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Brian Cray - Budget Travel

Hitchhiking, Train Hopping, & Wandering

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Brian Cray

Brian Cray is not a cyclist. He’s not a hitchhiker. He’s not a train hopper or an adrenaline junkie. He’s just an ordinary man with gypsy blood in his veins, who can’t seem to settle down. Nothing defines him. He goes wherever this world takes him on this journey we call life, roaming the world, at will, by any means. He aspires for a life of indefinite travel, a tiny home in the woods for him and his wife, and any work that keeps him wanderin’. Brian Cray is a travel writer at heart, sharing his stories with the world one keystroke at a time.

Born in 1989 in Delaware, Brian Cray first began travel writing in 2013 when he set out on a coast-to-coast bicycle tour headed nowhere in particular. Working under his old moniker, Jungle, later switched to Cray, Cray spent the next several years roaming the world, at will, by any means.

His gypsy blood kept him wanderin’ aimlessly where he explored much of the United States and Southeast Asia.  His misfit travels led him by thumb, foot and freight train.  His collection of stories tell the tales of his first hand accounts thumbin’ it through China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. They also dabble into his many encounters while hitchin’ out in the midwest and the western coast of the United States along with ridin’ the highline.  Having no formal training in writing or journalism, his collection of stories tell the lifestyle of the itinerant worker wanderin’ between jobs for a true experience at the ultimate freedom.

Cray meticulously documented his explorations by pen and photograph capturing the true beauty of freedom as he saw it firsthand.

His work captures the true heart of adventure with a foot-loose lifestyle, living alternatively from the traditional 9-5 job.

He set out to write his first novel unmasking the truths and emotions behind voluntary homelessness, traveling by thumb, foot, freight train and bicycle among battling manic depression.

He hopes his work will attract an audience and one day inspire others to find happiness through alternative living or what they love.

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