13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists. Last week, I wrote about my favorite blogs of 2013 and this week, I want to talk travel books. Part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of “dead” time if you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare. I read a lot, and one of […]

Escaping the Winter (and Doing a Free Online Travel Workshop!)

Two months ago, I moved to New York City to be a homebody. Since then, I’ve only left the city once (I went overnight to Detroit to speak at a university). It’s been a wonderful experience – I’ve been going to the gym more, using my kitchen (though not as much as I would like), making new friends, sightseeing, and settling into a routine. But a nomad can’t stay home forever and as winter sets in and a slushy goo […]

My 14 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2013

As I brought up a few weeks ago, I don’t read many travel blogs anymore since there’s often too much sponsored content and I find them bland. A lot of people asked what blogs I did enjoy reading. There’s a bunch that I read on a regular basis – sites that inspire me to travel better and satiate my wanderlust. The last time I pointed you in the direction of some good blogs was 2011, so I’m long overdue for […]

The Grass is Never Greener

As I lay on a beach on the island of Ko Lipe, my skin turning a dark chocolate brown from weeks baking under the Thai sun, my Kiwi friend Paul would turn to me and ask, “Backgammon?” “Of course,” I would say. We’d play for hours before heading to our favorite restaurant in the “town center.” The owner would teach us Thai and local Chao Lay while laughing at our inability to handle spicy food. We’d laugh along with him, […]

How I Decide Which Companies End Up on This Site

One of the things a few number of people brought up in my annual reader feedback survey was the question of how I choose the companies I recommend. People are curious to know why certain companies made the list and some even wondered if I only mention vendors that “support the cause” (i.e. make me money). I think it is a great question. I haven’t really talked about this before. Why do some companies get referenced and promoted often here […]

How to be a Travel Hacker in the United Kingdom

I’ve been writing about travel hacking a lot lately and one question that keeps popping up is “Matt, how can we travel hack in the UK?” Well, while I know a lot about doing this in the UK, I don’t know as much as Robert (aka Raffles) from Head for Points, the premier travel hacking website for the UK. Today, I sit down with him and he explains in great detail how those of you from the UK can get […]

Win a Free Trip to Peru and Machu Picchu (Plus Cyber Monday Book Deals)

It’s Cyber Monday here in America (doesn’t that sound like something people used to do in AOL chatrooms?) and every year on this day I run a sale on my books. But today is extra special because I am also announcing my next trip giveaway. I haven’t done one yet this year so I am long overdue. And what better time to give away a free trip than during the holiday season? This year’s trip is: One free trip to […]

How Pat Got a Free Business Class Ticket (and You Can Get One Too!)

Last month, my friend Pat came to me with a problem – he wanted to fly Cathay Pacific business class round-trip from the U.S. to a conference in the Philippines. He had only a few frequent flyer miles and was all like “travel hacking, what?” He needed help. In the words of Barney Stinson: “challenge accepted!” I had two months to get Pat the 110,000 miles he needed. I’ve written about traveling business class for free before, but as with […]

Reader Story: How Helen Successfully Traveled and Volunteered Around Africa

Years ago, my friend Zach backpacked from Cape Town to Cairo. It was him, a small backpack, and nothing else. He hitchhiked, rode in the back of buses and trucks, slept in ultra-cheap accommodation, and ate only local food. I was fascinated by the stories he told me of his adventure. Africa is always seen as a scary place to travel alone, with danger and theft lurking around every corner for the unsuspecting traveler. But there are a lot of […]

How Do You Decide What Travel Content to Trust?

Every so often a debate bubbles up in the travel blogging world about the ethics of taking sponsored trips or posting sponsored content or links (i.e., content or ads that someone paid you for). The debate rises to the top, the opposing sides argue why they are right, and the discussion fades away, never really resolved. Recently that debate surfaced again and, while I normally never blog about blogging on this site, I’m breaking my cardinal rule because I want […]