About Stingy nomads…

Hi! We are Campbell and Alya a full time travel couple that have been exploring the world together for 4 years. Welcome to our travel blog!

Our Story

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, 4 years later, married and still traveling.

Who Are We

Campbell Louw is  South African and used to worked as a research scientist with a PhD in biotechnology. He is a Padi Scuba Instructor, loves free diving, surfing, running, hiking and exploring the world with a backpack.

Alya Akhmetgareeva is  Russian and used to work as a linguist teaching English, Russian and Spanish, she has a Masters degree in Linguistics and loves art, classical music, diving, hiking, running and is an incurable travel addict.

Chile Louw is a Borador, her father is a Border Collie and Mother a Labrador. Chile still lives with her other mother Maryna Louw, but travels with us in South Africa. Chile loves swimming, traveling and camping!

Our Mission

  • 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?

The blog is our project and contributes something. Campbell freelances as a Scuba Instructor. Alya teaches English online.

Countries we have traveled.

64 Countries on 6 continents, most of the countries we traveled together

Why Stingy Nomads…

Stingy with a tongue in the cheek because we try to spend little money travelling 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.

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.

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  • My daughter spent 3 months in Namibia last summer and did not get a single photo with high enough resolution to enlarge to 16″ x 20″. Is it possible for me to purchase a few of your lovely pictures for her – specifically, the dunes?

  • Hi Both,

    Love your travel blog and was particularly interested in your blogs on Indonesia. Myself and my fiance are wishing to go to Indonesia for our Honeymoon next year, we are not the type of couple to sit around by a pool or at the beach all day and love the variety Indonesia has to offer. We’re avid outdoor mountain hikers, rock climbers, campers etc. We’re not particularly fussed in staying in luxury 5* resorts either.

    I’ve been wondering how the best way to visit Indonesia is. We want to pack in as much adventure as possible, with the odd day to recharge in-between obvs (so i’m not completely against having a couple of days at the beach or the pool). Would it be better to book through an agent and have all our accommodation and tours / trips pre-arranged? Is it easy to just book flights out to Indonesia and arrange our own accommodation and make our own travel arrangements to places we want to go and things to do? Is it easy to book tours out there? I’ve never backpacked (although always wanted to) It seems a little scary and risky not having anything booked and arranged. We’re looking at visiting between 2 and 3 weeks. What is the best time of year to visit? My finace is also a dive master and will definitely want to get in some diving, i’m not qualified but did a shallow dive out in Cuba with him after he’d done a deep dive (an instructor was with me the whole time and never let go.. checking all my equipment etc), i’m assuming there would be similar options like that in Indonesia.

    Any advice and tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards.

  • Goeie more julle

    Quick question. Heading to Peru for two weeks. Planning on Salkantay to MP. Up in arms about what to do for the remaining 9 days. Thinking either to just hang out the full two weeks in Cusco, do Sacred Valley and Ausangate. Or travel to Huaraz for a few treks. Or go do the Culco Canyon, the little desert town and poor mans Galapagos etc.

    What do you suggest in short for 2 weeks in Peru for a mix of nature and culture?

    • Hi, Flip! We spent one month hiking in Cusco and really enjoyed it! If you like hiking we’d definitely recommend to do Ausangate, it’s quite different from Salkantay, more remote less ruins more scenery. For more of a cultural experience you can hike to Choquequirao ruins, it takes only 4 days and unlike Machu Picchu these ruins are not crowded at all. Basically you can spend all two weeks hiking. Just remember that you’ll need a couple of day in Cusco to acclimatize before you start hiking. You can do a 2-day hike in Colca canyon as well, plus see condors, it’s a beautiful area, not that far from Cusco. Little desert town do you mean Huacachina? I’ve been there, it’s nice you can do sand boarding and drive a buggy in the dunes, nothing you can’t do in South Africa or Namibia. You can go to Huaraz there are some great hikes, but it’s 1500km from Cusco you’ll spend a couple of days to get there and back. As I know there are no direct flights there from Cusco. We’d say do Salkantay and Ausangate in Cusco or visit other ruins in the area and go for a couple of days to Arequipa and Colca canyon. This way you spend more time doing things and less time commuting in between. You can read our guides on these hikes, the hikes end up taking about a week each with preparation and transport. Please let us know if you have anymore questions
      Good luck!

  • Hi guys.

    My fiancé, a group of mates and myself are looking to do the Outeniqua Trail this December and stumbled upon your blog from a fortuitous Google search. Your review of the trail was really helpful. Are you two still exploring? Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Peter, thanks for reading glad you found our blog helpful. We are currently exploring South Africa, planning to head to Europe soon. Have a great day, safe travels!

  • Hi Alya and Campbell,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity, a publisher of travel apps on iTunes App Store and Google Play. I want to ask if you would be interested in turning some of your blog posts into mobile apps and sell them on iTunes App Store and Google Play. GPSmyCity has developed a technology for making it possible. There is no cost to you – we work with blogger on a revenue share basis.

    If you wish to learn more about this opportunity, please reply to my email so I will send you additional information.

    Saul Tarasoff

    • Hi Saul, thank you for contacting us. We are not currently interested, but we will contact you if we consider this option in future.

  • I live in Holland, Campbell. So if you and your girl needs a place to stay, your welkom. Alles vir ‘n ou Swartlander! Keep safe and enjoy! Greetings from holland

    • Dankie Rina, hoop dit gaan goed en jy woon lekker in Nederland, die mense daar is almal so nice en hulpvaardig! Geseende Kersfees en Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar!

  • Is baie bly jul het hiermee begin. Nou kan ons lekker op hoogte bly van waar in die wereld jul is. Geniet dit! Liefde

    • Thanks for the comment, Beauty and the Beast, Alya won’t be very happy to see I call her a beast. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

    • Thanks Marga, we are currently hitchhiking, camping and couchsurfing our way south in Chile towards Patagonia. Amazing country with super friendly and helpful people. Hope you enjoyed the festive season! Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

  • Hi guys. I absolutely love following your adventure and just love the photos. I will definitely enjoy reading your blog. Lots of Love from SA. Reneé (ps: Everyone at Celtic sends their love and regards Campbell!!!) XxxxX

    • Hi Renee! great to hear from you, we are currently hitchhiking, couchsurfing and camping through Chile towards Patagonia. It is an amazing country with super friendly and helpful people.
      Please give my regards to the Celtic team, (please buy them a round of coffees on me)
      Hope you enjoyed the festive season! Merryl Xmas and Happy New Year!

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