It’s cutting the unnecessary and going for what really counts; experience and adventure.

About this website

This website is run and edited by myself, Michael Tieso, and contains the writings and experiences of travelers from around the world. Since 2008 I’ve been compiling advice and experiences. My main goals are:

1. Share the experience of travel through media. My articles include personal essays, travel videos, food challenges and discoveries, adventurous activities, cultural knowledge, going beyond the tourist route, natural wonders, and local experiences.

2. To inspire others to travel, influence you to travel to new places, eat different foods, and do activities you may have never known existed. I want this website to make you question your knowledge of the world and teach you something new from every part of it.

3. Illustrate that travel is possible on many budgets and for many different lifestyles. I want to show you how to make your dreams into reality.

About Michael Tieso

In May 2009 I took on an epic journey to travel around the world. I later related that the world is pretty big and that this journey would take much longer than expected. For several years I lived a nomadic life in different parts of the world while working online. I now work remotely for WooThemes/Automattic which allows me to work and live from anywhere in the world. I currently call Seattle, Washington home.

A bit more about me: I’m 30 years old and was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. I have a half Argentinean and half Italian background. I’m a dual citizen of US and Italy. As a child, I visited Buenos Aires, Argentina often.

I started this site in December 2008 after a short backpacking trip to Canada. I felt inspired to share my experience and inspire others to do the same. After that, I saved money to take an extended trip around the world.

Dream Destination?: Since I was a kid, I had always dreamed of traveling throughout Japan. I still have not been to Japan.

Favorite Food?: Ceviche, Argentinean Pizza and Steak, Sushi, and all around Thai and Chinese food. I’m a serious foodie and often travel to destinations for the sole purpose of eating their local cuisine.

Favorite Quote: ‎”A man is not where he lives but where he loves.” -Proverb

The Great Ocean Road

How much did I spend?

Not much! On average I spent around $1,500USD per month backpacking. From May 2009 to April 2010, I spent roughly $19,500USD. As a minimalist, I didn’t really need much. I sold everything I owned before I left which helped a lot.

The money lasted for about a year because I found every possible bargain in all transportation, food, activities, etc. It does take some work but it all becomes natural where the better deal is.

Have you seen my wife’s website yet? Twenty-Something Travel

Also see my personal site MichaelTieso.com

Sheridan Anderson