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. I met enlightening people and immersed myself in various ways of life. I also learned some techniques to travel cheap without sacrificing comfort.

On this site I share these travel experiences, in order to prepare, empower and inspire others to embark on their own journeys no matter what the budget.

Join me on my current journey around Southeast Asia. Follow me on Facebook and sign up for my monthly newsletter to get updates from the road.11130882_10205617487533152_1135620138_o

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 70+ countries during the past 10 years.

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 GuatemalaMalaysia.

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 another, a life unknown. The life of Leif remains unknown.


For More Info About Me

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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Let Me Know What You Think!

  1. Brian says

    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

  2. Misha says

    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

  3. Bob says

    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?

  4. Avery says

    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. :)

  5. Onji says

    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. :)

  6. Rebecca says

    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?

    • says

      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?

  7. Chloe says

    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. :) )


  8. says

    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.


  9. says

    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!!!

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