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What is Worthy Go?

Worthy Go is a travel blog and series of itineraries / guidebooks that focuses on the worthy, the weird, and the wonderful places around the world.

What makes a place worthy?

This is admittedly a subjective sort of thing; what’s ‘worthy’ to me may not be to you, and that’s fine.

Worthy places…

  • Are worth the time, effort, and cost to reach
  • Can be well-known, extremely obscure, or anywhere in-between
  • Present their exhibits and experiences well — for example, art at an art museum is well-lit, things work as expected,
  • Have a story to tell / share with their guests
  • Pique your interests and create curiosity in the subject

Why ‘worthy’?

  • Because we’re living in a post-‘off-the-beaten-path’ world.
  • Because a place that has 10,000 Tripadvisor reviews does not mean it’s worth the cost, time, or effort to reach.
  • Because there’s a limited amount of time and money to waste on less-than-awesome places.
  • Because popular, well-known places can be tacky, crowded, expensive, or overrated, and popular doesn’t equal good.

Why ‘go’?

  • Because travel is about going somewhere in person, not exploring from afar.
  • Because you’ve got to get there first to see it for yourself.

About -About Chris

Chris Backe (rhymes with ‘hockey’) is the blogger behind Worthy Go, author of dozens of guidebooks, a board game designer, and web developer. He’s been seen in Atlas Obscura, Conde Nast Traveler, Mental Floss, Fark, the Daily Mail Online, and dozens of other publications.

He’s been a travel blogger since 2008 on several different websites:

  • 2008-2013 as Chris in South Korea (stopped after leaving the country)
  • 2013-2014 as Chris in Thailand (stopped after realizing it was a better idea to rebrand and cover more countries)
  • 2014-2018 as Worthy Go (stopped because I sold the blog)
  • 2018-present as Worthy Go.