Book Review: Vagabonding By Rolf Potts

For those of you with little time but the desire to know what we said here is the condensed version:

If you are a first time traveler buy this book!  It is inspirational and packed with web resources.  If however you are already a seasoned traveler and looking for ideas on how to travel longer or better, give it a skip!

Now for slightly more detail:

Here on Unleash Your Adventure we focus on motorcycle travel because motorcycle traveling is our preferred way of travel, however we want our site to be aimed towards travelers period. Particularly backpackers and campers, because as we said, it is not that anyone is not welcome, but rather if you want to stay at the Ritz we doubt our experience tenting on a salt lake in Argentina is of much interest, as you would rather stay in a hotel.  So with this in mind we decided our first book review (which we hope to make a monthly event) would be a general travel book.  And to that end we choose Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, himself a world traveler of the shoestring style.

What we loved about the book:  Potts is writing from his own experience, and he is honest about the joys and hardships (but much more the joys) of travel.  And like so many others who have chosen to take time off for long term travel he argues that it is not only possible to do so, but gives applicable advice on how to do so.  The chapters are short, packed with inspirational quotes that will have you packing your bags and booked on the next plane, train or bus out, and each chapter comes with 2 – 3 pages of web sites you can consult to help you plan your trip, or aid you on the trip.

What we didn’t like about the book:  Anyone who has already taught English or saved money and took the plunge to travel for a period of months to a year will not find anything new here.  The chapters are short and inspirational, but if you have already taken the trip you find yourself nodding along and saying “yes, yes, oh yes, absolutely, I agree” and in the end you close the book and say, “very nice, he is absolutely right, but I already knew that.”  Because once you have done it you know how easy it is in fact to do.  If you were looking for how to sustain yourself a little longer on the road you may instead want to look into something like Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.

Or if you are more experienced you may want to buy a fellow traveler’s book that is a less a know how and more a story of their experiences.

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About Sherrie

Sherrie was born and raised in Newfoundland, has her home base in Germany, and at any given time can be found just about anywhere in the world. Addicted to books, travel, chocolate and motorcycles, a perfect day for her is riding her bike followed by drinking good coffee and reading a good book or writing one.

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