Welcome! I’m Noel.

I’m a full-time travel writer and photographer. I quit my job in 2017 to bounce around the globe in search of a more inspiring life. I’m determined to find jaw-dropping treks, rich cultural adventures, and a way to sustain the mobile lifestyle forever. Explore the site for vivid travel writing, detailed trekking guides, thoughtful gear reviews, and helpful tips and resources.

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A One Day Budget Guide to Denver: the Mile High City

How I would visit Denver if I only had one summer day (and not a lot of money) to see it all.

Meet Ol’ Champ: 24 Square Feet of Freedom

Take a look inside my converted Chevy Astrovan: a self-contained budget hotel on wheels.

What I’ve Learned in My First Six Months Creating a Travel Blog

My stressful experience in the early stages of blogging has taught me a lot. Learn from my struggles!


The Huemul Circuit: Trekking an Ass-Kicker in Patagonia

I spent four days trekking one of Argentina’s hidden gems. My first experience in Patagonia has me hooked.

Wrecked in Iceland: Seven Lessons Learned from a Disastrous Trek

The Laugavegurrin Trek treated me to one of the most terrifying nights of my life. See what it taught me.

A Solo Trek to a Ghost Town in the World’s Driest Desert

I venture out alone in search of San Bartolo, a ghost town in Chile’s Atacama Desert.


How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep in a Hostel

Sleeping in hostels can be brutal. Learn the methods I use to get satisfying rest in difficult settings.

Trekking and Hiking Gear: The Top Seven Essentials

The gear you take on your multi-day hike can make or break the trip. Here’s what you can’t afford to get wrong.

The Ultimate Swagbucks Checklist: Make Easy Travel Money

A step-by-step guide to help you earn an extra $1500 a year while you travel.