Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to make it to more than 50 countries. Along the way I picked up more than a handful of tips and tricks to refine my methods of travel which help in keeping things very affordable without sacrificing too much by way of comfort while on the road. I plan on using this blog as an outlet to reach anyone who is interested in traveling and to impart some of the wisdom I have gained through my travels and by living abroad. I will also invite some of the fascinating and knowledgeable travelers I have met along the way to write some guest posts in their areas of expertise.

    But first, a little about me. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and lived there for 24 years before moving to Boston to finish my degree in Psychology at UMass. After my graduation in December of 2011 I took off and spent 9 months completely circumnavigating the globe, during which I fell in love with the city of Prague, where I now call home. I currently own a photo studio and over the last 2 years I have worked my ass off to put together a travel company called Escape Backpackers with the goal of taking young people across Central Europe. My crew is made up of a fantastic, charismatic, wildly international group of awesome people who were born in, or have lived for years in the region and have intimate knowledge of the cities on the tour. Check out the website I built from the bottom up; I’m pretty proud of it:


Mike Risser (instagram: @mikerisser)

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.
-JRR Tolkien


2 thoughts on “Online Check-in…

  1. I’m looking forward to reading your blog Michael, and living a little vicariously through your adventures. I’m so happy for you to put your passion for travel into inspiring others with your insider tips and experience. Your photos are simply fantastic, especially if I don’t think too hard about how you got into some of those spots! Congratulations. 💟


    1. That means so much to me Wynne, thank you! I’d absolutely LOVE for you guys to come visit me in Europe. Simply give me dates and I will arrange the best trip possible. Maybe while Phil is over here doing his thing??


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