This is a very good book: Thoughtful, encouraging and simple while still asking many deep questions. It's equal parts practical "big-brotherly" adviceThis is a very good book: Thoughtful, encouraging and simple while still asking many deep questions. It's equal parts practical "big-brotherly" advice book, inspirational guide and an essay on the philosophy of travel. It's that last bit that surprised me the most about this book. Why do we travel? What do we expect to find, if anything? What does it mean to have an "authentic" experience? Does that even matter? Despite this, you'll still get a lot of good tips on how to stretch your travel budget and good resources for further planning. I also left this book with the flames of my travel desires thoroughly stoked.
It's a great, short and easy read about traveling. It would make a great gift for a new grad (or anybody) ready to set out on a great adventure.
So, as you prepare to read the book, just keep in mind what martial arts master Bruce Lee said: Research your own experiences for the truth. Absorb what is useful. Add what is specifically your own. The creating individual is more than any style or system. On the road, the same holds true for vagabonding. 121
Vagabonding is about using the prosperity and possibility of the information age to increase your personal options instead of your personal possessions. 162
vagabonding begins the moment you stop making excuses, start saving money, and begin to look at maps with the narcotic tingle of possibility. 200
In a certain sense, walking through new places with the instincts of a five-year-old is liberating. No longer are you bound to your past. In living so far away from your home, youll suddenly find yourself holding a clean slate. Theres no better opportunity to break old habits, face latent fears, and test out repressed facets of your personality. Socially, youll find it easier to be gregarious and open-minded. Mentally, youll feel engaged and optimistic, newly ready to listen and learn. 1294
Beyond this, you cant even assume that interactions are always better than transactions when dealing with people in foreign lands. Surveys in Australia have revealed that Aborigines actually prefer the impersonal dealings of mass tourists to sincere wanderers, since bus loads of package-guided guests are more likely to buy souvenirs and less likely to ask a lot of annoying questions. We certainly can appreciate the motives and goodwill of adventuresome tourists who want to become more closely involved with the people they visit, observed tourism scholar Erve Chambers. But it can be disarming to discover that some tourist hosts might be more content to just have the tourists moneyand be rid of them. 1697
The secret of adventure, then, is not to carefully seek it out but to travel in such a way that it finds you. 1972
Indeed, the main conceit in trying to distinguish travelers from tourists is that you end up with a flimsy facade of presumed insiders and outsiders. 2197
With escape in mind, vacationers tend to approach their holiday with a grim resolve, determined to make their experience live up to their expectations; on the vagabonding road, you prepare for the long haul knowing that the predictable and the unpredictable, the pleasant and the unpleasant are not separate but part of the same ongoing reality. 2207
In this way, any idealized search for the Other threatens disappointment in a world where the Other can often resemble home. 2254
Where your treasure is, your heart will be alsoand your decision to enrich your life with time and experience (instead of more things) will invariably pay spiritual dividends. 2607 ...more