by Rolf Potts.
I would describe this book as part Philosophical Inspiration and part How To for the idea of extended travel.
It certainly supoports the idea of mini retirements.
- financing your travel time
- determining your destination
- adjusting to life on the road
- working and volunteering overseas
- handling travel adversity
- re-assimilating back into your ordinary life
Not just a plan of action, Vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery and a growth of the spirit.
There is a quote in Oliver Stone’s movie Wall Street when the Charlie Sheen character Bud Fox – a promising big shot in the stock market – is telling his girlfriend about his dreams. “I think that if I can make up a bundle of cash before I am 30 and get out of this racket I would be able to ride my motorcycle across China.”
I nearly fell out of my seat in astonishment. After all Charlie Sheen, or anyone else can work for 8 months as a toilet cleaner and have enough money to ride a motorcycle across China. Even if they did not have yet their own motorcycle, and then a couple of months of scrubbing toilets they would then have enough money to buy when they got to China.
“A good traveler has no fixed plan, and has no intent on arriving”