The Vagabond's Way: 366 Meditations on Wanderlust, Discovery, and the Art of Travel


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Ballantine Books
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5.1 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. He has reported from more than sixty countries for National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, and the Travel Channel. Many of his essays have been selected as "Notable Mentions" in The Best American Essays, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Best American Travel Writing. He is based in north-central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on thirty acres with his wife, Kansas-born actress Kristen Bush.


"The book is set up as a series of meditations--travel quotes that Potts reflects on and reacts to. . . . The result of this formula is a book that's snackable, weighty, and fun all at once. The premier travel writer of a generation offering travel inspiration in short bursts and fun anecdotes? Sign. Us. Up."--Uproxx

"Rolf Potts has long been a road warrior and a deep thinker about travel. In The Vagabond's Way, he distills decades of hard-won insight into bite-sized morsels, and the result is a wise, generous, and profound book. It is a gift for anyone engaged in the journey."--Andrew McCarthy, New York Times bestselling author of Brat and The Longest Way Home

"In an age of bucket lists, Instagram posts, and one-up travel, Rolf Potts is a breath of fresh air. This book reminds us that the essence of travel isn't necessarily linear--it's the moments of beauty and insight that happen spontaneously along the way, rather than the plans and the destination."--Peter Hessler, New York Times bestselling author of River Town

"Thought-provoking, encouraging, and inspiring, these one-page reflections on the power and pleasures of travel will make even a homebody yearn to hit the road."--Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and host of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast

"It is so refreshing to read Rolf Potts's new book, The Vagabond's Way: 366 Meditations on Wanderlust, Discovery, and the Art of Travel. Rolf captures the wisdom of the world's most storied travelers, then builds on it based on his own life of vagabonding. Read one meditation per day (a bonus meditation for leap year) or read it all in one sitting. Either way, it will make you think, then inspire you to get up and go."--Stephanie Pearson, contributing editor, Outside

"In this wise, wonder-struck book, travel-writing legend Rolf Potts distills a lifetime of wandering and reading into a series of irresistible songs for the open road. An inspiring vade mecum for new travelers and experienced vagabonds both."--Kate Harris, author of Lands of Lost Borders

"The Vagabond's Way won't help you find the best deals on flights or hotels or take viral Instagram photos. It will inspire you, challenge you, and remind you why we travel in the first place: to see the world, and ourselves, just a bit differently. Don't read this book in one sitting. Dip into it, as I did, savoring each page as you would having a cup of coffee with a kind and wise friend."--Eric Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss and The Socrates Express

"Filled with his wisdom from decades of travel, Rolf Potts's The Vagabond's Way will inspire you to travel more deeply and think differently about the world."--Matthew Kepnes, author of Ten Years a Nomad

"Spot on and eminently readable, this is the book I wish I'd had when I started my travel career many decades ago."--Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside