About The Runaway Guide

My name is Leif (Layf), the runaway behind The Runaway Guide.

When I was 16 I ran away from home and explored the far reaches of Europe and the Middle East without a cent to my name.

It was a  journey that opened my eyes to the world and changed my life. Not only that, I learned some great techniques to travel on the ultra cheap.

On this site I want to share with you my travel experiences, adventures, and advice so that you too may be prepared, empowered and inspired to create your own adventures.

The Runaway Guide is a spiritually inclined budget backpacking guide for the runaway in everyone.

Disclaimer: Due to the sometimes illegal nature of my guides, you are advised to read at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for any action that might be taken in my name or work.The Runaway Guide does not condone or encourage people under 18 to literally run away.

Facts About Me

the-runaway-guide1. I have been to 60+ countries over the course of 4 adventures.

2. I have never drank my own urine to survive.

3. I once ate an ant in Australia, it tasted like lemonade.

4. I speak Norwegian, French and Japanese.

5. My favorite foods are: Grays Papaya hot dogs, Turiellos pizza, In-N-Out DD animal style burgers, Chipotle burritos, and Okonomiyaki.

6. I am 1/2 Norwegian, 1/4 Irish, and 1/4 Japanese.

7. My favorite countries to visit are Guatemala & Malaysia.

leif-harum8. My favorite pastime besides traveling is sailing.

9. My favorite motto: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.

10. My life’s poem: I came and left like a passing train. A trip within a journey. A life like the others a life of its own. The life of Leif has yet to unfold.

For more info about who I am and what I do, check out these posts

1) The Best Part About Being The Runaway Guide

2) Everyone Thinks I’m Running Away

3) The Runaway Guide On Fox News

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Amy August 20, 2014 at 5:52 am

Hey Leif,
I’ve been trying to find some harvesting work somewhere in Europe, but am finding it pretty difficult. Have you got any tips on where to start? I’ve e-mailed a few farms but no luck yet. I also don’t have a second language yet, so that doesn’t help, as I hear France is a good place to look.


The Runaway Guide August 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Check out workaday.com and helpx.net. Language is a good thing to know but not always necessary. Good luck!


Suan August 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

What a story! Have you considered visiting Saudi Arabia? And what’s your horoscope? (I’m too curious)


The Runaway Guide August 12, 2014 at 6:51 am

Hey! Thanks! I’ve spent some time in Sudan and in the Riyadh airport. While I would like to visit Mecca one day, I don’t have any plans to visit Saudi Arabia any time soon. I’m a virgo :)


Leila July 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I’m think of going to Malaysia. Can you share some things since you list it as 1 of your fave countries? Is it safe for a woman traveling alone?


The Runaway Guide July 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hey Leila, it’s definitely safe for solo female travelers! I love the night market in Malacca.


Jack July 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

Hey man, I like what your doing with your life, I love travelling too, I have a question, I have just moved back in the parents house after renting a room didn’t go so well, I’m 23 and it kinda sucks, I originally planned to sleep rough on the streets or wherever I felt was safe to save loads of money (I have a job) but I got scared and backed out, can I ask if you have slept rough a lot in your life ? were you scared or worried ? should I leave the parents to sleep rough ? any advice ? I live in the UK.


The Runaway Guide July 30, 2014 at 4:32 am

Hey Jack, thanks brother. You’re 23! All these problems are good problems. You’ve got loads of choices! I’ve slept rough for about a year or so. It can definitely be dangerous. But the more you do it, the smarter you get and the less stressful it becomes. All my best


Barbara July 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Hey. I follow ur blog:) Im just 19 and I wanted to run away but people says its not safe for a girl. I think it will good for me:)


The Runaway Guide July 30, 2014 at 4:25 am

Hey, It’s definitely safe. I know a 20 year old girl who’s biking around the world right now.


