Now Available in a Bookstore (or Kindle) Near You: My Guide to Budget Travel

how to travel the world nomadic mattToday is the day. Available at a bookstore (or online retailer) near you is my new book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day ($10-15 USD depending on the retailer). After over a year in the making, it’s finally here — and I’m emotional about it.

But it’s a good kind of emotional.

I’m very excited to finally introduce this book to the world: this 272 page, 60,000+ word treatise is the culmination of all my years of travel, featuring stories, tips, and advice never before featured on this blog. With this book, I want to inspire more people to explore their world and help them understand that travel isn’t expensive and simply the domain of those with rich parents or good jobs. Even those with limited means can afford to travel.

Whether a two week, two month, or two year trip, we all want to stretch our money further so we can travel longer and more often. And now, you’ll be able to do exactly that. I will help you make sense of any trip – no matter how long it is – and show you the secrets and tricks I use during my travels.

No matter who you are and where you come from, you can travel anywhere you want. What you read in magazines and see in commercials are meant to mislead you. Advertisements are designed to sell you high-end travel so companies can make money…not help you have the vacation of a lifetime.

Think about it.

All you see advertised are fancy resorts, hotels, expensive cruises, and tours, right? Even those “deals” still seem like a lot of money. Why is that? Because only big companies have large advertising budgets and the more expensive tours you buy, the easier it is to make money. If travel was really like that, what I and the millions like me do would be impossible. Why is it that you never see ads for small mom-and-pop guesthouses, travel discount cards, rail passes, or independent tour operators? They don’t bring in the big bucks.

But they do exist — and they make travel possible for everyone.

I know because I’ve spent the last six and a half years traveling around the world using these things and pulling back the curtain on the travel machine. Actually traveling has showed me that there’s a lot more to travel than advertised, and that there is a plethora of ways to travel on a budget of $50 USD per day (or less).

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If you’re looking to travel but think you can’t afford it, let me dispel that myth and show you how you can go anywhere you want.

The Secrets You’ll Learn With This Book

  • Learn how to make your money work for you and never pay overseas bank fees again.
  • Learn how to use travel credit cards to gain hundreds of thousands of free frequent flier and hotel points.
  • Master the ways to get FREE airline tickets and save thousands – yes, free!
  • Learn the ins and outs of round the world tickets (and whether or not you need one).
  • Discover what to look for in a backpack so you get one that lasts forever (and is always comfy).
  • Find out where to find travel discount cards that can save you 40% or more on your trip.
  • Learn where to send your mail and what to do with your stuff before you set off on your adventure.
  • Get demystified about what travel insurance is, why you need it, and how to pick the right coverage provider.
  • Get the secrets to eating cheaply in any city in the world.
  • Learn why tourism cards are the best kept travel secret and how to use them to save hundreds in any city you are in.
  • Discover all the ways you can get free accommodation – from someone’s couch to luxurious mansions – when you travel.
  • Find out how I manage to cut my transportation costs by 50% and how you can too.
  • Get stories, tips, and interviews with other travelers not found on this blog.
  • Get a comprehensive list of all the best companies to use from around the world.

PLUS – Get detailed costs for accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, and activities (and specific ways to cut those costs) for the following destinations so you’ll know exactly how much everything costs, what you need to budget, and ways to save:

  • Australia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • New Zealand
  • Southeast Asia
  • South America

Each of these sections has destination-specific money-saving tips so you can learn how to save money.

But beyond the practical tips, this book will lay out planning a long term trip in easy to follow steps that build upon each other, ease your fears, get rid of your anxiety, and comfort you as you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

If you’re not traveling the world, don’t worry. Saving money isn’t trip specific. Any trip, no matter how long, can be done cheaper. Whether you are looking to backpack through Europe or simply want to save money on your family vacation, my tips will help you. Not everything in this book will apply to your two week vacation, but the big tips are universal – from saving on flights to getting affordable travel insurance, avoiding bank fees, picking a good credit card, getting deals, lowering food costs, or finding cheap accommodation. Once we hit the ground, we all are faced with the same costs.


(The book is also available for your Kindle, Nook, or iPad)

I hope you consider purchasing this book – for you or someone who you want to give the travel bug to. Doing so would mean a lot to me. There’s a lot of free information on this blog and it takes a lot of upkeep to keep it going — and while I’ll keep pumping out helpful and useful free content, purchasing this guide will help keep the site running and helping more people like yourself live their dreams. This book takes all the information you find on this site to the next level. Instead of blog posts that can only scratch the surface, there are entire chapters dedicated to each topic. This site is good but the book is even better.

My goal is to beat Rick Steves and Lonely Planet on the Amazon top travel list. I can’t do that without your help. If you’ve ever wanted to find a way to give back to this site, this is how you can. Let’s make this book number one. Every sale counts, and who knows — maybe we can break into the overall Amazon Top 100. Travel guides never do that. Let’s start a trend.

There’s a lot of amazing tips in this book and I guarantee it is well worth the $10 you’ll spend. And if you don’t think it is, e-mail me and tell me why and what I can do for you.

(And if you’re not traveling yourself, this guide makes a great gift for other wannabe travelers!)

Thanks — and I hope you enjoy reading!



P.S. – If you’ve already read the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Every time you do, an angel gets their wings and this guy smiles!

