Thailand’s Street Food Culture

It’s 6pm in Bangkok, and all over, street vendors are busy selling food. Thais do almost all of their grocery shopping on the street. Locals walk around with little bags full of rice, curry, noodles, or soup. With food so cheap and kitchens so few and far between, very few Thais in Bangkok cook their own meals. Sidewalk chairs are filled with coworkers sharing meals before they go home. Eating here is a social activity where hunger pangs, not the […]

Interview with Leif Pettersen

Today we talk to Leif Pettersen, travel writer and guidebook author, about traveling, writing, and life as a nomad: Nomadic Matt: For starters, what gave you the travel bug? Leif Pettersen: I eased into it. It started with a few trips to visit friends in Mexico in my teens and being shipped off to Norway at 18 for a six week language/culture program. A quarter studying theater and literature in London at 22 is when the bomb really went off. […]

The Saturday City: Hoi An

Hoi An is located in central Vietnam, and is the center of Vietnam’s clothing industry – at least for tourists. Hoi An was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries, and a major center for Chinese and Japanese immigration. Many of these ancient structures are preserved, and the heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shop houses. A river flows through the town, splitting the old section from the […]

Free Things to do in Boston

Boston is one of the most-visited cities in America, and people from around the world flock here during the summer months. Chances are Boston is on your list to see and, as you know, big cities can be hard on the wallet. Boston has a lot to do, meals get expensive, and hotels aren’t cheap. But I grew up in this city, and though it’s no longer my home, I know it like the back of my hand. There’s a […]

The Life of a Traveler

Last night, I watched the movie “A Map for Saturday.” It was amazing. Utterly and totally amazing. The movie was recommended to me by a fellow traveler, and chronicles a man’s round-the-world trip in 2005. It is filled with interviews from other backpackers, and very accurately captures the highs and lows of travel. It’s the best travel movie I’ve ever seen. For anyone who has ever backpacked or traveled for a long time, it’s an easy movie to relate to. […]

Top Ten Best Tropical Islands

I’m a beach lover. The sun and I get along quite well, and there’s nothing I’d rather do than live on a tropical island someday. One of the main purposes of my travels is to avoid winter. I’ve been to islands all over the world, though there are still some paradises this nomad has yet to see. But I’ve accumulated many favorites along the way. These are the ten top islands and beaches in the world where people can sit […]

Tips for Traveling in “Dangerous” Places

As I get ready for a trip to Colombia, lots of people have been quick to greet the news of my latest travels with a well-meaning, “Be careful; it’s dangerous there!” But is it really any more dangerous than anywhere else I’ve traveled or lived? Our perceptions of what make a place seem dangerous are shaped by many factors—the hyper-dramatic media more interested in getting a quick and juicy story than sticking around to figure out the complicated dynamics of […]

The Saturday City: Broome

Broome is located in the northern part of Western Australia. It’s a small, sleepy little seaside town with not much to do except lounge around in the sun. The heat and humidity can get unbearable, and the phrase “broometime” is often used to describe the city’s sluggish pace. The city was founded in the 1880s as a pearling town and named after the territory’s governor. The pearling industry thrived here on the backs of exploited Japanese workers, and the 900 […]

American Independence Day

Today’s July 4th, American Independence Day. Across the nation, Americans are taking work off and celebrating the day we declared independence from British rule. Since it falls on a Monday this year, everyone is extra thrilled about the three-day weekend. Celebrations, fireworks, and barbecues are taking place in every corner of the land. Just like on Memorial Day, today’s blog will be about the holiday! History of July 4th On July 4, 1776, British colonists declared their independence from the […]