With 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 e-books 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 five 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 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 and Lifehacker.
The Galápagos Islands in Pictures – This year I went to the Galápagos 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 two 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!