Vagabonding by Rolf Potts isn't your conventional travel book. It isn't a guide on Europe, or South America or anywhere, yet it's full of practical advice on how to turn your long term travel aspirations into a reality.
Potts' talks about the mentality of, and the need to go traveling. He draws from the wisdom of his own adventures and also takes stories from travelers all around the world - the book is littered with them.
Vagabonding not only highlights the mentality of the long term traveler but it paves a well lit path to actually achieve the goal of long term travel as well. It also gives very practical advice on aspiring to travel, preparations for leaving, a plethora of tips for when you're on the road, and a guide for post travel reflections.
It focuses on backpacking specifically, and provides advice on lightweight, experience filled, and budget traveling. And I'm really not talking about theory here, the book has extremely practical advice, especially for budget travel, but not exclusively:
- Finding cheap flights
- Finding cheap accommodation
- Advice for female travelers
- Dealing with travel fatigue
- Packing light
- Expat and nomad community resources
- Advice for engaging certain cultures
- Advice for avoiding scams
This list goes on.
It's an extremely easy read and only has ~200 pages. It's thin enough to carry in your carry-on while practically adding no weight. Unsurprisingly, it was the 1 book I set out my last backpacking journey with 😎
If you want to pick this book up for your next backpacking trip, or just for some inspiration so you can take the plunge in the future - Here's an Amazon link for it: https://amzn.to/30NXzpt
If it's your first time backpacking, or even if you're seasoned - this book is going to have something for you. I couldn't recommend it enough. Happy reading guys and gals!