Archive for the “Interviews” Category

Success Stories: Why Dave and Vicky Gave Up Good Paying Jobs to Travel

Last December while I was in Africa, I did a weeklong series of reader success stories to help inspire you to travel more. My goal was to show that I’m not special and my advice doesn’t work for just me – it can work for anyone and that anyone can travel if they just put their mind to it. Knowing I wasn’t alone really helped me when I started traveling. So I decided to highlight more success stories from people […]

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 […]

Airline Industry Interview With Scott Mayerowitz

I love flying. Well, not taking off and landing, because any bump and I think we’re going down, but I love sitting in the plane, watching a movie, and relaxing. I love being in airports. I love the overall experience and since I talk a lot about the consumer side of airline travel, today I interview Scott Mayerowitz, an airline reporter for the Associated Press, about the business side of the airline industry. Nomadic Matt: Tell us about what you […]

Answering Reader Mail: Travel, Life, TEFL, Instagram

Earlier this year, I started posting video Q&A’s on my Facebook page. But between slow internet connections in rural Cambodia, a book to finish, and everyday life, I just couldn’t keep up with the videos and they stopped. But since I really love answering reader “mail,” I wanted to do something. Knowing I don’t have the time to record, edit, and process a video at the moment, I decided a blog post was just as good. So a few weeks […]

What’s It Like to Actually Work on a Cruise Ship?

Before I went on my cruise, a lot of people said they wouldn’t cruise because of their poor labor practices. Cruises exploit workers, they said. I’ve heard about the long hours and low pay that most cruise workers endure but rather than assume, I turned to Wandering Earl, who for a number of years worked on cruise ships as a tour director. Earl and I spoke about what it’s really like to be a member of the “crew” on a […]