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 the two loves of his life: Nina, his Iranian partner, and Chimmy, a rescue dog. They’re opening a hostel together and are planning on having it open in late-2019!


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, falling in love along the way. Since then, they have both been inseparable and currently live in Bali with their pet dog, Chimmy. 

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 color her next 😉



Aaron Radcliffe

DYD Co-founder

Aaron was Marketing Director through 2019 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 back in 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. Currently, 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 experienced 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, kick boxer 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 in 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 lead two tours to in Pakistan.