Meet Adam: Go Backpacking’s First Community Manager

Zakynthos, Greece Meet Adam Cheshier, Go Backpacking’s first Community Manager! Adam is taking the lead on all things social media, starting with Pinterest and Facebook. In the coming weeks, he’ll also be firing up our new accounts on Instagram and Twitter too. Our goal is to kick things up a notch and start sharing stories from the road more frequently, and with fresh perspectives, everywhere travelers are looking …

The RTW Trip Giveaway: A Winner’s Update (Part 1)

What would you do with a free trip around the world? Last year, I gave away a trip around the world. After going through thousands of entries, in the end, Heather was the winner. Her story was powerful. She’s been on the road a little over a month now and it’s time to catch up with her and find out about her trip, how the budgeting is going (is she doing $50 …

How Amanda Educates Her Kids From the Road

Ever wanted to travel the world with your family? Not sure how to do it on a budget? Not sure what to do about their education? Well, even though I don’t have children, I’m always curious about how families manage to do these things. Maybe one day I’ll have kids and this will become important! So, today, I’m sitting down …

Minnesota Zoo Conservation: How Zoos Help Endangered Species

Minnesota Zoo Conservation: How Zoos Help Endangered Species originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When I asked Dr. Tara Harris what her typical day at the Minnesota Zoo was like, her eyes widened and she stifled a small chortle. “I don’t have typical days,” she said. “Every day is different.” You don’t normally expect that response from someone with the title of Vice President for Conservation at a major U.S. zoo. But then again, the definition of a zoo these days is a lot different from what it was just a generation …

An Inside Look at Living and Working in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a country of mystery: it’s not easy to visit as a tourist as tourist visas are rarely approved, non-Muslims can’t visit the holy sites like Mecca and Medina, and most workers live on special compounds. My friends who have lived there have told me that’s a weird life – you stay mostly on the work compounds, you can&#…

Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

The ability to see all the beauty in the world – from a sunset over the mountains to the mist of a cloud forest to the crystal blue waters of Thailand – is something we often take for granted. Personally, I’ve always wondered what would happen if I were lose the ability to see it. Would I have the fortitude to carry on? How would I adapt? I mean, I’ve never even sprained a finger! A few months ago, I received an email from a reader named Tyler, …

INTERVIEW: Responsible Tourism Expert Megan Devenish of Exodus Travels

INTERVIEW: Responsible Tourism Expert Megan Devenish of Exodus Travels originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Q&A with Responsible Tourism Expert Megan Devenish of Exodus Travels Historically speaking, Responsible Tourism is a relatively new concept. The word Ecotourism wasn’t created until 1990, while Responsible Travel, Sustainable Travel, and Green Travel are all more recent variations on the same theme. As result, our ideas of what constitutes Responsible Tourism have …

Millennials Share Their Tips for Working While Traveling the Globe

This article was originally posted by thehipmunk on April 11, 2016 on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog When you’re still new to a career and trying to make a name for yourself on the job, it can be stressful to take vacation time. Heck, forget traveling for pleasure—even business travel can feel stressful. When you’re juggling delayed flights or bad cell service with the desire to make a good impression on your clients and coworkers, travel can…

How Jim Didn’t Let a New Disability Change His Travels

Last year, I interviewed Cory Lee, a wheelchair bound traveler, about his experience seeing the world. I’m a firm believer that travel is possible for people from all walks of life, so when I stumbled across Cory’s website, I knew I wanted to share his inspirational story. You don’t meet a lot of disabled travelers on the road. A few months ago, I was contacted by a 64 year old wheelchair bound reader named Jim. Inspired by Cory, he wanted to know …

How Will travels the world on $20 or less per day!

Each month, we feature a reader on our community forum as a way to inspire others and remind potential travelers that people from all walks of life go out and explore their world! Today, I want to share the story of Will, a.k.a The Broke Backpacker, who like Tomislov, is traveling the world on an extreme budget of $20 a day. After ten years of travel, I like a little more comfort because of my insomnia, but I love …

The Way of Wanderlust with Don George

One of my all-time favorite travel writers is Don George. He’s not a big name like Bryson or Pico Iyer, but his influence in travel writing is everywhere and goes back decades. He’s been editor of The San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, literally wrote the book on travel while …

How (and why) this 72 year old is backpacking the world

One of my favorite things to see on the road is an older person in a hostel. For some reason, it fills me with awe and envy. I always think to myself: “That’s so cool. I hope when I am older, I’ll still be doing exactly this!” I also hope when I’m older I can still stomach dorm rooms! Older travelers …

Extreme Budget Traveling (Less Than $10 a Day) with Tomislav from Croatia

After my first independent trip overseas in 2005, I came home, quit my job, and prepared to travel the world. However, at home, I immediately felt alone. Few people supported me, most were confused by the idea, and even more tried to talk me out of it. Back then, quitting your …

Why this Family Took Their Teens on an Epic RTW Adventure

Yesterday in Buenos Aires, I had lunch with a family of digital nomads. They’ve been on the road since 2008 working on software and app development all over the world (their son was born in Mexico). The wife, Kelli, asked if I met a lot of families traveling on the road. “Of course! These days, there are a lot.” I said. When I started traveling the world, taking your kids out of school for a year away was weird and social suicide. Now, I think there is a big support community online and hundreds of blogs to…