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Badass Backpacking is a resource for affordable and meaningful travel with a positive impact.  Here you’ll find realistic, thorough, and  advice & itineraries for off-the-beaten-path destinations. Whether you desire to travel better on a budget, embark on a solo adventure or travel with more purpose, you’ve come to the right place!

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  • 12 Free & Cheap Things To Do In Melbourne

    12 Free & Cheap Things To Do In Melbourne

    If you ever plan on visiting Australia you should know that Melbourne can be an expensive city to explore. Even with favorable exchange rates from USD and Euros (CAD is about equal to AUD), food and accommodation prices can be pretty steep compared to nearby destinations. The most popular things to do in Melbourne (going out […]Read More »
  • 19 Unusual Things To Do And See In Melbourne

    19 Unusual Things To Do And See In Melbourne

    I’ve lived in Melbourne for more than 4 months and have found out a thing or two about this city. I’ve discovered my favorite non-touristy places to explore with friends, relax with a book, or have sunday brunch. I’ve found some great neighborhood spots to grab a quick meal or an afternoon coffee. I’ve discovered […]Read More »
  • 11 Ways To Make A Positive Impact Wherever You Travel

    11 Ways To Make A Positive Impact Wherever You Travel

    If you’re reading this, you probably love to travel. You probably love learning about new destinations, trying new foods, and connecting with local cultures that are different from your own. Sometimes, however, it is easy to get caught in the trap of just “checking it off the bucket list.” I am guilty of visiting touristy […]Read More »
  • What’s The Problem With Asking: Where Are You From?

    What’s The Problem With Asking: Where Are You From?

    Whether I’m traveling in Latin America or Western Europe, people always ask: “where are you from?” It’s a loaded question and I usually sigh when I hear it. It’s an invitation to learn more about a person, but it means starting from the very beginning. For the millionth time. “I’m from the United States,” I […]Read More »
  • 7 Non-Travel Influential Books That Will Change The Way You Think

    7 Non-Travel Influential Books That Will Change The Way You Think

    When I was little reading was my favorite way to spend my free hours after school. I would open a novel whenever I could, and even had reading playdates with friends. On summer afternoons we would sit in my friends’ living room, the two of us reading our favorite Harry Potter book for hours. The […]Read More »
  • 13 Things You Need To Know For The Perfect Tasmania Road Trip

    13 Things You Need To Know For The Perfect Tasmania Road Trip

    Tasmania, an island state off of Australia’s south coast, is known for its vast wilderness areas, kind people, and locally crafted goodies.  In cities like Hobart and Launceston there are music festivals, outdoor markets and delicious restaurants. In the countryside, there is an abundance of small producers of locally owned seafood, bakeries, cheeses, apple orchards, […]Read More »
  • 5 Day Tasmania Itinerary: The Ultimate Adventure On A Budget

    5 Day Tasmania Itinerary: The Ultimate Adventure On A Budget

    I am not a city person. Don’t get me wrong – I love the commotion and bustling energy, the excitement and activities, the easy access to everything you need. These are all great.  But when I am in a city for too long I start to crave peace and quiet. The kind without wifi and maybe […]Read More »
  • 17 Travel Quotes to Inspire Women Traveling Alone

    17 Travel Quotes to Inspire Women Traveling Alone

    There’s a special place in my heart for a good quote. No matter what mood I’m in, hearing or reading an uplifting saying can turn my attitude around. These ‘ travel quotes to inspire women ‘ have all hit me with a certain excitement to just do something. Inspirational quotes bring our lives into perspective. They […]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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