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 others 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 backpacking, and removing all the stressful aspects; planning, booking, managing transportation, and finding all the best places to explore! We will be offering affordable, budget friendly 2 week tours in various countries throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America.

Fernweh Backpackers tours are open 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 participants and we want to work together with you to give you a trip of a lifetime!

To hear more about the birth of Fernweh Backpackers, watch our video at the top of this page!

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Fernweh Backpackers Founder Emily


Emily is a California native, born and raised in the Golden State. 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 after a few small international trips, she went on her first multi-month backpacking trip at 20 years old. Since then, Emily has backpacked through 6 continents and seen a total of 51 countries, with her longest consecutive trip being a total of 10 months long.

Many of her backpacking trips were solo trips, but even traveling alone, you’re never really alone. The friends you meet, the places you see, and the things you experience make every dollar spent and every hardship 100% worth it.

Travel is Emily’s one true passion and has completely changed her outlook on life in all the best ways, and she hopes to help spread this passion to new travelers through her work with Fernweh Backpackers.

Fernweh Backpackers Co-Founder Nathallia


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 her Polish stepfather 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 2004, her family packed their bags and moved to London, England. For the following two years her family road tripped through Western and Eastern Europe, fueling Nathalia’s future passion for travel.

Once Nathalia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she decided to embark on her first solo backpacking trip through Europe and the rest was history. She has now travelled to 5 continents and 38 countries with plans to reach 50 countries by age 30! Through her travels she has found the courage to step out of her comfort zone and has developed friendships that will last a lifetime.

Travel may be an escape from the status quo but Nathalia hopes to make it a long term lifestyle through her work with Fernweh Backpackers.

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