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

por Rolf Potts

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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… (mais)
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If you're curious about the idea of picking up and just traveling around without much planning, or even a return ticket, you might enjoy this book. Not planning is something I've had trouble doing when it comes to travel, but I'd still like to go with the flow more. Although there were a few chapters about this concept, a lot of the book was devoted to preparing your lifestyle. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
In addition to the other things frequently mentioned (the mile wide margins, the bloggy format), I have a couple other gripes with the format as well as the content of this book.

First, only about 1/2 of each chapter is actually Potts' writing. About half at the end of each chapter is a series of links to likely outdated/defunct websites and books that are surely better than this one. Some is also quotes from people who wrote to him in response to some of his travel articles previously written elsewhere about traveling.

For some reason, each chapter has large block quotes of out-of-context passages from books vaguely related to traveling, vague Asian philosophy quotes, or, about half the time a quote from Walt Whitman or Thoreau's Walden. Despite having inch wide margins (or two inch wide margins on the first page of a chapter), these quotes are not marginalia which would flow much better, but oddly placed block quotes in the middle of paragraphs, rarely related to what is being talked about, in a large sans serif font that clashes with the font used for the body text. These quotes rarely add much to the text.

On to the text of the book itself. Despite mentioning seeing the explosion of self-help books and how formulaic they were and trying to avoid being like them, this book could have been written by an AI trained on every self help book out there and applying things to travel. All the generic platitudes are there, all the promises of what you'll learn without any actionable advice, all the vague recommendations that apply to almost any problem in life: "Be Creative," "Have an Open Mind" etc.

The rare advice that is there is contradictory, unbelievably dated now, or unbelievably bad always. He talks at some points about how anyone can vagabond, not just students and retirees, before later talking about how it's easiest to vagabond if you're a student or retiree because you're less tied down. The book promises it will teach you the essentials to "financing your travel time." His advice is "don't be in debt, and you don't need money, just stay in hostels for $5 a month! I'm not sure if the hostel rates were ever possible but one can't simply will themselves out of debt, and many of the countries he mentions as being cheap have industrialized and cost of living has gone up significantly since this book's publication. In addition, he mentions simply "asking your boss for 6-18 months off and putting your vagabonding on your resume, people will love it not wonder why there's a gap there!" This advice is poor for any sort of conservative field. As an author this may be appealing to people in his field, but if you work a desk job your boss will wonder when you're just going to bail to travel the world for half a year or more.

Finally, much of this advice seems horribly out of touch given the modern economic situation. He suggests paying off your debt and saving about $5k to travel. This is laughable in a time when most people are working multiple jobs just to pay rent, and have tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Saving up the amount of money he recommends, taking time off, etc. seem very unattainable in 2020.

The book may have only been 240 pages but it dragged on worse than an Ayn Rand novel. Reading literally any other book would likely be more applicable to traveling than this one. ( )
  Ghost1y | May 16, 2021 |
An inspiration and kick in the pants to this reluctant, learning traveller. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
I read Vagabonding before a year-long journey and again after hitting a rut back home - a year since settling back down. The last chapter about "coming home" strikes a chord.
"keep living your life in such a way that allows your dreams room to breathe"
"Don't let the vices you conquered on the road - fear, selfishness, vanity, prejudice, envy - creep back into your daily life."
"Keep things real and keep on learning. Be creative, and get into adventures. Earn your freedom all over again and don't set limits. Keep things simple, and let your spirit grow." ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
One of those books where you highlight the whole damn thing.. Where you read it at the right time and place in your life.. It just resonates. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
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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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