My Best Travel Articles of 2011

US PassportWith 2011 almost over, I can’t help but look back on this year with gratitude. This site has grown beyond my wildest expectations. It seems that every year only keeps getting better. For that, I have all of you to thank. Without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. Thank you! And since this year saw so many new readers, I thought it would be a good idea to sum up the year and highlight some of my favorite articles in case you need to catch up. When you are blogging two to three times per week, it is easy for things to get lost!

Personal Blog Posts

20 Random Facts about Me – Another self explanatory title. This good post gives insight into me.

The Death of Nostalgia – This article is about how places change and we can never go back to the way they once were and how that was a big realization for me.

When Life Gave Me Lemonade and I Became an Author – The story of how Penguin books decided to turn one of my ebooks into a print edition.

That Time I Lost My Passport – I think the title explains it all.

The Beginning of the End – The end of my travels is near.

The People who Shaped My Life – My travel life has been shaped a lot by 5 people. This is who they are, what they did, and what these people mean to me.

How I Became Nomadic Matt – How this website was born, with a picture of my original design.

The Day I Quit My Job – The day I quit my job to begin my life as a traveler.

I Travel for Me – In response to a comment about where I need to go, I write about how we should all travel for ourselves and no one else.

Coming Back Home – We may not remain in places forever but often times places forever remain with us.

Travel Tips and Articles

My Oktoberfest Guide – The ultimate guide to making the most of your trip to Oktoberfest.

The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide – The best guide to saving thousands of dollars when you travel. This post went viral on the internet and was featured on the Consumerist as well as Lifehacker.

The Galapagos Islands in Pictures – This year I went to the Galapagos Islands and it was the travel highlight of the year for me. I took amazing photos here (it’s hard not too) and these are some of the best.

How to Avoid Bank Fees While Traveling – I think the title explains it all. Save money on bank fees when you travel because the banks already have enough money.

My Big Fat Greek Festival – Locals in Greece took me to a traditional village festival that gave me more insight into Greek life than my previous 2 visits.

Five Destinations Under 30 USD – Five places around the world where you can travel cheap but still comfortably.

How to Overcome Your Fears – How you can overcome the fears that are holding you back from breaking out the cubicle, quitting your job, and traveling the world.

My Biggest Travel Regret – The biggest regret of my life is related to travel.

This one time in a hostel… – Funny stories from 5 1/2 years sleeping in hostels.

How to Safari in East Africa – An excellent guest post on how to take a safari in Africa on a budget.

Finding More than Dracula in Romania – I went in search of Dracula but found out Romania has much more to offer.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. This will be my last post of the year. I’m taking a break from blogging to spend more time with my friends. They came all the way over from the US to see me and deserve my full attention. I’ll be back in 2012 with a ton of new content. I’ve been writing up a storm lately.

Have a happy new year everyone!

  1. great roundup matt, 18 months ago i was inspired by your sight. I had been traveling for 3 years and wanted to start a travel, now thanks to you, it’s my fulltime income source and i’m still on the road =) good stuff mate!

  2. I love your best travel stories for 2011! Brilliant idea – will have to check out your links…especially the one about the day you gave up your job to start travelling :)


  3. Whoa… LIFEHACKER picked up your travel hacking guide? Bet that sent a LOT more readers to your site 😉 Not to mention CNN and the Huffington Post.

    You know what? You should write a post about how to land these monumental posts… the kind most travel bloggers would kill for.

    Maybe you’ve covered it in your “Monetize Your Travel Blog” eBook (sorry, haven’t read it yet) but I’ll bet lots of people would be interested in learning how.

    I certainly would.

    Kudos to a productive year… and by the way, how’s playing tour guide in Thailand?

  4. Hello Mat! I am a new reader of your blog and I admire what you do! Not to say that I am jealous too :) I hope that one day I will be able to do what you do and travel around the world constantly.. Though I live in Mykonos island Greece, which is one of the most beautiful places I have seen so far (have you been here?). I will read the article you mention above and come back to write which is my fav. one!

    I hope you are having a great time!



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