Archive for the “Travel Advice” Category

How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

Planning a trip can be pretty stressful. Where do you start? What do you do first? Will everything work out? Taking time off and traveling around the world is a big life change and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So how do you manage to stop being so overwhelmed? How do you get over that feeling of not knowing where to begin? It’s easy — and I’ve developed a unique four-step process to doing so (patent pending): First, buy your […]

How to Overcome Being Alone

Before I first went away in 2006, I had these expectations about travel. My trip was going to be a non-stop adventure filled with colorful and exciting people. I’d make friends everywhere. I’d be talking to strangers on buses. Locals would be inviting me out places. I’d be drinking a latte, strike up a conversation with my beautiful waitress and then the next thing I’d know we’d be at a wine bar with her teaching French. It was going to […]

The Goldilocks Number: Why $50 a Day is Just Right

Last Tuesday, my book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day was released, and a lot of people seemed to wonder whether $50 per day was “extravagant” or just the right amount. I got asked questions like “Can it be done cheaper?” “Why $50?” and “What does that number include?” Today, I want to talk about exactly that subject and magic number. To answer those questions, let’s first talk about where that number comes from. I didn’t pick […]

Cheap Accommodation Around the World: Beyond the Hotel/Hostel Dynamic

I don’t really like staying in hotels. I generally avoid them because of how much they cost. I just don’t see the point of paying $100+ per night for a room I will barely be in most of the day. It seems like a waste of money – no matter how nice a hotel can be. So I stick to the other end of the spectrum: I stay in hostels, with their dorm beds and cheap prices. I love hostels, […]

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money

I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. The near universal answer? Money This is something I hear from everyone I talk to. “Matt, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.” This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question. I answer this question in a plethora of posts, e-mails, tweets, and Facebook posts. Long-term readers might even be getting sick of me discussing this subject […]

The Myth Travel Is Expensive: How 5 Days in Stockholm Cost Me $100 Dollars

When I came to Stockholm in July, I found myself spending around 100 dollars a day. That’s a lot of money, even for Stockholm. Eating out and going out frequently jacked up my living costs enormously. I was spending a lot more than I wanted. While I preach about budget travel, I am often not the best budget traveler. After all, this is my everyday life and when I want sushi, I want to eat sushi! So I tend to […]

Why Cynics Like Bob Will Always Be Haters and How You Can Prove Them Wrong

Remember last month when I wrote about Jessica and how she’ll never get to Ireland? No? Read about her here and then come back. I’ll wait. Ok, now that you’re back, I’d like you to meet someone similar to her – let’s call him “Bob.” They’re different people, but they’re two sides of the same coin. Whereas Jessica won’t travel because she is held back by the travel industry’s marketing, Bob is our resident travel naysayer and held back by […]

Why Jessica is Never Going to Ireland With Her Boyfriend But You Can Realize Your Dreams to Go Anywhere

“Your job sounds like the most exciting job in the world,” the cute blond girl — let’s call her Jessica — said to me. Jessica had just overheard a conversation with some friends I hadn’t seen in years and they were peppering me with questions about my job and lifestyle. People I meet usually do, and I’ve gotten used it. “He has the best job,” replied my friend. “So, can you get me to Ireland cheap? I really want to […]

Why It’s Never the Perfect Time to Travel

With 2012 just beginning, many will be thinking of vacations and trips around the world. They’ll be pondering exotic locations and amazing adventures. And then abandoning those dreams as rapidly as they were thought up. Something will come up and plans will be put off until tomorrow as you wait for “the right time.” But, here is a secret: it will never be the right time to travel. You will always have some reason to stay at home. You always […]