“It’s all about the journey,

not the destination.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s all about the journey, not the destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ONLY travel website that does not talk about destinations!

The Evolving Backpacker is not your average travel blog. It’s a medium to explore yourself and the world around you; to evolve and to become better versions of ourselves by having uplifting experiences, thinking higher thoughts, and by living richer and fuller lives. Travel is metaphorically depicted on this platform to relate to our own individual paths and journeys in life.


Join me as I share my travel experiences and my thoughts relating to zen, spirituality, and transcendentalism: Two apparently distinct themes at first glance, yet strangely conjoined and co-related in more ways than one.

Travel & Evolve

Zen Posts

Set Your Own Pace in Life…But Never Give Up!

5 Minute Read. Topic: Inspirational Story, Role Model, Persistence

Clay Feet and a Heavy Crown

3 Minute Read. Topic – Spirituality, Inspiration, Self-Help, Forgiveness, Role Model

We are made of Star Stuff

3 Minute Read. Topic – Spirituality, Transcendentalism, Inspiration, Self-Help

There are No Chance Encounters in Life

3 Minute read. Topic – Self-Help, Spirituality, Relationship

Kon-Tiki Expedition

5 Minute Read.
Topic: Inspirational Story, Amazing Journeys, Famous Personalities

You Raise Me Up – A Song of Faith and Hope

2 minute read.
Topic: Reflection, Self help

Give Your Best Anyway – Mother Teresa

The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. Some sources say that the words below were written on the wall in Mother Teresa's own room. In any case, their...

The Rainbow In Your Pocket

When I was a young lad I remember this one incident when I came across the Rainbow Man for the first time. It was the start of our summer school holidays and we were boarding a plane bound for our village. We were one of the first to board and once I took my seat, I...

From Base to Summit and the Road In-Between

One of the biggest issues that confront us today is our need for instant gratification. This attitude that 'I deserve the best' and 'I want it right now' is most prevalent in today's youth as well as Gen-Y, also called as the Millennials (Persons born...

My New Year Resolution – To Love The Fat Boy In Me!

As this year fades into a memory, and the new one dawns with renewed hope. I sit back and take stock of the goals I had set, and of all the challenges that seemed too difficult to cope. This New year I choose to accept myself the way I am, to look with gratitude at my...

Travel Posts

Daintree and Cape Tribulation – Where the Rainforest meets the Sea

Cape Tribulation - Where The Rainforest meets the Reef!   Captain Cook's journal entry for the 10th of June 1770 sums up his experience of that eventful day when his ship ran aground at Cape Tribulation, as he was making his way back to England after having...

Townsville Marathon 2016. And The Winner Is…..Everyone!

It was another glorious day in paradise when the city of Townsville hosted the McDonald's Running Festival, one of the city's most anticipated and recognized events of the year. Although I barely practiced this year, I just had to participate in the run as my feet...

Mossmon Gorge – On Hallowed Grounds

A pleasant fifteen minutes drive from Port Douglas brings you to Mossman Gorge, a very accessible and scenic section of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. Here the Mossman River tumbles its way over and around huge granite boulders that line the gorge...

Port Douglas – Heaven is a Place on Earth!

About two hours drive from Cairns in a northerly direction, Port Douglas is the perfect place to get seduced by the idyllic charms of tropical North Queensland. Visitors to this part of North Queensland relish the natural beauty and warm, balmy climate at any time of...

Arunachal Pradesh – In the Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains

I have backpacked to many places in India and around the world, but Arunachal Pradesh will remain in my memory as one of the most challenging and rewarding trips I have ever undertaken.The remoteness of the area, the need for an Inner Line Permit (ILP) (Yes, an Indian...

A Backpacker’s Guide to London

A Backpacker’s Guide to London   Out of all the destinations in the world, London is definitely not one of the cheapest places for backpackers to travel to. Even though the Evening Standard indicates that the capital no longer falls under the world’s top ten most...

OMG – A Rolls Royce Phantom fit for the Nizam!

WHAT : A 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost car owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad WHERE :Chowmahalla Palace - HYDERABAD, INDIA The OMG Factor!!! A custom built Rolls Royce Phantom built nearly a century ago which has run only 356 Kms ever since!! The car is a 1912 make with...

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia – Heart of The Reef

Whitsundays - Australia, Millionaire Lifestyle Living! The Whitsundays area in North Queensland is an exotic , tropical holiday  destination with all the trappings of a millionaire hideaway, complete with sheltered coves with backdrop of forested mountains and lavish...

Whale of a time – Sunshine Coast

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA Whale Watching on board Steve Irvin’s Boat Whale One: If you are visiting Australia during the Whale migration season(August to November) then this is one activity you must absolutely fit into your itinerary. Viewing these majestic creatures...

“Set out from any point. They are all alike. They all lead to a point of departure.” ― Antonio Porchia

More About The Evolving Backpacker and its Founder Jason

The Evolving Backpacker was born out of a solo road trip that its founder, Jason Rebello undertook way back in 2004, while he was in his late twenties – settled in his career as a mariner, yet restless to understand the true reason for his existence. Jason was hooked on the travel bandwagon; he had found his true passion in life and he embarked on an endless journey of discovery and exploration ever since.

His sole companion during that initial trip was a self-help book by Tony Robbins titled – Awaken the Giant Within. The book was transformational, and Jason wasted no time jotting down copious notes on what he sought to achieve in life: career goals, personal goals, adventure goals, and contributory goals.

He did not know it back then, but Jason had embarked on two simultaneous journeys – the first one in the physical world; the other on a spiritual plane.

The Evolving Backpacker is a confluence of Jason’s two personal interests. This is a travel website that does not talk about travel in the conventional sense. In fact, as the tag line suggests, the topics focus on the metaphorical journey and not just the destination.

Its readers typically are:

  • Travel enthusiasts and adventurers who enjoy nature
  • Persons seeking self-help and motivational topics and who want to live a better and more meaningful life.
  • Dreamers and creators who pursue their passion and who seek more to life than the remainder 99% of the sleepwalkers.

Readers receive regular posts about topics relating to zen, meditation, transcendentalism, spirituality, and travel. Through this website, Jason encourages readers to travel far and wide and to live their lives with unbridled excitement; with the prospect of new discoveries every single day. 

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