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
He also founded Medellin Living and Travel Blog Success, and wrote the Medellin Travel Guide: Insider Advice from an American Expat in Colombia.
Mark Wiens graduated from University and decided to travel the world. When he’s not consuming street food, he can be found hiking or playing soccer.
He started Migrationology to show the cultural side of travel from a slow paced local perspective.
His three online businesses have allowed him to travel and live throughout South America, South East Asia, and Europe, while working here and there wherever he found reliable Wi-Fi access and motivation, two elements necessary to running online businesses that can be difficult to obtain simultaneously in the world’s most beautiful locales.
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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.