About Treksplorer

Hey there! I’m Ryan O’Rourke, a part-time independent traveller from Canada and the founder & editor of Treksplorer.

I started Treksplorer with a simple mission: to help busy people maximize their vacations and see the world two to three weeks at a time.

Since its humble beginnings in 2011, the site has grown to include hundreds of articles spanning over 30 countries. The tone and advice has shifted, too.

We’ve traded in our backpacks for rolling luggage and cramped budget accommodations for more comfortable mid-range luxury hotels. And despite being outliers in an online world skewed towards long-term budget travel, we’re quite unapologetic about it.

(Much to the chagrin of my normally apologetic Canadian character.)

Why Treksplorer is unique

Treksplorer isn’t about following my own journeys in real time; it’s about helping you maximize your next one. You won’t find beachside selfies or play-by-plays here. Nor will I inundate you with never-ending chronicles of sponsored press trips.

Instead, I’ve decided to shun the usual travel blogger path. At Treksplorer, I aim to craft and curate only unbiased & practical mid-range luxury travel information to help you plan your next trip. No sponsors. No gimmicks. No bulls**t. Just good ol’-fashioned advice.

(And, yes, that means I always pay for my travels out of my own pocket. Novel idea, eh?)

Why would I participate in such madness? With over ten years of hopping around under my belt, I now realize that travel isn’t an all-in proposition. Contrary to what the travel blogging world leads you to believe, you don’t need to quit your job, sell all your possessions, and live out of a 40L backpack to see the world.

My message here is quite the opposite: You absolutely can experience the world without sending your life into an upheaval.

Learn more by checking out our city & country itineraries and our guides for things to do, where to stay, and when to visit for some of our favourite world destinations.

Meet the team

Ryan O’Rourke

Ryan O’Rourke is a Canadian traveller, food & drink aficionado, and the founder & editor of Treksplorer. Besides Treksplorer, Ryan’s freelance travel & lifestyle writing has also appeared in several online publications including the Huffington Post, Matador Network, and RoamRight.