Vagabonding Cover


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

By Rolf Potts

Villard Books, Paperback, 9780812992182, 240pp.

Publication Date: December 24, 2002

With a new foreword by Tim Ferriss 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"
"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
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.

About the Author
Rolf Potts is the author of "Vagabonding "and "Marco Polo Didn t Go There." He has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of "National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Believer, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, " National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Though he rarely stays in one place for more than a few weeks or months, Potts feels somewhat at home in Bangkok, Cairo, Pusan, New York, New Orleans, and North Central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on thirty acres near his family. Each July he can be found in France, where he is the summer writer-in-residence and program director at the Paris American Academy."