Hi, I'm Blake.

I help young adults challenge themselves, feel engaged, and become better self-directed learners.

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Me in 20 seconds:

I’m an author, educator, and adventurer who helps young people become more self-directed.

I design and lead multi-month experiential programs for ages 14-20 through my company Unschool Adventures.

You can find my thoughts about self-directed learning on my new website Off-Trail Learning, where I also podcast.

I’m the author of three books related to self-directed learning, and I’ve appeared on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC Travel, NPR affiliate radio, Psychology Today, and Fox Business.

I choose not to live any one place year-round, which I’ve written about at How to Live Nowhere.

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Blake Boles is open-minded, interested in everything, courageous, and passionately committed to individual development. I would expect good things to happen for young people who had the good fortune to hang out with Blake for a while.

– John Taylor Gatto
New York State Teacher of the Year

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The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Better Than College

From the Blog

Do I Own My Business, or Does it Own Me?

A friend recently shared an article that describes Unschool Adventures, my little travel tour business, with scary precision:

Let me ask you a question. If you went overseas for six months leaving your business behind, when you came back would it be in better or worse shape than you left it? Would you even have a business left?

If your answered negatively to either of these questions, then it’s likely you don’t have a business – rather you ARE the business. . . .

Don’t get me wrong, [such a business owner] may be financially successful. Their business may be thriving with a loyal base of customers but the problem is they are stuck – shackled to their business.

If they were to leave or get sick for an extended period of time, their business would cease to exist.

Yup, that’s pretty accurate. Unschool Adventures is me. Although I hire staff assistants on the trips I run—and once in a blue moon an entire trip happens without me—if I completely ignored my business, ceased my marketing efforts, or attempted to outsource everything, it would soon fold. Continue Reading