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Blake Boles

2017 in Review

Welcome to my annual year-in-review post. I had a very busy 2017, jam-packed with adventures and travel. Let’s see where I’ve been! Medellín In January I escaped to the southern hemisphere with my good friend Julie to explore Medellín, Colombia: a place that has called to me for years. We split an Airbnb, hiked, and […]

Tools for Building a Cheap and Meaningful Gap Year

Last month in Thailand I ran into my friend Alex. She’s in her late twenties, recently quit her job, and flew to Chiang Mai to spend 3 months learning new skills (using online courses), exploring new job opportunities, and reflecting on her next big move in life. I asked how much she’s spending in Thailand. She […]

How to Get Stuff Done as a Self-Directed Learner

I’m super excited to announce that Launchpad, my 19-day “virtual workshop” about self-directed goal-setting and productivity, is now open for on-demand registration! Those of you who know me (or my podcasts) know that I’m fascinated by the motivational challenges presented by homeschooling, unschooling, attending a free school, choosing to educate yourself without college, and other […]

Career Trajectory Update

I just finished working my 12th summer of Not Back to School Camp: an annual milestone where I reflect deeply, talk with long-time friends, and choose new directions for my life and career. After camp last year I determined that running Unschool Adventures trips doesn’t pair well with my longer-term goal of being able to work […]

What if It All Falls Apart?

I just launched two big new Unschool Adventures trip: a 6-week adventure in Spain for teens and a 2-week hiking trip in Spain for parents. I put a lot of time, money, and research into these trips, and I’m super excited for them to happen. I also know that, for any number of reasons, they might […]