Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rolf Potts: Putting travel dreams into action

In the midst of some serious soul-searching and a desire to expand my passion for travel, I've been turning to the literary works of Rolf Potts for inspiration and wisdom. Unless you live in a box or have zero interest in travel, then my feeling is that [for many people] in the world of traveling, he's the equivalent of Bob Hope to the world of comedy. Each man is a true pioneer in his own right.

His vitality for independent travel has allowed him to arguably become the world's most revered vagabond. As I sit here on a rainy day in a suburb north of Boston fighting the urge of becoming a prisoner to my couch and an afternoon of Lifetime movies, I find myself pondering WIRPD? "What is Rolf Potts doing?" To me, he represents eternal energy. He's a true symbol of adventure, a person who spends every ounce of his time appreciating all that this world has to offer without getting bogged down by the pressures and stresses of every day life.

In case you're unfamiliar, definitely consider reading his two books:

They both contain extremely valuable resources and references for everything you'll need to know when it comes to packing up and hitting the road. No matter where that road exists.

To hear more straight from the source himself, check out this National Geographic interview with Rolf Potts:


Catherine said...

lil boozie, have you ever read bill bryson?
highly recommend it for you...i especially enjoyed 'life and times of the thunderbolt kid' although, more of a memoir, not so much a travel book. i saw he has a new one out about australia...

Lil' Boozie said...

You know, Bacon.. I haven't. However, I actually do have a few of his books at my finger-tips, but not the one that you mention.. will certainly add it to my list. Thanks for the suggestion!

Prêt à Voyager said...

For someone who loves to travel like I do, I'm embarrassed that I have not read anything by him! I must change that soon ;)


Lil' Boozie said...

No need to feel that way, Anne.. there are so many people out there that appear to be authorities on the subject that it's easy to overlook a person here or there.