Alex June 29, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Hey there, Leif, I’ve been following your travel blog for some time, and I think it’s great that you live your life like his. I, myself, want to travel for maybe a year after I finish highschool. But just a little different. I wanted to base my travels on using as little money as possible, just earn the money as I go, but not by travel-writing or anything. Like, work for money, exchange work for a place to sleep, that sort of thing… Though it is kind of awkward to just go up and offer people stuffl like this. How do you go about asking a restaurant owner or any other business owner about any odd jobs they might have? Any tips would be greatly appreciated ^^ Also, what are your thoughts about what is most essencial? I’ve seen your list, but I was thinking something more lightweight, no pc or anything. Also, what are your thoughts on pocket knives? I have a opinel nr. 12 that belonged to my grandfather, just not sure if I would need it, or if it would be too big… And I’d primarilly like to travel on foot, no plane or anything (don’t mind boats and buses though). Seeing as I live in Portugal, I wouldn’t need to catch a plane to Europe or anything… If you could offer me an opinion or something, I’d love to hear it :D


The Runaway Guide July 7, 2014 at 3:54 am

Hey Alex, thanks!
The most important thing is to present yourself well. No one will hire you if it looks like you’ve just walked off the street.
The best way to find a job is by asking around. Someone always knows someone who needs help.

Essentials: shorts, jeans, longjohns, boxers and socks in a small backpack really. I’d leave the pocket knife at home cause you won’t be able to take your bag carry on.

If you’re in Portugal why not start with the Camino De Santiago and walk it the opposite direction :)


Alex July 22, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hehe, I’ve walked the Camino de Santiago when I was 13, that’s what left the ”travelling on foot bug” in me, if that’s even a thing :) I want to go for something bigger, because I just feel like a regular life of going to college and studying, getting a 9 to 5 job just because we’re expected to makes life lose purpose :P Not that I don’t plan on going to college, but I want to live a little first, you know? :D Otherwise, we’re just here waiting to die IMO :)


The Runaway Guide July 30, 2014 at 4:37 am

Hey Alex, that’s amazing! I think taking time off before college is an excellent idea and more people should do it. If you ever want some help planning, let me know :)


Anonymous June 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

So, you ran away at 16 right and was on the road for about a year I heard. What happened after that did you complete high school, go to college, get a G.E.D.? Just curious although I support what your doing and think you’ve got a very interesting life.


The Runaway Guide June 20, 2014 at 4:42 am

Hey, yea, that’s right. After I got my GED, I went to college at UCSB, and then went to graduate school for a time in Tokyo. Now I’m doing this :)


Asagia May 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

hey leif, how did you handle getting visa and maintaining your passport without going back to ur home country? And how are you doing? Your life seems really exciting but it cant be easy


The Runaway Guide June 3, 2014 at 4:28 am

Hey, you can basically just keep going from country to country. You don’t technically need to go back to your home country when it comes to getting visas for others. I’m doing really well, thanks! I’ve been living this lifestyle for sometime now, so it seems normal to me now.


bluewatj April 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

If you need a passport to do this, where are you able to get one?


The Runaway Guide April 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

Most post offices offer passport services.


David Glowen April 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Back in the day (Late 1970s), My family lived in San Salvador, I have memories of two places. I’m not sure they still exist, but do you know the “park” in country which was a series of ponds linked by small waterfalls and there were stones in the ponds so you could cross without getting wet.

The other place was like a huge playground made of smooth concrete, I want to say it was near the Olympic Swimming Training facility.

I still love Salvadorian pupusas, and the black sand beaches.


The Runaway Guide April 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

Hey Dan, I don’t think I’ve ever been to those places. But you should come back and try and find them for yourself! Love me some papusas as well!


bluewatj April 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I decided I’m waiting until I’m 18 to run away. I definitely don’t want to 9-5 for the remainder of my life after college though. I’m 14 now, I have approximately 1386 days left, and I currently have a countdown. However, I’m planning my journey already. I don’t care that my mom and dad don’t want me to “waste my potential” because it’s just a waste of life to give the majority of your time to someone else. I don’t know why people just accept that they have to do boring work for the rest of there lives. These aren’t feudal times, we fought the war for independence, so there is no reason there is still the equivalent of slavery. I’m going to sleep on the floor tonight to see what it’s like sleeping on the street.


The Runaway Guide April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hey, that’s really great to hear. Preparing now, while you have a roof and food, is the best way to go about it.
Love your spirit and outlook on life. When the time comes, let me know and I’ll help you plan your trip! Until then, good luck!


jeffrey April 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

hi i just stumbled across this it caught my eye, i served in the army as an infantryman,ive been out for a year now and honestly i cant stand to be in the states not because i hate this country i dont i love it, all the freedoms we have that other couldnt dream of having, but because when i deployed i saw that they had nothing the towns wreecked of burning trash, urine, fecies, and various other smells that would make a billy goat puke andthe people there even though some would love nothing more than to kill me and others like me but thats what war is, i come home and everyone has their own opinions n stuff but i went to a lake with some friends i deployed with and they were college kids they said soldiers suck they deserve to die just slandering us up n down they didnt know we were military and this westboro baptist church, i see teenagers complaing that they didnt get the newest phone, or they didnt get Xbox one or whatever the people here bother me the people who “lead us” seem to care nothing for us a friend of mine and myself wanna leave we both live in WV whats would you say is the best way to get started im working on getting my passport but after that what would you advise we take with us where do you think would be a good place to start or just kinda idk go somewhere without a plan (apologies for the story)


