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About Gabriel

Gabriel Morris Adventure Travel/Budget Travel

Gabriel Morris on the island of Santorini, Greece

I developed a love of travel early on, when my aunt Chris took me on a two-week road trip around the western U.S. when I was just 8 years old. We visited almost every western state and about a dozen national parks in the process.

Around that same age, I started hitchhiking. I lived in rural northern California with my parents and younger brother about 5 miles from a small town, and the last mile or so was up a dirt road. The school bus dropped us off at the beginning of that dirt road, and we were on our own to make it the rest of the way to our big cabin in the woods. At some point, I realized that I didn’t have to walk the whole way, if I just made an effort to flag down a neighbor’s car and thus save my short little legs from doing all the work.

Gabriel Morris Adventure Travel/Budget Travel

Gabriel Morris with a local friend in India

When I was 18 I took the hitchhiking spirit halfway around the world, flying to London, England for a summer in Europe. I hitchhiked the entire length of the U.K., from Land’s End at the southwestern tip of England to John ‘o’ Groats at the top of Scotland; and then hopped over to Ireland. I spent the rest of the summer taking trains around mainland Europe, and visited 10 countries in all.

I returned to the U.S., went to university in Alaska for two years, then moved to Oregon intending to continue my college education there. However, due to a  series of unexpected and perplexing experiences coupled with my own restless spirit, I ended up embarking on another hitchhiking quest in the fall of 1994…that would continue for six years. It culminated with another journey abroad, this time to India for five months.

Gabriel Morris Adventure Travel/Budget Travel

Hitchhiking on the island of Kauai, Hawaii

I recount many of these events in two of my books, Kundalini and the Art of Being (Station Hill Press, 2008); and Following My Thumb: A Decade of Unabashed Wanderlust (Soul Rocks Books, 2012), both of which are available on

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After taking a break from traveling in the early 2000s to complete my college education, my wanderlust spirit took hold yet again and I embarked on another trip to India in the winter of 2006. And I’ve spent some portion of every year since then abroad, visiting Thailand, Nepal, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, China and three more visits to India. Search around the site for more info about my travels, photography and writings.

Gabriel Morris Adventure Travel/Budget Travel

The Great Pyramids, Egypt

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24 Responses to About Gabriel

  1. Kevin Cronauer

    Hey Gabriel, I came across your videos of living on Kauai. I am 19 years old and a friend and I are leaving for Kauai this summer to live “homeless” there for a month I definitely have some questions for you that I think would help me out greatly if you have time I would love to hear back from you!. Safe Travels!

  2. KC

    Hi Gabriel,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

  3. row

    love your stuff mann! how much money did you spend when you went to Greece?

    • Gabriel Morris

      I managed to travel in Greece on about $30 a day, which is pretty cheap for Europe. I did this by bringing a mountain bike which I used to get around the islands. I also brought a tent and sleeping bag, camped in campgrounds and also for free in some places, stayed in hostels and found pretty cheap rooms. I also traveled with a friend part of the time and we split a room. And, I did work exchange for two weeks. So, those are some practical ways to keep the travel costs down.

  4. nitish

    Just come from a Trip to Gokarna,Karnataka, My Native Place. Would like to talk to you about ruins of palace in Kalvae, Madini Kote, near Kumta. Beautiful Place to hike 6 hours to reach the place.
    Have been there lost Empire not mention in any Historical Books of Karnataka.

    Look for the trip

  5. Dave Ball

    first off id just like to say watching your videos is truly inspiring and you are quickly becoming one of my Heroes….. im not a stalker 🙂
    I hope you don’t mind me asking but ive been planning my trip now for a few months and I keep getting completely different budgets where ever I go on the internet, last year I caught the backpacking bug traveling though Europe and towards the end of this year im setting off again through india and se asia. I don’t mind roughing it, staying in 5 pound a night hostels (or even cheaper) and eating street food, I don’t smoke, rarely drink… I know boring right lol I want to travel for travels sake, im quite happy to just sit and watch the world go by in a country ive never been to and dreamed about visiting for years, I wont be partying or anything like that…except maybe koh phangan, your video looked awesome. I would just like a figure for what I could survive on monthly in These countrys. I keep seeing 1000 pound a month and sometimes more than that.. I just don’t see how that can be possible when I live quite happily on 1300 a month in England. ive come to the conclusion most people who write these posts must live like Gods or have never actually been… or I could be completely wrong and it does cost this much.. any help would be really much appreciated
    thank you
    keep on inspiring
    Dave 🙂

    • Gabriel Morris

      Hey Dave, yeah if you’re talking India and SE Asia, you can travel way cheaper than 1,000 pounds a month. India is pretty much the cheapest place to travel, where you can get by on $10-20 USD per day easily, so that’s about $500 USD per month. SE Asia including Thailand is more expensive, I’d double that to be on the safe side, though you can do it cheaper if you rent a place monthly, especially if you get a place with a kitchen and cook some of your own food. You might check out my video “How to Travel the World on a Budget” which is on my website here on the Budget Travel Tips page, or you can find it directly on Youtube. Have a great trip! Gabriel

  6. Kendra

    Hi there! I have a question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a chance? Thanks!

