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About Stingy Nomads

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!

Our Expertise

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 long 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.

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, 9 years later, we are married and still traveling another little Stingy Nomad was recently born.

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.

Summer Louw, her training is about to start.

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.

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.

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