The Runaway Guide April 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Hey Jeffrey, I hear ya. Thanks for sharing your experience.
My recommendation is Central America, and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in particular.
Friendly locals, cheap prices, beautiful spring climate, cool expats, and hostel and restaurant jobs are easy to come by.


Jaz March 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Wow, I’m so glad I found this. This is really nice inspiration! I have really bad wanderlust and constantly want to travel and learn things from the world, but have commitments to my education right now! But I’m definitely keeping this bookmarked, maybe within the next couple years I can save up funds and go adventure with a friend or two! :)

It’s nice to know traveling as a girl isn’t a death sentence, that is definitely something I’ve always been a little nervous about.


The Runaway Guide April 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Hey Jaz, glad you like the guide! Sounds good, let me know if you ever need advice.


Jaz May 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Actually a few things came together in the last month and I’m headed to Costa Rica this winter! All I’m going to have is a ticket there and back and a friend in Alajuela, and of course emergency money; I have no set plans!

Any advice or what surrounding areas are must-sees (if you know of any!) would be really awesome :)

And your experiences in Italy look absolutely amazing!!


The Runaway Guide May 11, 2014 at 3:09 am

Hey Jaz, that’s great news! That’s my favorite way to travel! I really love the free hot spring river in La Fortuna, and I love the tropical paradise in Pavones. Yea, Sicily has been wonderful :) Such great people and weather and food.


Ruby Tuesday March 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I also wanted to ask if you knew why that ant tasted like lemon aide? :)


The Runaway Guide March 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

When you bite the but of this particular ant native to australia it tastes like an extremely sour lemon.


Ruby Tuesday March 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I just wanted to ask, if you don’t mind, how you got to London from New York when you were alone and a minor? Thank you, I love your blog :)


The Runaway Guide March 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

Hey Ruby, thanks. As long as you have a passport you can buy a ticket in cash at the airport.


Dimas March 10, 2014 at 5:27 am

Hey Leif. Your blog is a brilliant work. I’m planning to do a backpacking trip from Malaysia/Thailand to Egypt for a few months next year. Any advice for my budget? Because I have concern that 2000 dollars that I plan is not enough. I’m from Indonesia, and around your age, by the way. Have you ever been to Indonesia?


The Runaway Guide March 11, 2014 at 7:19 am

Hi Dimas, Thanks. 2000 should get you between 3-5 months depending on how careful you are. I’ve never been but I will soon i think. Good luck :)


Diogo February 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

Are you like an illegal imigrant since you ran away from your country?


The Runaway Guide February 27, 2014 at 3:29 am

No, not any more fortunately. I’m a US citizen.


Jem von Trier February 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

I was wondering, if you runaway with that age what did the police did? Do you exist in the computers of your country? Are you like an ilegal immigrant?


The Runaway Guide February 27, 2014 at 3:36 am

Hey Jem, it was 2004, the same year Facebook started. The police had me in their computer systems. Today I’m not illegal fortunately, I’m in the system.


Mizuka February 9, 2014 at 3:47 am


I love to travel as well! I’d love to backpack and I’d love to do it alone.
However because I’m a girl, my parents are worried.
As of now I’m 16 and I’m still packed with school work.
I’m planning to do a small backpacking trip for my grad trip!
I graduate in May of 2015 and since I’ve been in Asia, I want to go elsewhere.
Preferably cheap too!

Any ideas?


The Runaway Guide February 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hey Mizuka! Go to Central America!!! it’s great here, especially for backpacking. Check out this article, http://www.runawayguide.com/health-spirit/how-to-convince-your-parents-to-let-you-run-away-travel-the-world/


Steve steele January 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

You story is amazing !! Feel now I’m 26 to old and have missed my chance would love to just get away and travel!!!☺


The Runaway Guide January 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Nah, no way. 26 is young. You should do it! Let me know if you ever need help!


@wtfdawg_ December 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I was on YouTube, and I saw the video when you was in El Salvador, ah aha very funny. You should take another trip there again, I know some cool places to visit.


