Hollie Lowes

Owner / Blogger-in-Chief
A Sassy Wino With 2-Left Feet That Just So Happens to Travel The World”

Hollie grew up off getting school days off to eat candy and go for road trips all around the U.S. with her Dad for his work. She could never stay put in one place. Growing up in one city was never enough culture and change for her. Although she wishes she could eat pizza and watch Netflix as a full time job… She worked a few jobs that actually paid her and saved for her first trip to Europe. Since then she has become infamous for her never-ending wandering feet, well, 2 left feet with her luck! Now she’s set out to save everyone the trial and errors she’s had to learn on the way by bringing to you Backpacks & Budgets!

Senior Team

Maria Khazova

Maria Khazova

Assistant Social Media Manager (Facebook) / Senior Blogger

Maria lives in upstate New York but leaves every chance she gets. In a constant battle with herself on whether she should be a functioning adult or drop everything to travel the world. But most of all hoping to find a balance between the two. Loves cheap wine, hedgehogs, good sushi and burritos the size of her head!

Tina Vanderlinden

Tina Vanderlinden

Assistant Social Media Manager (Facebook & Pinterest)

Tina is an optimistic dancer with a passion for adventure. She lives by the motto try everything once and is always looking forward to the next adventure whether backpacking a new country or hiking a local trail.

Feature Bloggers

Alizah Flesher

Alizah Flesher

With wanderlust in her bones, travel blogger and influencer, Alizah has lived in Japan, France, Canada and the US in her early years. Now fresh out of college, she has her heart set on traveling the world and sharing her journey. Her next adventure will take her to SE Asia and Australia.

Brittany MacRae

Brittany MacRae

Brittany is an artist who splits her time between LA and Toronto. She‘s on a life-long search for sleep, sanity and yummy vegan dessert. And will maybe act in that movie, you’ve never heard of, one day.

Krystin Ross

Krystin Ross

Heading to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 set me on a bit of a crazy vagabond around the world. There’s so much to see, hike, swim, eat and no country does it like the other. We live in a brilliant world.

Emily Havis

Emily Havis

Emily is a self proclaimed cool adventure girl living in Los Angeles, but flees the country as often as possible. Always looking for a dog to pet & falafel to eat. She likes sun & sand, but she’ll pass on the seaweed!

Charlotte Connolly

Charlotte Connolly

A restless Brit with a serious case of wanderlust and a passion for writing. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an English Degree, Charlotte decided to travel the world and the list of places she wants to visit just keeps on growing.

Julia O’Connor

Julia O’Connor

Julia is a student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys playing the guitar, sleeping and has a passion for salt and vinegar chips. Her heart is easily won if you give her good conversation, new bands to listen to, and salt and vinegar chips.

Sara Nicastro

Sara Nicastro

Sara is a passionate about travel, an avid dog lover, and an unapologetic vegetarian. She is proud to say she has more ex-cities than ex-boyfriends, and believes everyone should travel alone at least once in their life!

Derek Craker

Derek Craker

Derek travels the world eating pasta and pizza whenever available. His greatest travel advice is to find a rich area in town and street perform your way to fame and fortune.

Callum Fitzpatrick

Callum Fitzpatrick

Callum Fitzpatrick is an English travel journalist now based in Mexico. He enjoys hiding away in quaint beach side towns like Matt Damon does at the start of The Bourne Supremacy.

Ailish Casey

Ailish Casey

Ailish is a freelance travel writer and blogger, who loves wildlife encounters, dancing abroad, and wandering off the beaten track. She writes about each new wonderland she finds at www.ailishinwonderland.com

Angelica Troeder

Angelica Troeder

Angelica Troeder is a beach bum who loves the water and never misses a chance to go diving. If you don’t find her on the beach, you’ll see her be one with the fish.

Natasha Lincoln

Natasha Lincoln

You can find Natasha dreaming up in the trees, fire dancing on a pirate ship, or talking with strangers. Possibly, however, you wouldn’t be able to find her at all, since she is always on the move; discovering, walking long distances, exploring, making mistakes, learning, and growing.

Scott Hayden

Scott Hayden

Scott Hayden has spent years of his life exploring ancient ruins, palatial temples, and all sorts of shrines and castles in exotic corners of the world. He’s based in Toronto, Canada, and his next adventure will take him to South America