November 15, 2016 Greetings from Toledo! A choir of voices ring from my memory, “you can do Toledo in a day.” This was the common sentiment among the travelers I met before I ventured to the petite city of Toledo, Spain. “You can do Toledo in a day.” The longer I reflect on these words [...]
Category: Solo Travel
A Postcard from Bend
July 27, 2017 Boom, boom, boom True Rolling stone Vagabond to the bone Address unknown Open road's my home Greetings from Bend! The morning light seeps through the mesh of my quarter-dome tent a skosh before 6 am, letting me know it’s time for the day to begin. I am greeted by the evergreen disposition [...]
Hostel Life Ain’t so Hostile; Do’s, Don’ts & What to Expect
I've said it before and I'll say it again; “youth hostels” were given the wrong name. A near homophone-call away from “hostile,” I understand if they conjure visions of Harry Potter’s under the staircase shât-aeu, pardon my French. However, the typical environment found at youth hostels is anything but hostile."
South East Asia Crash Course
Hello and thank you for choosing That Blonde Vagabond as your trusted travel guide! Hands down South East Asia (SEA) is the region I get the most questions about... or maybe I should say hands raised this is the region I get asked the most questions about. Since my departure I've guided two friends through [...]
Ease With Belize
Hello men, women, and children of all ages. Come one.. come all.. and step right up to learn about the magic that is Belize. For my first trick I am going to turn my fingers into shovels and dig myself into a hole. Alright here we go. Before I left the jury of my peers, [...]
Sign up for South East Asia’s (endless) Summer Camp
“Hidey-ho junior rangers!” “Dooby, Dooby, Doo where are you? We got some work to dooo now,” “I’d like to take a minute just sit right there and I’ll tell,” Why I’m quoting theme songs outta thin air. It's time to fire up the DeLorean because we are going, Back to the Future! Think back to [...]
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times; A Tale of Two Points of View
March 21, 2016: I celebrated my 22nd trip around the sun by enjoying a cozy dinner in Carrboro, NC with good beer and great friends. March 21, 2017: I rang in my Jordan year in Pai, Thailand with a day of exploring via scooter and a night of serendipitous festivus via bar crawling. March 21, [...]
Change your (Pre)position in Life: Live with fear, not in it
A tale of two wedding one real, one hipster; Much like Odysseus on his Arcadian quest, I've become a cosmic pinball. The past two months I've been bouncing back 'n forth across the Oregon-Cali-Nevada lines; hitting mountains towns, bumping across sea-sands, and rolling 'round lake-side rims. How exactly do I get around? It's not by [...]
“This is not America,” What to expect as an American traveling abroad
Grab your airplane bottles because it's time for the second installment of, "Around the World in 80 pints: Leaving America Addition"
Enter South East Asia, Exit Fear
As I continue to ramble down the road, I'm realizing (being told) I'm not like everyone else. Who knew? And I thought everyone traveling was a pittakionophobic who couldn't wink...