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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.

MY STORY               THE BLOG

FAVORITE POSTS

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!

HIKING & TREKKING

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.

TIPS & RESOURCES

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.