My Travel Style – How I Travel and Why

I’m preparing to turn my Road Trip Survival Guide into a video series on YouTube. And in organizing my notes, it occurs to me that I’ve never really clearly defined my travel style. Obviously, you can cobble it together from all of my stories and the survival guide itself. But I think it’s important for me to pause a moment Read More …

Asking the Right Questions

I’ve had a minor breakthrough today in my efforts to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I don’t have answers yet. But I may have removed (or reduced to rubble) an obstacle in my thought process. I’m cautiously optimistic that with a few more days of contemplation, I might finally have some answers. Even though Read More …

My New Tramp Name

Something pretty special happened to me this past weekend, and it was so special, that I almost didn’t notice it happened. I finally received a bona-fide tramp name. Bones christened me “Captain”. When he first started calling me “Captain”, I must have dismissed it in my mind because – over the years – many friends have given me many one-off Read More …

The Tennessee Trip

It has been a pretty wild weekend. Bones and Morgan invited me over to their place Friday night to hang out and get “not sober”. At some point, Bones and Morgan talked about wanting to go on a road trip, to somewhere warmer, and then settled on visiting Bones’ dad in Tennessee. At first, it just seemed to be wishful Read More …

Why Millennials Reject Consumerism

A while back, Google put an interesting article in front of my eyes. A number of people have observed a correlation between my generation and anti-consumerism tendencies. This article in particular, however, makes the argument that Millennials are not cultural rebels – rather, the American Dream has been kept out of our reach and unattainable. Oversampling Before I wade in Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Coping with the Weather

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. Climate vs Weather – Planning and Preparing When gearing up for a trip, you plan for climate, but prepare for weather. Climate represents average weather over a period of time. For example… If I travel to the Olympic Peninsula, I Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Coping with Mosquitoes

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. The Ubiquitous Irritant Whether you’re road tripping, hiking, backpacking, train hopping, hitchhiking, or camping – if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors – especially in the summer – you ‘re going to have to put up with insets. While Read More …

War Stories – Oatman, Arizona

Nothing prevents people from following their dreams moreso than fear. And in the interests of helping to motivate people like yourself to take the plunge and get out and travel, I feel there is no more important message for me to convey than this: travel is not inherently dangerous. It is very unlikely that you will be butchered by some Read More …