Since it began in 2008, Art of Backpacking has become one of the most popular travel blogs on the internet. I have a lot to be thankful for because of this website and my readers. I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to continue traveling and writing as a direct result of the success of this site.
The five years I’ve spent writing here has been the longest I’ve stuck with anything. In the last couple years though, the site has drifted from solely being about backpacking to covering other topics. It’s grown into talking about adventure travel, travel lifestyle and living in different parts of the world. Perhaps this correlated to how I was evolving as well. My own style of travel has changed over the years. I feel the name Art of Backpacking no longer reflects the content being published.
I have thought long and hard about the future of Art of Backpacking. I’m in this for the long-haul and I don’t plan on solely writing about backpacking forever. I need a name that allows room for growth and change. Art of Backpacking restrains me from growing in the direction I would like to move. I feel that unless I change my name now, my interest in the site will start to fade and the articles being published will continue to not really match the brand.
So I have decided to rebrand this website as Art of Adventuring. The new name reflects a broader approach to travel. To me adventuring means exploring the world and trying new things, whether that be with a backpack or not. It means covering not just adventure activities but independent travel, off the beaten path discoveries and even the everyday adventure of living abroad.
As for the content, I don’t expect things to change drastically. I will still be living in different parts of the world, eating amazing new foods, experiencing new adventures, and writing about it here. I wanted to change the brand to reflect the subjects I already write about.
I will always love staying in hostels and will continue to write about staying on a budget and long-term travel but not exclusively. I have over six different backpacks and I don’t intend to retire them any time soon.
All of the old content will still be here and everything will simply be redirected to my new domain artofadventuring.com. All social media usernames and URL’s has been changed. You’ll also find that the website has had a makeover and that’s it’s now responsive thus making it mobile friendly.
I really appreciate all of the support and community that has grown around Art of Backpacking over the years and I hope you will all join me going forward as I continue to write about the many things that make travel wonderful. I look forward to hearing your opinions and input about the change. I’m excited for this new adventure.