Hi! We are Campbell and Alya a full-time travel couple searching for the best hiking and diving experiences around the world, we have been traveling together for 9 years. Welcome to our travel blog!
We love hiking and diving and mainly travel to fulfill these two passions. The Camino de Santiago became our favorite pilgrimage in recent years and we know these routes well after walking the 7 main routes of the Camino in just two years. We live in Portugal now, hiking in Europe, and being involved with the Camino community it is easy to keep our content up to date. Our trips tend to be prolonged and we often return to the same place, this allows us to properly explore an area. Creating content we do extensive research, plan our activities, and document them well, which is helpful for people planning the same adventures. We have spent a lot of time hiking in South America and Nepal completing several popular treks. Both of us are keen divers, Campbell has a lot of experience and is a PADI dive instructor.
In January 2014 we were both traveling in South East Asia, meeting in this little surf hostel on Luzon Island. We stayed in the same dormitory and ended up exploring the Philippines together, 9 years later, we are married and still traveling. 2021 was a very exciting year for us first of all another little Stingy Nomad was born her name is Summer. Second, we moved to Portugal now we’re living in the sunny Algarve. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful region and want to get some locals’ tips check our new destination site The Algarve Family.
Who Are We
Campbell Louw used to work as a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biotechnology. He is a Padi Scuba Instructor, loves free diving, surfing, running, hiking, and exploring the world with a backpack.
Alya Louw used to work as a linguist teaching English, Russian and Spanish, she has a Master’s degree in Linguistics and loves art, classical music, diving, hiking, running, and is an incurable travel addict.
Summer Louw, born recently this little Stingy Nomad is still just buckets full of potential!
Chile Louw is a Borador, her father is a Border Collie and her Mother is a Labrador. Chile still lives with her other mother Maryna Louw but travels with us in South Africa. Chile loves swimming, traveling, and camping!
- Showing the world travel does not have to be expensive or out of your reach.
- Motivating others to go for it!
- To be a valuable travel resource, if we have written on what you are looking for you would not need to search any further.
- We want to be a resource you can trust, only writing on places and activities we have experienced.
How do we still travel?
During our first couple of years on the road, Campbell freelanced as a Scuba instructor and Alya taught some English online, our income from the blog slowly started dripping in, contributing something. Today stingynomads.com is our full-time business and main source of income.
Countries we have traveled.
Why Stingy Nomads…
Stingy with a tongue in the cheek because we try to spend little money traveling on a tight budget. We would rather spend money on doing amazing things than on transport and accommodation. Nomads because we have been on the road for a couple of years, constantly moving.
Our new project
We love food. Traveling the world full time for such a long time we really missed having a home and a proper kitchen. With our nomadic lifestyle, we fell in love with salads. You do not require a proper kitchen for most recipes and awesome ingredients and inspiration to be found everywhere! On our new website Making Salads we bring you our favorite salad creations and discoveries, check it out and try some of our recipes!
More about Stingy Nomads
We have been published in several publications, both digital and print, these interviews can tell you a little more about us.
- Newspaper interview published in South African News site Media24.
- Interview with Hero and Leander, couples magazine.
- Interview with Africa and Beyond, South African blog
Want to work with us?
How did Stingy Nomads happen? – Comic
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