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.
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January 21, 2003
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Excerpt from Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Many travel books can help prepare you for an overseas trip, but this book -- in sharing a simple and time-honored ethic -- can teach you how to travel for the rest of your life. Some books, in offering encyclopedic (and often redundant) travel information, create the illusion that the best way to plan for an extended trip is to micromanage it. This book, in offering you only the advice you need to prepare for (and adapt to) the road, encourages you to enrich your travels with the vivid joys of uncertainty. And while some travel books become obsolete after one reading, this book will shed new perspectives and resonate in new ways as your travel career progresses.
This book views long-term travel not as an escape but as an adventure and a passion -- a way of overcoming your fears and living life to the fullest. In reading it, you will find out how to gain an impressive wealth (of travel time) through simplicity. You will find out how to discover and deal with new experiences and adventures on the road. And, as much as anything, you will find out how to travel the world on your own terms, by overcoming the myths and pretentions that threaten to cheapen your experience.
If you've ever felt the urge to travel for extended periods of time but aren't sure how to find the time and freedom to do it, this is the book for you. If you've traveled before but felt something vital was missing from the experience, this book is for you, too.
This book is not for daredevils and thrill seekers but for anyone willing to make an uncommon choice that allows for weeks and months at a time, improvising (and saving money) as you go.
If this sounds like an intriguing possibility, then by all means read on. . . .