His more recent backpacking adventures combined with his past travel are what has given him the foundation for his most recent project, his writing. It is clear his dynamic and thoughtful literature is influenced by his experience with travel, elite level sports, global marketing and social media use. He launched his career as an author at the end of last year through the use of a creative Kickstarter campaign.
Now traveling through Colombia we have exclusive access to the creative process and travel lessons this young author has to offer. A self-taught travel writer, poet and philosopher, he is passionate about exploring the globe and doing so on a refined budget. Any world traveler knows how when you are off the beaten path it can be hard to find something to eat at times. To start, Sean shares his Top-5 Backpacker mini-meals that he brought with him to Colombia.
Stay tuned for future updates as Sean shared his first hand knowledge of all things Bogota. If you would like to learn more about Sean and his upcoming books, check out his website Canadianhayes.com.
The first three items I bring from home, the last two I get from local markets.
1-Trail Mix – I’ll take about ½ pound. You’ll be surprised by the amount of pleasure a bag of trail mix can give you when there is no way to get food and you are overcome by hunger. I just make my own GORP(Good ol Raisins and Peanuts) mix. Plus, it goes great with pretty much any cold drink anywhere in the world.
2-Cliff Bar – I’ll take about 4-5 bars. Again, you never know when you just might not be able to get food for a while. Having the extra 250 calories of energy can really make a difference when your carrying a big backpack and a Cliff bar packs easily. My personal favorite? White Chocolate macadamia nut.
3-Turkey Jerky – Sometimes I have been places where the protein they use for their meals is just not quite what I am used to (Sheep’s brains and pigs intestines in South Africa would be one example) So I take one pack of this, plus it’s just really tasty!
4-Sandwich Supplies – I just get a small baguette and some cheese and voila, I have sandwiches! The best part is, depending on where you are in the world, the choices of breads and cheese is always different.
5- Go to local markets and get fresh fruits and veggies. I try to buy local products because they are usually organic. Plus it’s fun to see what the local have been producing and have to offer. I will just grab a day or two’s supplies and then I have healthy snacks easily accessible.
Now please understand, one of my favorite things about traveling is experiencing new food and new flavors. However, I have also been places where I literally could not find anything that looked appealing or edible and having my own snacks has saved the day more than once.