Archive for the “Interviews” Category

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 […]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Interview to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

When I first started thinking about traveling the world, I bought a book most of you have probably heard of: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts. It was a treatise on the personal and world benefits of travel, especially long-term travel. That book put into words all the thoughts and feelings I had about travel at the time and helped ease a lot of the fears I had about my decision to […]

How This 70 Year Old Couple Bucked Convention to Travel the World

When I saw him in the hostel, I couldn’t help but smile. There he was, a man who could have been my grandfather, hanging out with college-aged backpackers and having the time of his life. The younger travelers were enamored with his stories of past travels and his ability to drink them under the table. No one cared he was in his 70s. Age mattered not one bit. I believe that most of my advice on this website is universal. […]

Interview with Frugal Traveler and Writer, Matt Gross

In December 2009, I saw the tweet that changed my life. It was from Matt Gross, who was then the Frugal Traveler for the New York Times. He tweeted asking if there were any travel bloggers who were earning any money from their blog. I tweeted back the Internet equivalent of “Teacher, pick me, pick me, pick me!” And pick me for an interview he did. I remember eating lunch when I got his call and holding up my Kiwi […]

Success Stories: Why a 50 Year Old Couple Sold It All to Travel the World

I love highlighting reader stories. I want people to realize that they aren’t weird or crazy and that lots of people from all different walks of life spend time travelling the world. One of the most common questions I get from people older than me is “do you ever see people my age do this?” Too many people think the kind of travel I encourage is only for young people. But I’ve seen a lot of older couples on the […]

Success Stories: How Dan Readjusted to Life Back Home

Two months ago, Erin told us about how she readjusted to life after spending two years traveling the world. This month, continuing our reader story series, Dan shares his story about how he readjusts to life back home after spending enormous amounts of time on the road. What makes Dan’s story a little different is that he doesn’t permanently return – he comes home, works, then goes out and travels more. Dan, tell everyone about yourself. I’m English, and my […]

Love, Fear, and a Chance of Drowning with Torre DeRoche

Did you ever read Eat, Pray, Love? Did you like it? I didn’t — and when I saw the movie on a flight, I wanted to throw a shoe at the screen. I’m not really a “chick flick” movie guy (exceptions: Love Actually and The Notebook, two great movies). But then my friend Torre DeRoche published her love story, Love with a Chance of Drowning, about meeting the man of her dreams and sailing across the Pacific despite an intense […]

Interview with Tim Leffel

A few months ago, you might have noticed a newly-released book on traveling the world on the cheap. Recently, Tim Leffel, one of the original budget travel gurus and a travel writer I admire greatly (who also read through drafts of my own book), updated his cheapest destination book, The World’s Cheapest Destinations. As someone greatly interested in value for money, I interviewed him about his new book, budget travel, travel gear, and saving money on family travel. Nomadic Matt: […]

Reader Stories: How Erin is Readjusting to Life Back Home

Readjusting to life back home can be a challenge. I remember my first time coming home – I had major culture shock. I remember the supermarkets just feeling so big. And the stores. And the meal portions. (We have such big meals here in the States!) Plus, most of my friends couldn’t relate to my feeling of unease. It was a challenge going from always being on the move to suddenly doing the opposite. (Clearly, I didn’t cope. My solution […]

An Interview with Lee Abbamonte, the Youngest American to Visit Every Country in the World

I guess this is the week of interviews! On Monday, Dave and Vicky shared why they travel the world and today, Lee Abbamonte talks about being in Libya when Qaddafi was being overthrown as well as being the youngest American to visit every country in the world. I first met Lee a couple of years ago when he stumbled on my blog, bought my blogging course, and fired off crazy e-mails to me. Since then, we’ve become friends (he is […]