Archive for the “Travel Products” Category

How I Decide Which Companies End Up on This Site

One of the things a few number of people brought up in my annual reader feedback survey was the question of how I choose the companies I recommend. People are curious to know why certain companies made the list and some even wondered if I only mention vendors that “support the cause” (i.e. make me money). I think it is a great question. I haven’t really talked about this before. Why do some companies get referenced and promoted often here […]

Win a Free Trip to Peru and Machu Picchu (Plus Cyber Monday Book Deals)

It’s Cyber Monday here in America (doesn’t that sound like something people used to do in AOL chatrooms?) and every year on this day I run a sale on my books. But today is extra special because I am also announcing my next trip giveaway. I haven’t done one yet this year so I am long overdue. And what better time to give away a free trip than during the holiday season? This year’s trip is: One free trip to […]

How to Travel Anywhere For Free

Imagine being able to fly anywhere in the world as often as you want — for free. Imagine staying in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives for free. Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t never paying flights and accommodation allow you to travel more? Well, it’s possible — and I know because I do it all the time. What’s kept me traveling for so many years is not great riches, but lots of frequent flier miles and hotel points. Every year […]

Announcing: My February 2014 Thailand Tour

Thailand has always been one of my favorite countries in the world and the years I spent living there are some of my most memorable. I long for Thailand on a constant basis and I love showing people around a country I still call home and opening them up to the magic that is Thailand. That’s why I was so excited in August to announce that one of the four tours I’ll be leading in 2014 will be in Thailand. […]

Announcing My 2014 Group Tours

My first tour takes place less than a month from now in Europe. I’m super excited to lead ten readers across the continent and visit my favorite cities for two weeks. I’m excited and nervous all at once but I know it is going to be a blast. Lately, I’ve had a lot of requests for more information about the tours I’m going to run next year. As you may know, I’m currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a […]

Are Eurail Passes a Giant Scam or Do They Save You Money?

Every two years, I use a train pass to ride the rails of Europe in an effort to answer the most important question travelers have on the subject: do these passes actually save you money or are they a giant waste of time? Back in 2011, I found that rail passes were worth the cost if you took lots of long distance passes. Since two years had passed, I once again got a pass from Rail Europe, and journeyed from […]

My Favorite Travel Companies and Gear: 2013 Edition

Many years have passed since the last time I wrote about the travel companies I use and a lot has changed in those years. Now, there’s a ton of travel apps, new search sites, and resources available to help plan your trip. And while many of the companies I use have stayed the same, many have changed as has some of the gear I take with me. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “Matt, who do […]

Announcing My First Reader (UN)Tour: My Highlights of Europe

I’ve been toying with the idea of running tours for a couple of years now but have never been able to really sit down and organize one. There’s a lot that goes into a tour and I wanted to really make the first one great. Over the last few months as I’ve been settling down in NYC, I’ve had time to plan and I’m happy to announce my first tour (with many more to come) will take place this September […]

How to Buy Good Travel Insurance

While a lot of people think “I’m healthy, I don’t need travel insurance. I won’t get sick,” travel insurance is much than just medical protection. It covers you when your camera breaks, your flight is cancelled, a family member dies and you have to come home, or if something is stolen. It is the single most important thing you should get but hope to never have to use. And for the little money it costs a day, you’re foolish not […]