I just finished reading this truly fantastic book that gives you everything from the ideology to the how to’s of vagabonding – defined as long-term travel. The thing I like most, even more than the idea of taking off on long, uncharted adventures, is the practical wisdom the book offers readers, regardless of whether you actually end up leaving home or not.

I was particularly struck by the section on “Meet Your Neighbors” where the author was discussing the importance of getting beyond your fellow traveler’s company to meet and spend time with the locals. In this section historian Dagobert Runes is quoted, “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” I found this sad but true, although I have definitely started talking to more strangers and asking people where they are from when I am around home. I meet the most interesting people that way.

The other nice thing about this book are all the personal stories from vagabonders and the lists of resources and tips from the author. Also, the far flung places discussed are enough to make any traveler drool. So in conclusion, and not to sound too much like a Reading Rainbow book report, this book is a quick and interesting read that I would highly recommend. What have you been reading lately?

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