Hi! We are Yoshke Dimen and Vins Carlos.
They say travel is for the financially rich, physically strong, and socially adept. We’re none of those. We are everything a traveler should not be. We’re too shy to approach strangers, too shy to haggle, too shy to ask for directions. We’re geographically challenged. Socially awkward. Perpetually unlucky. Clumsy. Accident-prone. And definitely NOT wealthy.
Most travelers we meet on the road are quick to assume that we must come from a rich family, that we have rich parents funding our trips. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When we started this blog, we were struggling to make ends meet. We were both at the very bottom of the corporate ladder, working an 8-5 job. We shared a dodgy apartment with four other friends, and every payday we would always watch our wages vanish into thin air. And by thin air we mean rent, bills, and daily expenses. We also had to support our families, sending our siblings and nieces to school. We could not afford to go out of town on our own.
The first several posts on this blog were actually part of company outings and business trips that we gladly took advantage of. When we became able to go on a personal trip, we would make do with the meager budget that we had. In our early days of travel blogging, we slept at airports and bus terminals so we won’t have to spend money on hotels. We also refused to eat at restaurants so we would just hit the grocery for food.
The more places we set foot on for work, the more we were inspired to work harder, save bigger, and eventually go farther. We accepted part-time jobs and grabbed every opportunity to earn extra. Whatever we saved, we spent on indulging our wanderlust. It started out like that. But that’s NOT how it went on.
Years ago, both of us quit our day jobs to travel the world.
Today, we are full-time travelers, enjoying a more comfortable nomadic lifestyle, exploring one country after the next. This is the life we have always dreamed of — no overtimes, no bosses, no pressure. It’s a world where weekends never end and life grows wings, not roots. [ Read more about how we quit our jobs to travel here >> ]
What happened? This blog happened.
This blog was born after a series of unfortunate events. We’re not built for travel. On our first trip together, our boatman did not show up, leaving us stranded at a deserted wharf and forcing us to walk through an unfamiliar forest. On our next trip, our boat crashed onto a rock islet and floated aimlessly for almost an hour. It was as though the universe was saying something: travel was not for us.
We started this blog simply to document our misadventures. We only wanted to write. We didn’t expect it to earn, let alone sustain our travel lifestyle. But over the years, our readership continued to grow, attracting advertisers along the way. Some call it luck. We’d like to think it’s hard work. Maybe it’s a one-two punch of both.
We’re thankful to all our readers and partners for making our travel dream a reality.
Over the last six years, The Poor Traveler has emerged as one of the biggest travel blogs in the world in terms of traffic and social media presence.
What makes our blog click
is that we are relatable.
Like most people,
we’re casual travelers, not hardcore backpackers.
We’re vacation-goers, not long-term nomads.
We enjoy solo adventures,
but we also love sightseeing with friends and family.
And although we’re a budget travel blog,
our primary audience is composed mainly of
21-45 yo full-time professionals
who wish to take a break from work.
They are budget-conscious
but are willing to spend hard-earned money
on experiences that are worth it.
We travel at our own pace, in our own way.
Although our lives have become more comfortable lately, we continue to travel on a budget. Our goal is to go on exploring the world while helping others do the same.
Yet, we do not claim to be an authority in budget travel. In fact, we always end up spending more than we originally planned. We cannot promise you that what you read on this blog is the cheapest way to travel — no, we most certainly cannot promise you that — but we can share ways on how to make the most out of every trip through the lessons we pick up along the way, cost-related or otherwise.
– Yoshke and Vins