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I took a break from travel blogging

I had been blogging non-stop since December 2008. There were a few breaks but I always felt extremely guilt not writing an article for longer than a week or two. This blog has by far become the longest “job” I have ever had.

I’m not sure when I started to feel this way but it hit me sometime last year. I didn’t want to my travel blog to be my career anymore. It stopped being fun for me. The problem was that I felt like others would judge me as a failure if I were to stop so I kept on going. I lost motivation and my writing suffered as a result. The content I wrote sucked. It felt like a chore having to write an article here. Rather than writing an article I felt inspired to write, I wrote boring sponsored posts and forced out crappy articles to make my weekly quota of having content up on the site. I hated this.

The feeling was similar to how I felt about my last corporate job. I left that job so I could have freedom to travel and to do what I love to do. I didn’t love it anymore and I hardly had the freedom to travel anymore. I worked 12 hour days and weekends didn’t exist. If I was on the computer, I might be losing money if I don’t do anything else but work. It was horrible because we were living in paradise in Mexico at the time and I didn’t go outside as often as I would have liked.

Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore and decided something needed to change. I took a full-time job.

I’m incredibly happy to say that I now work for WooThemes since April 15 as a WooCommerce Ninja. And guess what? I still get to travel the world. In fact, I started my job while we were still living in Mexico. The only major difference is adjusting to a regular schedule which has turned out to be a very healthy thing to do. I LOVE my job and the people I work with.

The job is entirely remote thus I can live and work anywhere in the world. Our home is now in Seattle. We still have the freedom to go anywhere in the world but now we have a home that feels so nice to come back to. I feel like we nailed it. We’re both really happy and in love with Seattle.

Both of our careers have really taken off recently. The new job has allowed us to live a life that we have never had together. We have our own apartment, disposable income, savings, and a place to hang up our sovereigns.

What about the blog? Well you may have noticed (probably not) that I haven’t written an article in months. I feel like I owe it to everyone to at least write an article on what was going on. I’ve recently started to feel motivated to write again. Since this blog is no longer my primary source of income, I can focus on the enjoyable parts of blogging for awhile. Although traffic has only decreased slightly since I stopped writing (thanks Google), I can ignore the numbers. I’ll be doing my best to continue to write but I doubt it will be as frequent as it was in the past.

I love the friends I have made through travel blogging and I love the community we have. I will always be a travel blogger and this site will always exist. I’m simply taking a new direction and a much needed break.

A new era for Art of Adventuring starts now.

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I have officially been recognized as an Italian!

It has been a long and crazy process. I made my first call to the consulate in June 2011 to make the appointment to become recognized as an Italian citizen. Since then it has been a struggle getting paperwork, waiting patiently, and trying to reach out to the right people. I am happy to announce however that I’m now officially recognized as an Italian citizen.

This won’t change our plans right now though. We’re still in Seattle and we plan to stay here for awhile. Initially we had planned on moving to Bologna, Italy but the process took many more years than we expected. We had no idea when this process was going to finish and we couldn’t wait around to settle. It does mean we have the freedom to live in Europe whenever we choose to. I imagine in a few years we’ll travel and live all around Europe.

A special thank you to my family for supporting and helping me through this process. This wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of everyone coming together to find hard to get paperwork from the US and Argentina.

I am also extremely grateful for a wonderful grandmother that is alive and well in my life right now. She was born in Italy and made all of this possible.

To catchup on my journey, read the following articles:

I guess I better start learning Italian…

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We are Moving to Seattle!

On August 11th we’re flying to Seattle!

Read more about it here.

It’s an exciting new adventure for the both of us as it will be the longest contract and home we’ve been in since we’ve met. We’re by no means going to stop traveling but it’s going to be so nice to have a place to call home and hang up our souvenirs while we jet around.

My Italian citizenship is still in the process. I thought I would have had my citizenship by now but the process is taking longer than expected and it’s not something we want to wait for as it could take much longer.

As we call Seattle our new home, we would love to meet anyone else that’s in the area.

If you have recommendations on where to eat or where to go, please let us know in the comments!

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Road Trip in Mexico

car on road

We’ve partnered up with to take on an awesome road trip through Mexico. We leave Friday, March 28th and picking up our vehicle in Puerto Vallarta then driving up to the small town of Tequila for two nights then continuing our trip to Guadalajara for another 3 nights or more. We have a pretty open schedule and just making stops along the way to whatever looks interesting during our drive.