The Runaway Guide January 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hey, thanks! I just went back there a few weeks ago and saw that guy again. Let me know, always open to new things to do!


Alphawolf15 December 7, 2013 at 4:10 am

ok, I didn’t know where to put this comment, so I choose here, I have no idea when you sent that email, but I love your story so far, you should definitely finish it, I would love to read the rest.


The Runaway Guide December 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the support! I’m working on it!!


Jordan July 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Even though I’m in college now, and I have a time limit to be done, you’ve inspired me to adventure after I’m done and before I start my career.

I’ve always wanted to travel, but I never knew the right way to go through with it. It’s sounds amazing and a definite learning adventure.

How old are you know might I ask?



The Runaway Guide July 26, 2013 at 4:04 am

Glad to inspire! Let me know if you ever want help planning your next trip. I’m 25 now actually. Need to update that.


Raffi Chamessian May 27, 2013 at 2:41 am


I’m so happy that you are enjoying your life and doing what you love. Looking forward to reading more of your stories.

Stay safe!




The Runaway Guide May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hey Raffi,
Thanks! Hope you’re doing well too.


Anonymous March 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Leif you are right
life is pointless without travel and experience
my parents want me to fit in with society and work in the same place forever and lose this precious life doing what everyone else is doing
this is my life im gonna live it my way and have fun
thanks for making this guide it really gave me a higher understanding


The Runaway Guide March 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Thanks for the compliments, I appreciate it. Glad you enjoy the site. Let me know if you ever need help planning a trip. Cheers, Leif


Mariel Tygenhof March 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Thanks! This was really helpful while I was back packing through Europe. Tips on cheap living allowed me to keep the travels going longer than they would have otherwise. Keep it up!


The Runaway Guide March 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

Hey Mariel,
That’s great, glad I could help. I will, cheers!


karima February 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

hey leif,

i found your blog from gobackpacking website.
i’m from malaysia and feel proud reading the fact no. 7. please come again!
all the best for your next trip!


The Runaway Guide February 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Hi Karima,
That’s great. I will definitely go to Malaysia again!!!! Cheers!


Roxann February 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

“Disclaimer: Do to the sometimes illegal nature of my guides, you are advised to read at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for any action that might be taken in my name or work.”

It should say “DUE to the sometimes illegal nature of my guides…”


The Runaway Guide February 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for catching that, cheers :)


Zero February 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Do you need a passport to do all this?


The Runaway Guide February 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Hey, yea, definitely need a passport.


Ally February 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

Haha love the line “I have never drank my own urine to survive”. I’m guessing you watch Bear Grylls?


The Runaway Guide February 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Hey Ally, and I hope I never will have too lol. Yea, I love bear grylls, he’s one of my idols for sure.


Ana February 6, 2013 at 4:56 am

Great post and great site!!
Its true we use every excuse under the sun to not achieve our goals…Im certainly guilty of that and whilst we all have limitations, it should not prevent us from trying…
Ive just turned 40, single, good job, debt free.. I have some health problems and concerns of being a solo female on the road, but It can be done…
I spent a year traveling through Asia several years ago and I got by on very little and a 30ltr back pack… It was amazing how genuinely happy I was and the experiences I had along the way….Never been the same since, my wonderful job and flat just doesnt even compare.
Looking forward to giving it another go and hearing more about your experiences…and of course any solo females doing the same thing…

Ana Gabriella , London UK.


The Runaway Guide February 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Hey Ana,
Thanks! I’m not sure what happened. Sometimes dodgy internet screws things up ><.
It can definitely be done, as you know. I have actually met loads of girls traveling alone, even once a 5ft tall deaf girl on her own. She was something. I’m excited for you! Let me know if you need help finding cheap flights!
Good luck,


Brandy Rose January 9, 2013 at 1:53 am

Hi! I’m 18 years old and recently graduated high school and I’m convinced that college just isn’t right for me. The only true passion I have is to travel and see as much of the world as I can. I live in upstate NY and I’m working at a local coffee shop and just saving, saving, saving to pursue this dream of mine. I think my main concern is where to begin and how to maintain atleast a constant *safe* amount of money in my pocket through my travels. Help! x


The Runaway Guide January 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hey Brandy,
I’m excited for you. You should definitely try and save as much as you can and then hit the road. Much of the world is relatively cheap. SE Asia is a good place to start. Or, even closer, south america. You can always find odd jobs along the way to keep you going. Hostel/hotel work is often easy to come by.


