Audrey Bergner, the blogger behind That Backpacker provides a lot of helpful tips that a lot of young travellers can relate too. Her blog is quite entertaining and informational and I love her writing style. Her posts make you feel as if you’re travelling with her.
Audrey has been to multiple countries over the years and she’s currently in South Korea teaching English.
Get to know more about Audrey and visit her at That Backpacker.
But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Audrey.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“I grew up in a family that travelled a lot, especially within Latin America, so that naturally sparked a curiosity to see how other people live. Once I hit 18 I started venturing a bit farther from home, first Europe, then backpacking around Argentina, later India. You could say I was hooked!”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Riding three rickshaws in India and having three close brushes with death – all in one night! The brakes stopped working on the first rickshaw my friends and I were travelling in, and the driver had to glide to a stop on the side of the road. Then the second rickshaw hit a pothole, lost its front wheel, and nearly flipped on its side with us still in it! We still hadn’t reached our destination, so we got in a third rickshaw and were nearly taken out by a coach bus.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Walking around the bend and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time was an incredible experience. Maybe it was the dizzying high altitude, or perhaps it was my excitement to be standing in front of one of the wonders of the world, but I felt giddy and wonderfully light-headed all at the same time.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“People are good. You grow up being told not to trust strangers, but this quickly changes when you’re in a foreign land with no one to rely on except the genuine kindness of strangers.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“It’s truly the people of the country I’m visiting that keep me motivated. I love the connections, the conversations over a cup of tea, the exchange that happens even if we don’t speak the same language. That’s the reason why I get on another 12 hour bus ride – to learn from people.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Louis Theroux! He is a British journalist and documentary maker with a witty sense of humour, who likes to engage with people wherever he goes, and sometimes even push their buttons. He would be a blast to have along! He also happens to be the son of Paul Theroux, one of THE biggest names in travel writing, so I’m sure he’d have some stories to share about his dad.”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“INDIA. The smiles and the kindness, the curries and naan, the pink palaces in the north and the tropical beaches in the south. It’s a place I could never tire of.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“If you must plan, have more of an outline than a set itinerary. The road will surprise you with unexpected opportunities, and will reward you if you have a little flexibility.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“Wearing every single layer of summer clothing I own in order to make up for the fact that I was leaving tropical Rio de Janeiro to return to Canada in the middle of winter, and had neither a pair of long pants nor a thick hoodie.”
What do you think about yourself?
“Audrey is a girl who once thrived on concrete plans and schedules. However, ever since she began travelling the world, things just haven’t been the same. Now she prefers to have a vague outline rather than a plan and let the journey surprise her.”
“That Backpacker is a place where I share my personal travel tales along with some advice on what I’ve learned along the road. You can expect to read about my experiences volunteering, teaching overseas, and backpacking around places in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.” – Audrey Bergner
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Audrey.