Emily jumping
Nathalia jumping

Hey! We are Emily and Nathalia, and we met on a free walking tour in Budapest in the summer of 2015. After years of staying in touch, and even visiting each other’s hometowns, we spent 6 weeks traveling through Africa, India, Sri Lanka, and some of Southeast Asia together, where our passion for travel only continued to grow. It was during this trip together that we decided we wanted to help others explore and experience that passion. 

With Fernweh Backpackers, we will be exposing people to the culture and lifestyle of travel, and help remove all the stressful aspects; planning, booking, and finding all the best places to explore! We will be offering affordable Virtual Travel Agent services for various countries throughout the world. Between the two of us, we’ve traveled a combined total of 70+ countries and are able to utilize extensive personal experience when planning the perfect trip for other travelers. 

Fernweh Backpackers services are available to people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We are a non-discriminatory company. We are here to be as authentic and genuine as possible in providing these memorable experiences for all of our clients and we want to work together with you to give you a trip of a lifetime!

Your virtual travel agents

Co-owner Emily of Fernweh Backpackers


Emily grew up in California and after 6 years of on and off long term travel in her 20’s, she moved to Hawaii at 26 years old. Her parents both emigrated from Russia, which makes her a first generation American.

From a young age, she started feeling a desire to travel and see the world, and at 20 years old she finally went on her first long term trip. Since then, Emily has backpacked through 6 continents and seen a total of 60+ countries, with her longest consecutive trip being a total of 10 months long.

Many of her backpacking trips were solo trips, planned entirely by herself, and through all of her travel experiences, her passion for travel has grown and changed her outlook on life in all the best ways. She has a deep appreciation for different cultures and different people all over the world and wants to be able to help others see the world and grow as she has. Because of her extensive traveling all over the world, she is fully equipped to help plan a trip for other soon-to-be travelers, and she hopes to spread her passion to others through her work with Fernweh backpackers.


Nathalia is a Texas native, born in Houston and raised in Austin. She is the daughter of South American immigrants and a first generation American.

Nathalia was greatly influenced by various role models who promoted a lifestyle full of experiences, not material possessions. All of her summers were spent going on family trips abroad whether in South America, Europe, or throughout the United States.

In 2015, she decided to embark on her first solo backpacking trip through Europe and the rest was history. She has now traveled to 5 continents and 41 countries!!
Through her travels she has found the courage to become independent, adventurous, and has developed lifelong friendships along the way. While others can view travel as stepping out of your comfort zone, it is a lifestyle where Nathalia feels the most at home.

Fun Fact: During the Covid-19 epidemic in 2020, Nathalia got stuck in Southeast Asia while preparing for a Fernweh Backpackers Tour. She wrote a blog about it here.

Fernweh Backpackers co-owner Nathalia