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Badass Backpacking is a resource for realistic and thorough advice on how to live and travel with greater meaning and intention. Whether you want to travel better on a budget, embark on a solo adventure or live with more purpose, you’ve come to the right place!

Recent Posts
  • The Pandemic Exploration You Need To Try Out (I Am!)

    The Pandemic Exploration You Need To Try Out (I Am!)

    I've learned more about myself in the past 12 months than in my 22 years. Not because I was hitchhiking, trying Singaporean Hainanese chicken rice for the first time, or hiking my way up a glacier in New Zealand. But because I was forced to stop. To think. To write. And frankly, there was nothing to do but be alone with my thoughts. And I don't want to romanticize or simplify - I saw more boredom and emotional reckoning during this time too.Read More »
  • 7 Day Trips From Zadar You Have Got To Take

    7 Day Trips From Zadar You Have Got To Take

    Zadar is one of the most underrated destinations in Croatia. It is much less traveled than Split or Dubrovnik, and because of this it has an intriguing, authentic character that I love. Like many towns in Croatia, Zadar has timeless cafés, endless gelato shops, and winding side streets with delicious cuisines. Unlike other centers, Zadar […]Read More »
  • Is Zadar Worth Visiting? Your Travel Dilemma Solved

    Is Zadar Worth Visiting? Your Travel Dilemma Solved

    Some say you can visit Zadar in one day. Other’s say it’s an underrated destination that deserves more time to uncover. So, is Zadar worth visiting? And for how long? My first impression of Zadar was underwhelming. Compared to Dubrovnik, Zadar is less impressive architecturally. It isn’t as cosmopolitan as Split, and the beaches are less […]Read More »
  • Dubrovnik’s Dilemma: What To Do About Overtourism?

    Dubrovnik’s Dilemma: What To Do About Overtourism?

    Dubrovnik is one of the most visited and beautiful cities in the world. I wandered the winding streets of this rugged metropolis, a walled medieval landscape perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. I was transported to another time, like I was in a fairytale. Not only is Dubrovnik incredibly beautiful, it is also incredibly appreciated […]Read More »
  • Times Of Transition

    Times Of Transition

    So much of traveling is about moving from place to place. Especially when I only have a short time to travel, it can feel like a huge chunk of time is spent just going from city to city. These times of transition can be exhausting or exciting, depending on my state of mind. The transition […]Read More »
  • Berlin 3-Day Itinerary: The Absolute Best Things To Do In Berlin

    Berlin 3-Day Itinerary: The Absolute Best Things To Do In Berlin

    I’ve recently decided that Berlin is one of my absolute favorite cities in the world. When I was 12 visiting this city with my grandmother, it seemed like just another city with art museums, old architecture, and a rich history. Now I would love to live there at some point. On this visit I was […]Read More »
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Hostels: What To Look For And What To Avoid

    Your Ultimate Guide to Hostels: What To Look For And What To Avoid

    Hostels are a standard among budget travelers. They are often inexpensive, located in city centers, and can provide great resources for sightseeing. Hostel’s often have a communal atmosphere that makes it easy to meet fellow travelers.  I love staying in hostels, but I’ve certainly made my fair share of mistakes when booking them. I’ve booked […]Read More »
  • The 9 Weirdest & Most Delicious Foods in Poland

    The 9 Weirdest & Most Delicious Foods in Poland

    Polish cuisine is notoriously delicious, hearty, and full of comfort foods. It is known for being rich in meat & potatoes, root vegetables, spices & herbs. Poles also use hearty amounts of butter, cream & eggs when cooking so maybe don’t visit Poland if you’re on a diet ! If you’re an adventurous eater who loves […]Read More »
Hey there! I’m Jessie
Hey there! I’m Jessie
I love long plane rides, surprises, and sipping coffee. Traveling for me is about making memories, laughing lots, and leaving a positive impact. Here I share crafty budget tips and ideas for traveling more minimally, sustainably, and meaningfully.
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