Who are Backpacker Deals?
Backpacker Deals is made up of people that love to travel. We're a close-knit team, made up of like-minded travellers and this team is the foundation from which everything else stems! We're passionate about giving everyone the ability to travel, and we love helping people's travel dreams come true.
We're dedicated to finding the best tours and deals, and always strive to offer our customers a personalised booking experience.
When booking with Backpacker Deals, you can expect:
- 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, after successfully introducing and selling a huge number of local tourist activities in 2009, Dinesh and his team recognised an opportunity to focus on tour based deals. 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 by offering hand-selected experiences we know they'll love. 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.
Our vision is to bring even more incredible experiences from the world over, directly to you! We reckon the world is a beautiful place and we want to bring you the whole thing. We have over 300 carefully-selected tours in 7 different countries, and we're constantly expanding. 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.”
Ruby Syme – Social Media
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!"
Naomi Keetels - SEM Specialist
After successfully completing her internship as part of her Bachelor in International Tourism Management at Backpacker Deals, Naomi now works with us as an SEM Specialist. She grew up travelling around Europe with her family which is where the passion for travelling came from. Australia is the 27th country within the 5th continent she has travelled to and she can’t wait to explore what Australia is all about!
“I strongly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to travel as it has given me incredible and life-changing experiences. I love to be part of a team which strives to make travel possible for everyone and at the same time give back to local communities.”
Nadine Benecke - Customer Support
Born and raised in Germany where the passion for travel began in childhood. Every year Roadtrips through Europe, North Africa and America and holidays in 6 different continents. After her study in Tourism Management in Germany and an internship in Spain, she decided to see the rest of the world. The last continent was on her travel list: Australia! She is in Australia with a Working Holiday Visa and because of that, she can understand what a Backpacker want, what a Backpacker need and how much money a Backpacker want to spend on the tours.
"The passion for travel was born in me! And then I decided to turn these passion into my full-time job. Backpacker Deals united everything that I searched for: a dynamic and young team with a lot of travel experience, good working atmosphere, amazing products and tours perfect for all travellers!"
Quincy Malesovas - Content & Social Media
Quincy is an American-born writer with a thirst for exploring. While she’s proud to call Melbourne her home, she loves to visit new places (both in and out of Australia) every chance she gets. Her love for travel began at a young age when her grandparents took up cruising and invited her along with them. Their trips have led her to Europe, the Caribbean and around the US. But while cruising has a time and place, Quincy also enjoys the freedom that solo/budget travel allows. She’s backpacked through Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Costa Rica, but her to-do list is much longer.
“If I wasn’t working with Backpacker Deals, I would still be doing the exact same thing: Researching and writing about travel. I love that this job allows me to do what I love and call it work!"
Monika Tantau - Partnerships
After moving from Australia to China, Monika caught the 'travel bug' and started adventuring across the globe – from camel riding in Inner Mongolia to coasting the Croatian seas in between travelling to Poland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Vietnam and other places.
One of my favourite quotes - "travel is the greatest teacher and the world is the greatest classroom” so I love working for BackpackerDeals and helping others experience the transforming effect that travel can have!
Antonia Riveros - Partnerships South America & Asia
Born in Chile and raised a little bit everywhere, traveling has always been a big part of Antonia's life. She loves to spend her time outdoors, rock climing, surfing (or at least she tries), hiking, or simply taking photos, and escapes the city whenever she gets the chance to. After graduating from a Hospitality School in Switzerland and doing and Internship at Backpacker Deals she decides to stay and work on achieving bigger goals and making the company more global.
"Nothing brings me more joy than being surrounded by nature with people that enjoy, respect and live transformational experiences within it. I feel at my best when I am travelling and exploring the world, so I can only hope to make others feel the same way, which is why I am beyond excited to work at Backpacker Deals".
Allen Ngo - Finance Lead
Allen was born and raised in Australia by parents who immigrated from Vietnam. Not forgetting his roots, he has travelled to Vietnam and across Asia to explore and learn what the world has to offer. He also loves doing all his travelling on the smallest budget possible!
“As an accountant, I hope to my frugal travel attitude can help BackPackerDeals achieve better sales, lower costs and most importantly, a cheaper and better deal for the backpacker. I want everyone to be able to travel and explore like I have, on a small budget!”