I’m Becki and I’m a British Travel Press award winning writer and avid explorer.
I could leave it there but I’m not as well known as Michael Palin, Bruce Parry or Simon Reeve (although there does need to be a female explorer out there crossing continents in the same insightful manner), so read on…
While my childhood years were spent staring at maps, I didn’t start embarking on grand adventures until I was a teenager, visiting Russia and Europe on school trips to learn about Cold War history. By 2007, at the age of 24, I’d quit spending my money on short package breaks and had saved enough money to take off on my first independent trip to another place I had studied enthusiastically in text books – Vietnam.
After that I never stopped, developing a passion for uncovering places of great change, deeper culture and wider meaning.
I volunteered in Madagascar, travelled round North India and booked a long trip to Cambodia, Laos and Thailand to start.
This website first came about over two years ago when I quit and sold everything (yes, that familiar story) to leave for what was meant to be an initial 18 month adventure around the world. My passion for insightful travel, combined with my inherent love for English literature, history and sociology, alongside the skills harnessed from my 10 year PR career, led me to setting up the blog ‘Backpacker Becki’ and growing it as a go-to resource for those wanting to travel in a similar way.
I ended up staying in Southeast and East Asia for 15 months, cementing myself as an expert in that region, growing my business and returning home. Back home in London I scooped the British Travel Press Awards Blogger of the Year accolade, set up a separate travel PR consultancy arm to my business (where I merge the art of brand communication with storytelling and exploration) and I continued to travel.
I then realised that as much as I carry (and genuinely love) my backpack, my style of travel and my initial website never much touched upon life as a backpacker, except those little things like cool hostels, ranting about annoying things travellers say, and some budgeting tips.
Instead, I found a voice in travelling with a social conscience, and my writing has always focused upon changing perceptions and shedding light on the misunderstood aspects of particular destinations or entire countries. In July 2014, the name changed to ‘Borders of Adventure’ – a resource of travel where destination inspiration is combined with social, historical, political and cultural reporting.
I’ve been on the road full-time for two years now, and my travel plans continue to unravel. You will find me wandering without a map, seeking the company of locals, debating the multi-layers of a country, or working hard in a quirky coffee shop… writing all about it.
Travel differently, adventurously, responsibly and with purpose. My aim is to show you how.