Thanks for stopping in!

Please, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Amanda, founder of Explore Wider. This used to be La Vida Viva Travel but that tongue twister was way too hard to say/spell/remember so let’s put that one down as an expensive lesson in marketing and never speak of it again.

EXPLORE WIDER is an adventure and budget travel website that provides quality travel writing, photography and videos. I’ve really expanded into the wellness world so you’ll be seeing more of that too.

My mission is adventurous, affordable and sustainable travel.

For me, it’s about living and loving life – whatever that looks like for you. I know that not every person has the means and the time to travel the way I do, I just want to inspire you to go somewhere you haven’t been and explore a little wider. And hopefully, this website will help you to do just that!

I believe in harnessing tourism and travelling to improve the world around us. I understand that travel is a privilege and with great privilege comes great responsibility. I believe that as travellers, we have a responsibility to minimise our impact on the earth and communities through our travels. 

I aim to help travellers, particularly backpackers, explore off the beaten path adventures on a budget without contributing to unsustainable tourism.

Here, you’ll find photos, videos and writing to spark your desire to explore this beautifully created earth. I’ll share my adventures, stories, honest reviews and practical tips. Although I am by no means an expert, I share my experiences, mistakes and successes so that you can make the most out of your travels, time and money.

Happy travels!