A personal story, from the Founder of BackpackerU
"20 years ago: setting off to travel the world, with a backpack on my shoulders, and my mind wide open; this was clearly the best decision I have ever made (if not one of the scariest). It took courage to cast off, and go explore the world on my own, but along the way I encountered the world and learned more about myself than I ever dreamed possible.
Curious about other cultures, I traveled to understand. Along my journeys, I have visited China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Laos, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, USA (all states except for three), and my native country of Canada. Time has passed, Ive married, and have a beautiful family. In the summers, I travel and teach in Europe with an amazing group of professors. I have studied at great universities, and learned from my peers. But, as I look back, I am certain that I learned more by traveling than I did at any other point in my life.
I still have a lot to learn (and a big world to explore), but I am certain that the most valuable life-lessons still to come will happen while Im taking risks and challenging myself in a distant land on the other side of the world. I hope you will join me! "