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Hey there, I’m Scott, former Pittsburgher and current Chicagoan. I started Quirky Travel Guy as a way to document the cool things I see and do on the road, throughout all 50 states and with the occasional international journey, 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. In the past three years, I’ve visited 49 states – all of the continental U.S. plus Alaska (check out my post about the unforgettable experience of flightseeing on a glacier.) And I’m coming for Hawaii just as soon as I can!
Budget travel within North America is my primary niche, with a special emphasis on the quirky, offbeat sights that make a destination unique. Besides travel, I’m way into popular music, nature & 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 and video 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 and borrowed Flickr images and sticking with my 100% original pictures. Hopefully the personal touch comes through!
I’m a founding member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, and I’ve been published on Matador Travel, AOL Travel 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. For more about me and my past travels, check out the Interview with Myself.
For inquiries regarding advertising, press trips or other random correspondence, I can be reached at scott (at) quirkytravelguy.com. Happy travels!