Archive for the “Interviews” Category

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 […]

Success Stories: Why Trish Sold Everything She Owned to Travel

Greetings from Africa! Somewhere right now, I’m trying to snap a photo of a lion without being eaten. In the meantime, this week I want to share stories of readers who used my tips and advice to realize their travel dreams. If you’ve been thinking about traveling for a while, let these reader stories inspire you and show you that the advice here can work for anyone! Finishing off the week of reader stories, we head across the pond to […]

Success Stories: Olivia and Manny Quit the Cubicle to Follow Their Passion

Greetings from somewhere still in Africa! I haven’t been eaten by a lion yet (thankfully). This week I am sharing stories of readers who used my tips and advice to realize their travel dreams. If you’ve been wondering how easy it is to replicate my advice, let these stories inspire and show you that the advice on this site can work for anyone! Manny and Olivia are two 33-year-olds who lived the corporate lifestyle working as marketing managers for two […]

Success Stories: How Michael Saved $14k in 6 Months Making $9 Per Hour

Greetings from Africa! Somewhere right now, I’m trying to snap a photo of a lion without being eaten. Or, I am friending a honey badger. In the meantime, this week I want to share stories of readers who have realized their travel dreams in hopes of inspiring and showing you that anyone can make their travel dreams come true! A lot of people say you need to have a well-paying job in order to afford your trip. But Michael (age […]

Success Stories: Two San Diegans Conquer Their Fears and Go Around the World

Greetings from Africa! Somewhere right now, I’m trying to snap a photo of a lion without being eaten. In the meantime, this week I want to share stories of readers who used my tips and advice to realize their travel dreams. If you’ve been thinking about traveling for a while, let these reader stories inspire you and show you that the advice here can work for anyone! Continuing my new series on travel success stories, today we’re going to meet […]

Success Stories: How 22-year-old Lauren Saved $18k for Her Epic Adventure

Greetings from Africa! Somewhere right now, I’m trying to snap a photo of a lion without being eaten. In the meantime, this week I want to share stories of readers who used my tips and advice to realize their travel dreams. If you’ve been thinking about traveling for a while, let these reader stories inspire you and show you that the advice here can work for anyone! Our first success story comes from Lauren, a 22-year-old native of Dallas, Texas. […]

Interview with Seth Kugel, New York Times’ Frugal Traveler

Seth Kugel is the current man behind the wildly successful Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times. He’s the fourth frugal traveler having taken over from the previous one, Matt Gross. Seth and I share similar views on travel and he’s someone whose work I admire greatly. Since we are never in New York City at the same time (we did recently have breakfast in Boston. Turns out we are both native Bostonians!), I was able to virtually pin […]