Book Reviews

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts


About the Book

I’ll be honest: I was hoping for more from this book.

Now don’t get me wrong; there are still lots of useful tips and I definitely enjoyed it.

I guess my expectations were pretty high, particularly after Tim Ferriss had written its foreword and had revered it so much. That’s all.

Hey ho. My fault really.

ANYWAY, here are some of its highlights…


Favourite Passages

  • “In this way, we end up spending (as Thoreau put it) ‘the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.'” Chapter 2 – Earn Your Freedom


  • “Make a point, then, of easing your way into your travels. Shortly after arriving at your initial destination… spend a few days relaxing and acclimating yourself. Don’t strike off to ‘hit all the sights’ or actualise all your travel fantasies from the get-go.” Chapter 5: Don’t Set Limits


  • “Keep a journal from the outset of your travels, and discipline yourself to make a new entry every day. Feel free to be as brief or as rambling as you want. Keep track of stories, events, feelings, differences, and impressions. The result will be a remarkable record of your experiences and growth.” Chapter 5: Don’t Set Limits


  • “As historian Dagobert Runes quipped, ‘People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.'” Chapter 6: Meet Your Neighbours


  • “… be sure to carry photos of yourself, your hometown, and your family to show people on the road. Not only do such pictures make good conversation pieces… they can humanize you to people who might otherwise consider you somewhat of a curiosity.” Chapter 6: Meet Your Neighbours


Star Rating:


Yeah – I was definitely hoping for more from Vagabonding.

Having said this and despite its low score, it has given me INCREDIBLE wanderlust. It’s also made me think about taking a break from work to do a road trip around America!

So you know what? Maybe I’m being harsh this time.

Let me know what you think 🙂

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