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Publisher's Summary

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 www.vagabonding.net.

©2002 Rolf Potts (P)2013 Tim Ferriss

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Good but not long enough

I liked the ideas but author could include much more. Too many references to website.

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Great book on slow travel

This is a great book if you are interested in experiencing the world by blending in with the locals as opposed to a tourist trying to see as many touristy sites as you can. It's a mentality that I can appreciate and align with. The book offers many techniques on how to make it work in various life circumstances. #Audible1

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What a nice world

Thank you so much for Vagabonding which make me regaining my enthousiasm about traveling as well as some keys to be a better Vagabonder.
I wish the best for you...
From Montreal, Québec, Y. R.

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Wasn't for me I guess

Didn't enjoyed the book and did not learn much about travelling. I feel like if you've travel a little in your life than you could write the same book.

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Mix of travel inspiration and tips

I have been fortunate to travel quite a bit in my life so nothing was overly ground breaking in this book however it just reaffirms the reasons we travel and why it’s one of humans favourite things to do. The experiences and memories you gain etc. It got me super pumped up to plan more adventures!

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Excellent!

I I am a seasoned traveller and found lots of great ideas in this book. Often these types of books present very unrealistic suggestions this author was very common sense.

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Very boring.

This book would only be of interest to someone who has never traveled outside the USA . I found the author long winded, pompous and a little to interested is getting readers to go to his web web page.
A Lonely planet book or even Rick Steves offers far better travel advice.

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Helpful if you don't have travel experience

Maybe this book might inspire someone that don't have travel experience. Not for me and I was unable to finish the book. Good travel tips can be found in the book’s website.

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pure excitement and inspiration

If you are looking for ideas, tips and inspiration for your long time travel wish, I highly recommend this book. It's full of excitement, inspiration and ideas. You will be amazed to find many good reasons and ideas to make your wish come true.

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Amazing

Gave me a fresh perspective on how and why to travel. Highly recommended. If you're a seasoned traveler skip the chapter on the practical things, but listen to the rest.

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  • Scott Shepherd
  • 2016-10-10

I wanted to love this book...

But in the end I'm not really sure who it's for. For an experienced traveler this book is very much a sermon to the choir. Ideas like "eat the local cuisine instead of pizza" and "don't just hang out where all the tourists are" seem so obvious as to almost feel condescending (though I know that wasn't the authors intent). I suspect that "the beaten path" has never really appealed to anyone who would be interested in this book so again much of the advice seems like common sense (at least for the books audience) Also travel style is a very personal thing and the author can come across like there's one right way to do it. That said I love the idea of this book and there are definitely some interesting sections, I guess I was just hoping for more.

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  • Casey
  • 2015-08-10

Meh

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.

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  • Lina
  • 2016-03-15

Loved it! - Great resource

Very interesting book with applicable details related to traveling from prepping before to getting back home.

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  • Stephen
  • 2015-01-22

Great listen!

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.

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  • JillAnne
  • 2015-10-01

Not impressed..

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..

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  • oreneus
  • 2015-07-05

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

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  • Ryan
  • 2015-01-21

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.

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  • Matteo
  • 2014-03-13

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.

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  • Maureen
  • 2016-08-17

good philosophy

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.

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  • Vanploegn
  • 2017-12-19

Eh. Not really a guide.

I'm disappointed. it's not really a guide so much as an appeal to people to go traveling. I guess it's fine as a book about experiencing experiences, but it is being sold as a guide with advice on so many things that it doesn't deliver.

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