Archive for the “Random Musings” Category

Paris is NOT a Touristy Destination

As winter continues and the days get colder, I find people begin to think of travel: warmer places, tropical beaches, and spring trips. My inbox fills up more than normal with questions on where to escape to, what to see, and things to do. And lately there has been a common theme to these emails: people want to get off the beaten trail and avoid the “touristy” stuff. ”I don’t want to go to Paris. It’s too touristy. Where else […]

The End of My Solo Travels

“Africa will change you,” people said to me,”There’s something about it that affects us all.” Well, Africa didn’t change me. I’m still the same old me, but that doesn‘t mean Africa didn‘t teach me something or, should I say, reaffirmed a long-felt feeling. If 2012 was defined by anything, it was my personal struggle over coming to terms with settling down. 2012 was an internal struggle between knowing I was ready to settle in one place and my desire to […]

What’s in Store for 2013

Welcome to 2013! I’m really looking forward to this year as it will bring just as many changes as the last one did. Last year was a big year for me: I finished my book, realized I want to settle down, lived in Sweden for a bit, redesigned my site, launched a blogging course, and somehow still found time to visit 20 countries and enjoy life. This year will also be full of change and I want to kick off […]


I woke up in a haze. “Why is my iPhone screen cracked? Did I break it while I was sleeping?” Half awake, I looked closer. No, not broken, just a deceptive-looking black-and-white album cover. I was simply groggy, confused, and slightly stupid from the few hours of sleep I had gotten. I opened the window shade and looked out the window. The sky was changing from black to a rainbow of colors as the sun ushered in a new day…one […]

Am I Really Just a Debbie Downer?

A few weeks ago, I ran a survey, and some of you commented on how negative I’ve been. “Quit your whining,” they said. Now, the comments did make me think a bit. Have I been overly negative the past year? After all, I do get the occasional blog comment telling me to “slow down” or that I’m “just not as chipper” as I used to be. At least not as consistently chipper as I used to be (see my Japan […]

My Hostel Horror Story: When My Roommate Shit in Our Dorm Room

Over the years, I’ve had some bad hostel roommates. They’ve been rude, messy, dirty, smelly, drunk, loud, and everything in between. Two girls in New Zealand were so bad they inspired me to write a post on hostel etiquette. But through it all, I’ve kept staying at hostels. I love hostels because of their gregarious social atmosphere. Hotels seem too sterile when compared with the energy and camaraderie of hostels. As I’ve gotten older, more set in my ways, and […]

Out of Europe and Into America

Last year, I wrote about how after all these years of travel, I was ready to slow down and become semi-nomadic. My last year-long trip around the world ended in March, but as many of you have noted, I still don’t seem settled down. I keep moving around. I had a plan to stop. I intended to settle in Sweden through the end of the year, but after not being able to find an apartment, I abandoned those plans. After […]

Answering Your Survey Responses, A Brand New Site Design, and Picking the Europe Contest Winner

A few weeks ago I asked you to complete my annual reader survey. I got a lot of responses (thank you!) and I spent hours going through all of them. Your feedback lets me know what I am doing right and wrong, and what I need to improve on. I take all constructive feedback to heart, and since you took the time to respond to my survey, I wanted to take the time to respond to you. Spelling/Grammar – “Hooked […]

Nomadic Matt’s Annual Reader Survey (Plus, Free Trip to Europe Update!)

It’s that time of the year again where I reach out to you and ask for your help on improving this site. I want to make this site as useful to you as possible so each year in September, I ask everyone to tell me what you like, don’t like, and what I can provide you to help you travel more. I created a short survey that you can fill out. It’s 9 questions long and will take about 3 […]

Why Working In Travel Makes Me Want to Bash My Head Against a Wall Sometimes

Over the years, I’ve tried to turn myself into a more professional journalist, writing longer and more detailed guides on how to travel on a budget. Blogging may be the cool, new thing, but I think bloggers can still learn a lot from traditional journalists. These articles I write usually turn out to be a big success, but they take a lot of work: I fact-check, talk to people, spend hours running numbers, and even obtain quotes. I’ll usually work […]