About Quirky Travel Guy

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Hey there, I’m Scott, aka Quirky Travel Guy. Join me as I solo travel the world seeking out cool adventures, cultural experiences, off-the-beaten-path treasures, road trips, national parks, and unique attractions!

I’ve been traveling – and writing about it – almost nonstop since the ’00s. My goal on the blog is to bring you the photos and stories behind these fascinating places and to show that travel doesn’t have to be super expensive. You can go just about anywhere in the world on an average-sized budget if you really want to!

I aim to uncover the most offbeat and most unforgettable destinations around. That means I cover everything from the beautiful landscapes of Iceland to the Toilet Seat Museum (yes, that’s a real place!)

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Landing on a glacier in Alaska’s Denali National Park.

Founder and author Scott Shetler is an experienced journalist and Seattle-based writer who has been featured in the Washington Post, Culture Trip, Viator, Rova magazine, Yahoo, Eagle Creek Travel Blog, Matador Travel, and many other sites. Scott has been interviewed as a travel expert by Travel + Leisure magazine, Britain’s BBC Radio, and Canada’s CTV, and his photography has been featured on the Travel Channel.

Aside from a small number of ads, the writing and photography on this site are 100% original. Unlike other travel blogs, I only write about places that I’ve visited personally. Besides travel, I’m way into music (Sigur Ros!), hiking, wildlife, outdoor adventure, food, LGBT issues, and history, so you’ll see elements of those topics sprinkled into my writing.

Hopefully by reading, you’ll be inspired to move beyond your comfort zone and take that first step toward a brand new travel adventure!

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On a boat in Puerto Vallarta.

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Quirky Travel Guy is one of the longest-running travel blogs. The site debuted in January 2011 and has built up a dedicated readership of folks interested in the site’s fun, offbeat spin on travel. The blog is promoted regularly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and various other social networks.

For advertising inquiries, such as sponsored posts, contact Scott via email at scott (at) quirkytravelguy.com or see this page.

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As of July 2022, Quirky Travel Guy receives more than 200,000 page views per month. The majority of Quirky Travel Guy‘s audience is from the United States and Canada, followed by the U.K., Mexico, Australia, Germany, France, Netherlands, South Africa, and several other European countries. My audience is generally between the age of 25-45, with an even male-female split and a sizable LGBT readership.

Among the topics covered on the website:

  • Offbeat roadside attractions
  • Museums, arts and culture
  • Food, nightlife and neighborhoods
  • Interesting historic sites
  • Solo travel and outdoor adventures
  • National parks & road trips

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Press Trips / Sponsorships

Quirky Travel Guy is always willing to consider sponsored trips to destinations that complement the theme of the site. I cover everything from national parks to urban adventures to small-town life, taking a special interest in fun and offbeat attractions around the world.

I will write honestly about your destination and do my best to put a fun spin on the biggest attractions and to seek out cool places that my readers would be interested in, which are often under-the-radar spots.

Awesome Destinations:

The Unforgettable Experience of Flightseeing and Landing on a Glacier in Alaska

Cruising Through the Streets of Havana in a 1956 Chevy Convertible

Going Back in Time in Vigan City, Philippines

Sights From a Hawaiian Helicopter Ride Over Active Volcano Lava Flows

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Kayaking in Glacier National Park.

Quirky Attractions:

The Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio

Polebridge, Montana: The American Town With No Electricity

Joining the Sourtoe Cocktail Club in the Yukon

The Icelandic Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft

A few frequently-asked questions:

Where did you grow up?

I was born into Amish royalty. I was raised outside Pittsburgh, one of the most underrated cities in the country. Then I spent several years in Chicago before moving on to the Pacific Northwest and settling in Seattle.

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In the back seat of an old Indy 500 race car.

Where have you traveled?

I first got the travel bug on a four-month van trip through 46 states. I eventually visited all 50 states, six Canadian provinces, and eight Mexican states.

In recent years, I’ve added several international destinations to my list, including Cuba, Iceland, France, Belgium, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic. In the summer of 2018, I embarked on a nine-country tour through central and southern Africa. Click “Destinations” on the top menu for more.

