Hi, I'm Blake.

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


Me in 20 seconds:

I’m an author, adventurer, entrepreneur, and educator 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 and advice about self-directed learning on Off-Trail Learning, where I also podcast.

My work and I have appeared on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC Travel, NPR affiliate radio, Psychology Today, and Fox Business.

I give away much of my writing for free.

For most of my adult life I’ve lived nomadically, but I always circle back to High Sierra mountains of Northern California. I’m a passionate trail runner and backpacker.

To follow my journey, subscribe to my public Facebook posts or e-mail newsletter. To get in touch, e-mail me.

Learn more on my bio and by clicking around. Thanks for visiting!

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

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Announcing: Off-Trail Learning & How to Live Nowhere

I just launched two big new projects!

Off-Trail Learning

Off-Trail Learning is a new website I’ve created for young people (ages 14-21) who aren’t satisfied with traditional education and want to blaze their own trails through life. I’m also restarting my podcast under the same name—listen to the first new episode here. If you know a young person who wants to take more control of their education, send them to Off-Trail Learning! (Thankfully this means I’m not paying $1000 to Trump.)

How to Live Nowhere

How to Live Nowhere is an online book I’ve created to explain the nomadic way of life that I (any many others) lead. It’s for twenty- and thirty-somethings who want a location-independent lifestyle that’s mentally, emotionally, financially, and romantically sustainable. After writing the initial content in January I spent the last few months polishing it and creating a gorgeous new website.