The Life of a Trimmigrant

. While hitchhiking around Northern California and Southern Oregon recently, I encountered dozens of nomads thumbing rides on Highway 101, pitching tents under bridges or parking their vans in unused parking lots for the night, cooking organic vegan food on propane stoves, and wandering around towns with small scissors hanging from their backpacks. Dubbed by the locals as “trimmigrants”, these…

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Who picks up hitchhikers?

. When I tell people I’ve been hitchhiking around foreign countries for the last two years, I’m often met with the response “Really? That works? People actually stop for you?” It works quite well, in fact, so I’ve written this article to give the non-hitchhikers out there an idea of who might pick you in different parts of the globe…

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Norway: Living on Excess

Every August, a number of hitchhikers from around the world gather somewhere in Europe to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate the life of freedom that they have discovered through non-consumerist travel. The location of each Hitchgathering is decided whenever somebody suggests a good spot that fits a few simple guidelines–free for 100+ people to camp without…

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Kyrgyzstan Chapter 2: Hospitality and Generosity

    Kyrgyzstan, the land of hospitality. A place where simply walking down the street with a smile earns you invitations into people’s homes for shared meals and accommodation. A place where nobody worries that you might be a psycho killer or a robber because you’re a guest to their country. A place where money is lacking but natural resources…

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Kyrgyzstan Chapter 1: Initial Interactions

  Background Traveling in Kyrgyzstan was an experience completely different from anywhere else I’ve been. I mean, not just a cliche “they have different architecture and good food” kind of unique, but this country added a whole new level to my understanding of how people live in this world. Being located in Central Asia on the western border of China,…

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Adventure Travel Interview

This interview was given to me by Sanja, Nina, and Naomi as a project for their tourism class. They contacted me via couchsurfing and asked if I would answer some questions for them. It was a great way to reflect on my thirst for adventure, so I’m posting it here for the world to see, understand, and get inspired.     General questions   Could you…

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April Showers Bring May Powder

5:15 AM, Friday, April 29, 2016.   BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!   “Oh shut the…….$@#&! Wake up!”   I rifled through the blankets, struggling to find my phone in the dark to make that horrible noise go away. Having already hit the snooze button twice, I was running late. Lazily, I brushed my teeth, took a quick look in the…

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First Impressions from Gudauri

I stumbled across the border into Georgia without a clue what I was getting myself into or how to even get to Gudauri, the resort town in the Caucasus Mountains in northeast Georgia, where I was going to be a ski instructor for the winter. I’m not talking about Atlanta, I’m talking about the former Soviet Georgia, the unique country…

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What I’ve learned by traveling with minimal money or plans

  To skip directly to the list, click here. Otherwise, read on about how this type of travel became my lifestyle over the last couple months.   There are infinite different ways to travel. When many people picture travel, they imagine all-inclusive vacations consisting of beaches, spas, fancy restaurants, and cocktails, with a budget of $100+ per day. This type…

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