9 Things I Learned While Driving Across the United States

After 12,000 miles and four and a half months on the road, I’m home. My epic book tour across the country is over, and I fell in love with the United States all over again. I think the United States is an underrated destination. Travel across the United States feels more like visiting a collection of micro-countries, each with its own identity. While some basic ideas and principles resonate across the states, each region has its own unique cuisine, geography, […]

The Travel Slump (And How to Deal With It)

The slump. It happens to us all. After months on the road, you wake up one day and feel a little off. Travel doesn’t seem as exciting as it used to be. You’re bored, tired, and uninterested. You start to think, “What’s wrong with me? I’m seeing and doing amazing stuff every day. Why don’t I love it anymore?” This is the slump — and it happens to us all. When you first set out, travel is exciting and new. […]

21 Amazing Restaurants From My Road Trip Across the United States

In the past five months, I’ve driven over 12,000 miles on my cross-country book tour. I visited over 40 cities and ate hundreds of meals of varying quality: some were good, some thankfully very forgettable, and others of “OMG I can die happy now” quality. These meals — whether in a high-quality sushi restaurant or a hole in the wall — showed me how delicious and diverse the food in America is. After all those meals, here are my top […]

How to Travel Around South Africa

On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This week she talks about her recent trip to South Africa When I started planning my South Africa trip, a lot of questions went through my mind: Is a country that big easy to travel around? […]

7 Things I Learned While Driving Through the American South

The American South has a mixed reputation in U.S. popular culture: it’s home to sweet tea, greasy but delicious food, country music and the blues, friendly and helpful people, and beautiful and diverse landscapes. However, it’s also supposedly filled with guns, racists, bigots, and rednecks, and it’s the subject of other negative stereotypes. The first time I visited the South was in 2006 on a road trip across the United States. As a liberal Yankee, I wanted the negative stereotypes […]

17 Tech Related Travel Questions (and Answers!)

On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column he answers all your tech related questions. I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, especially since I started writing on this website. So this month, rather than devoting an article to a single topic, I decided to answer many of your travel tech questions. We cover a wide range […]

How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

A few months ago, I was wasting time researching on the Internet when I came across a travel blog written by a guy who traveled the world in a wheelchair. For hours, I read his blog, intrigued by what he did. I love when people don’t let their limitations hold them back. I love it when people say “I can” instead of “I can’t”. Cory embodies the ongoing theme on this blog that where there is a will, there is […]

How to Master Life, Language, and Travel with Tim Ferriss

When I was teaching English in Bangkok, a friend gave me a copy of The Four Hour Workweek by some guy named Tim Ferriss. Apparently, it was a best selling book. At the time, I was trying to figure out how to extend my travels and my friend thought the book would be helpful. I read it and immediately wrote down ideas. It was filled with helpful tips on work-life balance, starting your own business, and living a time rich life. The […]

32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)

One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&A’s, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything it’s that you have a lot of questions that don’t get answered on the blog! Since not everything lends itself to a 1,000 word post, last week I put a call out on Facebook for your questions. And I’m going to start doing this more. Maybe not monthly, but at least once every couple of months. […]

The Shape of Things to Come (P.S. – I’m Hiring!)

Things are changing here at a fast pace so it’s time to take a step back, breathe, and share news about what is going on because it’s going to be big (and awesome!). Simply put, this website is too big for my little ole self to run alone. Moreover, I don’t want to keep this website about me, my travels, and my advice. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there and I want to make Nomadic Matt more a community […]