Go Backpacking is your online guide to independent travel.

Here you will find:

  • Practical, budget-oriented travel advice for planning your own adventures.
  • Original destination and how-to instructional articles.
  • Beautiful photos from around the world to keep you inspired between trips.


Editor in Chief, Founder

David LeeDavid Lee started Go Backpacking in 1998. Today, he’s responsible for managing all of the editorial output.

He also founded Medellin Living and Travel Blog Success, and wrote the Medellin Travel Guide: Insider Advice from an American Expat in Colombia.

David is a founding member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, and an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers.


Regular Contributors

Jason BatanskyJason Batansky is a 25-year old Entrepreneur and Blogger based out of Philadelphia but in constant motion since his first solo trip abroad in 2007 at age 19. As the founder of Flashpacker Guy and Locationless Living he has most recently  focused his attention writing about travel for other websites.

Outside of his travels, Jason manages a team of four full-time staff running a series of writing services, advertising businesses, and other odds and ends which allows him to travel and live throughout South America, South East Asia, and Europe with his bountiful free time.



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You’ll also get a free copy of Dave’s Dare Me! eBook chronicling over a dozen odd, unsavory, and embarrassing bets he won (and lost) on his trip around the world.


Previous Contributors

Ryan HirakiMark WiensDanielle AlvarezLeslie Brand, Lindsay Clark, Matthew Falk, Hansen Hunt, Troy Floyd, Andi PerulloLaura Silver


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Bungalow Writing - Koh Samui, Thailand

Blog History

Dave’s ‘Round the World Trip

On November 29, 2007, I left the comforts of my home and a well-paying job in the United States for the wide open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, an ATM card, and an insatiable wanderlust for discovering new cultures and sharing those experiences in writing, photos, and videos.

I traveled around the world, visiting 22 countries over 20 months.  I was robbed.  I got sick.  I met amazing people.  I felt lonely.  I felt inspired.  I felt frustrated.  I felt free.  It was perfect.

This blog is dedicated to inspiring and motivating others to make their travel dreams come true, whether it be a one week vacation or a 5-year vagabonding odyssey.

Where is Dave Now?

I completed my trip around the world with a 6-month stay in beautiful Medellin, Colombia, where I began a blog about my experiences in the city of the eternal Spring called Medellin Living.

I returned home to Virginia in July 2009 where I continued blogging, and launched Travel Blog Success to teach other show to build a high quality travel blog.

Since then, I continue to split my time between living in Medellin, and exploring more of our world.



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