Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
by Rolf Potts
Another week, another book finished. This was actually a pretty quick read, and although it was written over 10 years ago, is still extremely relevant. This book is all about the hows and whys of vagabonding, of taking time away from your regular life to travel and explore the world. Rolf Potts, an experienced travel writer and shoe-string traveller, has put together a fantastic guide with advice on all aspects of long term travel on a budget, including tops such as adjusting to your new life on the road, earning your freedom to travel, ways to save money, how you can simplify your life pre-travel and, importantly, how to get back to “regular” life after your travels. There are also very helpful tip sheets that include resources such as books and websites at the end of each chapter.
This book is a great read for people who have travelled a bit, like myself I guess, but haven’t yet taken a long spell on the road. It’s for people who want to get out there but don’t really know where to start. It’s for people who have been out there, but feel like they maybe missed something. It’s for people who want to travel with deeper meaning than just seeing the sights from the guide books. And it’s for those people who feel that they were meant to be more free than they are, for those people who have wanderlust in their souls, for the people who have the urge for freedom.
This is not a guide book. It is not a practical, step-by-step guide to freedom. It’s about your life, and what you want, and how you can have that even when you’re not on the road. It’s an important read, I think, and one of those books that you’d be able to read over and over again. Get your copy here, and get ready to start planning the rest of your life!
“Vagabonding is about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate, time of your life. Vagabonding is about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate.”