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About Us 2017-01-28T21:25:36+00:00

OUR STORY

Hello, Hallo, Bonjour, Ciao, Namaste, สวัสดี, Jambo, Xin Chào and welcome to our travel blog, Luxurybackpacking. About Us: We’re Emma & Yannick  a couple from England and Germany, who met back in 2014 travelling throughout Thailand. Since then, we’ve been calling the world our home. Travelling to more than 25 countries in less than 2 years, with no plans to stop! Along the way we’ve gained knowledge and experience on how to travel the world in luxury for less. As a result, we love helping and encouraging others to do the same. Here at Luxurybackpacking, we want to inspire you to travel, explore what this amazing world has to offer, blow your mind with amazing photography and help get you started with travel tips and guides. Sound good? Lets go!

Being just 21 years old, we don’t have the usual background of escaping the 9 to 5 and perusing the dream of travelling. Emma’s in her last year of University in Sydney, studying Business and Yannick is waiting patiently for her graduation, so they can travel non-stop around the world. You may be thinking by this point, ‘How do you afford to travel?’, ‘Did they win the lottery?’, or ‘mummy and daddy’s trust fund?’. Nope. We’ve been living a simplistic lifestyle for the past two years, worked side jobs and learned how to travel hack. Its been a lot of hard work, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. We believe if we can do it, anyone can!

MEET EMMA: LOVES DOGS, WOULDN’T SAY NO TO A BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT AND WILL TRAVEL FOR CHEESE…

Originally growing up in the English Cotswold Countryside, travelling has always been a passion of hers since she can remember. Some of her fondest memories from childhood, involved the excitement of waking up early knowing she was going on holiday!

As she’s grown older that excitement has never gone away.  Being just 20 years old she have visited 43 countries from all corners of the globe, and hopefully many more to go. Exploring what the world has to offer, making new friends, discovering new places and meeting travellers from all over the globe is what makes happy. We hope our blog can connect you to these reasons as well.

Her Top 3 Favourite Destinations So Far…
1. Thailand (it’s where we met..kinda obligatory :p )
2. Australia (lived there for 3 years, and loved every second of it!)
3. South Africa (safari was one of the most amazing things she’s done, check out our review of the Klaserie Sands River Camp).

MEET YANNICK: A CHOCOLATE MONSTER BY PROFESSION, AVIATION GEEK AND THE PRO PHOTOGRAPHER…

After growing up and finishing high school in Germany, he decided to step outside his comfort zone and head to Thailand for four months, in search of a job. Successfully, he worked at a hostel on Koh Phangan which really stemmed his desire to travel and explore the world, and he’s never looked back since.

This is also where he met Emma. Since then they have travelled to over 25 countries in less than two years, with no plan to stop. Over the last few years, he has also learned a lot about how to travel in a fair bit of luxury, while actually spending less money than before, and showing you how you can do that too!

His top three favourite destinations so far…
1. Thailand (Again..Kinda obvious)
2. USA (So much diversity, beautiful landscapes and awesome cities!)
3. Fiji (Breathtaking beaches, friendly locals and true paradise!)

WHERE ARE WE TRAVELLING IN 2017?

January:

Hopefully skiing!

February:

Thailand, Malaysia and Australia

March:

The Whitsundays and Ayers Rock

April:

Vanuatu

June:

Amsterdam and USA West Coast Road Trip

July:

Australia

2nd Half

 We’ve yet to book the second half of the year!

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU TRAVEL

We are one of the youngest travel blogging couples out there. Emma being just 20 and Yannick 21, you may think we don’t have much experience as we are so young, but having visited over 40 countries already, age is only a number. We have experienced so many amazing things whether it’s sky diving in South Africa or hiking to Kim’s Lookout on Lord Howe Island. We want others to share and be inspired, whilst stepping outside their comfort zone into a world of adventure. You don’t have to be part of the ultra-rich to be a luxury backpacker, you need knowledge, experience and insider tips to become successful in travelling in luxury on a backpackers budget, and this is where we come in! We are not ultra-wealthy or special, we are just two regular people that share an amazing passion for travel and luxury, and we believe that everyone should have the potential to live their ultimate dream.

We want to show and inspire you that ordinary people, can live extraordinary lives.

We have both gained a lot of knowledge over the past few years about all sorts of things related to going abroad. Whether it’s our personal travel tips we’ve put together while exploring various places, or advice that we can give you because of what we’ve learned. We can help you save money on what you want to do, or get more luxury and comfort out of the money that you’re willing to spend.

To get started, read through some of our most popular posts on how to get more for less here:

Travelling has changed our lives in so many ways, and we wouldn’t change it for the world. If you are open to possibilities and taking steps outside your comfort zone, then we believe travelling can change yours too!

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What is your favourite country so far and why?

