Travel Stories

What it Really Means to Be Homeless and Free

Skye Class, aka Homeless Man, at Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Someone recently asked me what I thought about the homeless situation in America. Well, I don’t have a house anywhere, I don’t currently call any country home and I don’t have a home base for my travels. Does that make me a homeless man? One thing I do know is Earth is my home. “Home is where your rump rests.” …

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Batu Caves are Better Than they Look Online

The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia are the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. They have a level of beauty and wonder on par with Pandora from the movie Avatar, and the macaque monkey population makes the experience truly memorable. Kuala Lumpur’s key attractions are centered in the downtown area. The Petronas Twin Towers are easily the most known. Chinatown …

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Why You Must Become an Authentic Thai Massage Therapist

Authentic Thai Massage Therapy is not a luxury. It’s a part of life. Receiving a Thai massage at least once a week has therapeutic benefits beyond what you might imagine. Opening up the energy lines of the body is not just relaxing, but also increases a resistance to illnesses, allows you to sleep better, improves flexibility and a host of …

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Cliff Jumping at the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon

Chiang Mai Grand Canyon

Jumping off the 10-15 meter high cliff into a water-filled quarry was one of the most adventurous activities I’ve engaged upon this year. It’s not for the faint of heart, but is something everyone should try at least once. Update: This point was written after my first visit in 2015. The information has been updated in 2017, and I’ve crossed …

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Conquering the Doi Suthep Jungle

Sunset in Second Doi Suthep Hike

I wasn’t going to let my story of getting lost in the Doi Suthep jungle end the way it did. What kind of adventurer would I be if I gave up like that? No, the only solution was to get back into that jungle and find where I went wrong. Success! My friend Gwen and I started out from Old Town Chiang …

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Why Hang Street Performers Are Best

Hang Street Performer Istanbul

The Hang, also known as a hang drum or handpan, is a new instrument in the street musician scene. Hang street performers have produced some of the most incredible shows I’ve seen, and I’m always on the lookout for more. My first introduction to the Hang was in Brussels, Belgium. I was invited to a couchsurfing event and had no idea …

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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.

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