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My name is Robert. In 2009, I left my entire life behind to seek out freedom, adventure and meaning. I started this blog to inform, inspire, entertain and empower travelers like you to do the same thing. Scroll down to read my latest blog posts, or click through the menu at the top of the page to explore the rest of the site. I'm happy you're here!

The Caucasus
An Alternative Europe Bucket List

Whether you're a novice Eurotripper or a professional pond hopper, check out these offbeat recommendations for your Europe bucket list.

Robert Schrader in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend of mine reached out about the prospect of taking a trip together. "Get the tickets for us," he instructed me, "you know, since you get paid to travel."

Armenia Monastery

I hope these photos make you want to visit the Caucasus but more than that, I hope they convey to you the transformation being here manifested in me.

Win a Free Trip to Chile's Atacama Desert

The bad news? Poor choices got in the way of me enjoying Chile's Atacama desert to its fullest extent. The good news? I'm giving you the chance to make up for my bad decisions.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is expensive, but rich in a way that transcends its dirty oil wealth – and certainly, the $16.67 I paid for each hour I spent there.

Thai Cooking

Dancing in Argentina, learning German in Berlin, cooking in Rome, yoga in Thailand, shadowing on a game reserve in Kenya – the world is your oyster.