My name is Nomadic Matt (I bet you figured that out already though). This website is where I write about my thoughts and feelings about travel (the good, the bad, and ugly), what I see and do and provide tips and advice on how you can travel cheap. For me, this website is a place where I can dispel the myth that travel is too expensive to do often.
If you’re looking to find out how to travel cheaper, better, and more often, you’re in the right place.
If you heading somewhere and have absolutely no idea where to start, you’re in the right place.
Let me give you some background on me and explain why.
Growing up in Boston, I was never a big traveler. I didn’t take my first trip overseas until I was 23. Outside a cruise with my parents and college trip to Montreal, I had no travel experience. But after college I got a job and with it I got the standard American two weeks a year vacation. I wanted to use that time to travel. After all, it was vacation time, right? So for my first trip overseas, I went on a tour to Costa Rica. That trip changed my life. I came back home and I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to travel. From that moment on, I was hooked. Realizing I was missing out on, I vowed to travel as often as I could.
But like most Americans I only had two weeks of vacation per year and I didn’t know any of the genius ways to save money and travel longer. A trip to Thailand in 2005 changed that. There in the wonderful city of Chiang Mai, I met five backpackers who showed me that I didn’t have to be tied down to my job and that I didn’t need to be rich to travel. How? By just existing. I never viewed traveling the world as an option in my life.
But these backpackers showed me it was.
After that trip, I went home and knew with utter certainty I wanted to backpack the globe. I finished my MBA, quit my cubicle job, and, in July 2006, set out on an adventure around the world.
My original trip was supposed to last a year. I was going to get travel out of my system before I started life in “the real world.” I didn’t come home until 18 months later and, once back, I knew I couldn’t go back to my old life or a typical job.
So I built this website and three months later, I was on the road again. I haven’t stopped since. My goal was to become a travel writer and help people travel more.
I want to inspire you the way those five backpackers in Thailand inspired me. I’m here to show you that it’s possible to travel long term without a lot of money. People always say to me how much they would love to do what I do, even if it just for a little while. I’m here to tell you you can do it too.
The reason I know you can is because I never had a lot of money. There is no trust fund, lottery, or parents to support me. I have to stretch my dollars if I want to travel more and I found out that there are so many ways to travel cheap that no matter how long your trip – 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years – you can travel first class on an economy class budget.
Don’t believe me? Well, my advice has been featured by some of the biggest media companies in the world because it works:
I’m here to push, prod, and motivate you. Big magazines leave out all the best budget tips because expensive resorts, hotels, and tour operators have big advertising budgets. Ever notice that even in the “budget” travel magazines, a hotel is like $150 per night?! That’s crazy. Here you won’t find any of that – just straight forward and practical advice on how to lower your expenses, save more money, and get off the beaten track.
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Thank you for reading and sharing a passion for travel. If you have questions, e-mail me. I’m here to help.
See you somewhere around the world!
- Nomadic Matt
Still want more? Here’s a blog I wrote with 20 interesting facts about me!