“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover…” (Mark Twain)


South East Asia Backpacker Magazine was started in June 2009 by young backpacker-turned-entrepreneur, Nikki Scott. The vision was to create a “travel diary for everyone” – where people could share their stories and advice about life on the road –  a magazine that would be the ‘voice’ of backpackers.

Over five years, 30 magazines were printed and distributed to thousands of hostels, cafes and travel companies all over the South East Asia region, along the most popular hubs on the ‘banana pancake trail’.

The magazine quickly became a beloved and trusted source of inspiration and information for backpackers! People fell in love with the quirky, homemade design of the magazine and the genuine, real life unpolished travel stories.

We had thousands of fantastic writers, photographers, poets and adventurers contribute over the years – and hostels demanded to have copies in their magazine racks!


As well as the print magazine, we began to grow our online guides with this informative website you are looking at now and our social media platforms where we could update people daily about news in the area. You can keep up to date with South East Asia info and tips via these channels…


You can read all of our magazines online here – or download them COMPLETELY FREE in digital PDF format to read on your kindle, ipad or laptop here.


We also run a trip booking website ‘Backpacker Bookings’ where we promote all of the best adventures we’ve come across which offers you the opportunity to book tried and tested adventures!

Check out Backpacker Bookings here.

Backpacker Bookings Ad

Plus – after the success of South East Asia Backpacker Magazine, we started South America Backpacker Magazine and soon to be Europe Backpacker!

Join us as we explore the world – backpacker style! Leaving no stone unturned as we delve into every nook and cranny of the backpacker experience – from the culture and environment to the nightlife and cuisine.

South East Asia Backpacker Magazine is the one-stop-shop for backpacker information when planning your trip to South East Asia!


You can also contact us here if you have a question about your upcoming adventure.