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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Way of Looking at Life

Jonny Miller

"Long-term travel doesn't require a massive bundle of cash; it only requires that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way. This deliberate way of walking through the world has always been intrinsic to a time-honored, quietly available travel tradition known as vagabonding." —Rolf Potts

Reading Vagabonding 8 years ago probably changed the course of my life (no exaggeration) so I was thrilled to see it has just been translated and also made into an audiobook...

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Jonny- have you seen member Rob Greenfield's call for entries for people to win a trip to Mexico? He wants to do some good in environmental sustainability and health with whoever wins. He's a great example of someone who vagabonds. He traveled across the Pacific Coast on a bike, using solar panels for energy- not using a lot of water, and paying little for places to stay (he built a community around people to host him by basically offering to plant gardens in areas, and do bike events). Hoping to get the word out about his project- if you know anyone in LA or SD, let us know!

    • Jonny Miller

      Really cool idea, thanks for the heads up!

    • Jonny Miller

      Yes I loved Jed's article, especially in the comment where it turns out that a member of the GOOD community met with his dad!

      I read Vagabonding whilst in my final year at school and saved up enough money for an 11 months RTW trip through Australia and SE Asia (taking the book with me). I found that although I understood (intellectually/rationally) much of what he wrote I hadn't really internalised much of it until I hit the road.

      I've bought maybe 10 copies to give as gifts to friends thinking about doing longer trips... in fact I reached out to Rolf recently and interviewed him on our blog, asking a few of the questions that arose from reading his book several times through! (

      • Carolyn Sams

        Wow, inspiring interview, thanks for sharing. What an adventurous life he pursues, and good on you for doing a RTW trip! I love that "narcotic feeling of possibility"...this is such a great reminder to make plans for my next one, even though I'm not in transition between school or jobs.