Business Card SelfieHello and welcome to Skye Travels. Yes, Skye is my real name. My mom was debating between Aaron and Zach, and finally chose Zach. When she mentioned this to my grandmother, she said no way. My family heritage is Dutch and German, and Zach means the same as “sack.” My granny said there was no way her grandson would be called a brown paper sack, and said instead I needed to be named after something without limits, like the sky. My mom had been quite a hippy, and readily agreed. Additionally, both my parents had been to the Isle of Skye, a decade apart, and thought the island was the most beautiful place in the world, so used the spelling for my name. Ironically, I’ve since been to the Isle of Skye myself, and I agree with their assessment.

In 2014, I quit my life to become a travel blogger. Skye Travels is written to encourage and help you to follow your dreams, whether they be a life of travel, a much-need vacation or some other path in your life. I also write to help you in your travels once you begin. If you ever need help from me, you have only to ask. I also offer services for promotional content on my blog, one-on-one travel advice, social media management and, if I’m in town, authentic Thai Massage. If you’d like to work with me, please click here.

If you want to read more about me, click my About Me page. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my stories. I write just for you.

Travel Stories

My Hitchhiking Adventure Through Rural France

Tignes View after Hitchhiking

This week I had a mini adventure in France. Another travel blogger invited me to stay at their incredible pad high in the French Alps. Even with my dad’s arrival in the UK, and my need to find a supplemental job, I could hardly say no. Unfortunately, on my tight budget I had to cut some corners, and one of those was …

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My Dad, at 77, Has Pack His Bags to Travel In My Footsteps!

Dad and I

It happened! My dad’s journey has begun! After following my blog for two years, my dad has packed his bags and permanently left the US to travel the world, with a home base with me in Edinburgh! There’s quite a story behind this, but here’s the summary. When I originally left my work in December 2014 and chose to have a …

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How I Surprised My Dad with the Greatest Christmas Present Ever

Dad and I at Mt. Hood (Christmas Present)

I have an amazing story that I never wrote about. It’s now very applicable with what happened this week. Last year, I sent my dad the best Christmas present ever, which catalyzed the amazing events which have occurred recently. In Autumn last year, I had been bouncing around SE Asia for a couple months. Aside from being the perfect place to live …

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Mayonnaise is Not a Liquid! And Most Fear is Irrational

Giant Burger with Mayonnaise

It’s well known that restrictions are very tight with what you can take on an airplane. Obviously, pointed objects or other weapons are a big no-no. Since 9/11, airports have also cracked down on liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols. I’ve been stopped more than once to remove something from my bag, and more than once I’ve disagreed with their judgment (like the …

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Do You Dare to Explore an the Abandoned Spreepark?

Abandoned Spreepark, Photo Credit Daniel Heitz

Believe it or not, Berlin is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever explored. Between memorials and relics from World War II, one hell of a street art culture, and abandoned airports, Olympic villages and Spreepark amusement park, the city never ceased to amaze me. Someday I’ll have to write a full blog post about my week there, but …

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My Five Weeks in Sjuntorp Could Have Been Better

Selfie on Hike in Sjuntorp

My Workaway on a farm in Sweden, just outside the unheard-of village of Sjuntorp, was quite an interesting experience. Long hours, wonderful scenery and a very eccentric family. I’m not going to pull any punches on this one. While the experience overall wasn’t that bad, and certainly beautiful, there were a few things that rubbed the wrong way. As a travel blogger …

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