The following weekend we have some smaller trips planned around Sayulita.

We’re really excited about this trip because since we’ve arrived to Mexico in nearly 6 months ago, we’ve only seen between Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta which is not much at all. We’ve been wanting to leave the area for awhile now but haven’t because of work and just laziness. This car rental was a great excuse to seeing other parts of Mexico. With only a month left in Mexico, we’re glad to be seeing more of the country.

Follow our journey by following us on Twitter at @artofadventurin and @20stravel. Posts with pictures will be posted in the next coming weeks as well.

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Art of Backpacking is Now Art of Adventuring


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 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.

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When You Don’t Want To Be a Backpacker Anymore


Four years ago I thought I could backpack the world for the rest of my life. The first six-months were paradise. I went from city to city and adventure to adventure. I rarely spent more than three to four nights in each place. This is what I thought backpacking meant. After about six months, I started to slow down.

I was tired. I took a last minute flight from Sydney to Buenos Aires and lived there for four months. It was an expensive impulse but I would have broken down if I continued at the pace I was going at. I thought I just needed a break and I could continue on for awhile after the four month break. Afterwards I set out to explore South America. In the beginning it was great. Again going from city to city. After about a month, I got tired again. Eventually I ended up in Mancora, Peru where I worked at a hostel for a month. I bought my return flight home. It was getting close to a year of RTW travel. Then I bought another ticket and I lived in China for a year. I traveled around but I loved the comfort of having a place I could call home.

Our next adventure was South America and it started with house sitting in Bogota, Colombia for a month. That felt like it went by way too quickly. We set out to travel for the next several months throughout South America. We were supposed to go from Bogota to Buenos Aires all by land. This is when we discovered our limits.

biking bogota

After about a month of traveling in Colombia, we couldn’t take it anymore. It seems silly if you haven’t experienced the exhausting life of having to pack and repack everything you own, navigate yourself to a new city, and do sight-seeing everyday. We went straight for Quito, Ecuador and found ourselves staying at a hostel for a week. Then came Banos where we also stayed nearly a week. For the month of December 2011, we decided to get a place to live in Montanita for an entire month and celebrate New Years and Christmas there.

We still didn’t want to travel fast even after staying put for a month. So we booked a flight for the very next day to Buenos Aires and got an apartment for three months. Exactly what we needed and we were ready to continue. After Buenos Aires, we traveled west to Chile which took us a couple weeks to get there. Once we were there, we stayed in Santiago for a week.

My very first backpack that I took RTW with me. It’s now been replaced but I will never get rid of it.

In the beginning while everything was still fresh I was able to travel non-stop. As time went on, I started to travel slower and had preferred to live in places than jump around.

My limit at the moment is about one month of non-stop travel. After that, I need to be able to take it all in and relax. Physically I can take it but not mentally.

But one thing I forgot to mention throughout this is that the way I travel has also changed. I’m now much more likely to stay in private rooms than dorm rooms. I also don’t mind getting a hotel room or apartment for a bit of luxury sometimes. I remember paying $4 a night for a room in Cambodia and I was pretty proud of that at the time. I saved $5 from the better looking hotel across the street. If you put me in that position now, I’m much more likely to spend $9 for a place that doesn’t have spiders crawling all over the place and a bucket of water to bathe.


Am I still a backpacker?

I think that backpacking for me isn’t just about budget travel. It’s about the adventure and experience of traveling. I don’t think you don’t need a backpack to call yourself a backpacker. For me a backpacker travels whether it’s just a few hundred miles to a couple thousand miles away from home. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s outside at a place that’s unfamiliar to you.

The real difference I think between backpacking and other forms of traveling is that backpackers tend to take extended trips and often to off the beaten path destinations. They cut costs in many areas to spend more on other adventures. That can be done with a suitcase, duffle-bag, or a backpack. It doesn’t matter because it’s still traveling. The part that I feel I’ve lost is being able to take long extended trips. Not right now at least. Right now I prefer to live abroad and experience adventures in small doses rather than taking on a long journey. The meaning of budget has also changed where I’m spending more now than I did four years ago.

I feel the way I travel has changed a lot over the years. And while I’m not always backpacking, I’m still taking on adventures and traveling. Right now we plan on moving to Mexico then eventually Italy. Art of Backpacking will be taking on a big change in the next couple weeks and I’m really excited about it.