Rolf Potts: a travelling legend

Rolf Potts

What made you want to travel?

Curiosity and a passion for new places, I guess. I can’t ever recall not
wanting to travel — it’s always been an obsession.

Have you done any volunteering while travelling, and if so, where?

I have, though not for extended periods of time. I worked on housing
projects in Mississippi and New Orleans, and volunteered as an English
teacher in Burma and Lebanon.

What have been your top five places to visit?

This is tough, since I love most all places, and most every place has
something great to offer. That said, my favorites might include Mongolia,
Laos, Paris, Chilean Patagonia, and the American West.

What do you think of the current boom in ‘meaningful travel’, people travelling but working abroad at the same time?

I think it’s great. Not only does it allow you to help people and gain a
more nuanced understanding of a place, it also helps you offset costs and
travel longer.

What advice would you give to those wanting to travel?

Make it happen. If you’ve dreamed of going someplace, you can go there,
even if you don’t have a lot of money. It’s all a matter of keeping
yourself informed, and simplifying your life in such a way that it pays
off in free time.

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