Last year we visited Jordan, a spectacular country with rugged mountains, expansive deserts, and of course, the ancient city of Petra. This was in November 2015 and when we decided to go there, several people asked us: Oh, but you’re going to Jordan? Isn’t it dangerous there? A pretty good … 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 6 years ago and we have been to over 50 countries – here’s a post with one carefully selected photo from each country we’ve been to. 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, especially 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 downsides 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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When you travel a lot, staying in hotels becomes a big part of your expenses. In the course of our travels, though, we’ve come across many ways to save money on hotels and I’m now going to share with you our killer combination to save up to 20% on every … more »
If art is about communication, it makes sense to take it to the streets so that it can reach the masses. That’s what street art is all about. But, in Chile, the Open Air Museum of San Miguel, Santiago is taking things to a whole new level! Mixart Cultural Centre … more »
It’s no secret that Indians have a hard time obtaining visas for travel. We have an entire section on Backpack ME dedicated to visas for Indians. Readers often come to this section to find information on how to handle the paperwork so that they can travel to their dream destinations. … more »
Lisbon is one of the best European capitals for Digital Nomads looking to get some work done. Sure, the city offers a lot of distractions, but it also welcomes those whose budget might be tighter, in a pretty comfortable way. The Portuguese capital is a welcoming mix of traditional and … more »
A few days ago we were enjoying dinner out. Talking with a family friend, we were asked what we do for a living. It’s never pleasant to answer this question. Not because of the reply per se but, because more often than not, this moment is followed by comments such … more »
The end of 2015 is just around the corner. As such, we thought of doing a recap of the most read articles here on Backpack ME during the last 12 months. We hope you didn’t miss a thing… but just in case you did, here’s your chance to catch up … more »
Ever since we started traveling full-time I don’t have the same feeling I used to have before: What?! It’s already December? The year went by FLYING!…” Now, I fly! Being in various places and occupying your time with different activities, time dilation becomes your best friend. Still, it somehow … more »
If you like reading our articles here on Backpack ME, chances are you’d enjoy our Instagram feed. This is where we share snippets from our trips in real time. Focusing on stunning landscapes, exotic meals, people we see and silly observations we make on the go. These are Backpack … more »
My friends know that I have a thing for racial humor. I mean, I am married to a person of a different race than mine, so that sort of gives me a free pass to make racially and culturally inappropriate jokes, right?! Allow me… As we travel, not only … more »