All about the walkabout
All-out Walkabout is more than just a travel blog — it’s an attempt to share and evangelize the love of traveling to whoever stumbles upon this site. It’s a humble tribute to the cultures that I’ve had the privilege to immerse in. It’s how I hold myself accountable to the goal of responsible and immersive travel.
I hope that this site inspires you to live the best version of your life — one that is healthy, adventurous, rich, and most certainly not mediocre.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Stay curious, my friends.
In 2018, I grew tired of living in mediocrity; never leaving the borders of the city I was living in to explore. I had become complacent, living the “American dream” of owning a home, driving a fancy sports car, and surrendering myself to my job. I decided to explore the world around me, and beyond the United States.
All-out Walkabout was created as a travel blog that would keep me accountable to one goal: to live my life full of adventures.
The name came about from the concept of a walkabout — a term which originates from the Australian Aboriginal society, where young men embark on journeys that can last up to a few months long as a rite of passage.
I had spent my time in Australia backpacking, and did my version of a walkabout. It was one of those defining moments that fueled my confidence in traveling on my own, and my wanderlust. I also wanted to convey that my efforts to travel would be all-out, nothing short of maximum effort.
Hello. I’m Matt, and I live in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. After leading a gypsy life for many years, I decided to finally attempt to put down roots and see where things bring me.
I thrive off adventures and traveling, and can make an adventure out of little things in life. Though I’ve briefly traveled with friendly folks I met along the way, my travel style is primarily solo backpacking. I pack light, smile along the way, and eat a lot. Wherever possible I try to stay with local host families, hostels, or camp. I’m not a snob and do not mind staying in hotels/resorts where appropriate. I travel with intention and awareness, and always try to leave a positive legacy wherever I go.
My writing style is casual. I’m not trying to write a highly decorated magazine, and you’ll find that I simply speak my mind on the blog like a journal.
My desire is to share the love of globe-trotting, and get you excited about going on your own adventures.
Lived in six different countries by the time I was 18.
Speak English / Mandarin / Thai fluently and can probably stumble my way through Cantonese / Taiwanese if I really tried hard.
I pack light and fit all my needs contained in a 65L backpack. I do like gadgets though, so that tends to weigh me down if I’m not careful.
My favorite cocktail is gin and tonic. Though my inner pirate wouldn’t mind drinking most rum drinks, yarrr.
I work as a cyber security engineer for my day job, and used to moonlight as a first responder three days a week.
I absolutely love camping and going on spontaneous adventures and will not hesitate to grab my go-bag and leave on a trip within a moments notice.
There’s not many photographs of me because I’m an avid (very amateur) photographer and am generally the one snapping photos.
I love playing the guitar and trying to sing. Sometimes I write music too. And I’m always looking for someone to sing and jam with.
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