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Hey there, I’m Scott, former Pittsburgher and current Chicagoan. I’m a founding member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association. Started in 2011, Quirky Travel Guy is one of the longest-running North American-based travel blogs. I enjoy covering offbeat attractions, arts & culture, history, nightlife, soft adventure, and more throughout the U.S., Canada, and select international destinations that have something special to offer.
I created Quirky Travel Guy as a way to document the cool things I see and do on the road and to inspire others to move beyond their comfort zone, get out there and see the world!
In 2009, I left my 9-to-5 office job and set off on a four-month solo van trip through 46 states. I blogged daily about my journey as I slept in my van in small towns across America, enjoyed big-city life from Hollywood to New York City, camped outside with coyotes in Death Valley and spent quality time with friends, old and new.
I provide the perspective of the young(ish) indie hipster type who loves urban life but also enjoys small-town America and national parks. Since 2009, I’ve visited all 50 states (check out my post about the unforgettable experience of flightseeing on a glacier.)
Offbeat travel experiences are my primary niche, with a special emphasis on the quirky sights that make a destination unique. Besides travel, I’m way into popular music, hiking, wildlife, sports, LGBT issues, and history, so you’ll see elements of those topics sprinkled into my travel writing.
I’m proud of the fact that every photo that appears on this site is mine, and I only write about places I’ve visited first-hand. Even if I never capture any photography awards, I feel strongly about avoiding creative commons Flickr images and sticking with my 100% original pictures. Hopefully the personal touch comes through!
I’ve been published on Matador Travel, AOL Travel, Eagle Creek, Connect Magazine, and a few other places you’ve probably heard of, but for now most my travel-related content is going to appear right here. My current life goal is to continue to move beyond my comfort zone and meet as many people from different cultures as possible.
For inquiries regarding advertising, press trips or other random correspondence, I can be reached at scott (at) quirkytravelguy.com. I am also a Chicago freelance writer available for writing or blogging opportunities, so drop me a line if you have a project I may be able to help with. I also own a handful of other sites, including Tennis Universe, a website that features tennis news and reviews of ball shooters, tennis rackets and more. Happy travels!