Welcome

This website is a travel blog called, Amble Unbound. My name is Aaron K and my greatest passion in life is for travel and exploring the world. Follow along as I visit distant lands and discover healthy living on the road, all while seeking a deeper understanding of life's purpose and meaning. To learn more about my story, please click below. Thank you!

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Kenya 2011
Alaska, Denali NP
Camino de Santiago
Europe 2009
Intuitive Living
Midwest America
Musings
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  • How to Party Like an Expat
    May 23, 2016
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    An expedition in Kenya was 10 weeks long. After which many of my friends would head home. So at week 9, we made sure...
  • Wasini Island, Kenya
    April 27, 2016
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    Living on an island off the coast of Kenya had me feeling a bit like Robinson Crusoe. I’m lying in bed, every muscle aching from...
  • Camping Near Kilimanjaro
    April 25, 2016
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    The tropical forest of the east African coast was amazing, but it was the quintessential Africa, the vast plains and harsh bush I had...
  • Getting Sick in Africa
    April 7, 2016
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    Getting sick when you visit rural Africa was unavoidable, it would seem. Everyone came down with either dehydration, stomach infections, heat exhaustion, infected cuts...
  • Jungle Book Kenya
    March 28, 2016
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    Crowned hornbills fly overhead as I make my way through this rural town in Kenya, surrounded by dense, green forest and a Discovery Channel-esque...
  • Welcome to Kenya!
    March 23, 2016
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    I stepped off the plane and the humidity hit me like an open, oven door. The crowd moved through the terminal in unison, echoing...
  • Beer Paradise in Prague
    March 21, 2016
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    Before my long awaited expedition to Kenya began, my dad and I took a short trip to Czech Republic to explore and drink beer. Prague,...
  • Booze, Money and the Forever High
    March 17, 2016
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    I stopped to catch my breath. I had been snowboarding all day and I was exhausted but feeling alive. I took a moment to...
  • Fracking in North Dakota | 3 of 3
    March 14, 2016
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    I could barely think straight. “Ok, I just crashed an 18 wheeler.” Lost in the fog of North Dakota, I skidded off the road...
  • Fracking in North Dakota | 2 of 3
    March 10, 2016
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    Blood, sweat and tears?... more like fuel, ice and toxic chemicals. Life on location was tough. My first hitch out on location was indescribable (A...
  • Fracking in North Dakota | 1 of 3
    March 7, 2016
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    I winced in agony at my frozen, battered hands as I gripped my sledge hammer for another swing. Exhaustion was all I knew, all...
  • My Secret Africa
    March 2, 2016
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    Often I doubt my intuition, but when it screams at me to pay attention, I've learned its best to take a leap of faith...
  • 6 Ways to Travel Abroad When You’re Broke
    February 25, 2016
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    Want to see the world but you don’t have a lot of money? Try these ideas for cheap ways to get you abroad and...
  • How I Handle Money Problems
    February 17, 2016
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    Traveling is my life. It’s what I am most passionate about. This passion can be extremely expensive however and over the years I have...
  • A Star Wars Themed Guide to Develop your Intuition
    February 13, 2016
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    Intuition development is so key to living a healthier, happier life. I first became interested in developing my intuition while camping in California in 2013...
  • Daring To Dream | A Traveler's Homecoming
    February 11, 2016
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    My summer in Europe came and went like a bump in the road; enough to where I noticed it, but certainly not life changing. I...
  • Last Stop England
    February 2, 2016
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    My final stop before returning home to the States was in England to visit my dad. It was really great to see him again. ...
  • Top 3 Picks: Florence, Italy
    January 27, 2016
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    Florence is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It has that distinct, quintessential European vibe of culture, history and slow living. I visited...
  • Rheinsteig Trail
    January 26, 2016
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    My parents told me I wasn’t prepared to backpack across Europe alone, but I didn’t listen. I left their house in Germany for the...
  • My Summer in Germany
    January 20, 2016
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    I’ve often thought about writing a book of my travels. I even started one last year. But, I decided I liked the blog style...
  • 7 Signs you’re Sacrificing too Much of Yourself
    January 14, 2016
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    Ever feel like your trip is more stressful than fulfilling? This post is for people who let the excitement of travel eclipse their health...
  • 2008 Study Abroad Wrap Up
    January 11, 2016
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    As a first time independent traveler, I learned a lot from my study abroad trip to Tallinn, Estonia. I spent three crazy weeks in Estonia,...
  • Bus Trip to Lithuania
    January 5, 2016
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    Time was running out on my study abroad trip and I could feel the pressure to live every moment like it was my last....
  • Я говорю по-русски
    November 26, 2015
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    My study abroad trip should have ended in St. Petersburg, Russia. But the promise of adventure would consume my every thought until all other...
  • My First Solo Trip: Helsinki, Finland
    November 12, 2015
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    Travel is my passion but it hasn’t always been easy. Far from it. Two days in Finland taught me a lot about planning, improvisation...
  • Studying Abroad in Tallinn, Estonia
    November 10, 2015
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    My study abroad trip to Estonia was my first experience struggling with food and money while I travel. In 2008, I had one more summer...
  • Is That... Bacon??
    October 19, 2015
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    The Grand Canyon is such an incredible place to travel. My pictures only partially capture the emotion of watching the sun rise over the...
  • A Walk in the African Woods
    October 6, 2015
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    “Once you drink from the waters of Africa, you will always be thirsty.” That’s right, I’m going to start posting ALL my old travel stories!!...
