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

Title:Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:205 pages

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

  • Matthew Trinetti
    Nov 10, 2012

    I finished reading Vagabonding for the second time. The first time I read it was about four years ago, when I first started to experience serious wanderlust. It was inspiring and echoed the way I felt...

  • Chris
    Nov 26, 2012

    I hit the road for 8 months--7 countries, 4 continents--because of this book. College behind me, an ex-fiance, and a wad of cash in the bank (invested since I was a child)--that was when I discovered ...

  • Derek
    Aug 07, 2009

    Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding was recommended to me by a friend who apparently thinks I:a) Need to get out of the house (and the city/state/country)b) Enjoy books that heavily rely on quoting Walt Whitman...

  • Chrissy
    Jun 26, 2007

    Rolf Potts gives a ton of good resources for how to travel long-term. This is not for the person who wants to take a week vacation in Cabo, but for someone who wants to hang out in a country or two or...

  • Heather
    Nov 23, 2008

    This is a short read that I intend to read over and over. Basically, it explains that you don't have to be in college or retired to experience long-distance travel. Hiking the Appalachian Trail or spe...

  • Priya
    Sep 28, 2015

    I found this book Strictly OK and I fail to understand the hype this book has generated so much so that it comes under "Top 10 books travel books".Given that the author is well-travelled, there could ...

  • Clackamas
    Jan 16, 2008

    ***I keep trying to find a better book for the type of travel I plan, and haven't yet, so I re-read this one... I can't quite upgrade it though, even though part of me wants to. Originally read 1/2008...

  • Ru Viljoen
    Dec 27, 2011

    "...deliberately not carrying a camera and sedulously avoiding the standard sights, the anti-tourist doesn't have much integrity or agenda beyond his self conscious decision to stand apart from other ...

  • Kate
    Dec 12, 2015

    As someone who lives a nomadic life, I found enriching what he has to say about long-term travel and living an alternative lifestyle. He give some excellent, concrete ideas to those who want to travel...

  • Scott Dinsmore
    Jul 09, 2009

    Why I Read this Book: Travel and exploration is an essential part of the development of a successful and fulfilled life. Rolf provides an awesome and inspirational guide.Review:All I can think of is t...

About Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times Magazine,, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. A veteran travel columnist for the likes of and World Hum, his adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a f