Meet Our Authors | The Voices of South East Asia Backpacker

South East Asia Backpacker has been the voice of the backpacking community since 2008. Everyone knows that each traveller experiences the world a little differently to the next – which is why we love our website to be a collaboration of writers of all ages, from various backgrounds at different stages of their lives.

Their precious tips, heartfelt stories, inspiring articles and in-depth travel guides have come together over the years to create the most incredible resource for travellers to Southeast Asia that you can find the web!

Below, is a growing list of authors whose words you can read on this website. We are grateful to each and every one of them and to you, the reader, for being part of our story. If you’re interested in being a travel writer and becoming part of our extraordinary community, you can find out more here.

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Nikki Scott is the founder & editor of South East Asia Backpacker. A traveller-turned-entrepreneur, she left the UK in 2009 and after 6 months on the road, she started a bi-monthly print magazine about backpacking in Asia. South America Backpacker soon followed and today she runs her backpacking enterprise from her base in Spain. Her honest and fascinating book, Backpacker Business, tells the story of her success in the face of adversity.

Dave joined the backpacker scene later than most. After 13 years in Barcelona, he set off for Asia for the first time at age 34. At this ripe old age, you're more likely to find him in a half-moon pose than at a full-moon party. Dave is a keen musician (Chopper Dave) and has a keen interest in urban exploration.

Ben has travelled around South East Asia several times in the last few years, drawn back by the great food, culture and cheap lifestyle. Recently wed, he now takes his travel slow, travelling with his wife and his camera by his side, trying to taste, understand and document local food as much as possible. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

Karen Farini went from owning a Burlesque nightclub in London (Volupté) to running the most popular backpacker hostel on Koh Phangan! Former deputy editor at SEA Backpacker Magazine, Karen has been adventure caving in Malaysia, attended music festivals in Borneo, and interviewed tantric gurus in Thailand - all in the name of journalism! Are you interested in writing for us?

Having just graduated from the University of Birmingham, Georgia and John packed their bags and headed to New Zealand and Australia. Now travelling through South East Asia they are on the hunt for the region's best hostels, tastiest dishes and most awesome adventures. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

Hannah Rivera is a freelance writer and Clinical Psychology graduate student. She left the hustle and bustle of New York City and made her way to Athens, Greece for a tastier and more relaxed lifestyle. When she’s not writing, Hannah spends time volunteering and feeding Athens’ street cats and dogs. Are you interested in writing for us?

Rosie, currently a school teacher in Leeds, recently returned to the UK after a one month epic trip of Vietnam where she documented her experiences as an ambassador for South East Asia Backpacker Magazine. Are you interested in writing for us?

Laura Davies started her career at South East Asia Backpacker Magazine on an internship in the summer of 2011. After proving she could knock back shots, ride a scooter and look good in a poncho, she soon became an indispensable part of the team. She's now living in London, working as a freelance designer. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

Tyler, originally from Massachusetts, became familiar with SEA Backpacker Magazine whilst living and teaching in Chiang Mai. She travelled to South America with the owner of the company to help set up their second magazine, South America Backpacker. Currently back in the US, she continues to document her experiences on her blog, The Thai Chronicles. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

An avid explorer, thrill-seeker, pen-wielder and coffee connoisseur, Samantha Lego wanders the globe, getting lost in interesting places and swapping stories with people much cooler than her. Are you interested in writing for us?

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Will and Ellie are the UK travel bloggers behind Tapp and Bear Travel. Originally from Devon and The Cotswolds, they both graduated from Falmouth University with degrees in Marine and Natural History Photography and set off on the adventure of a lifetime! They are currently writing for South East Asia Backpacker reviewing trips and tours all over the continent. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

I love adventure, jumping in head first and doing something new and exciting. Travelling has enabled me to do so much I still pinch myself. From swimming with turtles to rock climbing, from diving with whale sharks to climbing mountains and volcanos, from petting tigers to sleeping in the jungle, I never get tired of everything South East Asia has to offer. Are you interested in writing for us?

