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Welcome to This Is Youth.

I’m Dan. That’s me, up there, doing some rock climbing in my home state of Colorado, USA. I’m a big climber.

I’m 26, on the quest to live an interesting life. An early-career digital journalist, on-and-off again digital nomad, and aspiring writer. Serious outdoors enthusiast, world traveler, and low-key literature nerd.

It’s an odd mix, but it works for me.

So what’s this blog about?

You could call it a travel blog.

But while most other travel blogs you’ll find on the Internet only post what I’ll call Travel Tips, my main passion is for writing and sharing quality, interesting — and TRUE — Travel Stories.

Travel Tips explain where you should visit, what you should do, how you can pay for it… that sort of stuff. Travel Stories are narratives which you might find inspire you to travel yourself, or think more deeply about a person, place, or culture. When I write travel stories, I aim to capture the emotional essence of the experience — which, spoiler: very rarely involves taking photos of cocktails on a beach.

Here’s what that DOES look like:


Cell Phone Tower in Annapurna Mountains

I’ve just finished writing a book about my travels in Nepal. Entries are relatively self-contained, but there is a larger narrative. You can read chapter one here, see all entries here. I am currently seeking a publisher for this work — but in the mean time, the whole thing is available for free online.

Travel Stories

These are my favorite pieces: narrative-driven stories from my travels across the world. They are usually longer, and far-ranging in their thinking.

Travel Tips

I do sometimes write travel tips. Lots of people ask me how I travel, where I would recommend, and for tips on things like finding cheap flights. Writing this up saves me from having some repetitive conversations, and it turns out, people really like this content. Probably why that’s what most travel blogs focus on 😉

Book Reviews

Any good writer needs to read a lot. Writing a review allows me to work through my thoughts on a book, and possibly introduce my audience to something new.I don’t assign scores, and my reviews tend to be more explorations of the ideas within a book, rather than a technical analysis.

These are also one of the main ways I make affiliate income on the site.

Digital Nomad

I usually finance my travels by working remotely while on the road. I don’t find talking about work to be all that interesting, to be honest, so I usually background this in my stories. Now and then I get the urge to write about something DN-related though.

Pieces of Life

My Instagram feed dumps into the “Pieces of Life” column on the right— it’s probably the most immediate lens into my life. I try to visit some beautiful places and play outdoors as much as possible, so I hope you enjoy it. If you like what you see, please follow me on Instagram at @thisisyouth.

In the Archives


I lived in Vail, Colorado, for a year after graduating college. That’s when I started this website, so if you dig deep into the archives (or if Google brought you here), you may find some content about that town and the ski bum lifestyle in general. I hit my first double black diamonds, got my second concussion on a snowboard, and learned to ski in Vail, so I have some love for the lifestyle. Not too much love for Vail Resorts. But I wouldn’t expect to see new ski town content too frequently, since I no longer live there.

I had a guy lined up to continue the ski town content, but in typical ski bum style, he’s been a little difficult to track down.


I hope you find something here worth considering. And please consider signing up for my weekly e-mail digest to keep up on new posts.

If you want to get in touch, leave a comment or send me an email at dkay@outlook.com.


147 thoughts on “About

  1. As always love your posts… truly an inspiration to many! I couldn’t find a “contact” link to send you this message via PM or email so I’m dropping it here… just a bit of unsolicited climbing advice 😉 FYI those quick-draws should have gates facing the same way, both the bolt biner’ and the rope biner’. Lots of threads out there but the consensus backed by research from Petzl proves when the bolt biner’ doesn’t face away from intended direction of travel it is more likely to un-clip from the hanger during a fall… I call the style you have the set up the 90’s style because that’s how everyone did it in the 90’s when I started LOL. If you ever visit the Northeast (North Conway) drop a line!

    • Interesting! Thanks for reading and the advice! I took that photo a while ago, I wonder if they’re still set up like that… 🤔🤔🤔

      The site’s in need of a redesign soon, I’ll make sure there’s a more visible contact page!

  2. Hey 🙂 we “knew” each other end was soliloquy around here. Or at least on one of me two other old accounts. I’m hopeless and fickle. Lol

  3. Thanks so much for liking my gallery,I really appreciate it.
    It’s great to read about your travels I find that you’re really passionate about it. I Love every pictures and ill spend time appreciating them all if i have time. Best wishes for always, safe travels!

  4. Hey there! Thanks for liking my post on Bali 🙂 I have to say that I quite enjoy the way you have structured your blog, and I look forward to the next post. Cheers!

  5. Hey Daniel. Thanks for reading and liking one of my posts 🙂 I’m also looking forward to post my adventures soon. I hope I can apply your tips and get something from your blog! Kudos

  6. Hey Daniel,
    Pretty neat collection of writings. But among all I love travel stories the most. Even I love writing travel journals in a narrative way where the reader gets the actual feel of the journey.

    I would like to read more of your blogs in the travel genre. 🙂
    Travel. Blog. Enjoy. Kudos.

