Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. My Biggest Takeaways.

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I did a search online for Tim Ferriss’ recommended books.   One of these books was ‘Vagabonding’ by Rolf Potts. 


The subtitle for the book, ‘An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel’.   In reading the book I interpreted that as travelling the world on the cheap.   The author presents it as being very doable.   I find it very romantic and would love to visit a section of the world at some time in my life, Asia would be my destination of choice.


These are some of my biggest takeaways from this book:


  • ‘…settle your financial and emotional debts-so that your travels are not an escape from your real life but a discovery of your real life.’ pg 16
  • ‘A vacation, after all, merely rewards work.   Vagabonding justifies it.’ pg 18
  • ‘-the notion that ‘riches’ don’t necessarily make you wealthy-is as old as society itself.’ pg 31
  • ‘Vagabonding is about setting your own pace and finding your way, and you can rest assured that everything you see in a glossy brochure in Milwaukee will be just as available (and ten times cheaper)when you arrive independently at your destination.’ pg 65
  • ‘Thus, the biggest favor you can do for yourself when trying to decide what to bring is to buy-and this is no joke-a very small travel bag.’ pg 66
  • ‘Learn to treasure your worst experiences as gripping(if traumatic)new chapters in the epic novel that is your life.’ pg 143
  • ‘The thing is, few of us ever ‘are’ where we are: Instead of experiencing the reality of a moment or a day our minds and souls are elsewhere-obsessing on the past or the future, fretting and fantasizing about other situations.   At home, this is one way of dealing with day-to-day doldrums; on the road, it’s a sure way to miss out on the very experiences that stand to teach you something.’ pg 159


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