Vagabonding for Christmas

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of readers who’ve written me in recent days to tell me they are buying copies of Vagabonding as Christmas presents. Apparently, folks consider it a great gift for travel-inclined friends and family, since the dead of winter is when people are dreaming of escape and stoking their wanderlust. I think that’s a great point.

The types of people that readers tell me they have targeted for Christmas copies of Vagabonding include:

  • College or high school students nearing graduation.
  • Twenty- and thirtysomethings who don’t like their jobs, are currently between jobs, or are considering a sabbatical from work.
  • Friends and family members who don’t quite “get” the gift-giver’s urge to travel.

To this I might also add that Vagabonding is a great gift for anyone who dreams of (or has talked about) long-term travel, but thinks they’re too poor, busy, disorganized, afraid, uninformed, or old/young to actually do it.

So thanks, everyone! I whole-heartedly agree that Vagabonding makes a great Christmas present. It doesn’t cost much, either. To pick up copies as stocking-stuffers, hit your local bookstore, or try the following online services:

Posted by | Comments (3)  | December 15, 2004
Category: Travel Writing

3 Responses to “Vagabonding for Christmas”

  1. Frank Says:

    If you want to keep the weight down, you might want to keep the book with you in ebook format. (I travel with about forty books on an old, old Handspring Visor — no great loss should it go missing)

    Rolf’s book can be found on eReader:

    Just my $0.02…

    Enjoy your travels.

  2. Rolf Says:

    Cheers, Frank. I don’t use e-books (though, as someone who travels and reads a lot, maybe I should), so that didn’t even occur to me. E-book versions of Vagabonding are also available via

    Adobe Reader version

    Microsoft reader version

  3. Kim Says:

    Order from Powells! They are union. They are great. We love Powells.