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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]