Go Backpacking is your online guide to independent travel.
Here you'll find:
- Practical, budget-oriented travel advice for planning your own adventures.
- Original destination and how-to instructional stories.
- Beautiful photos from around the world to keep you inspired between trips.
Editor in Chief, Founder
David is a founding member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and a media member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. He's traveled to over 65 countries across 6 continents, and lived in Colombia and Peru.
Jason Batansky is a 27-year old entrepreneur, online publisher and freelance writer born in Philadelphia. He has been in constant motion living and traveling in over 40 countries since his first solo trip abroad in 2007 at age 19. He is the owner and publisher of Aspiring Gentleman, Ms. Career Girl, Male-Mode, and other blogs.
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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 six-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.
For many seven years, I continued to split my time between Colombia and exploring more of the world.
In early 2016, I sold Medellin Living and moved back to the United States. In late 2017, I sold Travel Blog Success too.
As of 2018, I'm re-focusing on Go Backpacking and have started a new food blog, Feastio.
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