• Vagabonding

  • An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
  • By: Rolf Potts
  • Narrated by: Rolf Potts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4,588 ratings)

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By: Rolf Potts
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Loved it! - Great resource

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

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Legendary

If you could sum up Vagabonding in three words, what would they be?

revolutionary practical inspiring

What other book might you compare Vagabonding to and why?

It has convinced me to live abroad indefinitely.

What about Rolf Potts’s performance did you like?

By speaking clearly about his philosophy and using good examples.

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not for seasoned travellers.

What disappointed you about Vagabonding?

Despite my poor scoring I would definitely recommend this book to an 18 year old or someone who only does packaged holidays.There are a few moments of profoundly good advice and perspectives which could have been summarised in 10 minutes.Severely lacking in information that I could use.Not sure if I will pay attention to books recommended by Tim Ferriss.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rolf Potts again?

I would love to hear about Rolf's own adventures.

How could the performance have been better?

Better chapters packed with information that i can use.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment of my time wasted.

Any additional comments?

not everything Tim Ferriss recommends is of value.

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  • Jamie Currie
  • 08-23-16

Mostly mundane, common sense.

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Very dull overall. I expected a lot more from a book that was so highly touted by Tim Ferriss. Nothing to take away I'm afraid, and presented in a tone and style that made listening a struggle.

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  • Purpleoak
  • 08-10-14

Interesting

What made the experience of listening to Vagabonding the most enjoyable?

Worth a listen. One area I would have liked a lot more depth on is finances. A lot of the excerpts he puts in from vagabonders all over the world seem to be freelance writers - what about the rest of us? That said it is still inspiration to just set off and follow your feet.

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  • Anthony Sephton
  • 12-20-16

A great listen.

The narration was great with bought an easy listing vibe to the book. Full of light hearted theory which really gets you thinking about what travel is really about.

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  • Aneta Milanowska
  • 05-29-16

More about why&how we travel than how to payforit

I didn't learn anything new about financing travel or cutting costs during travel, but part about why we travel and how to approach it was realy good!

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  • Joe Fox
  • 05-13-16

Excellent insight into backpacking

Excellent book written in a friendly understandable manner with great insight into travelling.

A must for anyone considering going backpacking for any length of time.

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  • Matthew Dixon
  • 01-02-21

very good listen

very good listen but so point contradict others still one of the best travel books about and highly recommend

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  • tony stevens
  • 08-07-20

Loved this book.

Great escapism during lockdown. Gave some great practical advice and ideas. Would recommend to anyone.

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  • Bex
  • 05-24-20

Great advice for the long term traveller

Apart from the really useful insights into long term travel, there is much in the mindset and attitudes required, that can be translated to other areas of life and living.

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  • LtCol RD Rtrd
  • 02-03-17

Excellent book for bed time

if you find it difficult to unwind at bddti!me and dobt fall aslleep well. This book is the cure, it is an easy to listren tto story.😇
The narrators voice is good keeps you interested, at the same fjme you can pyt but book down and easily pick it up and continue folloowing storvy from previous night..
i use the read chapter per night and easily feel relaxed to fall asleep yet picj story up from previous night.
As a blind person thee narrator has got. his speed pitch and tone right unnlime many wh o get it wrong thinking using multi attempts to try to portray different chaacters in story and

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  • M. J. Crewdson
  • 06-26-22

wait for the unabridged version

pretty good but not too much more info than is provided on the tim ferris podcast. there seems to be an unabridged version pending which may be more interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-17

Not sure what the hype is about.

This book delivers advice and motivation for long term travelling that could be mistaken for common sense.

In my opinion this was simply a collection of essential tips for backpacking.

I'll sum up the book in a sentence:

If you want to travel for a long time you will need to have a prior financial windfall, lower your standard of living and be selfish enough to leave everything behind without hesitation.

$20,000 will see you off for a long time if you learn to couch surf, dumpster dive and travel overland. Go for it, but don't take this book.

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  • Martin Castilla
  • 10-20-17

Not as Earth-shattering as advertised.

Given the audio version publisher’s promotion of this audio book I expected to have to stop the car from time to time to ‘take it all in, flabbergasted’... but no, I found it a reasonable book with simple wisdom, many tips, and even more quotes of other authors, which I enjoyed but my world still is intact. Recommend it? Yes, but don’t rave about it.

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  • Mehdi
  • 08-29-17

A book for the American idiot

This book is common sense and portrays the opinions of a person which he pushed as though they're facts. As for the travel tips, they're pretty much common sense as well. I can't understand why tim ferries made such a big deal about this book

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  • Carlin
  • 03-23-17

Excellent and very helpful

Very thorough and well written, yet also full of practical personal anecdotes. I was impressed at how well read this guy was about the history of travel, culture and society. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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  • Matt Masters
  • 01-08-17

Hard copy to be Bought

I will be buying a hard copy of this book having listened to it. Rolf is engaging and relaxed in his narration. His passion is evident and in his voice you hear his belef in letting go.

His advice is easy and practical. He does not speak of anything that is not attainable by any person.

This is a book that will fill with notes and scribbles as U an about to begin my own journey.

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  • Debbie
  • 01-26-16

painful to listen

struggled to hang in until the end.
narrator bland voice
just wanted it to be over .
only hung in until the end because I paid for it.
Ggrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • John C
  • 03-03-15

1 highpoint, get a summary from someone

The discussion of travelling vs tourism was good. The overuse of the word vagabonding was very annoying/repetitive after the 1st 15 uses. listening to the 'vagabonding voices ' was truly nauseous. pretentious travel writers /bloggers pedalling some vague philosophy and a lot of redundant travel tips. get a summary from someone who read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-22

Want to travel

Great book to get you on the path to ultimate freedom. Highly recommend to anyone who loves travel

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  • John Perrier
  • 02-19-22

So much more than a travel guide

I downloaded this book as a travel guide but it ended up being so much more than that.

The philosophy that permeates through the story is one of tolerance, courage, curiosity and self exploration- deep down I found this a more-than-useful guide to my entire life, not just any intended travels.

The whole narrative is presented in an easy, laid-back style, and does not preach in any way. It’s not only inspired me to get back out on the road, but also to me more grateful if what I have. It really is a wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-21

Great info. I could relate through the whole book

I have been asked many times if I am ever going to write a book... that the book has already been written and this is it