Lost? Start Planning Here

It can be hard to know where to start when planning your dream trip. What’s first? What’s second? Third? Fourth? This page helps solve that problem. Here on this site, I believe that you going away should be an adventure and, while each day shouldn’t be planned, a smart traveler reads up before they go. An informed traveler is a traveler paying less for more. On this page, you’ll find a curated list of all the best articles on this site related to planning a trip – whether it’s a two week vacation to Italy or a year long trip around the world. The tips are broken down into categories (and steps) so you can find the information you need fast and effectively.

The Nomadic Matt Top Five

Why Travel Makes You Awesome
Things I Would Tell a New Traveler
Everyone says I’m Running Away
The Ultimate Guide to Travel with No Money
Why Jessica is Never Going to Ireland but You Can Go Anywhere

Step 1: Get Inspired

18 Lessons from 5 Years Around the World
Why Tomorrow Is Too Late
Why You Have More Time Than You Think
Why Cynics like Bob are Wrong About Everything
How Michael Saved $14k in 6 months
Why a 50 Year Old Couple Sold It All to Travel the World

Step 2: Plan Your Trip

20 Ways to Cut Your Expenses and Save For Your Trip
Research Your Destinations
Five Destinations Under $30 USD per day
8 Alternative Budget Vacation Ideas
How to Avoid Bank Fees While Overseas
What to Pack for Your Trip
Picking a Good Travel Credit Card
A Guide to Buying Travel Insurance
How to Get a Good Backpack
Why Tour Groups Can Be Good Value

Step 3: Get Cheap Airfare

Why Your Airline Ticket is So Expensive
How to find a Cheap Flight
Become a Travel Hacking Ninja
Why Cheap Flights Aren’t Always the Best
Should You Buy a RTW Ticket?

Step 4: Enjoy Life on the Road

14 Ways to Be Prepared for Anything
How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
How to Overcome Being Alone
How to Deal with Unsupportive Friends and Family
Advice for Solo Female Travelers

Step 5: Save Money on the Road

15 Simple, Highly Effective Tips
How to Make Your Money Last
How to Eat Cheap Around the World
Are Eurail Passes Worth the Cost?

Step 6: Find Great Accommodation

Renting an apartment while traveling
Cheap Accommodation: Beyond Hotels and Hostels
How to Pick a Good Hostel
Hostel Etiquette
My Favorite Hostels in the World

Step 7: How to Work Overseas

How to WWOOF Around the World
Find a Way to Teach Overseas
How to Make Money With Your Blog

Step 8: Readjust Back Home

The Shock of Coming Home
How Erin Readjusted to Life Back Home
The Joy of Coming Home
How to Represent Travel on Your Resume