Welcome to Without A Path

All things off the beaten path travel

  • Travel blog with guides and personalized insights
  • Travel books with stories from locales around the globe
  • Podcasts sharing travel tales

This is your stop for stories and advice on how to experience off the beaten path travel around the globe. Travel author (Talking Tico, filmmaker, podcaster and photographer, Joe Baur, shares his experiences and expert advice on how to travel like a local from Rome to El Salvador complete with recommendations on language learning, books, movies and even podcasts. When he's not writing, he's the host of the Without A Path travel podcast and co-host of Beyond Borders.

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The Author

Joe Baur

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About the Author


I am an American travel author, writer, filmmaker and podcaster whose work has appeared in a variety of domestic and international outlets, including Matador Network, BBC Travel, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and CraftBeer.com to name a few. I'm also the author of various Falcon Guides titles, 2016's Talking Tico: (Mis)adventures of a Gringo in and Around Costa Rica, and I contributed to 2019's Fodor's Essential Germany.

Following a year of living in Costa Rica, where I joined The Tico Times staff and contributed travel content, I returned to the United States and launched the Without A Path travel podcast, featuring conversations with fellow travelers on the experiences that have most shaped their lives. In August 2016 I relocated to Düsseldorf where I co-hosted the trivago Podcast and served as the editor for trivago Magazine.

After nearly three years at trivago, I moved on to Berlin where I currently live, operating Without A Path, co-hosting yet another podcast (Travel Tomorrow), and working on a new memoir about life in Germany.


I've been known to string words together and form sentences in a public forum, some even say to the benefit of the listening public. So let's chat about having me speak to your group on a variety of topics, including travel writing, storytelling, sustainable travel, tourism working with travel media, ethical travel or whatever else we can concoct together. Some personal favorites include travel writing, storytelling, sustainable travel, how tourism can work with travel media, ethical travel, language learning, the importance of making your destination car-free accessible, and traveling in an age of perceived danger. Previously I've spoken at an event hosted by North Dakota tourism about my personal experiences and digital storytelling, combined with a sponsored trip resulting in video, photographic, and editorial content.

"Joe presented to our North Dakota Writers and Bloggers group and shared some amazing experiences as well as provided insightful tips and tricks on capturing unique stories. His delivery was spot-on and attendees walked away inspired to create engaging content." -- Kim Schmidt, Public & Media Relations Manager at the North Dakota Department of Commerce - Tourism Division


Sometimes I'm asked questions by other journalists. Here's a sampling of published interviews and podcast appearances.








This is a creative outlet. If you have something in mind you'd like to discuss, don't be shy. In fact, let's go outside the box together. After all, there's nothing wrong with a little crazy. Click here to contact me and click here for Without A Path's 2018 Media Kit.