On a random late winter day, we were strolling around in Lisbon. We were walking down one of those typical cobblestone stairways when Ashray pointed out to me “watch out!”, giving me a heads-up that would prevent me from stepping into a pile of poo. “Dude, that’s quite a big … more »
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First of all, we’re Ashray and Zara, from India and Portugal. It’s great to meet you! Being from such different sides of the world, we’re learning how to travel as a multicultural couple. You might think it’s the same as everyone else, but actually, our cultural differences influence our experiences around the world as well as the way other people perceive us.
We started traveling full-time 4 years ago. What initially was a year off to travel around Latin America, became a lifestyle. Now, we work and travel at the same time, no matter where in the world we are. People who work location independently using a computer are called digital nomads these days. Read this article where Ashray explains how he became a digital nomad, the hardships involved, but also the rewards that come with it!
Travel is not just about moving geographically. We have come to love our way of life, specially because we now understand how, in a way, travel can make you younger! And no, we’re not talking about some miraculous elixir of youth. But simply about the fact that travel and being surrounded by new things give you the perception that your days are longer. Change of place and mindfulness come hand in hand for us. Have you ever thought of travel as a form of meditation? Here’s what we think about that…
Even though a life of constant travel might sound amazing at first (and, of course, it sure is for the most part!) it doesn’t mean that there aren’t down-sides to it. We don’t like to write exclusively about the highs of travel and rose tint our experiences. We don’t think it’d be fair to showcase this lifestyle in such an unrealistic way. That’s why we have also written about the hard things of long-term travel.
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Travel is as much about logistics and hitting all the popular spots as it is about absorbing that indescribable vibe of a place. The way that a certain new location sounds, the ambient noise, the way it smells or the way your eyes adjust to the different colours of a … more »
The Carretera Austral, also known as Chile’s Southern Highway is a 1240km long route that winds along through virgin prehistoric forests, torrential rivers, glaciers, and snow capped peaks! Argentina’s Ruta 40 or Route 40 is a long and almost straight road that runs the length of the country and ends … more »
Every year, we like looking back at some of the most popular travel articles we’ve shared here on Backpack ME. It’s not because these are necessarily our favorites, but we enjoy seeing which stories resonated the most with you. If you’ve missed something, this is also a good opportunity to … more »
We don’t always post travel stories in real time here on Backpack ME. Sometimes, we may be at a beach shack writing about that wonderful time when we chased the Northern Lights at -20C in Norway. On other occasions, we’re rather stationary in a city, highlighting the best things of … more »
As rather minimalistic travelers, we always say that “less is more”. Carrying around less things indeed gives you more flexibility of movement, and more power to improvise. Still, like most regular human beings, there is some stuff we do like. We are fond of certain gadgets that keep us entertained … more »
We traveled to Italy in the summer of 2016. Today we take you with us on a day trip through the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. This is the place where many of Italy’s famous culinary treasures come from. But today we shall take you with us in an entirely … more »
Looking back at my days working in an office, I realize how much random stuff I used to browse on the internet. One of the things that I remember used to keep me particularly entertained were websites listing unusual hotels around the world. In was in one of those articles … more »
Finland is the 50th country that we have visited in our travels. When we arrived in Helsinki, I thought it’d be an interesting exercise to choose one photo from each country and say something about it. So I sat down with the long and difficult task of going through the … more »
As the number of tourists coming to Portugal increases, I have been able to observe certain tendencies. Lisbon, like a good representation of Portugal as a whole, is a city known for its immense number of cafés and pastelarias (literally, pastry shops). Coffee breaks and sweet bites are a part … more »