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

Booth Falls Trail to Booth Lake: A Superb Vail Day Hike

By Noel Krasomil on September 27th, 2019

Nederland’s 4th of July Trail hike to Arapaho Pass and Lake Dorothy is a backcountry dream. Use my trip report to plan an unforgettable journey of your own.

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

By Noel Krasomil on July 31st, 2019

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.

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Chicago Lakes Trail: Hike Colorado’s Stunning Mt. Evans Wilderness

By Noel Krasomil on July 24th, 2019

The Chicago Lakes Trail is a legendary day hike within Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado. Use this guide to inspire a picturesque adventure of your own.

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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 2019

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 12-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.

Travel Light! My 2019 Carry-On Only Packing List

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.