A kiwi girl and her backpack with a world to explore…
A little about myself, if you haven’t already guessed, I’m Tasha Amy, a twenty something year old kiwi with an incurable case of wanderlust.
I am the creator and writer at Backpackers Wanderlust, which has become my pride and joy.
My travel style is luxury for less and affordable travel. You may find me at a fancy hotel, though I will be eating at local restaurants to save money. I may stay in a hostel, though partaking in amazing once in a lifetime activities. I travel with a backpack to avoid paying for check in luggage fees, though that doesn’t mean I wont splurge and pay for extra leg room. Maximizing your experiences is all about choosing where you decide to spend your money, cutting back in certain areas can allow you to spend more in others. I mean there’s no point in traveling to the other side of the world if you cannot experience the best it has to offer!
Though, I haven’t always been this way, rewind back to 2014. I was a basic university student who’s life revolved around study and working at a supermarket.
Check Out Where I Went In 2017
That was until I traveled abroad for the first time summer of 2015….
I headed to Costa Rica and fell in love with the Latin American culture and the whole idea of travel. Unfortunately, I had to head home after two months, though much to my family’s disappointment t I swapped an accounting and business law degree to study photography. That was 2016.
Next up was a solo backpacking trip in 2017 all around South East Asia. Well I managed solo for Myanmar and Thailand, until a boy from back home decided to join and decided to stick around for Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Nepal.
2018 consisted of The Cook islands, Turkey, Italy, Greece, The United Kingdom, Morocco, and Bali. It was a whirlwind, pricey trip.
In 2019 my blog really started picking up traction and it was round two for Southeast Asia, but this time partnering with company businesses along the way. We revisited Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia getting fully off the beaten track. Once back in NZ we decided to try cruising visiting New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Of course, we had to end the year with an obligotry trip to The Cook Islands.
Hmmmm 2020, well that was a awkward one wasn’t it. Trips were planned, and cancelled. Though I did manage to score some awesome deals exploring my home country of New Zealand.
2021, another crazy year. Though I did manage to escape the country and visit The Cook Islands again when our bubble reopened! Yay.
Thank god for 2022, a year of semi-normalcy. I had been planning and saving for a big backpacking trip down Central America. I managed to hit up Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras before I fell in love with diving and my money suddenly disappeared.
Truth be told, I am no jet-setter with thousands of dollars in my bank account, no rich parents who fund my travels or some lottery winner. Instead, I spend my time not on the road working long weeks, living cheaply and saving every spare dollar.
I created Backpackers Wanderlust to share all my travel tips, secrets and stories in hope that it will inspire you to explore this absolutely amazing planet.
To me backpacking is all about truly exploring a destination and getting off the beaten track, but at the same time maximizing your experiences and living life to the fullest .
If you are like me with a dream to lead an unconventional lifestyle, you have found the perfect place. So, join me as I share all my experiences and secrets, the good the bad and the ugly, with you, through the magic of the internet.