  7. Hey Daniel, thanks for reading and the like. Your page is very inspiring. I look forward to keeping up with journey. It is comforting knowing that there are others who shoot for an interesting and perhaps unconventional life. Cheers!

  8. Greetings Digital Journalist! That would include major Visual Content wouldn’t it? I enjoyed your pictures of the fog in Amsterdam. Thank you for visiting Leoshine. I hope the content was provocative to thought. Lots of time to think in foggy Amsterdam. Get Well Soon!

  9. Hey! Interesting bio, I can relate to the literature nerd part (I’m a bit of a geek haha). Also it’s nice to to find a blogger around the same age as me on here 🙂

  10. Hello, Thisisyouth, your blog site and about me page is inspirational. I’m retired and recently returned to SWFL after 6-months on the road traveling in my little RV across the US.

    I’m a nomadic writer of my travel experiences and I have returned to the warmth of SWFL. My plan is to backpack across the US, then the rest of the world. I will follow you travel and I look forward to your blog post. 🙂

  11. Hey Daniel,
    You stopped by and “liked” something of mine about a month ago – thank you. I am just now taking some time, in the midst of a real Nor’easter here in Maine today, to catch up. What a bright spot your work is! I will be following your quest. May the road rise up to meet you with adventure, safety and peace. Beauty & Light, Teresa

  12. If “this is youth”, my faith in youth is restored. So glad you visited my blog and liked a post so I could discover your fresh, intelligent, incisive voice. Congrats on the courage to live your interesting life. You write so well and kept this reader turning your blog’s virtual pages. I will add your blog to the Kindred Spirit blogs I follow. Cheers to the adventurous writer’s life.

  13. Hi Daniel, thanks for liking my blog post, “Don’t call me a pony”! I’ll be taking a closer look at your blog, especially your Nepal stories. Enjoy your life’s experiences.

  14. Hi Daniel,
    Thanks for stopping by Mind Traveler and liking my latest post. Looks like you have an interesting blog here. I think the story of your Nepal adventure might be worth taking a closer look at. Enjoy chasing your dreams while you are young! 🙂

  15. That’s the way to do it Daniel! Get out there and LIVE your life! You are a fellow after my own heart! After college, I moved to Colorado, then to Germany, then California, then to Chicago then to LA and now back to N. California. All for the quest of following my dreams and I’m still chasing them! Keep chasing and you will have many more stories to tell! I’ve written a few books about my dream chasing stories and one (Fire Girl) is being made into a screen play.. so you NEVER know where this crazy ride will take you! Keep on Dreaming and Writing Daniel! 🙂

  16. Good on You Daniel Kay! I often think of the good ole days of living the mountain life before Snow Boards were even invented and we were skiing on boards 200 cm as beginners. Imagine that! I love your writing. I’ve travelled Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and look forward to reading more of your travels. I even rappelled through the special permit canyons of Zion without clue one. I had a herd of angels working overtime that week.

  17. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m happy it gave me the opportunity to see yours as it looks brilliant!

    I’m especially looking forward to reading up on the travel memoirs and existential works (my favourite kind of works, haha).

  18. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog and giving a post a ‘like’. It gave me the opportunity to discover a clever writer with interesting content! I am digging what I’m reading. Very nicely done. You are a rare gem. Cheers!

  19. I like your style! I also lived in the Mountains in my early 20’s. I lived in Frisco and Leadville, Colorado for 3 years. Made me think about possibly writing about that experience one day, thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for liking one of my posts on Am an Aspirant too. Hope one day I could also write a memoir of my travels like you 🙂

    Merry Christmas!
    Wishes, T.

  21. We lived in Colorado for 10 years 10 years ago…absolutely loved it! Try to visit whenever I can.
    Enjoyed reading about your chess playing adventures haha, look forward to reading more. Thanks so much for the likes. ☺

  22. I love your shots, Something really is interesting doing outdoor.. Aha your lucky at your age you’re able to travel , keep inspiring the young ones.. keep posting those outdoors photo..

  23. Your writing is inspiring! Thanks for reminding me of the beauty in the world! I miss the Colorado sunrise and sunset! Luckily, I get to experience being young and traveling vicariously through you;) Live Large!

  24. Thank you for being the first visit to my site (mindofanaverageman.com)
    It means a lot to see people reading what’s on my mind and even more so to see people liking it.

    Much respect,
    Mr Anon.

  25. Thank you for cruising through my musings. I feel very honored to have a well travel blogger to give me a like. I will be bragging about this to my grands and great grand. You pushed my ‘hope” key. #WWOW

  26. Thanks for stopping by my site! I’m glad you did, because I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures. As a fellow 20-something with the travel bug, I can already tell this will be an enjoyable journey.

  27. Hi. Thank you for liking my post. Nice to meet you. You have an interesting story and blog. Good luck with your travel memoir!

  28. Hi Daniel! Thanks for liking the blog I published today. I just signed in today and decided to post this blog. Being new made me happy seeing that someone liked my blog. I visited your page and it’s great to know that you’re young yet you have nice content to share. I believe that you’ll be successful in your field of interest. Keep up the good work.

