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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?

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 is our full time business and main source of income.

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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We would love to hear from you, so don’t be shy to comment give suggestions or ask questions!

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Tom Foolery

Monday 25th of May 2020

Hi! I was wondering if you have a more general page about how to get started. I have seen almost every state in the USA ( including Alaska once and Hawaii many times), but I have never left the borders of the US. I feel stuck and I need help getting my long-overdue dream of world travel off the ground.

Stingy Nomads

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Hi, Tom! Thank you for the comment! We don't have any particular post on how to start traveling. If you want to explore more outside of US for the first trip you could go to Canada it's not far, the same language, similar infrastructure. Going to a very exotic place for the first trip abroad might be overwhelming. Europe is another option, in one trip you can visit a couple of countries, it's easy to move around, it's pretty safe and there are many things to see. If you want something more exotic Cost Rica is a great place, many people speak English, everything is set for tourism. I'm not sure if you like walking or hiking. I met quite a few Americans on my last Camino de Santiago walk in Spain, for many of them it was their first time traveling outside US. Walking the Camino is a great way to meet people, to learn more about Spanish culture and to get out of your comfort zone. You don't have to be very fit for most people the Camino is their first long-distance walk it's challenging and inspiring at the same time. I hope it helps! Stay safe!

Shane Driscoll

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hi Nomads. Love your itinerary and am using it as a basis for myt own planning. It seems to run out at Sarria though. Did you do the section from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella?

Stingy Nomads

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hello, Shane! Thank you! There is a separate post on the last 100km from Sarria to Santiago. You can find it if you click Camino de Santiago section in the menu. Regards

Daniel Akerman

Friday 7th of February 2020

This is a great and inspiring website! And you seem to live your lifes really well! Reading and enjoying your articles on Annapurna, Elbrus and Patagonia. You have not done Aconcagua? I-m sure you have thought about it. Are you planning to?

Stingy Nomads

Friday 7th of February 2020

Hello Daniel, thank for reading, glad you enjoy our blog! We are on our way back to Nepal. We have planned to do Aconcagua in the past, but unfortunately our plans changed for that trip, it is definitely still on our to do list!


Sunday 5th of January 2020

Hi! I really loved reading about your trip to Namibia. I'm just planning mine on May 2020. I need information about the Omungunda camp site...I've tried to contact them but I haven't received any answer... Did you go there without booking? Or do you have any contact to give me? Thank you very much.

Stingy Nomads

Monday 6th of January 2020

Hello, Paola! We didn't book Omungunda campsite in advance we just arrived there and could get a spot for camping, in fact, we were the only people there, the place is spacious I'm sure they'll be able to accommodate you. Safe travels!


Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hi Stingy Nomads. My husband and I have hiked the Camino Frances, the Camino del Norte, the Camino Ingles and the Camino Portugues in the last 4 years. We ski/snowboard in winter. This coming summer he will be riding a motorcycle across India during which time I will be hiking the Camino Primitivo. In researching trip insurance (which we have never used before) I was excited to see you described adventure insurance in conjunction with an established insurance company but then found we could not even get a quote as he is 71 and I will be 70 this summer. What do you suggest?

Stingy Nomads

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Hello Carol, thanks for your msg. You guys sound like a super active traveling couple! I have contacted the companies we work with, but unfortunately they only offer travel insurance policies up to 69. Allianz is another company I am familiar with and according to their website they offer travel insurance up to 70. Goodtogoinsurance has no age limit, I found them online and have no experience with the company, but it could be worth looking into. I am sure you are going to love the Primitivo, Buen Camino!

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