Archive for the “Travel Products” Category

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 […]

A Guide to Traveling with Technology

This is a guest post by travel tech guru Dave Dean of Too Many Adapters, a site devoted to technology for travelers. Wondering what to take on the road when it comes to electronics? You’re not the only one. Long gone are the days where a cassette player and film camera were the height of travel gadgetry. Walking into a hostel common room now, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had accidentally stumbled into the local electronics store. You’re likely […]

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 […]

The 51 Hour Book Giveaway of Goodness

One month from now, my book, How to Travel the World On $50 A Day, will be released in paperback. For those who don’t know the story, I originally offered this as an e-book before it was picked up by Penguin Publishing. I worked for a year to turn it into an amazing 272-page, 60,000+ word guide to all things budget and long-term travel-related (hence the title)! The book contains never before discussed tips, tricks, and travel stories. There’s a […]

What I Pack for My Travels

Over the years, what I carry in my bag has changed a lot. Most of that change has to do with the fact that I now carry a lot of gear related to blogging, but it also reflects the fact that I’ve learned a lot about packing since I first hit the road in 2006. And while many websites have packing lists, I want to combine all my previous posts on the subject (there are about three) into one updated […]

Cyber Monday Everything Must Go Event

It’s “Cyber Monday” – that annual time of the year when every online retailer has a sale to kick off the holiday shopping season. Never one to miss a good sale, I decided you might enjoy them as much as I do so I’m having my own Cyber Monday sale with massive discounts off my books, courses, and planning services. If you’ve been on the fence about buying one of these items, now is the time to make the leap. […]

Annual Ebook Updates PLUS, Pre-Order Information on My Upcoming Book

I’m going to take a break from travel tips for a second to do a little but very important housekeeping: In a world where things can change quickly, it’s important to always stay updated on the latest information. This is especially true when running an online business and providing help to others who want to do the same. Or helping people travel better. Or helping others find a teaching job overseas. Things just change so rapidly in this day and […]

Sailing Around Croatia with Busabout

For years, I’ve been hearing about the tour company Busabout. They offer hop-on, hop–off-again bus tours throughout Europe, similar to the Kiwi and Oz Experience. Basically, they have set routes through Europe and along that route, you can leave the bus and rejoin when you want. I’ve never used them before as I’ve always just taken trains around Europe. (Though I have nothing against that way of travel – I loved my time on the Kiwi Experience!) In addition to […]