I’m not giving up traveling. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I no longer wanted to travel long term. Many of you thought I was going to give up traveling. That’s not the case! I’m just going to be traveling in shorter bursts. In some ways, that is the essence of a nomad – you stay in one place until the seasons change and you move on. That’s what I’m doing. I’m still a backpacker, still focused on budget travel, and still want to explore the world. You probably wouldn’t have even noticed a change in my travels if I didn’t say anything! In fact, I spent this entire week in Prague, researching hostels, exploring the city, making some awesome new friends, and oversleeping my first international flight (because of a late night out with those friends)! So don’t fret – the tips and stories you’ve come to love aren’t going anywhere! I’m still focused on providing you budget travel tips every week. A lot of things are happening on the site, so today I want to give you some important updates:
Our community forum is growing rapidly! We have over 2,100 posts and close to 500 members. There has been amazing interaction and we’re getting information and tips on lots of off the beaten path destinations and ways to travel. I know a lot about travel but I am only one man. You’re a community of thousands. Your collective travel knowledge is greater than mine. These forums are a way for community members to help each other, share travel ideas, support and inspire each other, organize meet-ups, and find travel partners. Come join the forum and take advantage of this resource!
I’m looking for some more reader stories! If you are a family on a round the world trip, European, Canadian, or Kiwi, or have volunteered around the world, email me! I want to to share your story on this website! My email is [email protected]
If you are a blogger and looking to take your blog to the next level (or just someone looking to start one), let me teach you how. I’m continuing to add tons of features to my course, Superstar Blogging. Superstar Blogging is my course designed to help you succeed as a blogger – travel or otherwise. It contains all the methods and strategies I’ve used on my own blog. Everything I tell you in this course is something I do myself. It’s honest, proven advice from me and other blogging and business experts (I have a lot of interviews!). Here is a detailed breakdown of what you’ll get in the course:
- 35 detailed lessons covering the following topics:
- The Importance of Design
- Social Media
- Search Engine Optimization A-Z
- Getting Media Coverage
- Monetization Strategies
- Sales Pages and Conversion Testing
- Working with PR, Tourism Boards, and Brands
- Copies of How to Build Your Blog and How to Make Money with Your Blog. (The course materials. A $37 value!)
- Amazing hands-on technical support and WordPress help from Chris Richardson of RTW Labs. (He’s the genius who keeps this website running!)
- An active forum for group support from other classmates and your course instructors!
- Expert interviews from top bloggers to help grow your business even more.
- Monthly webinars on various topics of blogging and Q&As to further expand your blog.
- Online resources and suggested reading materials.
- Hands-on technical help with physically building your blog.
- Lifetime access.
Superstar Blogging is a self-taught course so you can move at your own pace. There’s no rush, no deadlines, no pressure. Whatever pace you move at, Chris and I will be there to help and support you along the way. We’ll answer any questions, fix any problems, and make sure you reach your full potential. If you’ve been thinking of upping your blogging game and want to turn your blog into something more than a side project, sign up for the course and start picking the brain of two experts today. We offer three membership levels so no matter what your blogging skill level is, there’s a place for you.
Last year, I ran a Kickstarter campaign and made some t-shirts. The leftovers flew off the virtual shelf a few months ago. I wasn’t going to make more but I received many emails asking me if I still had some so I went and made another batch of 30. If you want a Nomadic Matt t-shirt or a “Keep Calm and Travel On” shirt, click here for one.
Hiring a Copy Editor
I’m looking to hire a part-time professional copy editor to help catch all the mistakes I make and go through my archives as well as help with some upcoming book projects. If you are a professional copy editor and want to help make this site better, e-mail me your resume at [email protected]
I’m also working on a new guidebook series that will come out next month and feature ten destinations. They are big, detailed, and I’m very excited about them. Look for them mid-June. For the blog, I’ll be having stories on hitchhiking, an updated guide to finding cheap flights, walking and food tours in New York City, more reader stories, and some new destination specific posts on saving money!
Phew! So much going on! It’s going to be a busy next couple of months. Time to keep marching this site forward….but first, time for tea!