Who are Backpacker Deals?
Backpacker Deals is made up first and foremost of people that love to travel and want to see the world. This is the one thing that comprises the culture of Backpacker Deals, the people that make up the team. Our team of like-minded travellers is the foundation from which everything else stems:
- Great customer service - We understand how important it is to get your adventure right.
- The best deals on tours and awesome activities - Our excellent relationships with tour operators means, we can bring you memorable experiences at prices that won't blow your backpacker budget!
- Travel knowledge - We can give you the best advice on where to go and what to do. Give us a call or take a read of our blog for useful travel tips.
Backpackerdeals.com was founded by Dinesh, as a result of his passion for travel and technology. The journey started in 2007, when Dinesh founded dealaday.co.nz - a site which introduced the concept of daily deals in New Zealand long before some of the big names arose in the market. A few years later, Dinesh and his team saw an opportunity to focus on tour based deals after successfully introducing and selling a huge number of local tourist activities in 2009. After a lot of brainstorming and market research, backpackerdeals.com was born, a site which enables travellers to book affordable activities and tours all in one place, saving time and money.
We are now expanding worldwide, with a goal to offer local and authentic experiences across all corners of the globe. Join us on our journey!
Our belief is simple, to give everyone the opportunity to travel. Exploring the world doesn't need to cost the Earth. We aim to search the globe for the very best travel adventures at affordable prices. We make it easier for travellers to find exclusive deals through our website. We ensure that all of our suppliers are passionate about offering unique experiences and pride ourselves in selecting small tour operators meaning we can give back to local communities. Everyone deserves the chance to travel.
We reckon the world is a beautiful place and we want to bring it to you. The WHOLE thing. We have over 300 carefully-selected tours in 7 different countries, but we're expanding, next stop... South America! Our vision is to bring even more incredible experiences, located worldwide to you. Life is too short to be wasted on going to work and paying bills. Whether it's skydiving in New Zealand, diving over the Great Barrier Reef or snorkelling with sharks in Fiji, we want everyone to experience travel with a wow factor! There is a world of awesome adventures out there and we promise to find them for you. So what are you waiting for?
Dinesh Kaku - Founder
Back in 2003, Dinesh decided to move from India to New Zealand to backpack Aotearo “the land of the long white cloud” for 3 months. During which he fully immersed himself in the country's traditions and cultures - and made great friends along the way! In 2012, Dinesh came up with the concept of backpackerdeals.com after he discovered there wasn't a single website catering specifically to backpackers, he wanted to make it easier for travellers to find the very best deals on tours and activities.
“Backpacker Deals has been an amazing journey for me so far! It has taught me a lot about how start-ups work and how they create opportunities for locals in various countries. My goal is to help local and small tour operators to succeed in the business by promoting their tours, activities and keeping it real.”
Natalie Shaw - Customer Support
Growing up Down Under, Natalie has always had the drive to discover the world. From quad biking in Namibia to hiking in New Zealand, she has travelled to every continent except Antartica, but it's on her list! Natalie studies Law and has a background in customer service. When she’s not helping our customers plan their trip, she’s planning her own!
"I’ve always had a passion for travel, exploration and adventure. Working at Backpacker Deals allows me to help other people discover their love for travel and adventure and I get to ensure our customers have the best experiences!"
Hannah Sayer - Partnerships Manager
Born and raised deep in the northern English countryside surrounded by rolling English Fells Hannah fell in love with travel at a young age, hearing stories from her well-travelled parents. Our resident snowboarder, Hannah has proudly based herself all over the globe; from the snowy peaks of the Japanese Alps to the adventure capital of New Zealand! When she's not on the slopes, you will find her living in the bustling, artsy city of Melbourne in Australia.
"In between all of my wacky and wonderful journeys around the world, I regularly sit down and blog about my travel stories!"
Catherine Atton - Digital Marketing
Last year Catherine decided to pack up her things and leave the grey skies of London for a warmer way of life Down Under. When she's not busy updating Backpacker Deals social pages with HILARIOUS memes - she's travelling the length and breadth of Australia and eating a ridiculous amount of 'avo on toast' along the way!
"I love working for Backpacker Deals! I get to talk and write about travel all day - what's not to love?!"
Ruby Syme – Content Writer
Born in Alice Springs, Ruby grew up with road trips and camping every weekend. This grew into a love for overseas travel and has seen her explore Europe, Vietnam, South Korea, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and more. She still loves a good camping trip and exploring the incredible Australian landscape… there’s nothing better than some red sand and a campfire!
Ruby studies Communications and Journalism and loves writing about her travels and the crazy experiences and food she tries along the way.
Working at Backpacker Deals is a combination of my two favourite things: writing and travel! Being able to share my passion with customers and help them find their own adventures is incredible - each day is so much fun!
John DiStefano – Intern
From just outside New York City, John our resident Yankee, fell in love with travel from a young age - he's volunteered, studied abroad and worked on every continent except Antarctica (so far!). Studying International Business, John loves learning about new places and cultures. Working at Backpacker Deals means he gets to help other people discover the world!
“I feel so lucky to be able to come to Australia and work with Backpacker Deals. I’ve already learnt so much, and I love being be part of a company that helps other travellers go on adventures.”