Matt Kepnes, a Vagabond Star, better know as Nomadic Matt has been traveling the world since 2006. Grew up in Boston, as he stated in his blog he was never a big traveler and actually didn’t take his first trip overseas until he was 23. His first trip was to Costa Rica when his first vacation as a corporate man on his first job after college came around.
The Trip Of His Life
That Costa Rica trip changed his life. Now wanting to travel more he faces a dilemma, like most Americans they only had two weeks of vacation per year and most don’t know any of the genius ways to save money and travel longer. That is one of the main reasons he started his blog “Nomadic Matt,” he wanted to inspire people and show them how to travel more without needing a lot of money. “People always tell me how they wished they could do what I do and travel more.”
A trip to Thailand in 2005 changed his view about that. Before he started traveling, like most people think long-term or frequent travel is only a possible for those who are rich. But there in the wonderful city of Chiang Mai, he met five backpackers who showed him that you don’t have to be tied down to a particular job and that you don’t need to be rich to travel. After that trip, he went back home, finished his MBA, then quit his cubicle job, and, in July 2006, set out on an adventure around the world and never looked back.
How Did Nomadic Matt Blog Started
While traveling throughout Asia he wanted to write and share his experiences with anyone interested in reading it and the best way to go about it is to create a blog, sort of a living history or resume. Here is an awesome article where Matt Gross ask Matt about becoming and making a living as a “Travel Blogger”
In Nomadic Matt’s Blog he will share his experience with others in the hope that people will travel better, longer and cheaper – whether it is a quick 2 week trip, 2 months, or 2 years. From finding cheap flights to accommodation, off-the-beaten-track destinations, to working overseas, saving money on attractions, and everything in-between, I’ve been there, done that, and made the rookie mistakes so you never do. Every month, over 600,000 people visit his website to get inspiration and advice on planning their trip.
While traveling and blogging he realize that his followers where ready for his first book. I bought the E-version and I highly recommend it to everyone. It is a must for Vagabonding and long term travelers. I read it in a day; its an easy read. I found the content very interesting, and very informative. He gives any novice the perspective that one should have before beginning travel – and even before planning the travel.
Praise for How to Travel the World on $50 a Day
“Whether you’re a savvy backpacker or just dreaming of getting a passport and going overseas, Matt’s collection of easy-to-employ money-saving strategies will open your eyes to the near-infinite ways of seeing the world without busting your budget.” –Matt Gross, former New York Times Frugal Traveler
“If you’ve longed to travel the world but figured it was just an unattainable pipe-dream, take that pipe out of your mouth and read this book. Matt Kepnes does the math and shows you how to make this dream a reality, from how to save for an extended trip, which credit card to get, how to handle banking on the road, to a breakdown of how to save on accommodations, transportation, food, and activities. Matt proves that for most Americans, traveling is cheaper than staying home.” –Marilyn Terrell, National Geographic Traveler
“A celeb in the travel blogging world, Matt is your go-to guy for all things budget backpacker. This book is an awesome resource for any traveler looking to maximize their adventures without maxing out their credit cards.” –Julia Dimon, Travel Writer, Outside TV
“There are very few people in the world who have gathered as much first-hand knowledge about long-term world travel as Nomadic Matt. This book will guide you from the first exclamation of ‘I’m going traveling!’ through the planning, take-off, and navigation. Filled with insider strategies and resources, it’s a valuable primer for your upcoming adventures.” –Tim Leffel, author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations
by Vagabond Elmer, founder and curator of the Vagabond Lifestyles blog, a community for those people interested in living a simple, economically sustainable, and nomadic lifestyle.
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