Rolf Potts podcast“As a creative traveler, you can meld your creative self with the experiences that are coming your way, and pretty soon you have a better understanding of your place in the world and how you might best make a living in the world.”

14 years ago, on January 1st 2002, a book by a first time author was released onto shelves. This book became a runaway hit that, at the very least, changed the perspective of independent travel to a generation hungry for a little more adventure in life.

The book was called Vagabonding. It’s author, Rolf Potts is sitting down with us today — he’s the mind behind two books, the other is called Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, a collection of short stories from a life spent embracing “the ragged edge” of travel. He’s an essayist and writer who’s work you can find in publications like National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Travel Channel, The Atlantic, and so many more. Nowadays, he’s a teacher and enthusiast for world travel, and vagabonding — his own term that describes a certain philosophical ethos around long term travel as a lifestyle, and not simply a flash in the pan experience for people in their 20s. Instead, travel can become a wider experience that a creative person might integrate and alternate between parts of their life. A life that begins the moment you stop making excuses.

This episode is perfect to reboot The Travelers podcast (formerly The Daily Travel Podcast) and an ideal listen for anyone looking to get a stronger understanding of travel’s relationship to finding your career, fulfillment, and actualizing your best self.


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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.