P.P.S – I start my nationwide book tour this month! Come say hello and talk travel with me!

  1. jon

    what deal do I get if I buy 1 book ?

    If I already bought 1 book from your previous launch can I pick one for my choosing ?

  2. Vicki

    Congratulations!! Wishing you much success.
    Just purchased a copy of your book & cannot wait to read it.
    Love your blog, I’ve learned so much. Best of luck!

  3. Wow HUGE CONGRATS MAN!!! I remember your blog was one of the 1st blog I found about backpacking & it honestly changed my life. I’m now about to go home from a 2 year trip around the world & know it’s not the end yet. Thanks for the inspiration & am happy you are inspiring many more.

  4. Whooo Hooo! This is so exciting for you. You are a massive inspiration to people who are at home wondering if they can afford to travel..and for people (like us) who are already travelling.

    Congratulations, we wish you loads of success!


  5. Hi Matt,

    Any idea whether your book will be available to Australian readers? I was really excited until I discovered that I’m not able to buy it!

  6. Lisa

    Congratulations Matt, I can’t wait to read it! When will it be available as an ebook on Amazon US and UK? My kindle is registered to Australia so I can’t seem to be able to buy it on either site at the moment.

  7. James Livingston

    For those in Australia like me, you can just go into your Kindle settings on the website and change you country to Canada, buy it (albeit in Canadian dollars), and then change your country back to Australia :)

    It may mess up non-book things you have on there like videos, but I don’t have anything other than books on mine.

  8. Frustrated

    This blog has steadily moved from a good and honest resource on budget travel to nothing more than a compendium of cliched advertising and marketing copy. You’ve been successful though, but stop pretending that this is anything other than marketing 101.

    • NomadicMatt

      Sorry all the free information I give you isn’t good enough. I wrote a book. I want to tell the world about it. I want people to buy it. Why? Because it supports all the good and honest advice you get…for free.

  9. frustrated

    Your advice is a platform to supporting your affiliate links: as I said, I used to enjoy this website but you’re using all the over-hyped, nonsense marketing copy such as ”this one secret,” etc. How about providing a content page without the marketing bullsh*t? It is more honest. When you say you’re providing it for free, it is true, but only to the extent that the ‘free’ content is promoting affiliate links. As Google knows, nothing is truly free. There are only trade offs. Shephard of Vagabond Journey presents a much more honest and hype free site, and his point about young office workers ‘quitting the cubicle and then promoting the only way of making money online: showing others how to make money online.” Don’t take it personally, you’re a success. I just prefer straightness and a lack of cheesy ad copy

    • NomadicMatt

      I promote only products I use: REI, World Nomads, G Adventures, Hostelworld, Rail Europe Passes, and a few booking sites. That’s it. I use them myself – and I encourage others to do so. Would I like you to book via my website? Yes, because it keeps it going. If you want to support the site, book via the links. But I only ever promote sites I use. Never anything else. There are countless blog posts here filled with advice and no links. Recent helpful posts without affiliate links:

      The list goes on….

      Nothing is free. You’re right. My food and hosting costs money. As does Vagabond Journey’s. If you want to support the bloggers you like, book through their sites. It helps them so when I write a post about a company I love and use, I am going to put an affiliate link in there but you don’t have to use them.

      Feel free to continue reading if you want or go elsewhere if you don’t want. My content has remained the same. I still provide long posts on how to travel and don’t ask anything in return. You always have the choice not use the links.

      I wish you the best of luck finding the blog that is as ad free as you want it to be.

      P.S. – I never write blog posts about how you should make money online. I run blogging courses on the side to help other bloggers. It’s not my main focus and I never write blogs about blogging.

  10. Congratulations to your book Matt!
    If you don’t mind me asking, are your 50 dollars per day including all transportation, airfares, visas, insurance and so forth? It seems like quite a good budget and I usually factor an average of 30 dollars per day. In places like India, where I am currently travelling, it’s even possible to get by on as little as 10 dollars per day. But then again, I am only looking at daily expenses like food, accommodation and ground transportation…
    Keep up the good spirit and best of luck with your new book!

  11. Matt Willett

    Congratulations on the book Matt huge achievement ! I dont want to sound like i’m sucking up but your blogs and you have been a big inspiration for me.. Infact in May this year I will be quitting my job and my gf and I will be setting off to travel the world and it’s your tips that I read in your blogs and after reading this as an ebook about a year and a half ago have helped me realise that anyone can do it. Thanks again for all your fantastic information and keep on doing what your doing !

    Cheers Matt

  12. Hey Matt. I literally read your book in one sitting. I have been checking out your site for a while now and have two shorter trips planned before the end of May. I plan on using many of the tips you provided regarding miles and lodging to decrease the cost of my trips and allow me to travel longer. Thanks for all your great advice!

  13. Give them a kick up the ass! I’m sure you’ve got a lot of people in the UK (like me) who won’t be buying the book unless it’s on Kindle. Looking forward to reading it.

  14. Dave

    Great website. Its been helpful. I was interested in ordering your book, but couldn’t find it as a download. A hard copy is no good to me, as I only access my physical mail box for 4-5 weeks a year when I visit my Country of Birth. And I really don’t want to pack the extra weight and space of a book as I Live throughout the World.

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