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Vagabonding

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

By Rolf Potts
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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

A vagabond himself, Potts details his travel adventures in Vagabonding (2002). Informed by firsthand experience, he outlines what to do and not to do in order to get the most out of hitting the road for the long haul.

  • Anyone seeking a life less ordinary
  • People looking for an alternative approach to traveling
  • Anyone interested in the accounts of a long-term traveler

Rolf Potts is a traveler and the author of Marco Polo Didn't Go There. His travel stories and articles have been published by National Geographic Traveler, Slate.com and The Guardian.

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Vagabonding

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

By Rolf Potts
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A vagabond himself, Potts details his travel adventures in Vagabonding (2002). Informed by firsthand experience, he outlines what to do and not to do in order to get the most out of hitting the road for the long haul.

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Before leaving home to start vagabonding, you need to be independent.

Are you the vagabonding type? Well, before you answer that, first ask yourself “Am I independent?”

Being independent means being free of the notion that long-term travel is a dream accessible to only a lucky few.

Many of us believe we need to be rolling in cash to enjoy travel for an extended period of time. Take the cult movie Wall Street. In one scene, Charlie Sheen’s character, a young and ambitious trader, explains to his girlfriend how he plans to make a pile of money before he reaches his thirties so he can fulfill his lifelong dream of riding his motorcycle through China. The thing is, most of us fail to realize the same thing as Charlie Sheen’s character does: we’d probably make enough money to do it by working as a janitor for six months!

We Westerners often think of travel as being outrageously costly. Most of us consider it a mere accessory to our lifestyle, rather than an experience that helps us grow. In fact, some of us buy vacation packages with the same mindset as we might a new car or outfit. This kind of travel is limited to short vacations with tight schedules that leave no room for the unexpected. The problem is: typical ten-day trips can’t really set us free from our lives back home and often end up failing to give us the rich experiences travel is capable of providing.

Ultimately, this attitude has much to do with our relationship with money.

To so many of us, our daily activities come with a price tag. In other words, money controls such a huge part of our lives that we convince ourselves we’re too poor to be free. For this reason, you likely consider long-term travel to be a privilege restricted to hippies, college students or rich people.

But, as we’ll see in the following blinks, you couldn’t be more wrong.

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