Who is Chuck Manley?




No beard!

I’m 28 years old and 5 years ago I decided it was time to follow my heart for the first time in my life. I had been living for other people up until then and finally it came to a breaking point and I refused to any longer. I quit my job as a paramedic, sold all of my possessions, and started to prepare for the wild ride that laid ahead.

On June 1st 2009 I set off on a grand adventure that changed the core of who I was. I spent 6 months living a life hitchhiking around the US, sleeping on random couches, and feeling more alive than I ever had in my life. I wanted to feel that way forever and have dedicated my life to it ever since.

My mission in life is to live by a set of values that I believe will steer me down the correct path in life.

  • Never stop exploring.
  • Try everything twice.
  • Connect with everyone.
  • Keep an open heart.
  • Give more than you take.

If I am mindful of those with humility, compassion, and gratitude then I am right where I need to be. It’s a constant practice that will likely last a lifetime.

Along the way I’ve discovered some things that I’m really passionate about. Traveling, writing, and photography are on the top of that list. I also dabble in quite a few other things like cooking, marketing, film making, and business. I try to combine as many of my interests in as many ways as I can.

I believe in the oneness of everything and think we all have the super power to manipulate time, space, and matter. With practice, I can do so leaving a positive impact in my wake.

I’m naturally a quiet, shy, and reserved introvert, but I’ve created an alto ego that is anything but. I like to say there is me, Chuck, and then there is Chuck Manley, and the wild adventures he gets into. Sometimes I pretend I’m a comic book character and make decisions based on whether they would make a good issue or not. That leaves me with a lot of really cool stories to tell.

This blog is combination of all of those things and then some. It’s a creative outlet for me to share who I am, what I do, and what I learn in this endless journey of self discovery. I hope you find my words useful and maybe even inspiring. If you like what I have to say, I’d love to hear from you!

Here are some questions that tend to come up a lot.


Q: How do you afford to travel?

The most important thing I do is live a minimalistic lifestyle. You could call me cheap, but I’d prefer resourceful. I can have fun sober, I can cook better than most restaurants for cheaper, and because I live out of a backpack, buying “things” requires a lot of forethought. I don’t have a place to live full time, so there’s no rent. I also don’t own a car. When I travel, I do it “budget” style. I’ve slept on the steets more times than I can count, often stay on couches and floors, and I prefer to hang out in cheap countries.

Q: What do you do for work?

I don’t have a job, per se, but I’ve come up with plenty of income streams over the years. My biggest money maker is the freelance event marketing work that I do. I work contract gigs that last from a day to my longest one being 2 months. I like to work a week here and there in cities that I can spend time in for little money. I’ve also made money selling photography, t-shirts, stickers, and stocks. I’ve built and sold a few websites as well. I don’t make much money, but it’s enough.

If you have a business idea that I’d be good for, I’m always for hire.

Q: How long have you been traveling for?

In the past 5 years the longest I’ve spent in one place without being gone for more than a week was for 6 months. But I take breaks here and there in places that I feel comfortable. I also don’t like to jump quickly from place to place, so I might spend a month or 2 in places I really like. When you travel as a lifestyle, it’s tough to always be on the move. At this point though, I don’t feel much like I have a home, so it’s hard to know how long I’ve been away from it.

Q: How long do you plan on traveling for?

As long as it fits who I am, I’ll do it for as long as I’m alive. It’s not so much about traveling as it is about being free. If I’m free to choose, and decide to stay in one place, then I’m still being true to myself. For now though, I’m addicted to finding out what’s around the next bend.

Q: Do you want to ever settle down and have a family?

This is actually two separate questions so I’m going to address them separately. As far as settling down, I hate the word settle, so no. I never went to settle for anything in life. It sounds like giving up to me. I do dream of the day that I can find a place to call home, but I haven’t found it yet. When the day comes, I’ll be happy to build a little shack and call it quits. Until then, I won’t settle.

When it comes to a family, again, I won’t settle. I’d love to have a family. To have a child to share my wisdom with would be the greatest seed of all to plant. But, I’m not settling and planting that seed just anywhere. It has to be with someone who is aligned with my values and wants to experiment in a non traditional and sometimes radical lifestyle.

Do you have a question for me? Shoot me a message and I’ll update this page accordingly. If you want to know more about me, follow me on facebook where I update my photos, thoughts, and location regularly.