Hi! My name is Nomadic Matt and author of the New York Times best-selling book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. I’ve been traveling the world since 2006 and created this website to help others travel more while spending less. 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 and college trip to Montreal, I had no travel experience. After college, I got a job and 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. It opened me up to the possibilities of the world. I was just a sheltered middle class suburban kid before that trip. In Costa Rica, I experienced other cultures, got lost in a jungle, saw real poverty, conservation projects in action, and met people from around the world. From that moment on, I was hooked in travel. All I wanted to do was travel, see more of the world, and learn more about the people in it. 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.
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. Here were five people who were living my dream of traveling full time. I wanted in. I wanted to do what they were doing. After that trip, I went home, 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 didn’t come home until 18 months later.
Back home, I quickly realized I couldn’t go back to working in a cubicle and, three months later, I was on the road again. And that’s where I’ve been ever since. I’ve traveled to over 80 countries and territories, flown hundreds of thousands of miles, slept in all sorts of places, tried weird food (including fried maggots), made life long friends, learned multiple languages, and learned that you don’t need to be rich to travel. There are countless ways to travel world on a budget. It’s my mission now to help others like you to realize their travel dreams the same way those five backpackers helped me realize mine.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to travel cheaper, turn your dream trip into a reality, save money, or travel the world, you are in the right place! Every month, over 1 million people visit this website to get inspiration and advice on planning their trip. This website will give you tested tips, advice, and suggestions so you can see more for less and make your dream trip a reality. This website has been featured on the following major media sites because, time and time again, it’s the best budget advice out there: This website is here to inspire you the way those five backpackers in Thailand inspired me and show you, step-by-step, how to save money and travel the world in comfort on a budget. From destination specific articles, suggested itineraries, general banking and credit card advice, to general rules on travel, I will lay bare ten years of travel experience so you can get on the road quicker! It’s time to stop dreaming of travel, take that once in a lifetime trip, and start traveling cheaper, better, and smarter. To get started planning your next excellent adventure, here are the best places to start:
- This step-by-step planning page walks you through the process from start to finish!
- You can also visit the blog and see what’s new!
- Know where you are going? Head to the destination guides to find country specific tips!
- Read this post on my 61 favorite travel tips!
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