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Meet the Backpacker

Written by DanielaZavala. Posted in About Daniela Zavala, Meet the Backpacker

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Published on January 02, 2009 with 7 Comments

About Daniela Zavala
The Backpacker

I am a journalist (Univision, TV Azteca, CNN, Venevisión), writer (Mexico’s Reforma Newspaper), former Public Relations Director and an avid explorer…a nomad at heart who makes every new place I visit my home.

Back in 1997, I was afraid of traveling on my own, but when my first backpacking trip to Europe with two friends fell through, I had to make a decision: stay at home, or go by myself. Holding that ticket for a Madrid flight, I didn’t know that I would make a decision that would forever change my world perspective and continue to empower and inspire me. I decided to go on my own.

Every year I change my BCBG high heels for hiking boots and my Armani dresses for cargos and t-shirts. My only travel companion is a battered backpack that has been with me since that first trip.

In more than 15 years of solo traveling, I have had all sorts of experiences from the road. But I am not your typical tourist, traveling only the “safe” destinations or just visiting the touristy sites. During these journeys, I have seen the lives of many people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and religions up close. I have experienced their kindness, but also their brutal struggles between life and death.

Since that first trip in 1997, I was never the same. The places I visit and the people I meet on the road continue to have a deep impact on me, the way I see the world, and the way I live in it.

Henry Miller’s quote describes my experience best: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

For fellow travelers, I hope my website is helpful.

For those who are afraid of traveling alone, I hope it inspires you to take the first step.

For those who—for whatever reason—cannot travel, I hope to take you on a journey to these far away lands through my writing and images.




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  1. Churra:

    Congrats on your new endeavor!!!
    Un beso y que llenes miles de páginas con experiencias fascinantes.

  2. Gracias Marianita!

  3. Other variant is possible also

  4. Hi Daniela..Your story is the way you write about your travel experiences..keep it so ..Greetings from Croatia !!

  5. Thanks Goran for your kind words! Diaries takes a lot of work, but having comments and the support of people like your encourage me to keep on sharing these extraordinary experiences around the world. By the way, I visited Croatia a few years ago and absolutely LOVE it. It is an amazing and stunning country 🙂

  6. Yeah i saw it in your gallery, my timing for follow your Diary was little bit late :-(…you will have a guide assitance for your next trip to Croatia :-)…
    ..btw your story about Mursi tribes..huuuh..stunning,no words to describe this feeling,i just have to make this trip !

  7. I will take your word on that (having you as my guide in Croatia). Ethiopia is an amazing country. You should go 🙂

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