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About Travel Lemming

Explore the World – Beyond the Tourist Path

Travel Lemming is a site dedicated to promoting the world’s emerging destinations and encouraging travelers to think beyond the traditional “tourist traps.”

After all, what fun is travel if you’re just following all the other lemmings off a cliff?

We play host to the annual Emerging Destination Awards, where some of the world’s top travel influencers help us select the next hot and trendy destinations in travel for each continent.

You can view the latest set of awards by clicking here.

For media inquiries about the awards, or if you are a tourism board looking to make a nomination for next year, please email me at [email protected]

About Nate

I’m Nate Hake, a US citizen from Denver, Colorado and a chronic nomad.

I started out on a year long trip around the globe which took me to forty-three countries across six continents (you can check out my favorite photo from each country here), and haven’t really stopped since. 

For over two years, I’ve lived a life of near-full time travel, working from my laptop as I bounce from country to country (and occasional back home to Denver for the warm months!).

Travel Lemming

I love to explore emerging destinations and vibrant cities. I often get asked what my favorite places have been. While there are too many to count, you can read my running list of my top experiences (so far) here.

You can read more about my personal story here.

What’s a “Travel Lemming”?

I picked Travel Lemming as my travel blog name as a tongue-in-cheek reference to a small animal rumored to engage in such mindless group behavior that it will follow other lemmings off cliffs. As it happens, real-life lemmings don’t actually do this at all. But I think the lemming myth humorously describes a lot of what you find after travelling for a few months. And I encourage people to get more for travel dollar by focusing their travels on places that are emerging or off the beaten path (in fact, this is my #1 tip for traveling the world cheaply). 

Travel should be about experiencing new things in the world your own way. In an industry increasingly dominated by Instagram likes and the incessant race to take the best selfies, that can sometimes feel difficult.

Follow Along

A screenshot of Maps.me after 7 months on the road

A screenshot of Maps.me after 7 months on the road

I encourage you to follow along and to join in the discussion by leaving a comment or by engaging on my social media channels.

You can follow me here or on PinterestInstagram, Facebook.

Oh, one last thing: be sure to stay up to date by signing up for the Travel Lemming newsletter here. You’ll get a single email no more than once a week with new posts, secret money-saving travel tips, and the best travel content from around the web. Oh, and I’ll send you a free copy of my e-book, “99 Tips for Traveling the World Like a Pro.”