Bianka January 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi :) I am thinking about traveling after school because we don´t have money for college/university and i really like traveling etc. I just found this site and it looks great, i hope it will be a good source of information.It´s funny that you are 1/2 norwegian because i am trying to learn norwegian language…it´s not getting very well because i am too lazy :D btw where are you actually from?
greetings form Slovakia :) (have you ever been here?)


The Runaway Guide January 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I’m from New York. Thanks for the language sites. If you know English, Norwegian is probably one of the easiest languages to learn. I would watch the news on NRK on the internet if I were you. I have been to Slovakia, I love it there! Good luck.


Anton August 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Must say does sound pretty inspiring and something i would definitely would love to do but one question how? How do you go to places with no money? Either planes, boats, cards and ect. I’m sure there are people nice enough in some country to help but i know many countries where they wont even care to give a helping hand if they see you sleeping in the street (Ukraine).


The Runaway Guide August 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hey Anton, you’re right, in some countries, especially ex soviete satellite states, where people can be a little less kind. However, if you’re really in a bind, there is always someone who will help. I am in the process of developing a new blog about all things free travel. It’s not quite finished yet, but you can have a sneak peak if you would like, http://www.travel-the-world-for-free.com


Alice August 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hey Leif!
Love your website,it really makes me want to just get up and travel the world :) At the moment i`m just waiting to finish my last year of school,but after that hope to travel! i would love to visit the rest of Europe,but also South East Asia (Thailand,Vietnam,Laos,etc) and also Africa,esp.Sierra Leone,South Africa,Tanzania,Zimbabwe,and Kenya :)
I know this is probably a question that is often asked,but what extra advice would you give to a Female traveller? I was planning to go travelling alone,but i am kind of nervous about it:are there any extra precautions that i can take?
I have enough money to get around,but in general,is it easy to get work abroad? I don`t want to end up running out of money…i would not mind working abroad,its more experience :p

ooh and what is the best country you have visited :D?

Alice x


The Runaway Guide August 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hey Alice,
Thanks a lot! You’re travel plans sound great! Traveling as a girl is pretty safe. I depends where you are but for the most part you shouldn’t have too many problems. Chances are, you will meet up with other backpackers and travel/hang out for the day with them. It’s pretty easy to get work abroad, check out my article on under the table backpacker jobs. I really like Malaysia and turkey.


menem August 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hello my dear friend
I Abdel-Moneim of Libya and work Architect and I love to travel and get to know friends Jidiin We met in the hostel in Tunisia and we were introduced to each other you Taattzkrny I am very impressed Bazvk the Oboe You are playing well and in a manner witch I hope we meet again told me before he comes to visit Tunisia or Egypt or any country close until we meet again and arrange and become friends forever and thank you


The Runaway Guide August 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Hey Menem, good to hear from you. I will let you know when I go back to egypt/tunisia. Until then, all the best.


paul June 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

hey leif…..
well insperational…your my new roll model…..i have dreamt for years of a free life and how to attain it i thought you would need money and lots of UNTIL i found your web site…
so i’m gonna do it i got nothin to loose im 36 male im gonna take your advice. get a pack take £1.500 money to get me started im still thinking were to start not sure yet im in uk so either europe france making my down south to med and affrica….or right over to east asia thailand/cambodea way…………thanks for the insperation bud…maybe see ya on the road one day soon…..
30 days left till i leave the ground hog rat race yaaay…


The Runaway Guide August 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hey Paul, thanks! Definitely go for it. Let me know if you need any advice planning :) Good luck, Leif


Brian, Penang May 11, 2012 at 4:41 am

Hey Leif,, Its great pleasure having you here @ GREEN FOREST NUTRITION,,,, Hppe to see you again ,,,for breakfast,,,


The Runaway Guide May 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Same, thanks Brian. Good to meet you!


Brian May 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hey Lief,,, Its pleasure meeting you,,, and i m sure you love our Healthy Shake from Herbalife … Looking for wardto see you for breakfast and chat about your adventure on travelling


Dreamer May 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

How, where, and when did you get the computer? Did you run away with it? Is it trackable?


The Runaway Guide May 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I am figuratively on the run these days. I bet laptops are trackable but it would take quite a bit of effort I think.


izy berry March 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

You’re ridiculous. Can we travel together?


