All Things Change:
After five years and 30 amazing issues of South East Asia Backpacker Magazine printed, we decided that it was time for a change.
Founder of the magazine, Nikki Scott (right) on launch day on the Khao San Road, July 2009.
Since I created the magazine back in June 2009 after six life-changing months on the backpacking trail, the world of travel has changed phenomenally. Hostels have become swankier, WIFI has become more prevalent and backpackers everywhere are carrying the latest iPad or Android tablet in their rucksack.
(Back then, all I had was a Nokia brick!)
In order to keep up with the times, we have realised over the past few months that we must evolve with the changing scene of travel. We have, and always will be, a connection point for backpackers, the voice of a generation of travellers - yet we must now speak where our audience are listening - in the online world.
Macs and iPhones at this hostel in Bangkok.
For this reason, (and let me tell you that it has been a very tough decision), from July 2014, we will no longer be printing S.E.A Backpacker Magazine and have revamped the much-loved publication into a digital download!
So what does this mean?
First of all - DON'T PANIC!
All of your favourite articles will still be available in a digital edition and you will be able to download it for FREE (as well as our 30 back issues) to read on your iPad, Kindle or Android.
We’ll still be publishing articles every two months to give you inspiration and ideas about the most-loved and off the beaten track destinations in South East Asia, and we’ll still be keeping you smack-bang up to date with the latest travel news and hot tips!
So far - we've had 3,750 downloads in one week so we reckon you like the news!
The response has so far been phenomenally positive with fans and writers embracing the new, revamped digital version. Even my 87-year old Grandma who gets the magazine sent to England in the post every two months responded with - "well I'll have to get myself an iPad then won't I!" Nice one gran.
No more waiting at the postbox for the mag to arrive - just one click to download!
Going digital not only means that we will be helping the environment - it also means that we’ll be able to focus our efforts on reaching more people in the digital arena and ultimately achieve our life-long goal of encouraging more people to hitch on that backpack and hit the open road.
Our digital move also allows our magazine to grow in ways that we never imagined. You may be aware that just this year we launched South America Backpacker Magazine and heard the rumours that we took a recent visit to Europe to check out the burgeoning hostel scene in the Western world...
Web Editor, Tyler Protano-Goodwin, Promoting South America Backpacker in Cusco, Peru!
Well folks, if you put two and two together and make 254, you will deduce that S.E.A Backpacker Magazine is indeed going global! Under the umbrella brand, The Backpacker Network (think Lonely Planet but better), we’re developing websites and digital magazines in South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand - the world’s most loved backpacker hubs!
Editor, Nikki, researching for Europe Backpacker in Barcelona at the Bon Moustache Hostel!
We aim to bring together a whole world of adventurous wanderers and leave no stone unturned as we delve into every nook and cranny of the backpacking experience.
We’ve also just launched our a trip booking service, the Backpacker Marketplace where you can search for the best adventures in Southeast Asia!
Staying true to our roots...
Although we’ve got expansion on the mind, in the words of Take That ‘Never forget where you’re coming from!” - We know that what has made this magazine so successful are the myriad of different writers (young and old, rookie and experienced) who have contributed their stories to the magazine over the past five years.
Writers and fans at Hanoi Backpackers Hostel, Vietnam
We’ll continue to seek out your quirky stories, travel mishaps and whirlwind tales of adventure that make this magazine a one-of-its-kind ‘travel diary for everyone’!