About The Packable Life
Hello, world. I’m Noel Krasomil, the guy behind The Packable Life. I’m a trail-seeking, deal-finding, street food-devouring, blog-obsessed 30-something from Colorado, U.S.A. I have been a full-time travel writer for over a year, with no end in sight.
I created The Packable Life to inspire others to travel, hike, and blog with purpose — to grow stronger, more focused, and more inspired every day on the road. I want to challenge you to pack lighter, travel longer, hike farther, and blog smarter.
I was 17 years old when I first left the country. I was wide-eyed and overwhelmed as I explored the streets of Mexico City with my Spanish class — entranced by the intensity of a culture I knew nothing about.
Smoke billowed out of food carts and into the air. Motorcycles whizzed by me, roaring as they filled the street with black exhaust. Thick masses of people weaved and flowed through the crowded sidewalks like schools of fish. The noise, the aroma, the language — everything was so new. Wait, this place actually exists?
I needed to see more.
I spent the next 12 years of my life saving for short-lived vacations that always ended too soon. I studied in Mexico and moved to Hawaii after college, but the money never lasted and the adventures always had an expiration date. I spent my 20s in debt, slaving away at unfulfilling jobs, living paycheck to paycheck.
I eventually made a decision to work towards a life of freedom and travel. I overhauled my attitude towards work and changed my relationship with money. My days were spent working my ass off, attacking my debt, reading travel and personal finance blogs, and constructing an exit strategy.
Then, on August 1st, 2017, the moment finally came: I quit my job, packed my newly acquired camper van, and set off for a life of freedom and travel. Shortly thereafter, The Packable Life (formerly known as Tenacious Travel) was born.
My New Life on the Road
Since I left that fateful day, I’ve been busy. I drove over 4000 miles in my camper van, took over 20 flights, snapped over 7000 photographs, trekked over 400 miles, and visited 9 countries in my first year of travel.
I focus on packing light, visiting budget-conscious destinations, hiking as often as I can, and blogging about it all as I go.
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Back before I quit my job, I mustered up the courage to ask out an intriguing, yet elusive co-worker, Keri. She hesitantly obliged, skeptical of me and my intentions. A week after our first date we bought tickets to New Orleans and went on our first of many adventures together.
Nowadays, we live in Chengdu, China, where Keri teaches English and I travel while working on my blog. If you see a photo of me on the website, there’s a good chance Keri took it. She won’t be contributing content as of yet, but she is highly involved in critiquing The Packable Life. Her official job title is ‘Chief Executive of Disaster Control’.
Life is going well for us right now. We’re right where we want to be.
Now, that you know a bit about my story, let me answer the burning question:
How Can The Packable Life Help You?
My typical trip into a city usually revolves around consuming uncomfortable amounts of food and seeking out strange experiences. Usually, I’m tight with my money, but that all changes when I become hungry or bored. I’ve written some revealing posts highlighted by my food-and-adventure-focused style of travel:
- Like that time I visited Tepito, Mexico’s most notorious black market.
- Or that time I ate 32 different types of street food in one day in Chengdu, China.
- Or that time I motorbiked around Northern Vietnam on a whim.
- Or a one-day guide to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling capital city.
I’m not saying you should visit all the same destinations I’ve been to or try all the same food — I just hope you get inspired by my unique experiences and carve out some of your own. I encourage you to create candid memories by pushing expectations aside and simply letting life happen.
I admit it: I’d rather be deep in the wilderness hiking for days on end than in the heart of a city exploring the streets. The solitude, the beauty, the problem solving, the movement — these are the reasons I love hiking. I will offer thorough re-caps and guides for every worthwhile trek I’ve been on. The struggles and successes I’ve had on the trail will stick with me forever.
- Like that time I walked to San Bartolo, a lonely ghost town in the Atacama Desert.
- Or when I trekked the world-famous ‘O’ Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park.
- Or when I was pummeled by brutal weather on the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland.
- Or when I hiked across glaciers and zip-lined over rivers on the Huemul Circuit trek in Patagonia.
The more I trek, the more I seek out lesser-known routes. Sure, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed some of the world’s more popular multi-day hikes, but lately, I’m searching for treks that have fewer people, less established trails, and pose more of a mental challenge. My trip reports and guides are here to inspire you to get out and start your perfect trek.
Travel & Hiking Tips, Guides & Resources
Travel can be rough — brutal, in fact — if you’re not prepared for the journey ahead. My travels have taught me what it takes to stay afloat and focused with such a chaotic lifestyle. I created this website to become a traveler’s resource filled with my very best advice. My goal is to write informative and inspiring posts that will fundamentally change the way you look at the traveling lifestyle.
- Like my 9.7-pound list of ultralight backpacking gear I carry on every trek.
- Or my ‘carry-on only’ packing checklist with reviews of every single item I travel with.
- Or my list of 40+ essentials for van life, plus a full packing list, and other helpful resources.
- Or a list of 27 tips for riding a motorbike in Vietnam.
- Or my tips for falling (and staying) asleep in hostels dorms.
I only offer advice and information that has worked for me. The goal here is not to regurgitate tips given by other travel bloggers, but to offer you genuine and personal advice built from my missteps, triumphs, and failures. I hope you find some useful pointers to apply to your next adventure.
I have no idea what the future will bring — that’s why life on the move can be so exhilarating.
All I know is that my future journeys will be intense, unpredictable, and unique. I want to practice new languages, try strange food, wander the wilderness, and work my ass off telling you guys about all it. How does that sound?
Do you have an idea, travel recommendation, or general musing you think might help me? If so, contact me or leave a comment on one of my posts. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Communication is the glue that holds us all together, after all.
How You Can Support The Packable Life
Spend time on my website. By doing so, you are supporting me and my lifestyle. It’s that simple. Keep clicking and exploring and I’ll continue to add meaningful material to the site. I promise. Thank you for visiting, it makes it all worthwhile.
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