The Book

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Welcome to the online companion site for Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts.

The book
"Vagabonding" is about taking time off from your normal life — from six weeks, to four months, to two years — to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Award-winning writer (and veteran shoestring traveler) Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

Audio Book
I'm excited to announce the brand-new audiobook of Vagabonding, featuring an introduction by Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Workweek) and new case studies. Check it out here.

Vagabonding author Rolf Potts answers your lingering travel questions.

Vagabonding Voices
Information and inspiration from folks who've taken time off to travel the world.

Lavinia Spalding
Home: Flagstaff, Arizona
Job: Teacher and writer
Quote: "Don't think about it too much. Don't make pro and con lists. Pro and con lists are nothing but trouble. If you think about it too much, you'll just end up staying home. … My family and friends often say to me, 'I'm living vicariously through you.' Don't ever live vicariously. This is YOUR life. Live."

Travel Forum
Meet online with other travelers, to discuss vagabonding, meet travel friends, dissect the corporate world, and compare notes on travel health, overseas volunteer opportunities, and vagabonding destinations around the globe. Hosted by Bootsnall
Daily Blog
Rolf Potts dispenses travel advice, reports on his travels, and points out travel links and quotes. Updated (almost) daily. Click here for the latest.

A fully linkable online companion to the Tip Sheets in Vagabonding.

More about the book

Read an excerpt

Read Reviews

Where to buy Vagabonding:
Barnes & Noble
Spanish translation
Italian translation
Korean translation
Japanese translation

Potts encourages us to think about travel in a way that has been almost lost. He wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel related advice ever

"If you've ever fantasized about taking a substantial amount of time off to globe-trot, then Vagabonding is a must-read." (Editor's Pick)

"Vagabonding is a crucial reference for any budget wanderer."
TIME Magazine

"An inspiring immediate classic."
Transitions Abroad

"Recommended reading."
Washington Post

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