  29. Daniel,
    Thanks for stopping by my music blog. I hope you’ll come back often. I admire your adventurous spirit and love reading about your travels. Life is an awesome journey, the good the bad and the ugly and a change of pace/location can positively change perspective. Wish I could travel more. Looking forward to checking in often.

  30. Thanks for your clicking on my blog. My granddaughter started at Univ. Colorado, Boulder this semester so looks like we are at the opposite ends of the age spectrum, but what the Hell. Yours, good title, my posts are mostly personal memoirs.

  31. It’s good to find another person from Colorado! My snowboarding adventures really kicked off in Crested Butte and Monarch. Can’t say I’ve ever ridden the slopes in Vail but the area’s beautiful.

    Best of luck in your writing endeavors. =)

  32. Thanks for stopping by my site. I loved the travel pictures. I do my traveling via the internet. I do have a dream of one day riding in an hot air balloon while writing my novel. For now it’s short stories and living in LA (Lower Alabama)

  33. Hi Daniel Kay! Thanks for liking some of my recent blog posts; it’s so nice to know someone out there is reading. 🙂 I’ve only read a few of your posts so far, but I’m looking forward to reading more. Your posts are well written, easy to follow…a fun, and sometimes suspenseful, read!

  34. Yes, as per most of the previous replies, I’ve enjoyed catching up with your stories and am actually very impressed with your self description – I love that apparently ‘odd mix’ of interests and passions and it is so wonderful that through this medium we are able to dip into any/all of them. And then rather than having boxes of written journals kept in boxes in the garage (as I do, the last 36 years of musings) we get to keep them in a vaguely searchable and organised fashion. I also like that bits appeal to all sorts of people and it’s easy to skip through the bits that don’t. Thanks for following/liking my work too (my play? my musings…) and look forward to catching up on more of yours.

  35. Hi,

    Thanks for being the first person to like a post on the blog I just started, and for having such an organized blog for me to explore. Existential musings sounds right up my alley.

    C. Rose

  36. Hey – thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks really cool – some interesting intersections with my life too (ski bum parents and the rest). Really interested in reading about your Nepal travels. Cheers!

  37. Due to your like on my post, I’ve now found some awesome stories to catch up on! You seem to be someone worth paying attention to, friend. Thanks for stopping by my blog (especially because you were officially my first viewer!)

  38. Thanks for your recent like on my site. I look forward to following your travels as I, too, lived in China back in the 80s, traveled Europe etc..it definitely broadens your worldview, give you a passion for the suffering, and gives you much to be thankful for, doesn’t it?

  39. Thank you for visiting my blog. I write Haiga ( picture Haiku, regular Haiku, poetry and “prosetry.” I am currently writing a lot of memoir poetry. My grand kids are not interested now but possibly in fifty years they will be.
    Your picturesare phenomenal!
    I too am in pursuit of an ever interesting life!

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  41. Hey Daniel! I’m also a writer, also from Colorado, and also on a perpetual quest to lead an interesting life. Pleased to meet you 🙂

  42. Love your photo in the About section, the ski lift, such a gorgeous shot!!! Like your About section as well. Have you ever been to Whistler, fantastic skiing here too! 🙂

  43. Thanks for liking my latest blog post. If you browse around my blog you will find a day by day commentary on my trekking in Nepal with an all-woman team – a different perspective!

  44. Looks like you are well on your way to living an interesting life. You have done far, far, far more than most people three times your age. Glad to see you are not taking life for granted. You’ll have so much to write about. Congrats!

  45. Wow, what a great idea to write about your travel memoir. Keep me posted of your book. We travel quite a bit, but I am still trying to do an inventory of my travels and put them together. Thank you for visiting my blog twice.

  46. Hi, I see we are both on quests :). I’m still setting up my page. I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing my Dad’s book. It’s his first novel and I really want to continue sharing it with the world even though he has done a few signings. Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks – Britney

  47. Great blog, just followed. I am from India and just moved to the US. Both the countries have so much to offer in terms of travel, it is just mind blowing.

  48. Thanks for liking my blog post “We Glorious Bastards.” I envy you. Young, healthy, energetic, and talented. Don’t ever deviate from trying to lead an interesting life!

  49. Hi Daniel,

    I’m a journalist by profession & I’ve written for major media outlets. I’m creating an infographic (related to travel) with the help of designer and I would like to co-produce the infographic with your blog (thisisyouth.org), Would you be interested in partnering with me on this?, there is no fees involved in this.

    After publishing the infographic, I’ll do promotion in different news outlets and press release sites, so both sites will get benefit with this.

    Let me know if you’re interested, so that we can discuss further.

    Thank you
    Jose Gonzalez

    • Thanks! I try to be a balanced person, although I haven’t been reading much lately. I’m reading a book on Pantheism, and then Friedman’s The World is Flat next. You know what, you’ve motivated me to pick em back up; look for reviews soon!

  50. I like your blog. Thanks for reading mine. I will be in Beaver Creek in Feb with my wife but no bud smoking for me. Your article on your state’s new income source was very well written and informative. I am not a partaker but it was a very interesting resource for those who are.

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