Millennial Travel Podcast

USA Road Trips & Gen Z Travel with Gabby Beckford, from Packs Light

Matt Wilson
September 9, 2020

I'm excited to talk with Gabby Beckford, the Gen Z travel blogger, content creator, and marketing strategist behind Packs Light. She helps send her young audience around the world completely free via the funded travel opportunities she shares in her Young Travelers Network. Her words can be found in publications such as Lonely Planet, HuffPost, Essence, and Business Insider. Her mission is to empower young people to seek risk, seize opportunity, and see the world.

Today, I’m thrilled to increase the representation of people of color here on The Millennial Travel Podcast.  Not only is Gabby a bi-racial female, but she hails from Gen Z, and is an already successful 25-year-old! 

I got to speak with Gabby about her blog Packs Light, her success on TikTok, her recent USA Road Trip, and the challenges of her quitting her job to become a full time travel blogger just before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

My favorite part about the conversation was that Gabby is about more than just travel--she is an opportunities coach and has a members only community where she guides people to apply for opportunities like scholarships, fellowships, jobs, travel opportunities, awards, and more.  As Gabby told me, “half of life is just showing up.” 

She gives tips for traveling in the new normal, on her USA trip, how we can increase diversity and inclusion in the travel industry, and how she became mindful at such a young age. It was a real pleasure to get some tips from this Gen Z travel leader! 

In the rapid fire round I ask Gabby: 

  • Her favorite piece of travel gear--packing cubes
  • Her movie to watch on your next flight-- The Hundred Foot Journey
  • Place to revisit- Stockholm, Sweden
  • Place she’s never been but is on her bucket list- Santiago, Chile

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Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30Experiences and Author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. He is host of the Live Different Podcast, Millennial Travel Podcast, and formerly Co-founder of He is committed to helping people live more adventurous lives.


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