Revealing A Brand New Design!

It’s been a long time coming.

The wonky thumbnails are gone, and the mango background has been painted over, which means I am happy to say we have a brand new site design here on the blog!

*Claps and cheers!*

The Designers

The incredibly talented Hannah of Further Bound worked her magic all over the site while her tech savvy man Lee did all the important behind the scenes stuff that I can’t even begin to comprehend.

I came to Hannah without a very clear vision. I threw around lots of words like aztec lines, chevron patterns, and bright colours…and well, let’s be glad she steered me in a direction that is much cleaner yet still me.

New Blog Design That Backpacker

A New Header

You’ll probably notice that the header now has my name rather than ‘That Backpacker’. The reason for this is that my travel style has really changed in recent years – as I’m sure it will continue to evolve over time.

When I published my very first post back in October 2010, I was fresh out of university and had been travelling on a very constrained budget for years. I knew how to shave costs on flights (it often involves ridiculous connections), choose affordable hostels (it might mean staying in the outskirts of town), and find the best pub crawl in town (Buenos Aires is where it’s at).

However, while I still like to travel on a reasonable budget, the way I travel has evolved. I now prefer cozy guesthouses over cramped dorm rooms, I may opt to purchase a pricier flight to forgo an 18 hour bus ride, and I may even hit up an all you can eat sushi buffet as opposed to making ramen noodles in the hostel kitchen.

I am by no means a ‘luxury traveler’, but I do enjoy a little splurge every once in a while.

What can I say, I’m a backpacker who is growing up.

Browse by categories

Through the re-design I also hope to make the site a bit more user friendly. If you click through the slider you’ll notice that all the posts are now categorized under: food, culture, adventure, tips & advice, or life & musings.

You can also look for destination specific articles by clicking on ‘Destinations’ on the main menu.

And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there is a search box on the right sidebar.

New posts & newsletter

It’s now a lot easier to stay up to date with what is happening on the blog. If you scroll down the homepage, you’ll notice a box where you can choose whether you’d like to receive new posts, the newsletter (coming to you soon!), or both straight to your inbox.

Or you can continue dropping by sporadically to catch up on what’s happening. (I like you guys to!)

A big THANK YOU to you all!

And lastly, I want to thank you, my readers, for sticking around and following along in the adventures. Whether you are a regular commenter or a silent reader, I really appreciate every single one of you and I am humbled that you continue to follow along.

Join the Conversation

30 Comments

  1. Congrats! It looks great and is very easy to navigate. I still don’t know the first thing about designing a webpage so I’ve been sticking to the basics. Yours is still colorful and fun without being too busy.

    Happy travels 🙂

  2. says: Amanda

    Aubrey, I LOVE the new design! It’s pretty much gorgeous and a half. Hannah did an incredible job! I love the red, you pull it off well. 🙂

  3. Looks absolutely fantastic!! Hannah & Lee do such amazing work. I’m sure a redesign from them is in the cards for me somewhere down the line…with the number of bloggers I’ve seen lately with a makeover from them, I think it’s inevitable 🙂

  4. says: Zhu

    I love it! Good colour scheme, easy to navigate and a great portrait of you in the sidebar.

    I can definitely relate to the “backpacker growing up” feeling 😆

  5. says: Vid

    Audrey,

    This looks really neat and even easier to navigate – nice work by all of you 🙂

    The colour combination is so soothing and LOVE the new header.

    Always a good idea to introduce change every now and then (I can’t wait to do the same to Bruised Passports lol ;))

    Cheers

  6. says: Hannah

    It has been so wonderful working with you on your redesign Audrey, and I’m so happy with the way it all turned out. Enjoy your new online home!

  7. says: The Guy

    It looks great Audrey. The website is evolving as your travels are. It is nice and clean and looks good.

    I changed mine design a couple of months ago so have an insight to the background and foreground issues you can face. Definitely a change for the better though.

    Looking forward to your stories and newsletter 🙂

  8. says: Amanda @ Adventure Year

    I am totally digging this new design! TOTAL props to you, Hannah, and Lee. I can’t get over how awesome it looks. So fresh and so clean. 🙂

  9. says: Thomas

    I really like what you have done with the site and the reasons behind it. Things change and evolve so should your site. Congrats and I look forward to more of your travel stories!

  10. says: Natalia

    Wow, Audrey. I did a double take when I saw your facebook page, then I just had to check out your website. It looks amazing. Such a great change. It’s like you are branding yourself as well. 😉

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