Interview – Meet Stephen Schreck of Abackpackerstale.com

1. Please tell us a little more about yourself and your site.

Thanks! My name is Stephen Schreck, and I run A Backpacker’s Tale – Adventure Travel Blog.

Stephen Schreck of Abackpackerstale dot com

that guides and inspires others to face their fears and travel the world.

2. Can you give us a little insight into your slogan : “You guide to adventure travel”?

It is the heart of the site. A lot of people get nervous at the thought of adventure travel.

I want to help guide them and inspire them to conquer their travel fears.

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I let people know about adventures around the world, and help them by facing my fears and doing the adventure first which shows them it isn’t so bad. I also write travel tips and tricks that help people travel easier.

3. How important is adventure to you and what was the most adrenaline filled experience you had?

Running of the Bulls adrenaline

It is critical to me. I’m out to face my fears, and tackle my bucket list. I want to have an exciting life, and experience as much as I can.

Adventures are an outlet for living life in the moment. They also make you push yourself, and accomplish things you didn’t know you could.

My personal favorite at the moment is the Running of the Bulls. But I also really enjoyed skydiving, and the Mongol Rally. (Both of which you can read about on the site)

4. Most of us only dream of a lifestyle like yours, what are the highlights of backpacking and can one really support that via blogging about it.

Well, the highlights of traveling are the people you meet, getting to experience different cultures, and see wonders spread around the world. I’m constantly aware of how lucky I am to get to live this way, and it this life is something I will never take for granted.

blog passion

There are a million ways to support yourself working online. For me blogging is just one of them. Blogging is way more work than people think. Two weeks ago I put in 100 hours and didn’t make a dime. Blogging takes up the majority of my time but makes me the least amount of money.

Few people actually make a livable income blogging full-time. Most people use their blog as a platform to get others jobs. That is mainly what I am doing at the moment, but I am also on the route to making a full-time income off my blog which is the goal.

5. What is your favorite backpacking gear?

Zilla knife and multi tool

If I’m headed for an outdoor adventure a multi tool is key.

If I am sticking to mainly cities, and towns comfortable pants. There is nothing worse than taking a 12-hour train ride in horribly uncomfortable pants. Lol

 

6. What tools do you use and do you have a favorite multi tool/swiss army knife?

Victorinox Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker

When trekking, especially when you are alone, I always take a compass, a Swiss army multi tool, and an USB portable phone charger.

The reasons for the last one are that you can charge you phone a couple a time if something bad happens and I have trouble calling for help.

Also, there are some wonderful apps for going out in the wild. Haha and yes I am aware of how ridiculous that sounds.

7. Please give us 5 tips on how to travel on a budget.

  1. Stay in Hostels, Couchsurf, or Housesit to save tons on accommodation.
  2. Eat cheap at bakeries, and hole in the wall restaurants.
  3. Take overnight planes, trains, and buses to save on accommodation.
  4. Start crunching numbers and comparing plane tickets at least three months in advance.
  5. Have a daily budget and stick to it no matter what.

8. Please give us 5 tips on what to pack and what our travel-light backpack should contain.

backpack carry

  1. Appropriate clothing for where you are headed
  2. Padlock
  3. Backup cash or bankcard
  4. Copies of your important documents
  5. A great book

 

9. Who is your favorite traveller?

Ah man, that is a tough one. I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one. A few of my favorite travel bloggers are Theplanetd, Uncornered Market, and Landlopers.

10. What is your message to your readers?

Dream big, face your fears, and travel often with an open mind. Traveling isn’t always easy, but always worth it!

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