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Oh, to be a vagabond!

October 26, 2010

I just finished reading “Vagabonding – An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term Travel” by Rolf Potts and I’m thrilled at how insightful and inspiring this book is!  Having heard of the word “vagabond” before,  I remember it having a slightly negative connotation. Vagabond refers to a person without permanent ties to a place or home, a vagrant, a tramp. Obviously this conjures up images of grubby people who wander around aimlessly and do not lead an ideal, socially acceptable lifestyle. But this book gives vagabonding a whole new meaning! Vagabond also means nomadic and what better aim in life than to travel around meeting people from different walks of life, exposing oneself to different cultures and languages and tastes of new cuisines and opening up your mind to seek and soak in the beauty of our world?

Travel for the average person is reserved for long weekends and rare 1-week trips, be it a quick getaway to a nearby town or a sight-seeing vacation on an island paradise. This book turns the idea that this is the only kind of travel possible for those who are glued to their cubicles on it’s head.

Travel can be something that’s done long-term, it is a sustainable goal for everybody who want to take it up and is attainable with a reasonable sum of money. I always thought I knew that, but reading actual stories written by the author as well as others who have done exactly this and how it’s changed their lives forever drives home the point that this is indeed really possible.

The book is a collection of tips and insights and stories from Rolf Potts who took up “vagabonding” around the world, starting with his adventures in affordable SouthEast Asia. World travel does not have to be exorbitantly expensive. You don’t need to be a millionaire to travel to South America and hike amongst the Mayan ruins or to fly to Hawaii and sunbathe on the beaches. A one-way flight ticket and a reasonable sum of money can get you all this and more. Taking a year or two to travel around the world is something we’ve always wanted to do, and after reading this inspiring book, it seems more attainable than ever.

To buy the book and to check out reader reviews on Amazon, click here. For 10 dollars, you are guaranteed a peek into the exciting possibilities of long-term travel and will also get a healthy dose of inspiration and optimism to go for it and make your dreams of being a vagabond world traveler a reality!

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