May 29, 2015

About

Who We Are

Passports for Peasants began as a way to connect thrifty travelers and offer support to those seeking their next big adventure. As travelers, we all have different goals and milestones. With each new adventure, the aim is to enter the unknown, to be unknown, and return as someone who challenges the known. By learning how to save money on airfare, travel off peak, and take advantage of loyalty programs; we’ve debunked the myth that travel exists only for the wealthy. From this concept, an idea was born; inspire others through action and documentation. You can see the world and challenge societal norms without giving up the life that you already have.

Creating Passports for Peasants

For someone with zero experience writing or building website, the task of launching a travel blog was, & continues to be, overwhelming. I haven’t been to a million exotic locations, and my bucket list is still long and unfulfilled. As I continue to travel and explore, I want a hub where I can share my experiences, photos, and memories. This project isn’t about conquering more countries than anyone else, but instead, documenting the places I love and sharing them. By involving my travel friends in the process, we’ve developed a community for unbiased, honest opinions. Each contributing author is hand selected for their passionate love of travel.

The End Goal

The ultimate goal is to inspire others to join in on an Adventure Vacation group or book their own dream vacation. We’re passionate about immersing ourselves in the nature and culture that defines different regions of the world. As we continue exploring, we want others to be able to share in the journey first hand. Most people have been conditioned to believe that travel only exists for the wealthy, or  is too dangerous to partake in. We’re obsessed with travel because we feel that it can transform and redefine your life. I didn’t get my passport until I was 23, and now I’ve visited over a dozen countries in just two years. It’s never to late to change the way you look at your life. People never run out of dreams, they just run out of time or money.

Our Promise to Readers

  1. We aren’t paid to write – All of our adventures are our own authentic property. More and more often, we find that thousands of blog posts are sponsored. In this scenario, an author is being paid to write about something. So what does this mean for readers? Can a paid for opinion really be unbiased? We take our authenticity very seriously, and if any portion of a trip is comped or paid for in anyway, we’ll fully disclose all the details.
  2. We aren’t trying to sell you something –  “Finance your lifestyle by starting your own travel site”, “How I travel the World for Free”, or “Learn how I got rich quick”. This isn’t one of those blogs, and we aren’t going to try to sell you something that isn’t real. You’re never going to travel the world for free, but we can offer great advice and help point you in the right direction. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  3. We’re real people – You can see all of our adventures, and know that they’re within your grasp. You can even come on some of our trips with us. Fair warning, it’s always an adventure!

Passports for Peasants on the Parkway

Get to know the Editor

          I’m Alex, and I started our travel community. After multiple international trips, I found myself answering a lot of travel related questions.  I quickly realized that I have a ton of friends who love to travel too, and also want a place to share their stories. So we’ve all joined forces to bring you destination guides, travel reports, and personal stories of budget adventures. When I’m not traveling, I’m usually working and catching up on writing in Folly Beach, South Carolina. As we continue to grow, we’ll be making lots of new additions and changes in our site. Stay tuned for news and updates!

How I Got Started Traveling

          At age 23 I realized that I had spent a great deal of time doing things out of social expectations rather than living for myself. I had successfully competed in the Miss America Organization, nearly completed my degree, had a great circle of friends, and decent enough job. Despite all this, I felt like I had zero life experience. All around me, friends were graduating and becoming trapped by societal norms: “real” 9 to 5 jobs, pregnancies, marriages, engagements, etc. For a lot of those friends, the exploration chapter ended. Then I stepped back and took a look at my own life. Who was I to judge when I didn’t even have a passport? So then it happened, I bit the bullet and bought a solo trip to Ireland. Within days, I had fallen in love with every aspect of the experience. For months I had been scouring the web, playing travel roulette, looking for the right destination. The answer wasn’t held in a particular place, but instead, within an action. Leaving everything behind, to be totally and completely within the moment. For me, that’s what travel is all about. It’s my passion, addiction, and possibly the one thing that defines me.

F.A.Q. about Passports for Peasants?

How do you afford to travel? Funny you should ask, I just so happened to write about that in my article, How I afford Travel. This is by far the most commonly asked question that I get from friends and family.

How many countries have you been to? As a team, we have traveled to 22 countries. Individual authors have been to as many as 15 countries, and as few as 10. We don’t like to look at travel in terms of quantity, but rather as quality. Two weeks immersed in the rain forest can’t be compared to a 6 country 14 Day European tour. We’ve done both and found each highly interesting regardless of the “countries visited” check list.

Do you get paid to travel? Nope. We don’t get rooms comped, meals sponsored, or make money by some multi-level marketing scheme. That’s not what we’re about and it never will be. If we ever write a post where something was sponsored or given to us for free, you can be assured that we’ll post a disclaimer.

What your favorite place you’ve ever been? That’s really hard to say. I loved Amsterdam, Iceland, and Ireland a whole lot. I also loved staying in the Rain forest in El Yunque and camping out on Culebra.

What do you look for in a great travel itinerary? This is one of my favorite questions to answer because it’s so highly individualistic. I look for an authentic. culturally immersive and adrenaline pumping experience. When I’m in a place, I want to make the most of absolutely every second that I’m there. I want to eat authentic food, chat and party with locals, learn about the history, and be active.

Do you feel like you’re wasting time? Nothing about the way that I live my life fits mainstream parameters. If you’re reading this blog, you probably feel the same way, and are searching for more. We have one chance live our lives the way that we want. I don’t think that I’m better than anyone, but my definition of happiness isn’t sitting in an office or being a stay at home mom. I want to seek thrills and knowledge, with fervor and passion, until the day that I die. I may find a place in mainstream society one day. Be that as it may, all we have is time, and I’m not going to waste mine on monotony.

 

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