Posts tagged Personal

Amtrak Train Across America Day 1: Closure.

Your life can change in an instant, or with one simple choice — like one I made to take an Amtrak train across America. After a year stateside working and saving up money, the pull of my nomadic soul began again. I needed to travel. So, on a whim, I booked a flight to Thailand from California. I just had to get there. And what better way to see the United States than by rail. Today began just like every other day. I woke up at the shriek of my… Read More

24 Hrs Until Departure, and I Failed at Saving for Travel.

It is now exactly 24hrs until I depart on the first leg of my upcoming adventure. A lot is on my mind. That nervousness is beginning to tickle my stomach. I guess this happens to all of us on the cusp of a great and risky endeavor. My goal when I first began saving money for this trip was $10,000 over the course of 6 months. It seemed feasible enough. I cut out all expenses I didn’t need like pumpkin spice lattes (though I occasionally snuck one in), going out… Read More

Revealing My Travel Plans to My Brother, and the Shocking Conclusion.

It would be an immense understatement if I said the relationship between my brother and I has been a tad bit rocky the past 5 years. Growing up, we were polar opposites beside just our looks. I would be more prone to frolicking in the woods, building forts, pretending, using my imagination, and that sort. My brother on the other hand was always working. He began working at the age of 13 at a nearby produce stand, and his hobbies included winning trophies in BMX racing or becoming a championship… Read More

Will I be Disowned for my Love of Travel again? Today I tell my Brother I’m Leaving.

If you have followed this blog from the beginning, or if you have read my article about my brother disowning me because I moved to New Zealand for a year, then you will know just how badly this dinner tonight could go. In a couple of hours I will be meeting with my brother and his wife at a restaurant for the first time in months. I have been trying to meet up with him to break the news that I will be heading to Southeast Asia for at least… Read More

Postcards from a Lost Boy – A New Kind of Travel Newsletter.

Hello Lost Ones, and thanks for checking out my newsletter. In the past, newsletters I have received in my email box are usually just article updates or promos, but I want to do something different. Something better. Something real. This newsletter, or Postcards from a Lost Boy, is meant to be different than most other newsletters that fill up my mailbox. I want this newsletter to be like a postcard to a good friend, where I share not only my travel stories, but personal stories and interactions, day to day… Read More

Am I not Prepping Enough? 60 Days until my trip to Thailand!

“I saw your Instagram photo about your savings. You’re almost at the goal, are you excited?” a co-worker said to me tonight at the restaurant. Suddenly butterflies filled my stomach, and I laughed out loud. “What? What’s funny?” She asked. “I’m sorry, I just suddenly got goosebumps all over my body and butterflies in my stomach when you asked that. I couldn’t help it.“ And then I proceeded to put two fists in the air and announce, “Hell yes, SO excited!“ The next adventure is coming, and it won’t be… Read More

The Travel Drug: Potent, with possible Severe Side-effects.

Bloggers tend to paint a picture of constant euphoria, of happiness, of adventure, of the grandest lifestyle that everyone is missing out on. It can be all of those things. But it isn’t always rainbows, butterflies, and happiness. Actually, rarely is it an “ideal” lifestyle. It is a lonely road at times, a hard road at times, a sad road at times, and a road to emotions you tried to hide deep down inside. Travel can be one helluva potent drug, and if used as a supplement for things you… Read More

It’s Official – I Bought My Ticket to Southeast Asia!

It’s undeniably, absolutely, positively, irrevocably, über fantastically for real. I’m actually going to Southeast Asia. Like FOR REAL for real. Fo rizzle. Okay, I’ll never ever type fo rizzle again. Can someone slap me? I’m still in a state of wanderlust stricken shock. Yesterday I just happened to be perusing Skyscanner to see how much a flight might cost to Thailand in November when I planned to go. But it was still months away and I was just checking to see how much I would have to save for the… Read More

6 Months Blogging: Blog Changes and Upcoming Travel Plans!

What a wee lil’ lad this blog is, but I feel like I’ve accomplished so much in the past 6 months! From the moment I clicked publish on my first article on this blog, Death: My Travel Inspiration, I knew it was going to set a new tone for what I wanted travelers and would-be travelers to get from my musings. As you may (or may not) know, before re-launching the blog from scratch in December, there was a travel blogging tragedy… I lost everything. As most bad stories begin… Read More

Headed to Canada — What “aboot” it eh?

