Get Paid to Travel

If you’re a long-term traveler, I’m willing to bet that one of your recurring fantasies involves some variation of the following scenario: You wake up one day after years of penny-pinching to the amazing news that your travels will now be fully funded by either (a) a surprise inheritance; (b) a wealthy significant other; (c) a coveted book contract; or (d) an agent or magazine editor who has read your travel blogs and thinks you’re the best thing since Paul […]

The Top Ten Travel Songs

Music is an essential part of the travel experience. It gets us through the tough times, helps us remember the good times, gets us in the mood to go, and helps us cope with coming home. I don’t know where I would be without my iPod. Music is an all-encompassing force in people’s lives, and it’s no wonder so many good songs have been written about travel. So the next time you are on the road or thinking about travel, […]

The Saturday City: Perth

The city of Perth, Australia, was founded on June 12, 1829, by Captain James Stirling as the center for the Swan River Colony. Despite a slow start and skirmishes with the native Aborigines, the city prospered and grew. In 1850, an influx of convicts boosted the size of the colony, and their labor helped build the city. The discovery of gold in the 1890s triggered a mineral boom that has still not subsided. This boom has been the key to Perth’s […]

Four Ways to Avoid Being a Tourist

No one wants to be a “tourist.” Bermuda shorts, fanny pack, huge camera, giant map – you know the type. The target for thieves, scammers, and ridicule. Yet by the very nature of travel, we are all tourists. We are all strangers in a strange land. But I believe there is a “slight” difference between a tourist and traveler. A traveler immerses themselves in the local culture and spends longer in a destination; a tourist is just there quickly. As an avid […]

Interview with Chuck Thompson

Writer Chuck Thompson highlighted his troubles with the travel industry in his recent book, Smile When You’re Lying. I read the book while traveling Europe and loved its sharp commentary and funny anecdotes. Some people felt the same. Others did not. Intrigued by his opinions, I recently spoke with him about them in more detail: Nomadic Matt: As someone so critical of the travel writing industry, why have you stayed in it for so long? Chuck Thompson: I’ve been critical […]

Airline Review: Ryanair

A lot has been written about the European discount airline Ryanair. Based out of Dublin, this airline offers dirt-cheap fares across Europe. People either love or hate them. People love the cheap fares but hate the lack of service. However, the airline only offers you one thing: space. Expecting more is foolish. At the prices they’re charging, they can’t offer you anything else. If you’re looking for amenities, do not fly Ryanair. If you want cheap tickets, do. Ryanair is […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photos

Some of us can remember sitting through travel photo slideshows as kids: Carousel after carousel of Uncle Herb’s bad photographs from his Mexico vacation. Don’t turn into Uncle Herb. You’re an avid and knowledgeable traveler — don’t let yourself become that dreaded relative.   The flip-flops you bought at the Chiang Mai night market will eventually break, the T-shirts you bought in Ibiza will fade, but your digital images and photographs, properly persevered, will stand the test of time. Slide projectors have […]