Meet the Team

Curious about who’s behind the scenes at the website? Let’s learn a little about the people of The Broke Backpacker and how they kick ass!


Will HattonWill Hatton

Founder & Chief Adventurer

The original Broke Backpacker, Will has been on the road for ten years. He is passionate about real adventures and entrepreneurship. An SEO ninja and a system building guru, Will is data and results-driven. With an inability to sit still, Will is usually found up a mountain or deep in a new project. He loves new projects…  

Will is currently living in Bali with Chimmigi, his much-loved dog. In 2020, Will’s first Tribal Hostel (a digital nomad coworking hostel) will be opening in Bali.


Nina Az

Design Guru

Nina is a keen photographer and is responsible for many of the gorgeous images and design elements on TBB. She met Will in 2016 and the two hitchhiked across Iran together. Nina often goes on epic solo adventures and when she isn’t traveling is based in Bali. 

Nina oversees a lot of the aesthetics of the blog and is in charge of making everything look nice and pretty. If we’re being honest though, she’s probably thinking more about what shade to colour her hair next


Aaron Radcliffe

DYD Co-founder

Aaron was the Marketing Director for TBB through 2018 and is now co-founder of An SEO-ninja, he specializes in Keyword Research, managing teams, optimizing content and performing endless CRO-experiments…

Aaron currently lives in Hong Kong where he can be close to the idol he loves the most: noodles (sorry ladies of Hong Kong…) He still manages to get out of the house and when he does he’s usually on his way to tropical paradises like Colombia, Indonesia, or his home state of Florida.


Clair Rickets

Superstar PA

Endlessly patient, Clair is a font of wisdom and humour when trying to figure out how the hell we’re going to pull off an expedition. A logistics superstar, Clair helps keep everything moving on TBB tours and runs a lot of the admin side of the blog. 

Clair is enjoying her newfound freedom and traveling as much as possible. She splits her time between her two homes – England and Australia – by visiting pretty much everywhere in-between. She was last seen somewhere in Thailand.


Ralph Cope

Creative Lead & Guide

Ralph enjoys visiting the lesser-known landscapes of the world and has ended up in some pretty strange and wonderful places. Recently, he spent eight months travelling around Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Ralph is our resident photography guru and puts together some of the best photography resources on the web – period.

Ralph is currently the creative lead at The Broke Backpacker and moonlights as a tour guide with Epic Backpacker Tours. When he is not tinkering with the website, he is usually on some new adventure. He plans on leading new tours in Kyrgyzstan in 2020.


Chris Lininger

Tour Operator & Contributor

Chris is an adventurer from California and a big fan of low budget travel to far-flung lands. He lives in a self-built tiny house in France and helps run TBB tours to Pakistan. When not writing, trekking, or cooking, he can be found driving the backroads of Southern France in his 1982 Westy Volkswagen bus named “Frida”, bound for the local rock climbing venues. 

Chris is currently a co-partner and tour operator at Epic Backpacker Tours. When he’s not organizing and leading new tours in the likes of Pakistan, he’s out researching new destinations. Recently he did recon missions in Kyrgyzstan and to K2 Base Camp.


Ana Pereira

Creative Editor

A keen hiker, kickboxer and adventurer, Ana is also an editing machine and polishes up a lot of the epic destination guides we put together. She recently spent several months traveling across India, Nepal and Asia. She makes the best cocktails in the world, period.

Ana is currently residing in her home back in Northern California. When she’s not knockin’ heads together on the blog, you may find her pursuing her favourite past times: hiking, diving, and learning more about naturopathy.


Aiden Higgins

Brand Partnerships

Aiden and Will first met in Venezuela during a crazy party. They’ve since traveled together in India and Pakistan and had many misadventures. Aiden is a fan of Goan trance parties, uncharted countries and far-out adventures. As a master negotiator, Aiden represents TBB with brands. Recently Aiden led two tours in Pakistan.




Art Patterson

Apprentice and right-hand man

This guy was found wandering the hill country of South America. Now Art is an SEO and content scaling guru… We’re almost certain his power is derived from his hair – do you know anyone who has locks like those?

Art can be found in Bali for the near future. You’ll likely see him in a cafe, ordering round after round of V60 pour-overs. We let him, though, because all that caffeine high is lovingly channeled into The Broke Backpacker. In 2020, Art will be spearheading the growth of several exciting new ventures…



Mathilde Magnier

Creative Editresse Extraordinaire

A self-proclaimed travel-yoga-freak, Mathilde is French, raised in Brussels, and spent most of her adulthood in Sydney. Currently located in Europe, she’s the go-to for adding in some extra special sparkle to Broke Backpacker content.

Maybe you’ve seen Mathilde around?! You’d recognise her in Warrior-2 pose and chatting charmingly in a strange British-American-Australian-French accent. She plans to spend the remainder of 2019 balancing wellness and la vida loca in Central and South America.


Ziggy Samuels

Semi-Professional Dirtbag

Still confused as to exactly how he landed this gig, Ziggy writes location guides, gear guides, and tales of grand adventure for The Broke Backpacker.

Ziggy excels at finding the tastiest of spliffs, the yummiest of local food, and the people as weird as he is. These days, he doesn’t really live anywhere but sometimes visits his home in Oz for a mum-cooked meal and boogiez wit’ da boiz.

One moment you’re smoking a joint on a mountain in Japan and the next your boss is screaming: “Zigz, get off your ass! Sri Lanka’s waiting. Do some epic shit and write about it.”



Virtual Assistant Empire-Builder

When she’s not poring over Broke Backpacker content with her all-important critical eye, you might see Renz in Makarti, at one of her favourite cafes plotting just how she’d make this cheesecake ten times damn better! Living in ever-bustling Manila, Renz is tempted out of the house for quieter activities such as concerts, cinema, and downtown people-watching.

Renz plans world domination through a chain of stores showcasing her boutique baked cheesecakes and other goodies. Her love for Korean TV dramas cannot be understated.



VA & Spreadsheet Sorcerer

Bernadetth is a legit hustler, handling spreadsheets, numbers, content and images like a 7th-year wizard! Ever the optimist and ever the introvert, her most inspired moments are spent at mountain peaks.

Bernadetth calls the rural areas outside Manila her home. She’s a big-city girl with aspirations of settling down on some land to build an apiary and a personal library.

For now, you’ll find her busy tending her small garden frequented by wild bees.