In his first book, the now iconic “Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel”, Rolf Potts promoted the ethics of independent travel. It was released in 2003 and – after more than 20 editions and many translations worldwide – had a huge impact on the global traveler scene.
In this episode of Unfolding Maps, he talks about how he tried to infiltrate the set of the movie “The Beach” (starring Leonardo DiCaprio), how travel itself has changed in the past decades, and how we can best overcome misconceptions that threaten to lessen our travel experience.
Rolf also wrote for National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and New York Times. He has taught writing at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Paris American Academy.