of his friends before signing up to teach English in Asia. He spent two years teaching, then spent the following four years traveling using his earnings from that job.Having already made two attempts to move abroad, I was curious to find out how he actually made it work and learn what steps I could take to finally become a wanderer myself. I didn't find the book to be that helpful, however. He talked about the reasons we travel and what-not. But when you've already picked up his book, it's obvious you don't need any extra encouragement. What you need is resources to get you on the road! He does provide resources ... in the form of URLs to visit and other books to read ... resources you can just as easily find on his Web site. The book was only about 200 pages so it was quick to get through, but I highly recommend just checking out his Web site and his video on Google Talks. You'll get pretty much the same information by doing so.
niecierpek reviewed this
Rated 4/5
An interesting book. About philosophy of vagabonding- soaking up the culture, sights, smells and tastes of the lands you travel in. The book is full of zen of travelling and good advice on how to travel on minimal budget. Lots of good internet links and useful tips, and really interesting quotes from famous travelogues (i.e. Ibn Battuta), poems (Walt Whitman among others) and philosophies of life.

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