Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
My Take: Vagabonding is about taking a break from everyday life and traveling the world on your own terms. It’s about improving your life not in relation to others, but to yourself. It’s learning what you truly want and what adds value to your travels. Your personal outlook is more important: remember wealth isn’t about the things you consume, or own. It’s about having time and using it how you want. Time is what you need to live. Switch the game from material to time.
Principles of simplifying your life: Stop unnecessary consumption/expanding.
Optimize your daily routine to lower expenses below your means (cook instead of eating out).
Quotes: We end up spending the best part of ones life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it. -Thoreau
The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we’re too poor to buy our freedom. With this kind of mind-set, its no wonder so many Americans think extended overseas travel is our exclusive realm of students, counterculture dropouts and the idle rich. In reality, long-term travel has nothing to do with demographics—age, ideology, income and everything to do with personal outlook. Long-term travel isn’t about being a college student; it’s about being a student of daily life. Long-term travel isn’t an act of rebellion against society; it’s an act of common sense within society. Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive “bundle of cash”; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way.
“Long-term travel isn’t about being a college student; it’s about being a student of daily life. Long-term travel isn’t an act of rebellion against society; it’s an act of common sense within society. Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive “bundle of cash”; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way.”
“Vagabonding is the ongoing practice of looking and learning, of facing fears and altering habits, of cultivating a new fascination with people and places.”
“Vagabonding is an attitude — a friendly interest in people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest, most vivid sense of the word.”
Act of quitting means not giving up but moving on changing direction not because something doesn’t agree with you. But because you don’t agree with it. It’s not a complaint in other words but a positive choice and not a stop in ones journey but a step in a better direction.
“Ultimately, then, the first step of vagabonding is simply a matter of making work serve your interests, instead of the other way around. Believe it or not, this is a radical departure from how most people view work and leisure.”
“Vagabonding is about not merely reallotting a portion of your life for travel but rediscovering the entire concept of time.”