A sucker for offbeat experiences, travel keeps me sparkling and people make my life a living breathing classroom every day. An Indophile at heart, I cherish exploring this massive country! From hills to the sea, from snow to sand, from cities to remote hamlets – nothing escapes my interest. Swimmer, occasional kitchen-wand-wielder and a writer, my creativity takes a back seat if I am tethered to a desk.

Kristen Toman is a 26 year old Tech Consultant turned English teacher currently living in the small rural village of Phu Sang, Phayao, Thailand. During the week she teaches English listening and speaking at a secondary school and during the holidays, she explores SE Asia! She shares tips and tricks on mastering the art of being a 'farang' in Thailand on her blog, The Curious Dabbler. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

Nina Ragusa is the intrepid soul behind 'Where in the World is Nina?' This American wildflower shares her explorations without fluffing the details. You can expect wit and sarcasm dashed between REAL travel information and adventurous stories. Nina is a professional beach bum, hula hooper, and revels in getting lost on purpose.Interested in becoming a writer for us?

After six years of cold weather, Chase moved from Alaska to Bangkok to work and explore SE Asia. Along with his fiancé, Charla, he has completed some epic travel adventures like driving a car from London to Mongolia in the Mongol Rally! Chase is currently taking a break from travel living in the US and saving up for his next trip! Are you interested in writing for us?

Travels With My Beau
In March 2019 Katie and her ‘Beau’ Josh decided to swap their London lives for adventures in SE Asia. Having worked in the bright lights of London’s West End theatre scene for 5 years they decided it was time to have a change of pace and enjoy what travelling has to offer. They are off on a four month tour of SE Asia starting in Thailand. Who knows where they’ll end up! Are you interested in writing for us?
Samantha AKA 'The Pole Dancing Travel Geek' has hung up her stilettos, packed her backpack and boarded flights to places she'd never before dreamed of! She documents her fabulous travel experiences on her blog 'Totally Sam's World' and has many passions in life; she's a dancer, shopaholic, music lover, writer and dreamer. Are you interested in writing for us?

Alesha and Jarryd, otherwise known as NOMADasaurus are an Australian couple who have been travelling the world since 2008. With a love for overland travel, they've explored Europe, South America, rode 15,000km by motorbike around Asia and got engaged inside the biggest cave in the world in Vietnam! Are you interested in writing for us?

Charlie and Kristina and love to travel. They love to travel so much that they started a travel blog to inspire others to travel more. During a 2 week trip to Cuba in 2015, they had an honest chat on the beach one night and decided to change their lifestyle to one of travel. They soon realised it wasn’t just the rum talking and made a plan to quit London and set off on a lifetime of adventure.

Earl Cooper is a Native American writer, a member of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe in Tokeland, Washington. His writing has appeared in Chapel Hill Press, Kyoto Journal, Hawai’i Review and other literary magazines. He divides his time between the Puget Sound, where he lives, and travelling on the Pacific Rim and Asia. Are you interested in writing for us?

Kyle Vick and his wife are currently living in Nakhon Phanom Thailand working as English teachers. They love traveling around the world and taking photos to document beauty in every country and culture! For more of their travels, check out their blog The Farang Life. Interested in becoming a writer for us?

Kach Medina and Jonathan Howe are a working-on-the-road couple from the Philippines and UK. Together they run the successful travel blog, Two Monkeys Travel. Having each decided to quit their jobs and set off around Southeast Asia to start their new lives, neither imagined they would end up travelling the world with someone they met in a backpackers' bar in Laos. Are you interested in writing for us?

Madhurima is a cultural purist at heart who believes in doing everything "the local way". She loves discovering off-the-beaten-track places and delving into the unknown. Eating local food, staying with the locals, understanding their culture & beliefs and celebrating local festivals is her motto while travelling. Are you interested in writing for us?

