Travel Blogger Thursday: Audrey of That Backpacker

Audrey at Batu Caves in Malaysia

We’re delighted to have interviewed Audrey of That Backpacker for this week’s Travel Blogger Thursday! I adore Audrey’s blog and her worldwide journeys are incredibly inspirational. She is a full time traveler, blogger, photographer and Youtube video creator! Let’s learn more about Audrey!

What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my travels are in many ways propelled by food. I love eating, and sampling new cuisines is one of the many aspects of travel I enjoy. Take me to a local market and serve me the local specialty – I’ll be a very happy girl!

Where is your favourite destination and why?

That’s a hard one to answer and I feel like my answer changes every time anyone asks me. Lately, I’ve been saying Jordan. The country completely surprised me with its hospitality and sense of adventure. There is just so much diversity for travellers in Jordan: you can camp in Wadi Rum, visit the Lost City of Petra, go swimming in the Dead Sea, visit ancient ruins in Jerash, and so much more!
Audrey covered in mud in the Dead Sea, Jordan

When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?

If we’re talking about my very first trip, then it was at 6 months old when my parents took me to Lima, Peru. (They got me started early!)
If we’re talking about my first trip that I planned myself sans the parents, then that would be Europe when I was 19. I did a short whirlwind tour with a few friends, and together we visited 3 cities: London, Paris, and Barcelona.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?

I started my blog as a personal outlet. I wanted to have a space where I could pen stories from my travels, and I hoped *maybe* a few people would find these interesting. I never thought I’d find such a strong community of travellers and travel bloggers out there! As for what I enjoy most, it’s the relationship I’ve built with readers. I’ve met so many great people through this blog (including my husband!), and many of these people have become really good friends.
Mekong Delta Tour, Vietnam

What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?

I love to collect art for my future home – wherever that may be. I like buying wooden masks, tapestries, pottery, and all kinds of handicrafts from local markets. I also seem to have acquired a bit of a pashmina collection while travelling… I see a fun pattern and I just have to pick it up!

Do you know of any places that you’ve visited that have great vegetarian or vegan food?

Chiang Mai! I spent quite a bit of time hanging out there last year and I found so many great restaurants serving vegetarian food. I’m not even strictly vegetarian, but I was still drawn to all these restaurants focusing on raw, healthy eating. Some of my favourite vegetarian-friendly spots around the city included Dada Kafe, Juicy 4 U, and Salad Concept; you can have a quick look at a few more vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai here.

Street food in Chiang Mai

Where do you plan on visiting next?

I’ve kind of been all over the place this summer. I’m currently finishing up a little Canadian road trip that saw me travel from Ontario to New Brunswick. In about a week I’ll be revisiting Finland for some summer fun in the outdoors. And at the end of summer I’m travelling to Cuba on my honeymoon!

Thank you so much for the fantastic interview, Audrey! You can visit Audrey’s blog or follow her on social media:

Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * YouTube

Every Thursday, we’re going to be featuring a fellow travel blogger and highlighting their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.

3 Responses

  1. Dave
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    I’ve been following Audrey’s travels for quite some time, so it’s very nice to get to know a bit more about her. It sounds like she and my wife have the same habit of picking up crafts for that eventual, settle-down home. Hope to see some shots of the decorations once that happens!

    • That would be very cool! I’d also like to see some of the things you pick up! I’m sure you’ve found some wonderful keepsakes in Africa! I have also collected some random paintings and photographs from places I’ve visited to hang up on the wall – great reminders of your trip, too!

  2. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
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    Love Audrey’s blog so it’s great to learn a bit more about her through this interview! Some really fun photos here too – the henna pattern on her hand is SO similar to the one I had for my wedding 🙂

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