I've just finished Rolf Pott's book called Vagabonding. And wow, what a truly great and inspiring read. It's the best kind of travel writing I've ever come across in a book. And it is a very thought-full book too; reading it you'll know that this guy truly knows what he's talking about. He rattles names of places he's been to, crazy things he's done - and you know he's just telling it like it is.
He gives a very sensible philosophy to travelling, one that we should all adapt. For one, an openness to everything that the place we visit has to offer, to see the place and the people for what it is and not coming from our own notions, our own experiences, or what we have read from brochures or travel books.
I realized that when I go to a certain place I almost always like it. And if people asked me which between this or that is a better experience, I never have an answer, because I like them all. I realize after reading Vagabonding it may be because I have adapted that kind of seeing that he espouses: one that only embraces and understands, and appreciates. As he or some author he quoted had said, if we had wanted to judge the places and people we visit with the same standards with which we judge the places we've come from, then what is the point of moving at all?
P.S. Readers beware: Reading this book will actually make you want to travel immediately and for long periods. Then again, that's not so bad. :)
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
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