My first experience living out of a backpack was on the Appalachian Trail, when I spent nearly 5 months lugging that pack from Georgia to Maine. Once I returned home I downsized my life, moving out of my apartment, donating my stuff, couch surfing with friends, and eventually moving into a Honda Element to start my VanLife.

Several years later I got back to living out of a backpack when I parked my VW campervan for the North American winter and packed my ULA Catalyst and flew to spend several months in South America traveling form hostel to hostel, town to town, and country to country carrying nothing but my backpack.

Living Out Of A Backpack - Chris Tarzan Clemens



  • Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

April 8th, 2016|0 Comments

After hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu I was looking forward to heading to the coast, slowing down, enjoying the beach, and catching up on work. Brandy and I landed in Lima, grabbed a [...]

  • Vilcabamba


March 16th, 2016|2 Comments

I checked into Hostería Izhcayluma and another traveler greeted me with "Hi, how long are you staying?" "Just two nights", I said. She replied, "Oh, good luck with that, you'll be here longer, this place [...]

  • Cuenca


March 4th, 2016|3 Comments

After spending a week exploring the Galápagos Islands with my brother I was back to rolling solo. Tyler caught an early flight out of Guayaquil and I hopped on the 4:00 AM bus to Cuenca. [...]

  • Montañita


February 15th, 2016|2 Comments

After spending several weeks exploring the Andes and the Amazon, it was time to hit the beach. I took a bus to Guayaquil, stayed one night in the metropolis, and caught another 3 hour bus [...]