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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
Finnish Lapland

The good news? Thanks to a company called Unelmaa, I own a piece of Finnish Lapland. The better news? I'm flying to Finland to spend a few days on it!

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.

Seattle – Credit to Rattlhed via Wikimedia Commons

No matter where in Seattle I decide to stay, these are the day trips I plan to make the next time I visit Seattle. Do you have any others to add?

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

2014 was quiet for me, as far as Europe is concerned. Here are the European destinations I hope to visit in 2015. What about you?