About

Hello, reader.

What you have here are stories and essays about travel and life. Topics addressed will generally fit into one of those themes. Specifically I write about consciousness, philosophy, social justice, culture, the self, and interdependence through creative nonfiction travel writing. If you are here, it’s probably because you are a family member or friend (Hi Mom). If that’s not you, then you are likely lost. No, no, don’t go. It’s okay! It’s great to get lost. I’ll tell you a few stories about times I have been lost (like, right now?). Where was I? Oh, right. This blog and “me”.

I live to explore the world as well as the bigger questions of existence. It’s a journey to create a better me and better way of life. Long term travel is my preferred medium for these physical and metaphysical adventures and misadventures. So far I have extensively explored the United States, along with international destinations in Southeast Asia, Central America, and South America.

Formerly of the real world, I have a formal education in psychology, philosophy, and environmental studies. I am a former third grade teacher and Ph. D applicant. I left all of that for awhile and got lost finding my way back. No, no, no! I hear you. Yeah, what will I do for my retirement? What about planning for kids? What about my career? Let me stop you there. I get it. But, like I told you. It’s great to be lost. And I think I have stumbled onto something…a different way of life than “the path”, and so far, it’s working for me.

Nowadays I do whatever it takes to fill up my travel piggie bank. I work, I save, I go. I discovered there’s a term for this kind of lifestyle. I am living out my version of vagabonding. I have also left behind a lot of excess baggage to lighten the load. I found out there’s a term for what I am! Insane? Oh, stop it. No. Well, maybe, okay. But, no. I practice minimalism. I’m a minimalist (among many other -ism’s and -ist’s). I am just trying to carve out enough space to live a life of purpose and authenticity. And yeah, I am still in the process of figuring out what that looks like. What that is lived like. But, that’s life, actually! It is a fucking process!

I write to you in order to share my journey. I hope to create a dialogue about these topics and places visited. From the best dive bars to the creation of an authentic and meaningful life. I hope my story can serve as inspiration, or maybe a cautionary tale, or at least an entertaining diversion in your day to day. I’m guessing there are more of us out there. Human being like beings with consciousness, a pulse, questions, and a desire to make this a better existence for all sentient beings. And being completely okay getting lost along the way.

Let’s go.

Cheers,

Jameson

Buffalo Gap National Grassland (South Dakota, USA)

Buffalo Gap National Grassland (South Dakota, USA)

One thought on “About

  1. Just to let you know I’m putting a lot of effort into this. This is going to be the second time I type everything into this comment box. If it deletes it again, I will never try again and you will never get my comments, ever. 🙂 I’m a first draft kind of guy. Now to go and retype it all and try and remember the glorious things I said in my first attempt is just difficult. This post will never be as good as the first one, so I’ll have to make it better. Here goes nothing…

    Jameson Yingling,

    You are my friend. (now this just sounds lame the second time around but oh well). I’ll go ahead and say safe travels now and get that out of the way, but if there were some “danger” mixed into your journey it would be a neat memory and add to your experience over there, where ever you’re going. (not so good in geography but I can tell you that the square root of 69 is 8 something; cause I’ve been trying to work it out).

    You will have an awesome time. You have so many things to look forward to! The people, culture, food, brews, smells, traditions, climate, landscape etc. I’m very excited for you. I can’t wait to catch up when you get back to the states. Please let me know when you are back in Florida so we can chat about nothing, enjoy some microbrew and maybe become enemies for a little while while playing beer pong if there’s time.

    And I can’t forget my weekly tradition during college football. Since you may not have cell phone access I’ll go ahead and do it all now.
    This is Sparta!, corn does the body good, How about a round of boilermakers?, let’s go shopping at bloomingdales, HOW, badgers are scary and GO BLUE!

    Enjoy yourself. Take care and I’ll see you soon.

    Cheers,

    Danny

    PS, you will get this message because I beat the system and copy/pasted it to a word document just in case it gets wild on me again.

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