Canada. Afro of the United States. Chilling up top the US like the Fonz saying “eh?” Full of people who have funny accents when they say “about”. Maple freakin’ syrup. Everywhere. Also some French sprinkled about.     And French Fries with gravy or something of that sort. Saw it on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.     These are some things I thought I knew about Canada before my travels began. Silly notions poking fun at our northern neighbors as I grew up. Before, when I was a tad bit… Read More

Why I am So Damn Excited to be in New Orleans.

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been drawn to New Orleans. There is something about the city that I am pulled towards; a vibrant energy that calls to me every time I see photos of it, or like a siren song calling me when I hear jazz music in the streets blaring out lively tunes. Growing up, it was regular to hear similar tunes blaring out of the old stereo, and I couldn’t go a week without my father calling me downstairs to listen to “House of… Read More

Advice About Haiti: Don’t Judge a Country by Its Media Coverage

*This is an article from 2013 when I traveled to Haiti for the first time. Since then, I’ve returned to this amazing country once more in 2015. For more on Haiti, check out the Haiti Travel Page* It’s been nearly two weeks since I returned from my 10-day trip across Haiti to film a documentary on an amazing sustainable energy project under development. Now that my intense reverse culture-shock has subsided, I wanted to straighten out a few things about the bad reputation Haiti receives. The moment I stepped off… Read More

Update: Home From Haiti (This Contrast May Kill Me)

Culture-shock is a bitch. Well, it’s now dawned on me that reverse culture-shock is an even BIGGER bitch. My mind buzzes in and out like static on an old television set. I am standing on cold granite surrounded on three sides by polished steel. Staring aimlessly out the thick glass storefront, I fight to keep my eyes from slamming shut. My knees feel weak and my stomach twisted. Robotic beings flutter and frolic by me to grope shiny aluminum clad gadgets, gizmos, and iThingy-mabobbers (you can guess where I work). Ritzy… Read More

1 Month Blogging: Update and What’s to Come!

Today marks the 1 month blog-versary of the re-launched Just Chuckin’ It after a 4 month hiatus taken right before my departure from New Zealand. Even though we only celebrate 1 month anniversaries in middle school relationships, I wanted to tell you about some gnarly things I have in store for you, so read on! Thank You! First off, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has taken the time to read posts and even comment on them. Though the articles are written half for my own… Read More

My 5 Biggest Travel Regrets of 2012.

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets” -Arthur Miller In life, I try to live with as little regrets as possible. My motto Live Gnarly stems directly from this practice — To wake each day and embrace the possibilities, to take every opportunity presented to do something epic, and to overall lead an awesome existence. But it doesn’t always pan out that way; especially with travel, and especially when you are a complete travel noob. Trust me, mis-adventures made up the majority of… Read More

Buying My First Canon DSLR for Travel Photography

I have done it! Finally I took the dive into the semi-professional photography camera pool and purchased my first ever DSLR camera! What shooter did I go for? Behold, my new creative black stallion: The new Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR with an additional 18-55mm lens. It’s a beaut, huh? Really. I can’t tell you how freakin’ excited I am to start shooting with this camera. I’m literally gushing with anticipation as I wait for Amazon to ship my order and for it to arrive Tuesday…. Read More

Death: My Travel Inspiration.

Your life can change in an instant. Sometimes that phrase is difficult to grasp since we get caught up in our daily lives and don’t realize when things pass us by — for example: life. But just like a lightbulb, it can burn out without a hint of notice, leaving the faintest remnant of that light clinging on to the last minutes of what once was before fizzing out forever. I know this all too well. It started just as any day starts out. The daily routine of being startled… Read More