About

Why do you want to travel? Asked no one. Well I’ve got the wanderlust. Even though I love England, and I’m sure I’ll even miss it from time to time, I want to see the world. I want to drink vodka in Russia, and ride the fabled trans-Siberian express. I want to drink tea in China and walk its wall. I want to see the wide open steppes of Mongolia, and drive across the boundless variety of America. The temples of Cambodia, the beaches of Thailand, the diving of Indonesia and the rugged mountains of New Zealand all call to me, and I’m not going to experience anything like that staying in the same village, and going to the same pub, now am I?

So, welcome to the blogging backpacker, my home away from home while traveling. I don’t know how long the site will stay alive; I’m already lagging, as this is being written from Ekaterinburg. Anyway, check in often, or subscribe to the RSS feed, to find out where in the world I am!

Jonathan Mantle, the blogging backpacker.

2 Responses to About

  1. MPoff says:

    how do you afford to do this if its not to much of a prying question, i really want to go see the world as well

    • Hi! Good question (and sorry I’ve taken so long to get around to responding). I’m not too certain how to answer properly, as it will be different depending on circumstances. For me, the most important factor was actually just deciding to go. Once I’d made the decision, the rest sort of followed naturally. I set up a separate ‘travel fund’ and lived frugally, funneling all the money I could into it. Once I reached my goal I just went. The key is to commit to that period of saving money beforehand.

      There are plenty of ways to make the whole experience easier on the wallet; couchsurfing and wwoofing are the two that spring to mind first, but there are others, and it’s surprisingly easy to live on a tight budget while travelling. Especially in South East Asia.

      Another excellent way to fund yourself is to get a job abroad (as I did after something like 9 or 10 months on the road). It doesn’t have to be a great job; you’re there to see the country and experience the culture rather than start a career. It doesn’t have to suck either though. Coastal towns in Australia are great for this, with high wages and an incredible setting.

      I hope that helps, and good luck on getting out to see the world. It’s been one of the best times of my life, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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