When you’re reading a book, especially a particularly insightful one, don’t you wish you could get inside the author’s head, ask him questions, and give him your feedback on what you’re reading page by page?
Rolf Potts himself is joining us monthly as we devour his newest book ONE PAGE PER DAY.
That’s all that you’re meant to read.
The inspiration for The Vagabond’s Way actually came out of the Covid-19 pandemic. At a time when he wasn’t able to travel, his wife Kiki and he were able to center themselves and connect with each other at the beginning of each day by reading to each other – poems by Mary Oliver, lyric essays by Ross Gay, spiritual reflections by Thich Nhat Hanh. One of the books they read was Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic, which consisted of 366 one-page readings on the practical application of ancient philosophy, and he realized that the world of travel – its joys and complexities, nuances and challenges – merited a similar page-a-day book that mixed practical and philosophical issues. It is his hope that our book-club discussion of The Vagabond’s Way will, over the course of several sessions, inspire us all to embrace the life-expanding possibilities (and meaningful global connections) that travel offers.
Then, on the first Wednesday of the month, we’ll have Rolf Potts join us to discuss what we’re reading, what we’re getting out of it, and how the practice of meditating daily on travel is allowing us to open our minds to new trains of thought.
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About the book: The Vagabond’s Way
The Vagabond’s Way was written to inspire travelers – not just inspire them to stop making excuses and seek out the journey of their dreams, but live that journey in a more engaged, dynamic, and receptive way. In many ways a spiritual successor to his bestselling 2003 book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, The Vagabond’s Way guides the reader through the phases of a journey – travel inspiration and planning, getting started on the road, expanding one’s comfort zone, learning from the quiet complexities of the journey, and circling back home.
Subtitled “366 Meditations on Wanderlust, Discovery, and the Art of Travel,” The Vagabond’s Way is a page-a-day travel devotional meant to sharpen and maintain the travel mindset, even if one is still at home. As with a journey, these meditations are best approached slowly, one day at a time, reflecting on each day’s nuances before moving on to the next. Though this book can technically be read from cover to cover in a few days, it is designed to be taken in incremental doses, in the same manner that one might visit the gym or dance studio – steadily benefiting from the daily ritual over the course of a year.
About the Author
Rolf Potts (@rolfpotts) 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, has been through thirty-two printings and translated into several foreign languages.
He has lectured at venues around the world, including New York University, the University of Lugano, the University of Melbourne, [email protected], and the World Affairs Council. He has taught semester-long nonfiction writing courses at Penn and Yale.
Though he rarely stays in one place for long, Potts has, over the years, felt somewhat at home in places like Bangkok, Cairo, Pusan, New Orleans, New York, and Paris, where he runs a series of creative writing classes each summer. He is based in north-central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on 30 acres with his wife, Kansas-born actress Kristen Bush.