Rolf Potts has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate.com, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. His adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, driving a Land Rover across South America, and traveling around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind.
Potts is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Random House, 2003), has been through twenty-six printings and translated into several foreign languages.
Rolf’s Tombstone Quote:
“Nevermore shall I hear their sweet chirp alas.”
Rolf’s Favorite Books:
Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Dover Thrift Editions)
Links From Today’s Show:
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel