Two months ago, I moved to New York City to be a homebody. Since then, I’ve only left the city once (I went overnight to Detroit to speak at a university). It’s been a wonderful experience – I’ve been going to the gym more, using my kitchen (though not as much as I would like), making new friends, sightseeing, and settling into a routine.
But a nomad can’t stay home forever and as winter sets in and a slushy goo forms in front of my building, I think it’s time to head out on the road again (at least until the weather gets better).
I hate winter and the cold. I have no problem visiting a winter wonderland, but I don’t want to live in one. A week up in the Arctic looking at polar bears? Skiing in the Alps? Sign me up! Shoveling snow? No thanks. I’ll head to the tropics instead.
So today I’m heading to Nicaragua for the holidays. My original plan was to visit the Philippines but after the typhoon, I decided against it. I felt uncomfortable going there to have fun when so many suffer. I decided that since I only had a couple of weeks, it would be best going somewhere closer and go back to the Philippines later on when I had more time and flexibility. (I also donated to the Red Cross and highly encourage you to support efforts to rebuild the country.)
I’ll be in Nicaragua for two weeks, visiting my friend in San Juan del Sur (she runs a hostel there), climbing volcanoes in Leon, relaxing in Ometepe, Granada, and exploring some other spots I haven’t decided on yet. (If you plan to be in Nicaragua, let me know. Maybe we’ll overlap.)
After Nicaragua, it’s a quick visit to Boston and San Francisco before heading off to Thailand to run my next tour.
My wanderlust has come back in full force and I’m excited to be on the road again. I feel like my travel skills have gotten a little stale. (I almost went to the wrong airport twice!) I booked a bunch of flights this week and I felt like a kid in the candy store doing so. Here’s the next 3 months in airport codes:
LGA – MIA – MGA – MIA – LGA – BOS – SFO – HKG – BKK – HKG – JFK – TXL – LHR – DFW – AUS – JFK
One of the places I am visiting at the end of January is San Francisco to host a Creative Live session!!! Creative Live is a website that runs online classes on topics from photography to marketing to programming to fitness and, recently, travel. It’s a huge website and a real honor to be asked to run a class. I’m really excited (and really nervous) but I can’t wait to spread the message of budget travel even further!
On January 29th and 30th, I’ll be hosting the Creative Live. The class is called “Stress-Free Budget Travel” and takes place from 9 to 4 PST.
And it will be streamed FREE over the Internet. You’ll be able to tune in for any or all of the sessions where I’ll be explaining all of my travel knowledge to you.
You can sign up here: http://cr8.lv/mattkepnes
The modules are:
Module 1 – How to Plan Your Dream Trip
Module 2 - Cutting Spending and Picking the Right Bank Cards
Module 3 – Issues and Concerns: Safety, Loneliness, Making Friends, and More
Module 4 - Gear: Travel Insurance, Backpacks, Technology, and More
Module 5 - How to Save Money on Flights and Accommodation
Module 6 - On the Ground Tips for Saving Money in Any Destination
Module 7 - How to Live and Work While Overseas
Module 8 - Putting It All Together: A Step-by-Step Planning Guide
Moreover, you’ll get two free bonuses when you enroll:
- 11 common mistakes to avoid (PDF)
- 27 rules for travel (PDF)
If you miss the class, you’ll be able to purchase it later for $79 USD with the above bonuses plus:
- A copy of the slides of from the presentation
- How to Build a Travel Blog e-book
- Step by step planning checklist (PDF)
I’m also lining up guest experts, so be on the look out for that!
AND there are five spots available for people to attend the course live (but you’ll have to get to San Francisco yourself!). If you want to attend, fill out this short Google form about yourself! We’ll hang out over the two days and at the end of the course, there’s a little wrap party!
Here’s an introduction video they made too:
I’ll be announcing more about this in the coming weeks but if you are interested, sign-up (it’s free)!
And now, after a long day of travel (it took 12 hours of travel to get to Leon), it’s time to eat and drink a beer!