Help Plan My Trip to the Caribbean

In a few weeks, I’m heading to the Caribbean. I’ve been to a few islands down there (Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman) but have never spent an extended amount of time there so I’m pumped! I’ve always wanted to sail around the region. I’m flying into Puerto Rico on November 2nd, spending a week there, and then heading to the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands with a friend. After that, I don’t know. My only plan is to head […]

Why Solo Female Travel is Different

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 not a topic I can cover and since there’s a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it was important to bring in an expert. This is her column this month. My male friends who travel have been invited into the homes of locals for meals just as often as I […]

11 Tips to Help You Visit Expensive Iceland on Budget

Iceland. The land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world – which made visiting even more appealing to me. I always view expensive countries as a challenge. Figuring out how to visit a country on the cheap is like solving a puzzle to me and I relished the challenge of figuring out if Iceland could be visited on a budget. And, after eleven […]

Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops: What’s Best for Travelers?

On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters is here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. Here is his column this month. “Should I bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone?” It’s a question I’m often asked – and for good reason. There are pros and cons to each device and, with overlapping features, picking the one that’s right can be confusing. There are a lot of issues to think about with […]

19 Reader Questions and Answers

Every day I get asked hundreds of travel questions. My inbox is constantly full, and it takes hours each day to answer them all. I’m not bothered because I enjoy answering people’s travel questions and helping others travel more. However, not every question merits a single 1,000 word blog post to answer it; most have simple and short answers to them. Today, I’ve taken twenty questions that were asked on Facebook and posted the answer here. So, without further ado, […]

61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler

Most people aren’t born savvy travelers. It’s something that only comes with on the road experience. In the beginning, you make a lot of mistakes. Travel savviness is a process born of missed buses, foolish behavior, cultural unawareness, and countless tiny errors. Then, one day, you begin to seamlessly move through airports and integrate yourself into new cultures like a fish to water. I want to help speed up the process and help you avoid my mistakes (and I often […]

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 have changed? 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. […]

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 much-requested topic for many of you, so I’m excited to have him on the team! His column starts this month. “Get […]

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 […]