Archive for the “Travel Advice” Category

How to Ethically Volunteer Anywhere in the World

I’m frequently asked about volunteering overseas and unfortunately, I don’t know much about it. So today, I’m turning the blog over to friend and volunteer tourism expert Shannon O’Donnell from the blog A Little Adrift. She’s been volunteering around the world for years and recently published a book on the subject. She’s the expert, so without further ado, here’s Shannon’s advice on finding good volunteer opportunities. A foundational motivation underpinning the past four years I’ve been traveling around the world […]

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 […]

Oh, The Amazing Places You’ll Go!

This month seems to be the month for inspiration, which is fine because it’s the start of a new year so it’s a great time to get motivated and inspired. Once in a while, I come across some really interesting travel videos on the Internet that speak to me in a powerful way. I found this great video about backpacking that, at a time when I was feeling very unmotivated, made me remember why I loved traveling. And, a few […]

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 […]

Learning to Speak a Language from Day One

This is a guest post from Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months. This new year, many travelers may have made a resolution to learn a foreign language. However, experience has told me that if your New Year’s resolution is to “speak Spanish/French/Japanese,” you’re probably bound for failure. But fear not! After learning and becoming fluent in many languages, despite only speaking English until age 21, I’ve developed a few tips that will make it easier achieve your goals with […]