"Potts is one of the best travel writers to emerge in the last decade. Intrepid and thoughtful, he's a Paul Theroux for the backpacker generation."
"Potts makes a valuable contribution to our thinking, not only about travel, but about life and work. And he leaves us with a prescription for making our lives more meaningful and more fun."
"Potts, Internet raconteur and travel-advice sage, is the kind of guy you wish the pubs had more of: well traveled, generous with funny stories, eager to listen to yours."
"Jack Kerouac for the Internet Age"
"Rolf is one of the sharpest minds among the new generation of travel writers and bloggers."
Steves "Travel With Rick Steves"
"Rolf Potts' name may not be as familiar as Paul Theroux or Jan Morris, but he's as skilled a travel writer as anyone out there."
New Orleans Times-Picayune
"It's [a] turn-on-a-dime ability to mix gonzo adventure with nuanced rumination often in the same story that make Potts stand out in the world of travel writing. He seems like the ideal drinking companion, full of verve, incredible tales and unexpected insights."
"For Rolf Potts, traveling is more than adventure. It's art."
Poets & Writers
"Potts isn't so much a travel reporter as a story teller. ...He's more about getting under the skin of a place detailing a cast of characters that would either enthrall or scare the hell out of most travelers, depending on where they come down on the trust-paranoia continuum."
Orange County Register
"... [O]ne of the few young writers I know who is really bringing the high literary tradition of travel into the new century with a special
brand of eloquence and wit and openness."
Pico Iyer, author of Video Night in Kathmandu
"... a renowned shoestring traveler whose 2003 book, Vagabonding, is a crucial reference for any budget wanderer."
"Anyone who enjoyed Rolf Potts's travel essays during the heyday of Salon.com already has an appreciation for his descriptive flair and storytelling ability. Unlike so many "I-went-here-and-this-happened" travel writers, his pieces are heavy on cultural nuance and light on self-aggrandizement."
Globe and Mail (Canada)
"Potts encourages us to think about travel in a way that has been almost lost. He wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown and, finally, to take our own damn time about it."
Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside Magazine
"Author, journalist, and inveterate traveler, Rolf Potts has made a name for himself as a champion of vagabonding spending extended time on the road, often without a hard-and-fast itinerary."
National Geographic Traveler
"He's been drugged and robbed in Istanbul, checked out brothels in Cambodia where prostitutes are identified by numbers, and shopped for donkeys in the Libyan Desert. Rolf Potts usually has an interesting answer to the mundane question, 'So, what did you do today?'"
San Francisco Examiner
"Some folks go on adventures, but other people live adventures. Such is the case with writer Rolf Potts, who has spent the better part of his adult years writing dispatches from far-flung locales."
"Rolf Potts is at the forefront of a new generation of literary travel writers that came of age with the Internet."
"So much of travel writing is of the 'how to get there/what to see' variety. Potts’ is different: he travels independently, immersing himself in his subject, often becoming part of the story, and seeks to communicate a sense of place, warts and all."
"No American travel writer has written as much and as cleverly about [the] gap between expectations and reality as Rolf Potts."
Budget Travel, "This Just In"
"Potts shows travelers and would-be travelers the joy of immersing oneself in a foreign culture."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"We wanted to know if it is still possible to have great, life changing adventures on a shoestring. Few are better equipped to answer this question than Rolf Potts."
Times Online (U.K.)
"Rolf Potts can truly be called a man of the world."
"One of the finest travel writers working today."
Pauline Frommer, "The Travel Show"
"El gurú de los mochileros."
El Mercurio (Chile)
"Plus qu’un simple vagabond."