Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Iam not a Vagabond. I am a common man with desire for certain level of material comforts. But I always wondered for long-term travel and excused myself due to lack of money and time. Reading Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts made me realize, may be I don't lack resources but desire to make such a journey. and may be my Indian DNA structure is constantly mapping my interest in the context of family, friends, material success and appreciate for all those while billion others lack those at our doorsteps.

In any/all culture, Travel is often romanticized and associate with lifestyle, luxury. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts explains the philosophy of long term travel which discourage material choices and motivates an idea that life experience not accumulating 'things' is the truest form of wealth and Travel is greatest resource for acquiring such rich life experience. And such experience doesn't cost as such as people think it would.

Beside being inspirational this book offer some basic attitude tuning before making any travel plans like willingness to try, learn & adapt, being open,etc.. This book is not Where to go, What to eat,..Lonely Planet kind of travel guide. Its timeless book which offers some simple & practical answers for issues of travel planning.

I find a fitting review for this book--
"Anyone who has ever thought about traveling, this book will make you go! Anyone who has ever been traveling, this book will make you want to go again and anyone who is traveling whilst reading this, this book will make you that bit more adventurous when ordering food in a cafe where a squat toilet is another eating area! It's definitely a case of, if he can do it then so can I! Of course if your not a traveling type then the book will mean as much to you as a tin of baked beans to a kipper, but for those who yearn for life as one of the wandering nomads of this world, this book will seem like the travel bible in as much as it suggests a life less ordinary. This book is about working to live and not living to work."

3 comments:

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