Travel Stories

London: My Arrival in the World’s Most Visited City

The Shard and London Bridge

Wow. Where to begin? Started my journey visiting one of the greatest cities in the world. I have so much to say about London. I mentioned my arrival and the first day through the city in my last post. Here’s the rest. I got up bright and early on Friday morning and took the bus back to central London from Golders …

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Across the Pond

Selfie with Big Ben

What an amazing day. Or two days. Just over 24 hours ago, I was saying goodbye to my friends in Portland. And now I’m sitting in a flat in London writing this blog. Here’s the details. Before I left Portland, I had one last meal at Shut Up and Eat. Got the Italian Grinder again, which you can read all about …

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A Night in Sellwood

A cold, misty night. Steam rising off a cup of Caramel Créme Brulee tea. A late-night stroll with a beautiful girl. Jumping too far off a swing. Getting stuck on a dew covered slide in an empty park. Park lamps cast a lambent glow on a riverside path. The fog-shrouded bridge across the river looks like a space ship. Sitting on a dock taking …

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7 Places to Find Good Food in Portland

Voodoo Donuts Memphis Mafia (Food in Portland)

The food in Portland is probably one of the main factors why I think the city is the best in the USA. Maybe it’s because the tap water here is delicious itself, so food cooked in it tastes better. Maybe it’s because Portland is full of bohemian hippies (not really, but a little). Whatever the reason, I had some of …

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Words From the Skye: Why I Support Small Businesses When I Travel

Dr. Brown's Motorcycle Repair

This was my second post I wrote when I first started traveling. I felt obligated to write it for all the small businesses out there. At the beginning of my travels, I had the desire to support the small businesses in each town I visited as much as I can, and I’ve continued that endeavor to this day. Using “The …

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Journal Entry: Getting Ready for My Endless Journey Around the World

Beginning My Endless Journey

The new blog is up, and I’m only 10 days away from the beginning of my endless journey around the world. I’ve been dreaming for this day for years, and it’s finally upon me! I’ve spent the last few weeks traveling along the west coast and having a blast. It started with seeing some family, spending great days at the …

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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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