Welcome! I’m Noel.

I’m a determined traveler, passionate writer, and aspiring photographer. I quit my job in 2017 to bounce around the globe full-time in search of a more inspiring life. I’m inspired 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 backpacking guides, and helpful tips and resources.

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LATEST POSTS

Montbell Permafrost Light Down Parka: Women’s Jacket Review

By Keri Brady on January 2nd, 2020

Is the Montbell Permafrost Light Down Women’s Parka worth the price tag? Read Keri’s review for her opinion after two very chilly and damp months.

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The Ideal Colorado Road Trip (Itineraries, Ideas, Costs & Map)

By Noel Krasomil on November 24th, 2019

Thinking of taking a Colorado road trip? I’ve got you covered. Read on for a native’s ultimate ten-day itinerary through Colorado’s very best places.

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Travel Sucks Sometimes: My 12 Worst Travel Stories

By Noel Krasomil on November 4th, 2019

Travel sucks sometimes and there’s no way around it. Read on to experience 12 of my most embarassing, disastrous, and horrendous travel stories.

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FAVORITE POSTS

My Chengdu Street Food Marathon: 32 Foods, 1 Day

I dove deep into Chengdu’s world-famous street food scene for 10 blog-worthy hours. The result was a strange, delicious, and eye-opening culinary marathon.

Torres del Paine ‘O’ Circuit Guide: Patagonia’s Top Trek

Torres del Paine’s ‘O’ Circuit is among the world’s most mind-blowing treks. Use this full ‘O’ Circuit guide to plan your life-changing Patagonia adventure.

Braving Tepito: My Trip Inside Mexico City’s Infamous Black Market

I just couldn’t pass up Tepito, Mexico City’s most notorious neighborhood. Read about my experience in the gigantic, lawless, and chaotic free-for-all.

HIKING & TREKKING

Huemul Circuit Trekking Guide: Patagonia’s Lesser-Known Trail

Patagonia’s Huemul Circuit trek is a must-hike hidden gem just steps from El Chaltén. Use this top-to-bottom guide to plan your grueling four-day adventure.

Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail: 7 Lessons From My Disastrous Trek

My attempted trek of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail was a chaotic nightmare. Read what happened and what I learned when insane weather derailed my dream trek.

Hiking to San Bartolo: A Lonely Ghost Town in the Atacama Desert

I hiked alone in the arid Atacama desert towards San Bartolo, an abandoned Chilean ghost town. Read about my experience walking the Mars-like landscape.

TIPS & RESOURCES

9.8 lb Ultralight Backpacking Gear List for 2020

I’ve spent years compiling my ideal lightweight backpacking gear setup, & I’ve made a list to share with you. Read on & take a peek inside my 10-pound pack.

41 Van Life Essentials for Living in a Van Full-Time

Take a look at the definitive list of kitchen, tech, safety and must-have essentials for van life. Plus, a packing list, YouTube accounts to follow, & more.

My 2020 Carry-On Only Packing List: Pack Light, Travel Right

If you pack light, you’re traveling right. Use this complete carry-on only travel packing list (with checkboxes!) to pack lighter for your next adventure.