I first read Rolf Pott’s Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel many years ago, upon recommendation from Tim Ferriss. The book blew me away. Wanderlust through words, I thought. But the act of vagabonding is much more than just a lust for wandering. Vagabonding, in many ways, is about inner self-discovery, coupled with the ability to experience pure joy from the people that we surround ourselves with and the world that we live in.
“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts’s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime.” —Rick Steves
“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
I secretly tuck Vagabonding inside my backpack whenever I travel. It was the one book that accompanied me as I traveled through Japan over the past two summers. Wandering through Kyushu, Japan, on my own, gave me a small taste of Pott’s vagabonding experience. I met a collection of new people and had experiences that I might otherwise not have had.
This book changed my perspective on what travel can be and I highly recommend that you check it out.