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

About this website

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

1. Share the experience of travel through media. Our 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. We 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. We want to show you how to make your dreams into reality.

The website was formally called Art of Backpacking.

About Michael Tieso

I left my job in May 2009 to take on an epic journey to travel around the world. I realized though that the world is pretty big and that this journey would take much longer than expected. I’ve lived a nomadic life in different parts of the world while working online.

I’m Michael Tieso. I’m 29 years old and I love to travel. I was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. I have a half Argentinean and half Italian background. As a child, I visited Buenos Aires 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.

Thanks to everything that I’ve learned creating this website and the opportunities having this website has brought me, in April 2014 I accepted a dream job at WooThemes. You can read more about this on here.

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

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

The Great Ocean Road

What am I doing?

From May 2009 till April 2014, I was a free front-end web developer which allowed me to travel and work from anywhere in the world.

In April 2014 I accepted a full-time remote position at WooThemes still doing what I love to do. This allows me to still live and work from anywhere in the world. It’s an amazing company and happy to be working for them. I’m now a pro at WooCommerce.

See my portfolio of the sites I’ve made.

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.

Other Projects

  • Travel Blog Success: A resource of information for those looking to start a travel blog or already have one. It’s for both beginners and experts. Launched in March, 2011.
  • ForkFox: The best food tours & cooking classes all in one place.
  • Personal portfolio site.
  • Michael’s Personal Blog: My personal blog that is unrelated to travel and usually related to programming.
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