Penny Atkinson taught kindergarten in Bangkok for one year. Originally from the UK, she has travelled and worked in many parts of Asia and currently lives in Beijing. Are you interested in writing for us?

Amy lived as an English Teacher in Chiang Mai for many years and is now hitting the road pursuing her dream to be a travel writer. She has a travel blog 'My Chiang Mai Everything' which celebrates everything about the city that she loves. Are you interested in writing for us?

Alana Morgan is an eccentric expat living in the artistically stimulating city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. To learn more about Alana's travels, adventures, and musings check out her incredible blog: The Paper Planes Blog. Are you interested in writing for us?

Melanie Swan is a modern Medicine Woman, Womb Witch and Shamanic Healer. She guides women on how to use the menstrual cycle as a natural Spiritual Pathway encoded within the body, and is dedicated to Birthing New Consciousness for our current times through TheSacredWomb.com, The Online Moon Lodge and The Sacred Womb Podcast.Interested in becoming a writer for us?

Born and raised in Bristol, UK but of Italian-Irish-American and Sri Lankan descent, Cara has always had her eye on faraway lands! Right now she’s studying History and Spanish at University College London, but spent six months prior to that travelling through SE Asia on a shoestring. She’s also backpacked through Europe and has her sights set on Central America for her next trip! Are you interested in writing for us?

Charla started her backpacking adventures in Europe while studying at the University of Bologna, Italy. Since then, she’s lived in Bangkok, Bali, Seoul, and Koh Phi Phi and worked as a textbook writer, school teacher, yoga teacher, divemaster and bar flyer girl. She now lives in the US with her fiancé, but still gets out to live the backpacker dream as much as she can. Are you interested in writing for us?

Bonnie left her home but not her heart in San Francisco, California, to roam abroad until further notice. She and her boyfriend have been living the backpacker lifestyle since August 2017 and are loving local food and trekking. Bonnie writes about her travels with food as her lens on Wander Hungry. Are you interested in writing for us?

German Adventure and lifestyle photographer, Chris König runs the photography website, The Adventurizer. Are you interested in writing for us?

Jeremy is the founder of Walking Worlds which focuses on cultures and off-the-beaten-track places around the world. He has been travelling since 2013 and has been to most countries in Asia and Eastern Europe. He is particularly interested in exploring and loves sharing interesting destinations with others. Are you interested in writing for us?

Anna is an experienced backpacker from the UK. Through English Teaching, she has spent the past 18 months living and travelling in Asia. Are you interested in writing for us?

Dominique (Nici) runs the blog 1 Heart 1 Soul 1 Planet with her boyfriend René. Are you interested in writing for us?

Ali has been backpacking, inbetween studying and working, since 1987. She made her first trip to South East Asia in 1992. She has travelled 61 countries, reaching all 7 continents. South East Asia remains her favourite part of the world. After nearly 25 years of living and working in London, she has returned to the south coast of England where she grew up. Ali loves the ocean, she scuba dives, volunteers for the Outdoor Swimming Societyand ORCA, and swims whenever and wherever she can.

Dylan Goldby is a linguist turned photographer. Originally from the-middle-of-nowhere in country Australia, a desire to see a little more of the world gave rise to an insatiable appetite for travel and thus photography. He now bases himself out of Seoul, South Korea, but can be found wandering the streets, bristling with cameras, all throughout Asia. Are you interested in writing for us?

Franck worked in Business Aviation and his partner Sebastien was a Registered Nurse before the couple embarked upon their adventure of a lifetime around Southeast Asia. With travel as their number one passion, it quickly became evident that returning to their home country of France in 2018 was not an option! Are you interested in writing for us?

Viktoria and Laura spent their teen years together in a small town in Germany. At the end of 2017 they decided to leave their jobs, flats and families behind to become full-time travellers, seek adventures, learn new things and meet inspiring people in beautiful places throughout Asia. Are you interested in writing for us?