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Riding in a horse carriage in Vigan, Philippines.

What’s the coolest place you’ve visited?

There are so many. Iceland was incredible for its scenery. Cuba felt like a journey back in time with its old cars and refreshingly slow pace of life. Dawson City, Yukon was a fun town with a hippie-ish vibe during the summer.

I’m totally in love with Mexico City, which feels like my second home. And, of course, nothing was better than seeing African safari animals in Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana.

In the U.S., I’m a big fan of national parks. Death Valley was surprisingly awesome. Camping on a remote island in Dry Tortugas was a great life experience. Glacier National Park might be my favorite because of its mountain scenery, hikes, and wildlife. New Orleans, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver are among my favorite cities.

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In pieces at Philadelphia Magic Gardens.

Do you travel by yourself?

Absolutely! Quite often I’m on my own. Other times, a friend will join me for an adventure. I traveled with my ex for a couple years. And occasionally I go with a group of travel writers on a press trip. Every journey is completely different, and that’s part of the fun!

Solo travel comes with some challenges, but sometimes traveling on your own makes it easier to connect with locals.

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My new friend the harmonipan player in Mexico City.

Where else have you been published?

I spent several years writing about pop music (woohoo!) and interviewing artists like Ed Sheeran and Jason Derulo for Popcrush, AXS, and Examiner. As a travel writer, I’ve been published on Matador, AOL Travel, Connect Magazine, and EagleCreek.com, among many others. I’ve been blogging on the site since 2011, back when there were only a handful of legit travel bloggers on the internet.

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I am a Seattle 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 run a handful of other niche sites, including Tennis Universe, a website that features tennis news and reviews of ball shooters, tennis rackets and more.

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I love hearing from folks who have enjoyed a story, or who have suggestions for where I might take my next trip. To email me with random comments or inquiries regarding advertising or press trips, drop me a line at scott (at) quirkytravelguy.com. Happy travels!

19 thoughts on “About Quirky Travel Guy”

  1. Hello! Just found your blog, I love it. Looks like you’ve been to many amazing spots all over NA. I’ve done the cross-country road trip several times too, and I’m still going! These days I am doing a bit shorter road trips, but I get away as often as I can. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Do you have a follow button on wordpress? I may have missed it. Don’t check email all that often, so prefer to get updates in other forms (but not on instagram or google reader either, I may need to expand my horizons haha).
    Happy travels from a road trippin’ Canadian gal 🙂

  2. Katherine Hansen

    Hey Scott,
    Stumbled onto your blog- really awesome stuff! My girlfriend and I are on a journey in our van and I look forward to following you!

    – Kat

  3. Hi Scott….I read about your trips on Accuweather. The picture shown is of what looks like temples in rustic red, like bricks. Would you please tell me the name of this place and where it is. Below the picture, it reads, Top Travel News Stories of 2012. I am now reading all you stories.
    Thamk you

  4. My sister and I just finished a road trip…we started in Salt Lake City then headed to Craters of the Moon. Before Craters of the Moon we stayed the night in Pocatello, ID and happened upon The Clean Museum!!! We even had our own person tour with Mr. Aslett. I think you should definitely visit Pocatello and Don Aslett’s Clean Museum.

  5. Duncan @ Travelistic

    Hi Scott,

    I have been keen to try route66 for sometime now, but take it real slow and venture off into side towns etc along the way..

    Would this be something you could recommend?



    1. That could be a good trip, but large parts of it are empty with little to see. If I did a route 66 road trip, I would be sure to schedule some side trips, like the Grand Canyon, maybe Roswell, Dallas or San Diego. I think it would be a lot of fun!

  6. I was born and raised in the Rox…”The Bottoms” actually! Thanks for #62 in you list of 66 more things you love about Pittsburgh. It was a great place when I grew up there…sadly it’s not the same place it used to be. I wonder if I knew your cousins…everybody knows everybody else in the Rox.

  7. Lorna - the roamantics

    hey scott! happy to find your blog through fellow pals @amzkiz #FF tweet! great especially because i just bought the tiniest rv ever made and plan to take off soon. can’t wait to dig in to your van-dwelling road trip posts! 🙂

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