Wandering Aimlessly

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

Along the Dark Sky

Twizel felt homey and quaint like the small rural towns spread along the eastern coast of the North Island.  With only one Four Square supermarket in the Town Centre, one hostel, and other small private businesses embracing modern European architecture, it became the last stop before our job on Lake Pukaki at Lakestone Lodge.  This job would finish our trip in New Zealand before touching down back in America for summertime. But, adventure did not end just yet. It only just begun.We wandered away from town following a walking path interspersed with pine, beyond it lay golden fields of...

Skinny Dippin’ and The Lost Wallet

The morning sky poked up over the lake with a blink of dim light and at 5 AM I found myself inebriated, patting every pant pocket, shuffling through my frayed jacket, and searching frantically for my wallet. Where did it go during the shenanigans of skinny dipping at the thermal spas? Did I misplace it, slipping into my pants? Did one of my new encounters slip their thieving hands into my pocket and pilfer it? Shit...my head pounded with each racing thought as the cheap wine wore off to a state of throbbing punishment. With less than two hours...

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...
Hitchhiking Kauai

Soppin’ Boots and Wrinkled Thumbs

Princeville Hawaii The Kalalau Trail came and left like a faint glimpse in a dream, but our efforts continued to explore Kauai for an undetermined...
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...

Thumbs and the Sand

Hitchhiking Hawaii So I arrived in Hawaii on September 9th to start my job at Pacific Skydiving Center as a tandem parachute packer. I felt...
Exploring the Village of Thai in Koh Yao Noi

Chong Phli Village Motorbike Victim

Chong Phli Village "This post goes back to over a year ago when I was hitchhiking through Southeast Asia to meet up with my friend...
Pioneer Park

Hitchhiking to California

Hitchhiking to California We stood near the on-ramp of I-70 West flying a sign that said, "West." The vehicles whizzed by the roundabout right before...

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