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About @road to roam

49 years old • Male

Budget travel - $15 per day - has been my thing since 2013. In pursuit of this my gal Fiona and I have hitchhiked from Portland, Maine to the Panama Canal and back. This took exactly 365 days round trip, with a lot of stops along the way to see sites, sights, cities and towns. We continue to travel slow (and cheap!) to this day.

We've been traveling since 2017 with only a very loose idea of what to do and where to go from one day to the next; in this sense, not always knowing what to expect (and being fine with that) is, to me, at the very heart of true travel and exploration.

To supplement our itinerant lives we work the sockeye salmon season on Bristol Bay in Alaska. The season is short (six weeks), the work is physically and mentally demanding (16-hour shifts, no days off) but the pay is certainly enough to keep us going for a good while. During that time our food and "housing" are fully provided for, so we don't spend a penny the entire time we're earning - the company we work for even pays for our transportation to and from their facility in Alaska.

We also house-sit for a few weeks or a few months at a time - this allows us to settle when we feel the need to, cook loads of salmon, work on our website and even shower on a regular basis.

  • Hobbies:

    Backcountry hiking, slow travel, reading non-fiction, soaking in hot springs, cooking (and eating) and getting lost wherever we are. On most mornings you'll find me walking through town before sunrise; this is the best part of the day.

    Listening to music and especially seeing live shows while traveling has always been a passion. I enjoy multiple genres of heavy metal music from bands such as GWAR, Entombed, Misery Index, Xerosun, Carcass, Hessian, (old) Sepultura, Job for a Cowboy, Death, Six Feet Under, Annihilator, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head and Obituary.

    I'm currently exploring more and more soul music and several different sub-genres associated with it.

    Sociology documentaries fascinate me and I love to watch boxing and mixed martial arts matches. I like to fix things, be it a toaster, cars or computers.

    Increasingly, running our own website is becoming a real hobby and I continue to learn more about this on a daily basis. From both caching and SEO optimization to learning about databases and perfecting GTMetrix results, our website has become a great hobby and a way to make a (very!) modest living.

  • Favourite places:

    In no particular order whatsoever:

    Huancayo, Peru
    Trujillo, Peru
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Riobamba, Ecuador
    Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
    Mexico City
    Patras, Greece
    Latacunga, Ecuador
    White Mesa near San Ysidro, New Mexico
    Marche (Treia, Cingoli, and Avenale), Italy
    Abruzzo (Orsogna and Castel Frentano), Italy
    Real de Catorce, Mexico
    Big Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua
    Howth Head in Ireland
    Mazatlan, Mexico
    San Salvador, El Salvador (honestly!)
    The Cotswolds
    Panama City, Panama
    Laguna Bacalar, Mexico
    Watching fireflies from Mom and Dad's front porch in summer
    Grogan's Pub in Dublin
    Portland, Maine
    Birmingham, England
    21st floor of Foxwoods (facing the forest)
    Any hiking trail in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
    Northern Ontario
    San Antonio Hot Spring in New Mexico
    Killester, in North Side Dublin (D5)
    Wild Sheep Mesa in Ramah, New Mexico

  • Elsewhere: A Couple Of Drifters
Nostalgia - it isn't what it used to be.


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