How it all started
In 2018, I decided to kick off my backpacking trip. After hosting many travelers in Belize, my heart and mind opened like a big red balloon. I sold almost all my belongings, cut all my attachments, and took off. I left home without a plan and went wherever my friends or locals recommended me.
I was a leaf flowing down a stream of water. For me, it was ultimate freedom.
My travel style
My travel style evolved into something known as slow traveling. I stayed in a town/city for around a week using couchsurfing and moved around by hitchhiking everywhere.
The road blessed me with many life lessons and a huge network of friends. Spending a lot of time in a country is like skipping the small talk and getting intimate real fast. You get to see the good, the bad and even the ugly.
Why I write...
I started blogging in 2015 when I started hosting a bunch of backpackers through couchsurfing. It was a place to keep my thoughts which then expanded to being a backpacking guide and journal for my friends.
Since I started writing, I had a single goal in mind: authenticity, authenticity and more authenticity.
Everything I share with you will be as unfiltered, unbiased and impartial as humanly possible with the sole intention of expanding our collective travel knowledge.
With that said here's what you can expect from this blog:
|What to expect||What NOT to expect|
|practical travel tips||cliché travel suggestions|
|raw travel photos||filtered & picture-perfect photos|
|brutally honest reviews||sugar-coated & fluffy words|
|a local's perspective||a privileged touristic opinion|
|ethical & kind recommendations||mainstream & big company suggestions|
|neutral writing tone||hyper-targeted marketing tone|
An eco-conscious blog
My travels thought me to be conscious of my consumption habits. Besides being plant-based to be kinder to the world, I do the same in the digital world.
Who would have thought that the internet is powered by electricity? And, that electricity in turn generates massive amounts of CO2 if it's not renewable.
Here's what I do to lower my carbon footprint for this site:
- running the web server on 100% green energy
- meticulously optimizing images on the site
- using black & white images to further compress files
- using svg file format for images where applicable
- built the site on static HTML instead of wordpress
- choosing default system fonts to reduce file sizes
Ethics and digital privacy
Sadly, many blogs are written with the sole purpose making as much money as possible by being riddled with ads, questionable sponsors and links to things you don't need to buy.
Is this bad? No, everyone needs to eat, but there are ethical ways of sourcing what you consume. The internet can be a filthy place especially when it comes to big monopolistic companies mining your data.
Here's my way of cleaning up the web with this site:
- does not track you nor collect your cookies
- does not use g00gle analytics
- does not use f@cebook scripts
- does not use any ad networks
In summary, by using this website, you are supporting a more ethical, privacy-conscious and sustainable alternative. Win-win for everyone!
Does this blog make money?
I'm still figuring out how to monetize it while staying aligned to my core values. But in the meantime, I'm sharing everything with you, because I genuinely enjoy it.
If you found any of this information useful, want to donate or say thanks, email me at hola [at] belizebackpacker [dot] com.