Wandering Aimlessly

Hey, I'm Brian Cray - adventure travel writer and seasonal worker. Follow my adventure short stories on hitchhiking, train hopping and wandering.

Abandoned Southeast Asia

The Best Abandoned Buildings in Southeast Asia Want to escape tourist-trap attractions, busy crowds and overpriced fares? Planning to experience only the hidden elements of Southeast Asia? How about adding an extra sense of adventure into the mix? Look no further, here’s a list of the best abandoned buildings in Southeast Asia, guaranteed to have your heart pounding, your eyes wide, and your camera at the ready. New World Shopping Mall – Bangkok, Thailand Built in 1982, this 11-story shopping center was closed after only 15 years in business. The story goes that after the mall’s closure it was discovered the owner...

5 Tips for Traveling With Young Children

5 Tips for Traveling With Young Children Have you ever been at the airport and wondered how parents survive the long plane ride with their crying, crawling infant? Making travel hassle-free with a child is a daunting prospect, but with a bit of planning and a fool-proof strategy you can make the process a lot easier. Make Traveling With Your Toddler Effortless Heading to your favorite vacay destination with your special angel need not be a hassle with the guidance of these simple tips. #01. Get Your Child A Ticket and Carry A Safety Seat Buying him a ticket and having that infant seat...
Hitchhiking to Abandoned Tokomaru Bay

Abandoned Tokomaru Bay

I stood right outside Tologa Bay by the only shoulder in the shade, flexing my thumb as minimal traffic whizzed by along highway 35 around the eastern coast. A black sports car screeched to a stop and a tall, burly, Maori man stepped out of the vehicle offering me a ride to the next small town. Lance stood there with his curly black hair and brown complexion, popping and reaching into his tiny trunk with his bulging forearms, one covered in a sleeve of Maori tattoos. The artwork fascinated me as I scrutinized the patterns carved into his arm...
Freight Train Hopping out of Hamilton

Night Rider of the Blue Dusk

Train Hopping Auckland Loud nasally snores echoed from the living room and I tapped Zep to wake him, but he did not budge. He lay there stone cold on the blue suede couch from a hard night of partying, and dropping acid. His wavy brown hair stood awry like a mad scientist's, covering the pits of his face speckled with acne, as drool pooled to the corners of his open mouth. His limp arm dangled off the sofa like dead weight. So I wandered to the kitchen where Rob lay unresponsive in the fetal position on the white sofa, trying to...
New Plymouth squatting along the coast of the Pacific Ocean

Coastal Sunset Squatting the NP

Hitchhiking Whanganui I held my sign firmly, peeking up at the dreariness weeping above in swirls of gray, hoping for a lift out of the last stretch of Whanganui before desolation. The gas station produced little luck but local rides and I needed a long hitch straight to New Plymouth. So I stood roadside before the 100 kph sign. The blinker to a double wide Mainfreight semi flashed over the hill of pavement and her engine came to a sweet halt just feet from me. I grabbed the door and clumsily scaled the ladder with my pack fighting me all...

A Night on the Steel

Slowly I tiptoe Shadows drown glistening steel She creeps to a halt I wait patiently Grass joins the chorus of wind Whirs fade to a hiss I jump to my...
Empty Coal Car

Fuck Outta Here White Boy

To avoid BNSF Memphis Yard, I walked 12 miles to a traffic signal along the Mississippi River.  East Memphis felt neighborly, with white picket...

Walla-Walla-Bing-Bong, Cassidy and Holiday

Hitchhiking Volcano National Park I pushed my flight back until November 14th while my visa processed for New Zealand. With the sudden change of destinations...
Freight Train Hopping out of Hamilton

Night Rider of the Blue Dusk

Train Hopping Auckland Loud nasally snores echoed from the living room and I tapped Zep to wake him, but he did not budge. He lay...
Train Hopping

Train Hopping Across America

Train Hopping Across America A few years ago when I first really contemplated about train hopping across America I did not think I would really...

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