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Micro-Blogging: the Next Chapter in Travel Guidebooks launches Knowledge Sharing Portal allowing travelers to upload destination tips and advice to an online, open-collaboration guidebook.

Houston, TX, June 08, 2011 --( Matt and Tran are proud to announce the official launch of Backpack Forever Version 2.0 and the site’s new Knowledge Sharing Portal. Their website,, now makes it easy for backpackers and budget travelers to rely on each other for travel information, tips and advice (“knowledge”) through an online, open-collaboration guidebook written by its members.

Through the use of “micro-blogging” technology, travelers can upload snippets of knowledge about the places they visit. Knowledge is anything a future traveler might need to know, such as where to party, how to save money, scams to avoid, transportation challenges, and other need-to-know travel advice. Knowledge, once uploaded, is indexed and organized by location and information type for the benefit of future travelers.

The Company’s founders, Matt Dahse and Tran Dang, believe that backpackers should have a travel community they can rely on for accurate and timely travel information, information you just can’t find in guidebooks. Since backpackers naturally rely on each other for the best travel information anyway, the site’s improvement is a logical step for the travel community.

Getting Paid to Travel
In addition to fostering a community of backpackers and budget travelers online, one of the Company’s main goals is to help backpackers get paid to travel. The Company’s unique profit-sharing approach means backpackers can get paid while traveling by sharing what they know, either through micro-blogging or by contributing traditional full-length articles. Unlike other travel sites, Backpack Forever returns 100% of the site’s profits to its members.

“Backpackers who run out of money early have to go home early, and we think that stinks,” says Tran. “It is our hope that a little bit of extra income will help backpackers stay on the road a bit longer.”

Travel Industry Impact
Today, most backpackers travel with some sort of laptop or portable electronic device, making it easy to maintain regular contact with other backpackers. Micro-blogging in other forums, such as travel blogs, has become a popular source of information for travelers, who rely on personalized information to plan their trips. With increased connectivity and the proliferation of the Internet abroad, more and more backpackers are turning to each other and online resources for the best travel information, and less and less on traditional print guidebooks.

“Backpackers are the best travelers in the world. We travel on tiny budgets, rely on local transportation, meet dozens of locals and fellow travelers daily, and are not afraid to go off the beaten path,” says Matt. “The collective budget travel community has the largest and most reliable database of travel information in the world, and if we all worked together, we can build something great we can all rely on.”

About Backpack Forever
Backpack Forever is a community of budget travelers working together to turn their travel experiences into additional income. Large corporations make tons of money gathering, organizing, and monetizing travel information. Backpack Forever isn’t one of those large corporations. We’re a site founded and run entirely by backpackers who pinch pennies while discovering the world.

Find out more and sign up for an account at A media kit is available for download at All media inquiries should be directed to Matt Dahse at 832-397-6301.

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