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Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There. He has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Believer, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Though he rarely stays in one place for more than a few weeks or months, Potts feels somewhat at home in Bangkok, Cairo, Pusan, New York, New Orleans, and North Central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on thirty acres near his family. Each July he can be found in France, where he is the summer writer-in-residence and program director at the Paris American Academy.

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"The book is a meditation on the joys of hitting the road. . . . It's also a primer for those with a case of pent-up wanderlust seeking to live the dream."-USA Today

"I couldn't put this book down. It's a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts's] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime."-Rick Steves

"Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written."-Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside

"A crucial reference for any budget wanderer."-Time

"Potts has synthesized more than six years' worth of road experiences into an unusual travel guide that's much more than a how-to manual for open-ended journeys. With wit, insight and flair, he has created an inspiring philosophical handbook about living life as an adventure. . . . Vagabonding is an inspiring read for anyone who has ever contemplated taking an extended break."-The Globe and Mail

"Vagabonding [is] chock-full of tips and first-person accounts about how to journey frugally and well."-National Geographic Traveler

"Potts makes a valuable contribution to our thinking, not only about travel, but about life and work. And he leaves us with a prescription for making our lives more meaningful and more fun."-The Boston Globe

"Vagabonding packs a serious philosophical punch and has a cult-like following among independent travelers. I'm warning you, though: This book may well inspire you to quit your job, sell the house and leave on an extended adventure."-The Oregonian

"Recommended reading."-The Washington Post

"For those who just want to enjoy the journey, Rolf Potts' Vagabonding combines practical tips for getting happily lost with a genuine love for life on the road."-Toronto Star

"In Vagabonding, Potts lays out an easy-tofollow yet philosophically deep approach to achieving the travel dreams so many of us assume we have neither the time or money for."-Philadelphia Weekly

"Vagabonding is one of the best books out there to think about travel in a whole new way. Rather than going to places for just a few days and cramming in seeing all the sights, it suggests that if we can we should spend weeks or months rather than days in a place. That way we can get to know the culture and people or even become part of it."-Business Insider

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