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Many of us harbor the fantasy of just packing up and taking off to travel the world, but few can really imagine having the time, or the money, to do such a thing. Enter Rolf Potts, veteran globe-trotter, adventure travel writer, and vagabond. As Potts explains, extended world travel is not really about having the time or the money; it's about adopting the right outlook and giving yourself the freedom to pick up and go. This book will sway readers to adopt such an outlook, with encouragement to "loosen your grip on the so-called certainties of this world" and take "control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate." The author's alluring prose is accompanied by questionnaires to help readers develop a more specific picture of their planned journey, as well as profiles of vagabonds such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Annie Dillard.
Of course, there are also practical matters to be addressed. Vagabonding instructs on those topics as well, providing information on funding your extended sojourn, quitting your job on good terms, finding work overseas, managing your time, meeting people, and remaining safe on your travels. Potts includes ample additional resources, with helpful books and web sites listed in each chapter.
Vagabonding is an inspiring book that will prepare you mentally and pragmatically to embark upon the travels you've always dreamed of. And, if nothing else, it will provoke you to cultivate the "friendly interest in people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest, most vivid sense of the word." Karen Burns