Keepin' it Real

Sean Keener's Personal Blog

September 27th, 2013

Laziness spurns creativity

December 12th, 2012

2013 Trip for Keener Family

March 14th, 2012

Around the World Airfare Report

We released a report last week for folks that are considering an Around the World trip, or any Multi-Stop International trip for that matter. It breaks down 8 of the top companies and the Do It Yourself (DIY) method comparing costs and features. This is an underserved market and this free download will help save any potential traveler days and days of research.

We will be updating it a few times per year.

Click on the image here if you want to check it out. I’m super stoked about it.

February 12th, 2012

Lost Luggage can be a blessing

Depends on your point of view. Check out Andrew’s comment on the Indie Travel Manifesto.

When I arrived in Thailand 2 years ago I was on the last leg of an around the world journey with my best friend. We’d spent time all over Europe, Africa and Nepal, each place more amazing then the last. Upon arriving in Bangkok we found out the airline had ‘lost’ our luggage. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, we spent the final month of our trip hopping from beach to beach with nothing but a few pairs of board shorts, some tank tops and a tooth brush. Simple, liberating amazing!

February 6th, 2012

Indie Travel Manifesto: Open today

January 16th, 2012

My Year in Cities 2011

August 8th, 2011

My Year in Cities 2010

I’ve been doing this post for 5 years. I’m 8 months late this year.

2009 year in cities
2008 year in cities
2007 year in cities
2006 year in cities
2005 year in cities

Ohope Beach, New Zealand
Vancouver, British Columbia
Whistler, British Columbia
Seattle, Washington
Snowden, Washington
Portland, Oregon
Chicago, Illinois
Montreal, Quebec
Boston, Massachusetts
Dedham, Massachusetts
Dallas, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Las Vegas Nevada
Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunriver, Oregon
Kauai, Hawaii (Poipu)

May 1st, 2011

Around the World Travel Contest

This round-the-world trip contest runs for eight weeks–with eight chances to win!

Each Monday, starting May 2nd, we put up some clues to help you guess one destination our Grand Prize winner will visit. Fill in the destination and your vitals and that’s it–you’re entered! On Sunday night we pick a winner for that week. If it’s you, that week’s prize is coming your way and you’re one of the eight who will be in the running for the Grand, First, or Second Prize.

After eight weeks, everyone will know the route and we will pick our winners. The Grand Prize winner gets showered with goodies and starts making plans to travel around the world on us. It’s that easy! Click on the appropriate box to get in on the game.



The Indie Travel Media Association is giving away the ultimate traveler’s treat – an around the world trip with a plane full of prizes!

We’re giving our readers the chance to take off, big time, by putting their travel knowledge to the test and inviting them to enter our contest. The challenge? Guess the route of where the Round the World journey will take them.

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following:

* Round-the-world airfare for two from the BootsnAll Travel Network
* A Southeast Asia tour for two from All Points East

* One year of travel insurance from World Nomads

* One-week First Class Eurail passes
* Four hotel nights from Anantara
* Two BRX luggage sets from Briggs & Riley
* Head-to-toe travel clothing from ExOfficio
* One-week rental car in Europe from Auto Europe
* Shoes from Lowa Boots
* $500 in spending money from Transitions Abroad
* Two pairs of Serengeti Eyewear sunglasses with Polar PHD lenses
* A grab bag of useful apps and guidebooks

First Prize – $2000 in airfare to go anywhere in the world from 1800FlyEurope.

Second Prize – Two Full-Fare roundtrip tickets anywhereSouthwest Airlines flies.

With prizes this big, we do need some time to find the perfect travelers to win our prizes so participants have 8 weeks to enter. Here’s how it works.

Each week, participants guess the destination from the provided clues and enter online. One random winner will be chosen from the correct answers each week and awarded a weekly prize. After eight weeks—with eight chances to win—everyone will know the route and there will be eight finalists. One of those eight finalists will win the Grand Prize package for two while two more winners will receive the First and Second Prize awards!

For more information and to sign up, follow the link posted here on Monday, May 2nd.

Here are Your Hosts:

BootsnAll Travel Network is the traveler’s one-stop indie travel guide, which began publishing travel on the web in 1998. is the web home of the Consumer Travel Alliance, which fights in Washington for reform of air travel, rollback of fees and for airline passenger’s rights. provides travelers with inspiration and links to plan their trips. is the home of intrepid traveler John DiScala, who flies more than 150,000 miles a year and provides comprehensive articles about everywhere he goes.

Practical Travel Gear is the top blog for daily reviews of travel gear and travel clothing.

Perceptivel Travel webzine is the home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors. (founded in 1977 as the print magazine) provides articles, resources, and program listings for long-term travelers seeking to work, live, volunteer, or study abroad. is the go-to guide for Southeast Asia, with daily articles and iPhone apps you can download to give you details about any country in their region.

Wanderlust and Lipstick is THE destination for women’s travel including tours, guidebooks and practical information.

January 4th, 2010

My Year in Cities: 2009

Here are the places that I slept overnight in 2009. Links to previous years post at the bottom of this post. What were yours?

Snowden, WA
New York, New York
Washington DC
Phoenix, Arizona
Palm Springs, California
Los Angeles, CA
Seoul, South Korea
Auckland, New Zealand
Wharekaho Beach, New Zealand
Ohope, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Greymouth, New Zealand
Nelson, New Zealand
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Wanaka, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hamner Springs, New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Noosa, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Manly Beach, Australia
Bangkok, Thailand
Koh Samui, Thailand
Seminyak, Bali Indonesia
Mountains of Bali, Indonesia
Seraya, Bali
Boston, USA
Chicago, Illinois
Poipu, Hawaii*
Orlando, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Leavenworth, WA

* denotes more than 1 time, separate occasions.

2008 list

2007 list

2006 List

2005 List

May 8th, 2009

Video Blogging at

I’m on a 4 or 5 month trip now and will be video blogging on during the trip.

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