Thailand. You might think naah that’s sooo standard. But still, besides having met there, which obviously gives this country an all time favourite place in our heart, Thailand also offers an enormous diversity. You’ll find a laid back island vibe in the south, a buzzing metropolis that never sleeps in the capital city Bangkok, and you can experience the jungle further inland up north, where ever you are, you’ll have a great time in the land of smiles.
Furthermore, the infrastructure has been growing for a while now and it’s very easy and safe to get around the country. That does come with its downsides if you don’t like to see many tourists on the road, but after all you’re one of them, so you can’t complain. Also, Thailand is still one of the cheapest countries out there, especially for accommodation and food. Better yet, the food is actually amazing as well!

What is your least favourite country so far and why?

It really depends on YOUR attitude, that you approach a country or place with. Obviously, every place in the world has upsides and downsides, but whether you love it or hate it is entirely up to yourself. Just be open to anything you will encounter, the landscape, the cities, the people and their attitude. If there’s something you don’t like, try and see the reason behind it, and you’ll understand.
There has not yet been, and most likely will never be, a country that we have disliked, so it wouldn’t be right to say, that any place was our least favourite. And if there will ever be a place that didn’t  leave us amazed, we’ll have to come back because we clearly haven’t seen the good parts!

Which place has surprised you the most so far?

Porto in Portugal. We basically just booked a quick weekend trip there because there were really cheap flights on a flash sale, and didn’t look into it much before we went.
Well, once we arrived, we were pretty amazed by what the city had to offer and how beautiful it was. Especially the old town area by the riverbanks with all the tiny old houses and alleyways is very charming. The city centre looks stunning by day and by night.
There are more amazing places, but Porto definitely caught us off guard and is always worth a visit.

What is your favourite way of travel?

Yannick: Nothing beats going on a plane bound for a place I’ve never been to before, and even after more than 200 flights in the last three years it is and will always be something special to me. But then while I’m at the destination, I absolutely love going on road trips. When I have a car or a motorbike, I’m free, independent, I can decide where to go and when, I can get to places where almost no one else has been before and stop for as long as I want to embrace the surroundings and take photos. Public transport just doesn’t do it for me most of the time. Unfortunately, rental cars are still expensive in lots of places and it’s often not easy to take a vehicle across borders, so public transport is more often than not the choice made.

Emma: I love air travel too, but it’s always an added bonus if you get upgraded to business class! If the country has amazing sites all around, I do love to hire a car and road trip as like Yannick said you can get to so many different and new places you never thought existed.  However I’m not that much into camping and hiking, so I’d rather stay in a hotel! I do love natural sights though, so if some place is particularly stunning I am prepared to sacrifice 😉 . Secret: I claim to get really scared of flying when in Economy Class, because I want Yannick to treat me to Business Class (with air miles), shhhhh. Unfortunately, that has only worked once so far.

What has travelling taught you?

A whole lot, to be honest. But the main thing is: Keep calm and question things. Back home – wherever you’re from – everything goes in a certain way. There are rules to do this, regulations to do that, and standards to obey, just because you do and everyone does. And as soon as someone doesn’t, that person will be criticised, in whatever way.
But you won’t notice until you go abroad. You realise, there are different ways, different points of view, and they’re all just as good. It’s okay to handle and approach everything in an entirely different way, and you’ll learn to respect that and you suddenly question, what’s being done back home and why it’s the only way for many people, and why they get upset over pointless things. But at the same time, you don’t really care, because you know, that these people will never know… unless they go abroad.

Why did you choose to start a travel blog?

We initially only had an Instagram account: @luxurybackpacking, from under 12 months it has grown from a little over 1,000 followers to over 57,000 followers. We thought, hey people must be following us for a reason, and a few followers in the past had asked us for our blog domain. So right now in November 2016 our blog has been online for a little over a month, and already has seen over 2,000 page views. We love you guys <3
But ultimately we want to inspire, motivate and encourage young travellers around the world to go online, book a flight to a place they’ve never been before and start exploring what the world has to offer. We believe ordinary people just like us can live extraordinary lives. You don’t have to be part of the ultra rich and famous to travel in luxury, you just need to know how, and this is where we come in! So stick around, subscribe to our blog and let us take you on a journey of a lifetime!

If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?

We love the quote: “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry. Click here for more of our favourite quotes!
Don’t go at some point. Go now! Tomorrow might be too late – who knows? You have to get out there before you commit to something long term which limits you to one place, be it the job, children or whatever. Experience and memories are worth more than anything else, and no one could ever take them from you. Even if your parents or grandparents have a different opinion on that, it’s just because they were raised in a different period of time with different values. Had they had the same opportunities back then, they would have taken them.

Second, don’t be afraid to go on your own. We’ve heard all sorts of things, will I meet people, will I like it, will I be safe, will I have fun…? Yes you will! Even more so, when you go on your own. Because you’re not going to worry about what people think of you, you can do what you want, you’re free and no one is going to stop you. All solo travellers (and that’s what most people are) will be in the exact same situation as you, so everyone is trying to make the best out of it. That’s why it always ends up being a ton of fun with people you’ve never met until two hours ago. All you have to do is stay in a hostel dorm, that’s the important thing to meet people. Have a look at the best hostels for your intended place on Hostelworld and off you go. You won’t regret it!

WHERE WE HAVE BEEN

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