How Rolf Potts Did It…


A question I have wanted to ask Rolf Potts, ever since I read his book Vagabonding (which, I can safely say, was key in encouraging me to quit my job and venture abroad) is finally answered on his blog.

It’s a simple yet inspiring story, making it easy to put yourself in his shoes, and aspire to do the same.

I don’t know Rolf personally, but for some reason, it’s very easy to consider Rolf Potts as a friend, one of us. Approachable, grounded and responsive (I left a comment on his blog once, which to my utter delight he replied to) he tells us his story without any fluff.

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It’s easy to relate to what he says and he reminds us about the two basic things we need to make it: perseverance and patience.

Also, amongst his first pieces of writing was ‘Storming ‘The Beach”, his adventurous attempt to tip-toe onto the sets of the movie ‘The Beach’, being shot in Thailand at the time. He didn’t make it, but he made a wonderful story of just how he didn’t make it.

Intricately written, he does a super job of giving you the low-down of Thai life through personal anecdotes that made me laugh out loud and feel like he’s telling me the story in person. Check it out here.