Our story so far…

We’re Joe & Nat,

A couple from the UK who live our day to day lives working 9-5 as an accountant and a chartered surveyor (we promise we’re not as boring as we sound 😊) who both share the same goal, to explore and drink our way around many countries as physically possible with 30 days a year holiday from the office!

Backpacks & Beverages is our way of showing people that you can see the world even if you have a full-time job, and not only that but how you can also do it on a budget. We don’t feel like you need to quit your job and sell all your prized possessions to see the world. With a bit of careful planning and budgeting, there’s nothing stopping the average Joe 😉 (with a bit *maybe a lot* of help from cash savvy Nat) ticking off every item from their travel bucket list!

A little bit about us…

We met not that long ago back in June 2018 and most of our family & friends told us we were getting a little ahead of ourselves when we decided to book 9 trips over our first 12 months together, but we didn’t listen. We didn’t want to waste any time in burning our way through our bucket lists and more importantly our Beer Bucket List 😀

Plus, a whistle stop tour of Northern Italy after 6 weeks of dating will probably tell you all you need to know about a person, if you’re planning on giving it a go yourselves check out our Northern Italian adventure blog. Hopefully you’ll be as lucky as us and realise you’ve met someone special, 9 trips down and still going as strong as ever! (Which is a good job as we purchased this domain name for three years #eagerbeavers)

How do we do it?

Most of our city break trips tend to take the form of a quick weekend, or if we’re lucky a few extra days thanks to the UK bank holidays. We aim to leave the office as early as we can on a Friday to get straight on a plane, have a quick couple of days exploring and drinking our way around a city, before heading back to our day jobs so we can do it all again a few weeks later.

Places we would recommend for solely weekend trips from the UK (Fri night – Sun night) :

Every now and again we use up most of our leave for the year to have a couple of weeks adventuring a little further afield, this year saw us visit California (USA) & South Africa. A couple of these big adventures alongside several weekends city hopping makes for lots of exciting places to see (and now write about!) and even more tasty beverages to try.

Franschhoek Vineyards – South Africa

Where to next…

So, that’s the story so far. We know it’s not very long, but we have already crossed so many big hitters off the bucket list in 2019; a gondola ride on the Venice canals, hiking Yosemite National Park, cycling across the Golden Gate bridge, sunbathing on Venice Beach, enjoying a dram of whiskey on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, exploring the abandoned reactor site at Chernobyl, drinking Belgium beer in front of the Grand Place in Brussels, climbing Table Mountain and going on a safari in South Africa to name a few.

So that’s a little bit about us, what we are all about and what you can expect from us in the future. We are really excited to share this on our blog and hopefully inspire some of you would be travellers that have to work for a living to do the same, if we can do it so can you 🙂

Love, Joe and Nat xxxxx

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