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:
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
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.
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.
Excellent audiobook, first one I have tried from audible.
The fact that the author is speaking makes it that much better - big fan of Tim Ferriss who pushed me into this, would highly recommend.
The discussion of travelling vs tourism was good. The overuse of the word vagabonding was very annoying/repetitive after the 1st 15 uses. listening to the 'vagabonding voices ' was truly nauseous. pretentious travel writers /bloggers pedalling some vague philosophy and a lot of redundant travel tips. get a summary from someone who read it.
It acheives to inspire you by taking you by the hand and walking you through the process of tweaking your thinking regarding the "why's & how's" of traveling long term. When your done you'll feel that what was once a pie in the sky idea has become not only realistically achievable but an irresponsible thing to not do.
"Loved it! - Great resource"
Very interesting book with applicable details related to traveling from prepping before to getting back home.
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.
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..
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.
"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
"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.
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.
"Not bad but you have to be really awake to follow!"
The informations is interesting but the voice is redundant and at some point you lose focus. I'm not a big fan of audiobook. It's harder for me to stay focus on the story, compare to real books.
By if I have to read it again, I probably buy the paper version.
"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.
"Self reflection on long term travelling"
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.
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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"Great first travel book..."
concise, invaluable, useful. Read it when your young.
style is easily accesible and uses real world examples
chapter about travel snobs and know it alls
This is a great first travel book with many practical and thought provoking insights. Not quite so useful once your a bit older and have travelled a lot. Read it when your young!
Not really audiobook material. Continuous references to the book website 'for more information'. Targeted to an audience who has never travelled before.
"Repetitive, dull mantra"
... on one segment of US population about what you must do to be a vagabond traveller.
Great audiobook, I'm going to even by a copy of this book 📚 to have in my collection.
"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
Great stuff, the detailing us superb and it's an excellent read. exciting enough to pack the bags and travel
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