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, search for exotic wildlife and traverse rough terrain, 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
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  • My Last Days in Kenya
    June 23, 2017
    My time in Kenya would soon be over. After six months of living in Africa, it was time to figure out what to do...
  • How Not to Bake a Cake
    June 21, 2017
    I’m not what you would consider a master chef. In fact, far from it. (I remember one time college I tried to make mashed...
  • When The Going Gets Tough
    June 19, 2017
    I’d never known a dizziness like the one I experienced during my internship in Kenya. Somehow, I pushed myself too far for so long...
  • The Baboon Story
    October 12, 2016
    When people ask me about Africa, or my travel stories in general, the story about baboons in Kenya always come up as one of...
  • The Water Well Story
    August 28, 2016
    One of my favorite stories from Africa was about a water well and a crazy series of events that I couldn't have made up...
  • A Hospital in Kenya
    August 4, 2016
    My trip to the hospital in Kenya for lower back pain went from a very calm, routine check in, to a confusing game of...
  • Life as a Staff Member
    August 1, 2016
    Leading groups through the forests of Kenya was a freaking thrill! But the heat, pressure and social anxiety can bring even the toughest explorer...
  • Maasai Mara Safari | Part 2
    June 17, 2016
    Up before dawn we crawled into our safari van. The night sky, illuminated by the light of a full moon, hang overhead. And beyond...
  • Maasai Mara Safari | Part 1
    June 15, 2016
    My time had finally come! I was going on an African safari! I had dreamed of seeing lions, zebras, elephants and wildebeest all my life,...
  • 17 Ways to Get Grounded
    June 13, 2016
    We all have a higher mind, our consciousness, where our intuition sits. But we can’t see it, or grab it, because it exists, for...
  • How to Party Like an Expat
    May 23, 2016
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    “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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • The Last Leg of the Camino
    December 5, 2014
  • Nearing Santiago, The Home Stretch
    December 2, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    The day begins bright and early at 5am. I get dressed in my cozy 8x8 room which is decorated with various hooks and shelves...
  • Train ride, Alaska
    Train Ride | My first Day in Alaska
    July 1, 2014
    A train ride through the heart of Alaska... what could be better?! Well, I made it. I’m here in Denali National Park. After 2 planes,...
  • So it Begins
    June 29, 2014
    So, this is to be my first post in what will hopefully be an awesome travel blog. I plan on having an "About Me"...