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Vagabonding

Vagabonding

by Rolf Potts

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Vagabonding

It means taking an extended time-out from your normal life to travel the world on your own terms.

Vagabonds work only to travel. They travel solely for the sake of traveling, and therefore earning money is part of their mission to earn the freedom to do ju...

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“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home -- and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.”

Our relationship with money makes us see travel as a luxury, which is why we think of “a vacation” just like we think of a new car or an expensive TV – it costs a ton of money and is a one-time thing.

But tightly packed, stressful, calculated flat fee holiday cruises with a...

Constructive Quitting

It means negotiating with your employer for special sabbaticals and long-term leaves of absence.

ROLF POTTS

“Work is when you confront the problems you might otherwise be tempted to run away from.”

Simplify Your Life For Vagabonding

  • Stop expansion. Don’t add any new possessions to your life
  • Rein in your routine. Live more humbly and invest the difference into your travel fund
  • Reduce clutter. Downsize what you already own (and sell it to make extra money)...

ROLF POTTS

“The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research.”

Vagabonding revolves around the people you meet on the road — and the attitude you take into these encounters can make or break your entire travel experience.

  • To know how to conscientiously spend money on the road, watch what the locals do

Bridge The “Language Gap”

  • Speak slowly, simply, and clearly
  • Be patient and try to figure out mispronounced words from the context of what is being said
  • Compliment anyone brave (and helpful) enough to try his or her English on you
  • Develop a knack for cross-cultural small talk
  • Commit a f...

  • If in doubt about what to do in a place, just start walking through your new environment
  • Don’t make too many arrangements at once as it stunts your spontaneity. Only make advance reservations for one trip at a time
  • Wash your own clothes with shampoo.
  • Rooms are easy to...

Food

  • If you can cook it, boil it, or peel it, you can eat it — otherwise, forget it
  • Look for establishments with lots of customers and healthy-looking employees
  • When ordering meat, make sure it’s well cooked. Be wary of milk, “beef”, leafy salads, and shellfish
  • Avoid non-p...

  • Avoid bringing expensive or irreplaceable items 
  • Don’t brag about the wealth you do have 
  • Keep cash in discreet places like a money belt, a sock, or a hidden pocket. Be wary of public distractions and dense crowds. This is where pickpockets tend to operate
  • When stayin...

Vagabonding Is A Rediscovery Of Reality Itself

  • Let go of your pre-trip stereotypes and exchange two-dimensional expectations for living people, living places, and living life.
  • Fall into a nightly ritual of partying and you might overlook the subtlety of places, stunt your travel creativity, and trap yourself in the patterns of ho...

  • Returning home can be weird. Everything will look like it did but feel completely different at the same time.
  • It’s hard for friends to relate to your travel experiences because they don’t share the values that took you out on the road in the first place. So remember ...

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