About The Little Backpacker

Hi there! Welcome to The Little Backpacker, a travel blog focusing on weekend breaks, expat living and plenty of tips for planning your next trip. 



Who is The Little Backpacker?

My name is Jodes and I started this blog back in 2011 before Instagram was really a thing and all I wanted to do was keep my family and friends up to date with my adventures. These days I run it along side a full time job of teaching.

I went on my first solo trip in 2010 when I volunteered in South Africa and have been in love with travel ever since. Following that I’ve worked aboard, taken a gap year, worked in Australia, lived in Rio de Janeiro, been back to university to get a degree, lived the expat life in Dubai for 2 years and visited 30+ countries.

If I’m not travelling then I’m likely to be stuck on SkyScanner planning holidays I’ll never have time to take.  I love road trips, cute cafes, beach days, city exploring and the occasional crazy adventure.

Recently, my husband, two cats and I relocated back to England from Dubai after the craziness of the beginning of this year. We are now preparing for our next adventure as we get ready for the arrival of our baby girl in November 💗.

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What Kind of Blog is The Little Backpacker?

The Little Backpacker is a travel focused blog that aims to inspire and inform people to not get bogged down in one place. Content focuses on destination itineraries, living aboard tips and helpful information. The Little Backpacker began as a way to document my ‘gap year’ to friends and family but has since evolved into a travel blog that focuses on travel adventures and expat life. I aim to show you that you don’t have to quit your career to travel the world.


I hope you’ll follow along on our worldwide adventures sharing tips and inspiration to help you to do the same.


  1. 12th August 2012 / 2:39 am

    I have always had respect for backpackers! I like your header. Maybe sometime, you can try Asian destinations too. =>

  2. 12th December 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Hey Jodie! Love your site design, the header is particularly awesome, and looking forward to reading more of your site! Keep up the ace work 🙂

  3. 19th May 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Had a nose about some of your blogs, enjoyable reading. Looking forward to reading the rest 🙂 Safe travels Jodie

  4. 29th July 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Hi jodie.. Glad I stumbled on your blog. Waiting your New Zealand stories, wondering for my next trip tips

  5. 12th August 2013 / 10:03 pm

    Hey Jodie! You’re such an inspiration!
    I also dream of traveling around the world.
    My first lil’ step is a solo trip to Europe in September!
    Anyway, warm greetings to you from Singapore! (:

  6. 5th September 2013 / 6:04 pm

    Hi. Your blog is so amazing. You love travel and photography whereas I love travel and writing. Quite same because we all love to record or “take note” what we run across into in the life by our own ways. I hope the best to your travels. If you get to Vietnam, so nice to meet you 🙂

  7. 29th November 2013 / 2:29 pm

    Hi Jodie, I love your blog – its helping me get ready for my own trip! x

  8. 23rd December 2013 / 7:34 am

    thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it:) what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂

  9. 30th December 2013 / 2:39 pm

    Hi Jodie, so happy you are following my blog 😀

  10. 20th February 2014 / 12:07 pm

    What an amazing life you have led for someone so young – look forward to reading more about it on your blog x

  11. mahdavy
    25th February 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Hi Jodie,

    I have done all the countries you’ve visited, except South Africa where I am going in a few weeks. I love to travel and photography also. Would it be possible to exchange on your south african experience?I need some advice from a backpacker who already visited this country 🙂

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