Archive for the “Travel Gear” Category

Launching Nomadic Matt’s Community Forums (and a Blogging School!)

Today is a big day for this site and the start of many changes and improvements. After spending the winter on the road, I’m back in New York City with no trips planned until mid-May. I plan to rest, take advantage of spring, explore this amazing city, and start tweaking and improving this website. I have a lot of ideas and projects in my head, some of which will require your help! You’ll be hearing about them in the next […]

Why T-Mobile is the Best Phone Carrier for U.S. Travelers

A long time ago in a state far, far away (Massachusetts), I used AT&T as my cellphone service provider. I had been using them since I was nineteen. When the iPhone first came out, I bought it because I could remove the original AT&T SIM card, insert a local SIM from the country I was in, and still have a handy dandy smartphone to Tweet from. So I unlocked my phone (hacked it so I could use it overseas) and […]

Announcing My 2014 Europe Group Tours

I’m in Thailand currently taking twelve people around my favorite country in the world, showing them all the things that make me fall in love with it. I organize these tours as a way to share my love of travel and various destinations around the world. I want you to fall in love with these destinations just like I have. Plus, I want to show you how to travel and wander off the beaten path a bit. These tours are […]

How to Pick (and Pack) a Great Backpack

Picking the right backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight. Too small, and you’ll never fit anything in. Pick the wrong material, and when it rains, your stuff will be soaked. Plus, there are so many options and brands out there – it can all be very confusing. We all need to find our Goldilocks backpack. I spent well over an hour picking out my first pack – and […]

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 […]

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 […]