Aspiring writer, world traveler, outdoor enthusiast and experienced explorer, who enjoys adventures in the every day.  I currently spend a lot of time thinking about how I can win “Hamilton” tickets.

Fun facts about me:  I have traveled to more than 50 countries.  I have trekked to Mt. Everest, Base Camp 1 – 6,065 m. (19,900 ft).  I have climbed the technical mountaineers route to summit Mt. Whitney (California) in winter – 4,421 m. (14,505 ft.).  I have biked the U.S. twice (TransAm and Northern Tier routes).  My favorite vacations are spent in places without phone service.

I have been a vegetarian almost my entire life. I am am an aspiring vegan. My favorite cuisines are Ethiopian, Mexican, Burmese, and Japanese. I hail from Brooklyn, New York and have a strong affinity for pizza (along with spumoni and ices). I am brand loyal and could be a poster child for Patagonia. I enjoy watching Lip Sync Battle, late night comedy shows, and HGTV. I enjoy Pixar films, Wong Kar Wai and Studio Ghilbi productions.

Friends describe me as: adventurous, organized, competitive and adaptable. Superhero skills I would like to have: dream of food and *poof* it appears. Superhero skills I possess: finding parking spaces on demand.

Interests: Being in the mountains, new adventures, travel, reading thought-provoking books, writing, changing the world and volunteering.

Favorite Books and authors: Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth; Nicole Mones, Lost in Translation; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; This I Believe (edited by Jay Allison); Mark Hadden, Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime; Ruth Reichel, David Sedaris and Haruki Murakami.

This blog started as a way to stay in touch with family and friends while I biked across America in summer 2012. Now I write to share my adventures of living a life of non-conformity. I have always wanted to inspire others to do great things. I hope my writing helps you envision a life without limits. Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

My blog is titled withoutapillow because the first summer I biked America, I was given a gear list and told not to bring a pillow. Instead, they said you can use a stuff sack and put clothes in it for a pillow. When I arrived to meet my team, people brought pillows. I was jealous, but learned to live without it.

noun \ˈtra-və-lər, ˈtrav-lər\
: someone who is traveling or who travels often
: a person who moves around from place to place instead of living in one place for a long time

Please excuse typographical and grammatical errors.  I am blogging with my iPhone from the road.

email: lianelau[at]yahoo.com


  1. Dear Liane – to the list of adjectives describing you I would add generous, kind, thoughtful qand determined. This is a great thing you are doing. I hope you can rig up a helmetcam so you can take pictures as you ride…


  2. I really like your blog! I found this blog through SF Bay Craigslist because I was looking to move into the city, but as you can attest through your own documented experiences here on the blog, it is VERY difficult, so I am going to move to Oakland instead. Thanks so much for writing! It’s very inspiring. I would love to go on a cycling tour on the East Coast one day.

    – Lisa


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