Post-Trip Depression: It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away

Before my first trip around the world, I was driving through Boston with my friend Mike. One of the things I was talking about was how different life would be when I returned home. Where would my friends be in life? How would they change? What jobs would they have? New hobbies? New relationships? I imagined a world of possibility. “Everything will be exactly how you left it,” he said. “When I studied abroad, I thought the same thing. But, […]

How to Backpack Europe with a Baby

Last week, Cameron, our new family budget travel guru, talked about his travels and gave us a preview of his upcoming columns. Continuing the family travel topic, I thought it would be great to share our next reader interview on family travel. We haven’t had an interview on the topic yet so let me introduce Marcus and Paula, a young couple from New Zealand, who took their ten month old to Europe. They virtually sit down and talk about their […]

We Didn’t Listen to Those Who Said Travel Wasn’t Possible

Last month, I announced I’d be featuring monthly columnists on this website. I’ve introduced two so far and now it’s time to introduce our final one! On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks will be here giving tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. I know this is a very requested topic for many of you so I’m excited to have him on the team! His column starts this month. […]

BIG NEWS: Announcing the Start of a Budget Travel Guide Series

Today, I’m incredibly excited to share some big, big news about a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Today marks the official launch of “Nomadic Matt’s Guidebooks” – a series of budget travel guides for destinations around the world. There are a lot of guidebooks out in the world, and each has their own personality. What makes my guides different from Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Rough Guides, or anyone else? Mine remove the fluff, get right to […]

10 Interesting and Helpful Travel Websites

Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start ups try to fill a void where none exists. There are just some things that people don’t want, need, or desire. There many are with innovative ideas but are poorly executed and end up floundering. Then there […]

I’m Off to Iceland

Next Tuesday, I’m making good on a birthday promise. Last year, I wrote a blog called “19 Things to Do Before I Turn 35” as a way to direct my travels. But when I turned 33 this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished a single thing on that list, which was kind of depressing. So in order to live up to my own goals, I pulled the trigger and booked plane tickets to destinations on that list (Iceland, the Caribbean, […]

Why I Became a Solo Female Traveler

Last month, I announced I’d be bringing monthly columnists to this website. On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse will be here to give you great tips and advice on solo female travel. Her column starts this month. Let’s get to know her! I sat on the beach in Cambodia, amazed that a white sand beach so pristine still existed in the world. There were no towering resorts or people with fancy drinks […]

The Happiness of Pursuit with Chris Guillebeau

When I first started blogging, I came across a website called The Art of Non-Conformity. It was by this guy on a personal quest to visit every country in the world before he turned 35 years old. That guy was Chris Guillebeau. I began to follow his adventures intensely – as a traveler, the idea of watching someone visit every country in the world was inspiring (I’m doing the same thing but on a much, much, much slower time scale). […]

My Long-Distance Travel Romance

From the first moment I looked upon Paris, I was in love. Paris was everything I thought it would be — beautiful, sophisticated, ancient, orderly, and relaxed. All the clichés were true. As I stared at the Arc de Triomphe and then down the boulevard of the Champs-Élysées, fashionably dressed people in their fitted pants, beautiful dresses, and black jackets moved around me, a tourist too dumbstruck to move. I was in love. Subsequent visits only deepened my love for […]

How Technology Makes Travel Better

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’m bringing on regular columnists for this website. On the first Tuesday of the month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters will be here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. His column starts this month. Technology has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. At a time when home computers had less power than today’s wristwatches, my parents caved in to my […]