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on August 26, 2015
Travel is alluring to so many, myself included. We dream of a life of experiencing other cultures and sitting in cafe’s talking all day with no attachments. Vagabonding doesn’t quite shatter that dream, but puts it in a more realistic context.

It starts with the thoughts that your trip truly starts and is truly earned with the work you do up front to make it happen. Those extra hours at the office, the things you don’t purchase so you can save more. All that sacrifice makes the journey better.

After that Vagabonding talks little about specific’s for an area and much about the general philosophy required to have a great trip where ever you go.

My only warning to those reading this and dreaming of travelling is that it may make being at work now even harder. You’ll read this and just want to travel now, not wait. It will prepare you and make the call stronger at the same time.
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on June 23, 2003
The hardest part of world travel is acquiring the mindset that nothing else matters as much as the journey. Getting to a place where you reduce your consumption of unnecessary stuff, commit your time, and leave your daily routine behind takes a fair amount of work, and it also takes a major shift in priorities. Vagabonding serves as the kick-start that gets you to that mental place --the "I can do it, and I can do it soon" reply to the siren call of world travel.
This book is inspiring, clear, and helpful. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to roam, but thinks they don't have enough money or time. I also recommend it for those, like me, who have gone vagabonding before, know what it takes, and just need a nudge of renewal in order to get back out there again. Great book!
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Potts, a Contributing Writer to National Geographic Traveler offers his insights and personal philosophy of world travel. The ultimate inspiration for just quiting it all and venturing out on the road. But also loaded with practical travel tips for survival. Potts surprisingly manages to steer clear of politics in a very political world. Though one strong suspects that he's a hardcore libertarian individualist. He's very ecumenical. He takes the best of world's religions and effectively uses selected spiritual passages to encourage the reader towards discovering the deeper meanings of planet-wide citizenry. 5 Stars plus!
Cover design is appealing and fits the adventure seeking subject matter like a glove.
Eric Dondero, Author, Worldwide Multilingual Phrase Book
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on September 18, 2003
Rolf definitely knows his stuff.
Unlike other travel guides that have hundreds and hundreds of unnecessary pages that you'll never read, Rolf sticks right to the point and tells you what you want to know right away.
I thought I knew every backpacker travel website out there until I bought this book. In it I found a few great sites.
It's short enough to read in a few sittings yet you'll definitely dog-ear and highlight the hell out of it, especially as you get closer to your trip.
Well worth the read.
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on January 27, 2003
This book is a great travel preparation book. I am a big fan of Rolfs Salon.com travel diaries, but this book is different. It wakes you up to the reality and shows you that you can see the world and experience life for cheap. You really just need motivation - and that's just what this book gives you. Because once you are out there - you'll wonder why you were so tranquilized by the common 9-5 life.
If you are thinking of traveling for an extended period, or know a friend who travels - this book is a great buy.
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on August 20, 2006
This book offers those of us the information that we need to trek the earth. The tips and small bits of info that Potts offers up are amazing and applicable if you are a serious traveller. Not someone who takes holidays but someone who takes months off to explore.
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on February 20, 2013
Loved this book! Super easy read but filled with lots of inspiration for those who are trying to incorporate travel into their lives in a long term and meaningful way. The book came earlier than expected in perfect condition. I was very happy with this purchase!
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on April 26, 2015
Picked this book up based on a recommendation from Tim Ferriss. Read in Zurich during our travels there. Definitely a worthwhile read as it reinforces solid values for both travelling and life.
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on January 15, 2015
Makes me want to sell everything, quit my job and start wandering. A very dangerous book if at all dis-satisfied with your life.
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on January 23, 2016
Very good content and ideals, sometimes a little lacking in idea development, lots of great direct resources.
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