    • Gabriel Morris

      Hi Kendra, pardon the delay, I neglected moderating my website here while I was traveling. If you still had a question feel free to let me know. You can message me through my Facebook page, Explore the World.

  7. vesta abel

    I am excited to be going to Kerala, India soon. Any tips on getting the best airfare? I live near Tucson, Az

    Thanks, I love your videos on YouTube

  8. Sunakshi

    Hey hi Gabriel. This is one of the subscribers of your youtube channels. Really loved your videos n ur blog.. good job man.!!… thanx for exploring my country India. I live in New Delhi only n feel pleasure to see people from all over the world coming here and enjoying themselves. Good luck n have fun !!

  9. brian

    Hi Gabriel,
    Just discovered your travel videos. Happy travels!

  10. Tom

    I have spent a few hours watching your videos and have just found out about the Rainbow Gathering in Utah, looked up some other videos on that and you popped up again, looked for a way to contact you on your websites so here I am.

    If I end up going tomorrow I would like to meet you and have a chat as I am seriously wanting to get out on see the world, please email me your contact info to make that possible?

    I can give you my phone number as well if I hear back?



  11. ana

    Dear Gabriel
    I absolutely love your travel history (coz I myself am a traveler) and way of life plus searching spiritualitiy; I’ve been much into reading your stuff which inspire me a lot and give me answers to my numerous questions about spirituality. Yuu are such an inspiration to me! A reall well of knowledge and answers.
    I’d love to have a chance to meet you:).
    Keep on doing a good job!

  12. Florence

    Hi Gabriel. I stumbled upon your site when searching for synchronicity on you tube. Im envious of your travels but i can relate as ive hitch hiked it myself a few times while travelling. And im female too which may not be ideal. I loved your minneapolis flight to catch story and i have things happen to me that i would say applies as synchronicity for sure! Anyway im curious to know where you are travellingthese days. Cheers! -Florence

  13. Brett Patten

    Hi Gabriel,

    My name is Brett Patten, I’d like to talk to you about



  14. Eddie Ruble

    Hey Gabe this is Eddie Ruble. We’ve spoken a few times in the past through youtube and email. I am currently planning a trip to Asia/India! Im planning on heading out around September/October. I was just wondering what your current travel plans were for 2015? Im actually heading up to Alaska in May for the summer. It would be amazing to meet up! And if you didn’t have any travel plans around Sep/Oct. maybe you could join me on my trip! Cheaper plus company! Anyway let me know. Travel safe!

    • Gabriel Morris

      Hey Eddie, I finally got around to checking my comments and messages on my website here. Hopefully you got my reply on Youtube? Anyway I’m really not sure of my upcoming plans. You should definitely go to Alaska, it’s amazing. Also there are lots of work opportunities there if you want to make some money during the summer for further travels. As the old saying goes, “Go north young man!” Take it easy and have fun.

  15. Patanjali

    Hi Gabriel, I found your videos on youtube when searching for Himalayas. Then I started watching one after the other. Finally landed here on your website. All your travel, journey and books show your energy and it is very inspiring. I currently live in Northern California (San Francisco) too. If it is ok with you I will be honored to meet you in person and I have plenty of questions to ask you (especially about your Himalayan trips). Consider like an interview by an enthusiast, if you will. I found your books on Amazon and I am very sure that will go into my collection :). Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures, videos and stories with the world.

    • Gabriel Morris

      Hi, thank you sir, glad you’ve been enjoying my videos and writings! I’m not sure when I will be going to San Francisco next, for now I’m traveling in Mexico. Take care, happy trails…

  16. Zeenath

    Hey Mr Gabriel Morris

    My name is Zeenath and I am currently a year 12 student in Our Lady of The Sacred Heart College in Australia. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about traveling. I am currently working on a research project and my chosen topic is about Travelling and budgeting a world tour. I would really appreciate it if you could possibly spare a few minutes.

    Thank you
    Zeenath Shabana Kiyaz

    • Gabriel Morris

      Hi, nice to hear from you. I believe you’re the same person who contacted me through my Facebook page? If so then I hope you found the answers helpful. Take care.

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