Sean grew up in Coastal Southern California where his passion for surfing, photography, and the love of nature began. After high school, he migrated to Northern California for University where he studied Geography and Photography. While in college, he took time off to travel and began a neverending quest to see as much of the world as possible. Are you interested in writing for us?

Helen Patching is a civil servant living in Kent who has ditched office life until the money runs out to travel and volunteer at cat and dog rescue projects in Southeast Asia. Are you interested in writing for us?

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Ivo has been exploring Southeast Asia since 1985. After years working in the travel and hospitality industry in Thailand, he now dedicates his time to what he loves most – travelling independently through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia by motorbike. Ivo is the founder and editor of the travel blog, The Little Elephant in Thailand and Traveling 2 Nan – Thailand. Are you interested in writing for us?

Jenn is a free-spirited go-getter with a passion for travel and longing for discovery. She recently graduated with two bachelor’s and an MBA, and via a quarter-life crisis decided to pack her bags and venture into the life of an international woman of mystery. Are you interested in writing for us?

Kischa and Mit are the founders of Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails which is a local trekking company based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their aim is to provide backpackers with value for money, off the beaten track, eco-friendly trekking experiences. Are you interested in writing for us? 

Tidarat Jitsook (Ann) is the founder of the ethical organisation, Hand2Trunk, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her aim is to educate travellers about elephant welfare beyond just a one-day visit to an elephant camp. Are you interested in writing for us?

Lauren is an American from the Pacific Northwest who fell in love with travel after studying abroad in Europe. Since then, she has lived in South Korea and Thailand, where she has worked as an ESL teacher and freelance writer. Aside from travel, she loves history, reading, spending time outside, and eating passion fruit. Are you interested in writing for us?

Lauren Pears is a travel writer from London. With a passion for backpacking and outdoor travel, she aims to inspire people to get off the beaten path, explore the great outdoors and travel cheaper. Follow her blog, Lauren's Travel Diary. Are you interested in writing for us?

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Lien from the travel blog GetLostAbroad.com is a Belgian travel addict that loves to explore places with luscious nature all over the planet. She hopes to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and travel the world too. Are you interested in writing for us?

Melissa Lang is a free spirit with a passion chronicling her experiences on the other side of the world. Read more of her observations of South Korean life on her blog, Slice of Kimchi. Are you interested in writing for us?

Merel Martens is a yoga and meditation teacher from Holland who has been living in India for the past 5 years running a yoga teacher training school. With her partner Paul Verkuijlen, she recently founded the Institute for Meditation and they run meditation teacher trainings annually in Koh Phangan, Thailand and Bali. Are you interested in writing for us?

After several years working the London nine to five rat race, Oliver Brown and his girlfriend, Grace, quit their jobs and headed off to SE Asia to begin an open-ended backpacking adventure. Are you interested in writing for us?

Raisa Gabrielli is the author of Raisa Reviews, a Malaysian based lifestyle website. She just returned from a 3-month solo backpacking journey in SE Asia and has plenty to say about it! Are you interested in writing for us?

After spending over three years living and working in Asia, and rather enjoying writing about it, Richard decided to return to the UK to complete a master’s degree and pursue writing as a career. He has written many stories and articles based on and inspired by his experiences in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Follow him on Twitter (please).

Sean on the Run
Sean Delaney is a journalist and travel writer from South East London. In 2017 he quit his corporate job in the city to seek out new adventures in Asia. He has since visited six continents and over 35 countries and plans to tick off a few more in the near future. Follow his blog at http://seanontherun.com/. Are you interested in writing for us?

Helen Comerford is from London and is currently taking a break from work in theatre to travel around Asia. She writes about her travel experiences on her blog, My life as a Lost Girl. She has written two novels and is several paragraphs into the third. Are you interested in writing for us?

Luke and Abbie have been travelling around Southeast Asia now for a considerable amount of time, documenting their adventures and all the while learning how to make the most of their journey on a budget. Are you interested in writing for us?

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