Going Backpacking? 5 Blogs You Should Be Reading
It’s officially summertime, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to hit the road. As much as we’d like to jet off to Europe or some other far-flung locale, your bank account may not agree. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get out of dodge. We’ve rounded up our favourite backpacking blogs to give you the inspiration you need to book your next trip stat. Read on and prepare to get packing.
Almost Fearless is the brainchild of Christine Gilbert, a former corporate manager from Boston who has been travelling the world since 2008. Few people would be bold enough to quit their “dream job” to do the first thing that comes to mind: write and take pictures. Did we mention she brought her two dogs along, had a baby along the way, and kept going? Christine shows us it’s possible to have a family and still pursue those dreams, however unconventional they may seem. Not shy about admitting when the going gets tough, Almost Fearless may be less travel guide, more travel therapist. But you walk away with the sense that no matter what happens, you’ll be ok—it’s all part of the adventure.
This American Girl follows a woman who gave up her city life, beautiful apartment, stilettos, and a serious fine-dining habit to break coconuts on rocks in the jungle when she was thirsty, laze on beaches in the Caribbean, and sleep under the stars in the Sahara. That was four years ago. Since then, This American Girl has travelled to 20 countries, obtained her yoga certification, and “discovered the true meaning of happiness.” But this blog isn’t all wanderlust. This American Girl has plenty of real-world advice about affording a nomadic lifestyle, travelling alone as a woman, and avoiding food poisoning while eating on the cheap. With beautiful photos and genuine tales of triumph and failure, This American Girl is one of our favourite backpackers around.
At 26 years old, Boston native Kate McCulley left her marketing job to set out on a six-month adventure, which has turned into a four-year (and counting) trek. We love McCulley’s take on empowering female wanderers to rethink their mind-set and approach travelling alone as exhilarating, not frightening. With a June travel schedule that included Chicago, Copenhagen, Andorra, Barcelona, and Santorini, Adventurous Kate’s travels are varied and frequent.
Started by Chris, a surfer from the U.K., Backpacker Banter has advice on budgeting, how long to spend in certain regions, and comprehensive destination guides. It’s like a mini encyclopedia for those looking for a one-stop shop for how to travel on a shoestring budget for months at a time. What we love about this site is its deep dives into lesser-known destinations like the Philippines, Iceland, and Ecuador.
So Many Places chronicles the journey of Kim, a woman who quit her job, sold all of her belongings, and ventured out with her husband to travel and write. Kim has since settled down—granted, in Mexico—but her blog provides endless inspiration for how to travel in a respectful and meaningful way. With tips for getting through long bus rides around South America, surviving seven months in bear territory, and dealing with homesickness, So Many Places provides a view into the heart and soul of a traveller living, loving, and learning one country at a time.