  • Universal Signs: Following Synchronicites
    October 3, 2015
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    Noticing signs from the universe takes practice, but with training, subtle energy and guidance can be so useful... and awesome! Throughout my travels, I’ve asked...
  • Odd Job Aaron
    September 30, 2015
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    Whether I'm conducting reef fish survey's off the coast of Africa or driving a tour van and trailer across the U.S., my job history...
  • Better Living on the Road
    September 27, 2015
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    Intuition development and spiritual awareness are all part of my daily life now. Its why I travel. Ok so, as I travel and explore this...
  • Johnson's Shut-Ins
    September 24, 2015
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    Another state park I was fond of as a kid was Johnson’s Shut-ins, here in Missouri. The East Fork Black River runs over these...
  • Elephant Rocks
    September 21, 2015
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    This is going to be a little different. I’m trying to grow this website into a successful and popular travel blog, the inspiration of...
  • Midwest America
    September 18, 2015
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    I’m so happy my website is finally finished! I have spent months teaching myself web development/ design and struggling the whole way through. I...
  • Well, Here Go's Nothing!
    September 15, 2015
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    I’ve had this reoccurring dream for years now. I’m waking up in a pop-up tent, sitting on the roof of a Land Rover Defender...
  • The Return Home
    December 22, 2014
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    Seasons Greetings everyone! I have made it back to my home town of St. Louis, Missouri. I'm looking forward to spending some time with...
  • ¡Hasta Luego España!
    December 12, 2014
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    When you start the Camino, you receive a credential that is to be stamped and dated at every albergue you reach along the way....
  • Buen Camino
    December 7, 2014
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  • The Last Leg of the Camino
    December 5, 2014
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  • Nearing Santiago, The Home Stretch
    December 2, 2014
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    11/20/14 For dinner tonight, I just ate a pound of ground veal, a jar of tomato sauce, a can of olives, a can of mushrooms...
  • Notes, Convos and Oddities: Tales From Spain
    November 20, 2014
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    11/10/14 Haha! The best my knee has felt in three weeks, was after a 1/2 a bottle of wine!!! I guess the trick for me...
  • This is Your Camino
    November 7, 2014
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    10/30/14 I'm roughly 120km into my journey. My knees eventually reached a point where I could no longer continue until I heal. I've been resting...
  • The biggest boots on the Camino
    October 26, 2014
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    Wow, where to begin? Life on the Camino is unlike anything I've ever experienced. Yes I have hiked before, and yes I have stayed in...
  • El Camino de Santiago
    October 21, 2014
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    In the year AD 44, St. James (an apostle of Jesus Christ), was killed. His body was buried in the town of Santiago de...
  • Memory Lane
    October 13, 2014
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    My time here in England is still going well. Not too much sightseeing I’m afraid. The days are getting shorter and at this latitude,...
  • Update 10.2.14
    October 3, 2014
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    Things are coming along just fine. I have started some maintenance of this website and look forward to watching its progression. For the time...
  • Midnight in Heathrow
    September 24, 2014
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    My flight arrived at 8pm. I collected my headphones and checked my seat to make sure I didn’t miss anything. As I walked off...
  • Farewell Alaska
    September 19, 2014
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    Well, my Alaskan adventure is over. I had an amazing summer in Denali driving around, seeing wildlife and gazing at the surrounding mountains. Goodbye Alaska,...
  • Epic Denali
    September 10, 2014
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    One week left here In Alaska. With a few days off work remaining, I decided to go all out. I spent yesterday on the 13...
  • Don't Stop Believin'!
    September 3, 2014
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    The season is changing quickly. Already the temperature has begun to drop. The days of endless sunlight are waning as the early morning hours...
  • Porch Swings, Cigarettes and Banjo Music
    August 27, 2014
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    What is it about the seasonal life that drives people crazy? Is there something in the water? Maybe it’s too much sun exposure, or...
  • Climbing Mt. Sugarloaf
    August 18, 2014
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    Ok, gear check. I have my boots, back pack, food, water, sweater, raingear, hat, and all the enthusiasm in the world. I have the...
  • Trail Running in a Land Left by Glaciers
    August 11, 2014
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    I am at my best when I have a quiet place to think. I really enjoy my life here, but when I feel overwhelmed,...
  • Mt. McKinley by Ground and Air
    August 4, 2014
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    After working 4/14hr shifts in a row, I was relieved to finally get two days off. Sitting around the campfire, drinking a beer and...
  • Shuttle ‘Brake’ Down
    August 1, 2014
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    The countdown continues till the end of the season. We have 48 days left till Denali shuts down for the winter and all that...
  • Denali National Park
    July 23, 2014
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    My alarm went off at 5:20am. I reflexively hit the snooze and rolled over to go back to sleep. But my eyes immediately shot...
  • Who Needs the 9 To 5
    July 16, 2014
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    For the most part, this job is amazing. I get paid to drive back and forth along an Alaskan highway during the summer. Fireweed,...
  • A Day in the Life of an Alaskan Shuttle Driver
    July 5, 2014
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    The day begins bright and early at 5am. I get dressed in my cozy 8x8 room which is decorated with various hooks and shelves...
  • My first Day in Alaska
    July 1, 2014
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      Well, I made it. I’m here in Denali National Park. I was pleasantly surprised that my 4,000 mile journey went so smooth. The flight...
  • So it Begins
    June 29, 2014
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    So, this is to be my first post in what will hopefully be an awesome travel blog. I plan on having an "About Me"...