The Runaway Guide March 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

hahah, thanks, I appreciate that. Yea, if you’re up for some ridiculousness :)


Misha March 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

Woow.. I stumbled across this website and I’ve just been addicted to reading it since. I find it amazing how you’ve managed to just.. well, simply run away and survive the world. I was wondering though when reading this – have you gone back home since running away, or have you just kept on running and running? I’d love to to live like a free spirit!

Good Luck & God Bless You,

- Misha


The Runaway Guide March 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Misha, glad you have found it entertaining. I have gone back home but it is never for too long though. I’m addicted to the free life.


Bob March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

All of the stories that I’ve read on other websites about teens running away have ALWAYS ended up badly. The teenager either got raped, addicted to drugs, was beaten up pretty badly, or lost hope and returned home, OR all of these things combined. How is it that you seem to have escaped all of this? What did you do differently than they did? Have you ever almost died?


The Runaway Guide March 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hey Bob,
I guess I just got lucky.
I did almost die a few times though.
The most precarious situation was when I jumped the border.
You can check out an abridged version of the story here, http://www.runawayguide.com/runawaysblog/bulgarian-border-jumping/

More to come in my book though so stay in touch.


Joemom March 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

When did you parents first see you after you ran away? Did they find you or did you return home?


Emy February 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Have you talked to your parents since running away ?? what do they think about all of this lol ?


The Runaway Guide February 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Yes I have, they weren’t happy, and they worried a lot. No everything is ok though.


Avery February 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Impressive. XD I wish I had the guts like you to explore the world.
Just wondering, since you say you ran away at age 16, did you not complete high school? Just curious. :)


The Runaway Guide February 22, 2012 at 3:23 am

You can definitely do it too! I got my GED later.


mae January 15, 2012 at 6:40 am

i live i newfounland canada u shoulds come here it wud be soooooo cool and hav u ever been in canada


The Runaway Guide March 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Ive been to Montreal. Thanks for the invite, maybe one day. Cheers, Leif


Onji November 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Awesome and inspiring. I hope to someday follow in your footsteps, but for the meantime, I’ll stick to reading about your adventures/misadventures and praying for your safety. Travel more, eat well and tell us more about the world. :)


Ambros October 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi Leif when you went to Australia how long did you stay there? Which state, and did you do any jobs there? thanks


The Runaway Guide October 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I went to Australia before I I became the runaway guide :) So, it was more like a vacation with extended family. I would really like to go back though.


Rebecca October 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

leif your blog is addictive my freind was also impressed by the phrase ‘ass quivering diaoreha’ personally i prefer for the sake of your rectum. how is la citta eterna? where and when do you leave?


The Runaway Guide October 22, 2011 at 1:35 am

Haha, thanks Rebecca. Rome was great, I ended up meeting some chinese kids on the train and they brought me back to a secret chinese only hostel. I felt like I was in China lol. Im down in Palermo now and gonna take the boat to Tunis tomorrow. Hows tricks in Pisa?


Dante August 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

where did you start your first adventure and how did you get there


Gabby July 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

Where was your home before you ran away?


The Runaway Guide August 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

New York


Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

Wow! I stumbled across this website while looking for help with writing a story (I’ve been reading this all day), and it’s been extremely useful, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’y make me want to run away and live like a free spirit. (Even though I kinda do, I’m 14 and I save the adventures for a later summer. :) )



The Runaway Guide July 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

Thanks Chloe, I appreciate it!


Shelyn April 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hi Leif,

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Your header banner is so cute! Can’t wait to read more about your runaway’s blog. Are you going to finish your story?

Anyway, I have added your blog link into my website. Can you add mine as well with this description: To escape from rat race trap and to travel freely is Shel’s inspiration. This blog serves as an initiative to move towards her dreams.



budi April 11, 2011 at 3:49 am

I love the header banner of this blog, very represented the blog title :D


Leif April 11, 2011 at 3:53 am

Thanks Budi! I had Hop & Jaunt do it for me. http://www.hopandjaunt.com/


karissas February 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

great blog love it!


Angie February 21, 2011 at 1:59 am

crazy mustard-man!
what an amazing idea! and how lucky am i to have shared some of those mad stories with you. cant wait for you to publish your valium-tranquillizer incident in chisinau.. you idiot… and dont forget to put in the peace corps headquarters as a place to get free showes.. heheh.. one day we gonna buy this boat and sail down the danupe. i promise!! love you heaps!!!


Jen February 18, 2011 at 2:27 am

Leif – I love this!! Excellent idea.


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