So, as you will know from elsewhere on the site, I’m Ian, the face behind the feet of ‘Barefoot Backpacker’; a (surprisingly) middle-aged traveller from the UK. I’ve been exploring the world since 1994, and it never stops being an amazing place.
I’m a travel writer and podcaster, and specialise in places less-visited, both in the UK and abroad. I concentrate on exploring the history and culture behind places – the ‘why’, just as much as the ‘what’. My other passions include ‘The Great Outdoors’ (especially forests, hills, and wild moorlands), ‘Solo & Budget Travel’, ‘Dark History’, and ‘Local Travel’ (including Micro-adventures).
Before being made redundant from my office job at Easter 2018, I’d spent over 20 years working in data analysis; this means I’ve gathered useful skills in handling large datasets, using data to determine patterns/trends, and drive ideas and direction based on those patterns.
My aim now, to coin a phrase used … ‘somewhere else in pop-culture’, is to “Inform, Educate, Entertain”; I talk about places and concepts people may not know, in an open and easy-to-listen format.
As for the name “Barefoot Backpacker”, well that comes from my preference to travel without luxury; exploring the world with just a carry-on backpack, an open mind, and a sense of adventure. Oh, and I don’t really like shoes much …
So, what can I do for you?
What topics do I cover?
Who are my audience?
What can I offer you?
If you’d like my media kit, it’s available here.
If you want to contact me directly:
Or contact me on twitter: @rtwbarefoot