June 8, 2021

Vagabonding with Rolf Potts (Interview from Paris, France)

One-of-a-kind interview with Rolf Potts in Paris, France, where he and Kristin talk about some of his biggest lessons and realizations from 25 years of globetrotting.  Rolf Potts is the author of the book, Vagabonding.


Reminisce with us as we replay this one-of-a-kind interview with Rolf Potts in Paris, France during his Travel Writing Workshop, where he and Kristin talk about some of his biggest lessons and realizations from 25 years of globetrotting. 

Rolf Potts is an American author, essayist, screenwriter, and long-term traveler who is known for his best-selling book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. Tim Ferriss has cited Vagabonding as the reason he decided to travel the world for a year in 2004-2005. As a result, Tim went on to write The Four-Hour Work Week. Iconic, right?

In this episode, Kristin and Rolf talk about what it’s really like to be a long-term world traveler while sharing their candid thoughts on why people are so resistant to being nomadic, even though it’s in our DNA. Rolf shares words of wisdom on the downfalls of modern society and consumerism, what it was like to be a nomad in the 90s, and why “time wealth” is such an important concept in the 21st century.

This conversation is unlike any conversation Kristin has had with a fellow traveler. Rolf’s top travel tips and life lessons are sure to make you want to pack your bags and hit the road! 

 

EPISODE 111 TOPICS DISCUSSED:

  • Expectations vs. Reality of travel.
  • Rolf experience doing van life before #vanlife.
  • The benefits of long-term travel and using your “time wealth” wisely.
  • Why you may be afraid to get out of the rat race and travel earlier in life.
  • The importance of constantly reassessing your motivations and desires in life.
  • Why you should consider hiring a travel guide (no matter how well-traveled you are).
  • How to avoid crowds and still have fun during the busy tourist season.
  • What your bucket list should really be used for.
  • Where Rolf’s inexpensive home base is located and what it’s like to come back home after traveling.

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

  • Why do humans have the innate desire to travel?
  • With so much accessibility to travel and digital nomadism, why are people still resistant to it?
  • Do you still fit in here in the U.S. after so many years of traveling abroad?
  • Why should people travel slowly rather than having a busy itinerary?
  • Do you consider yourself a lifetime traveler?
  • What does the world not know about you?
  • And much more!

 

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Thank you to Mikael Mokale from Finland for leaving the following review: 

Incredibly inspiring!

Whether you are or aren't planning to become a digital nomad, you should definitely give this podcast a listen. It gives an inspiring perspective of different life stories of interesting people in a really engaging way. You should also check out Kristin's "Traveling with Kristin" and "Digital Nomad TV" on Youtube and @travellingwithkristin on Instagram.

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Rolf Potts

Author & Travel Writer

Rolf Potts is an American author, essayist, screenwriter, and long-term traveler who is known for his best-selling book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel.