In the fall of 2020 I wrote about my newly discovered (pandemic-related) love of walking for The Guardian. The piece received an incredible reaction, with folks reaching out to me from all over the world to share their love of putting one foot in front of the other. It is with that hope for human connection that I first started Walk It Off in the spring of 2021.

A year later Walk It Off is still going strong—a small, pleasant online community focused on walking and sharing stories. I hope you’ll join us.

If you have no idea who I am, here’s me:

Photo credit: Remi Morawski

And here’s my official bio:

Isaac Fitzgerald appears frequently on The Today Show and is the author of the bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Boston Globe and numerous other publications. His debut memoir, Dirtbag, Massachusetts, is forthcoming in July, 2022. He lives in Brooklyn.

The New York Times described what I do as “wanders aimlessly,” and previously referred to me as “a former biker-bar employee,” both of which are true.

If you want to know more about what why I started Walk It Off you can read my welcome letter from April 15, 2021, but the best way to decide if Walk It Off is right for you is probably to take a stroll though the archives.

The idea is simple, I walk places and then write about the walk. Oftentimes I’ll walk with a writer, artist, or musician that I admire and share the conversation with you.

There are also lively member discussion threads, because I absolutely love hearing from readers. Where are you walking? What are you listening to? Thinking about? What new place did you discover while rambling around outdoors?

Walk It Off will always be free, but is a reader-supported publication. Please consider becoming a paid subscriber. Here are the rates, if you want to buy me socks, beer, or a sandwich while I’m out exploring:

$5 a 1 month (socks) 🧦

$50 for 1 year (beer) 🍺

$150 for 1 year (sandwiches) 🥪

Or, you can gift a subscription to the walker in your life:

Give a gift subscription

The last thing to say is that the logo for Walk It Off was designed by Walter Green, who is a genius. Ok, that’s enough talk for now. If any of this sounds of interest to you, I hope you subscribe. As for me, I’m going to go Walk It Off.

The first brainstorm I had for Walk It Off.

Subscribe to Walk It Off

That was tough. Let's go for a walk.


New York Times bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts | How to Be a Pirate | Knives and Ink | Pen and Ink. Next up? American Dionysus. 🍎