Hello there! And welcome to our little corner of the internet. We are glad you found your way here!
We are Leoni and Kyle, one German and one South African, two nature-loving, adventure-thirsty and eco-conscious digital nomads and proud creators of this website. We share an infinite passion for wildlife, the outdoors and ethical experiences, and believe that everyone can help protect our planet by making mindful choices and reconnecting with nature.
With Softback Travel, we invite you to join us on our journey around the world and towards a more sustainable way of exploring our planet.
We met on Couchsurfing in a beautiful small town called Passau (Germany) and have been backpacking, wild camping and hitchhiking together ever since.
Traveling has allowed us to expand our minds and make unique experiences that have changed our perspectives on many aspects of life on our precious planet.
But we have also witnessed that the tourism industry has the potential to pollute our oceans, destroy ecosystems and support global inequality.
When preparing for our trips we have often searched the internet for travel tips and packing lists. And there is a lot out there. A. Lot.
But (too) many times we also stumbled upon blog posts that recommend all kinds of unethical tourist attractions and unsustainable travel items. Guys, the thing is – we live in the 21st century and we need to normalize ethical travel!
We are deeply passionate about wildlife conservation and environmental protection and strive to support those values by treading lightly and being respectful to the places we visit. So, here we are – inspiring you to do the same!
We let you in on our secrets about essential gear, how-tos, mistakes to avoid and tips for living a more sustainable life – on the road, in the outdoors and at home.