I’m Going on Vacation (And Other Important News and Updates)!

By Nomadic Matt | Published June 25th, 2013

vacation timeFor the past month, I’ve been trying to play catch up, and I’ve failed at doing so, in part because I was enjoying finally being home in NYC and in part because I had friends from Sweden visiting for two weeks. Now that they’re gone and I look at all the projects and stories I want to write, I feel stressed out. I’m excited to finally get a lot done and launch a few amazing projects that will help you travel better and save money.

But at the same time, I’ve been slammed since I launched my book back in February and need to recharge my batteries and gain focus again.

So, I decided to do what I did last year when faced with this situation—I’m going on vacation. From now until July 7th, there will be no updates on this blog. I’m going to take a break and catch up on life, writing, and everything in between.

I’ll still be releasing my weekly newsletter as well as updating Facebook and Twitter, but there will be no new articles on the site.

But before I sign off for two weeks, I want to update you on two things:

1. You know what I love? Saving money. I bet you do too. That’s why you’re going to love this announcement. Starting right now, everyone can get 10% off G Adventure tours. I used to offer this discount only for select giveaways, but now this coupon is open to everyone, all the time. This is completely exclusive to you guys, too—no one else anywhere has a high discount like this with this company. It will save you HUNDREDS of dollars off their tours.

Use the code “NomadicMattTravelAnywhere” when you book your tour. It‘s valid for bookings made before December 31st, 2013.

2. As a reminder, on July 1st, Google will be shutting down Google Reader. That means you‘ll no longer have easy access to all the great travel tips and stories featured on this blog, but here are two easy things you can do so you don’t miss any posts:

(You can use Feedly, which is an awesome free site.)

OR:

  • Join 35,000 other people on my weekly email newsletter, where you can get my posts, awesome tips not found on this blog, exclusive discounts, and money-saving travel deals I find each week.

And if you sign up below, I’ll even send you the first chapter of my book for free!

Sign up here: http://www.nomadicmatt.com/newsletter/first-chapter/

Finally, before I go, I want to let you know what’s in store when I come back from vacation:

  1. A big giveaway of train passes to Europe worth over $6,000 USD!
  2. A budgeting travel app for your phone.
  3. A new book: I’m finishing a how-to guide on travel hacking!
  4. A major, major update to my book on teaching English overseas!
  5. A ton of articles on but not limited to: how to spend your time in Madrid, what to do when you only have a few days in a city, tips for traveling to Las Vegas, how to deal with family/friends who don‘t support your trip, more reader stories, and a budget guide to Bermuda.

There’s a lot of great stuff coming down the pipeline, and rather than just publish for the sake of publishing, I’m going to take my time, relax, and make sure what I give is amazing.

Plus, since I spend my entire life telling everyone to go travel, take a break, and relax, I might as well do it too!

Which is why I’m heading to Bermuda for the next five days. (I’ve never been, so any tips are welcome!)

Best,

Matt

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Have a great break! Sounds like a lot of awesome stuff scheduled for when you get back :)

You really sound like you need a break! You deserve one! Can’t wait to see the things you have in store for us. :) Have a great vacation! Recharge those batteries. There’s nothing like a relaxing vacation to clear the mind, and help you get a new perspective on things. Have fun!

I`ve been to Bermuda and besides the beautiful beaches & crystal blue waters, there are a few others things worth checking out: The National Gallery; Masterworks, Museum of Bermuda Art and Lisa Quinn Art studio if you`re into Art. Check out Friday Happy Hour at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and make sure to try a Rum Swizzle and a Dark & Stormy. Of course you can have these anywhere on the island, but they call this Happy Hour the hippest on the island. Take a ride on the fast ferry to see all the mansions. The Crystal Caves are quite interesting and don`t forget to say Hi to Johnny Barnes, known as Bermuda`s friendliest man. I can go on and on, but hope this is a start to plan your 5 days.

NomadicMatt

I did about 90% of this already!

Have a great trip to Bermuda! Take lots of pictures =).

Bermuda’s awesome, wish we were there for a longer period of time. Plenty of beaches to choose from, just off the side of the main road. My advice: rent a scooter for a day and ride all the islands to get an overview, then ditch the scooter and take the bus wherever you want to go (passes run for several days and include ferry). Everything is super accessible by bus and foot. Be careful at night, though, it can get a little wild.

Also, the lighthouse east of the airport is free and pretty much vacant. Great views at the top.

And here’s a map with the exact location, bus will take you most the way there: http://goo.gl/maps/HNpDE

NomadicMatt

Thanks for the tips! I saw the lighthouse today. It was beautiful.

enjoy your vacation!

Oh wow! These discounts are great and I’m looking forward to your updates this summer. That budgeting app will be a real godsend and I’m excited to read the updated ESL book.

I have to say that Feedly is a great successor to Google Reader, especially now that they’ve gotten Feedly Cloud live—completely independent from Google Reader.

You’re going on vacation and come back with all that? How do you do it Matt?

NomadicMatt

Not a lot of sleep :)

Robert

Matt,

Have a great time! I was in Bermuda with my parents about 13 years ago for Christmas break (it was my dad’s Christmas present). We didn’t do much except spend time at our time share resort, but on the way to the airport on our way out, my mom convinced the taxi driver to drive through Tucker’s Town, one of the villages in St. George’s Parish. Having been a huge fan of Hootie and the Blowfish, that was really cool. Definitely take a tour of the island with one of the local taxi drivers. From what I remember, they’re willing to negotiate on the fare for a ride like that, and it’s really worth it. Remember, they’re a British Dominion! Fantastic people. Travel safe!

Georg Richtsfeld

Matt, enjoy your vacation! Really enjoy your website…;-)

Anibal

Have a great trip!

Sounds cool having a vacation from a vacation. Happy travels!

Mig

We all need a break to recharge. Sharpen the saw to cut faster. :) Enjoy your vaca!

Vika

You do an awesome job helping all of us that love to travel. Good to hear you are getting a much needed vacation. Enjoy!

NomadicMatt

I’m having lots of fun! :)

Walk the talk and have fun! We’ll miss the posts for sure.

Ann

I enjoy reading your traveling tips. This fall I am heading to Central America for 17 days and I hope to put to use some of the things I’ve learned from your site.

Enjoy your vacation. Hope you get a chance to visit the Waterfront Blues Festival going on from the 4th to the 8th in downtown Portland. Great music and fantastic venue. Oh and Cartlandia…

Enjoy Bermuda and especially enjoy your vacation!!

NomadicMatt

Thank you.

Can’t wait for the new phone app. Enjoy your vacation and come back to Texas soon! P.S. Would love to hear about this Google Reader mess and how it affects the blogging world.

Enjoyed this article. Have a nice vacation Matt!

Have a nice vacation !
If you need relaxing vacation why don’t you go tour in Himalayas ranges next time.
you will surely have fresh start trekking there.

Enjoy your vacation

Enjoy your vacation within a vacation.

It’s amazing the amount of stamina you ultra-long-term travellers have. I was on a trip for 15 months and burnt myself out completely.

Bermuda is such a beautiful island which located off the east coast of the United States. Your vacation plan sounds good. Enjoy a lot your vacation.

Bermudas a cool place. I sailed there last year. Make sure you check out tobacco bay if your in St Georges. A great place for snorkeling and I saw lots of squid there. Also just round the corner from St Georges is another bay with a restaurant above it (I think its called Blackbeard’s retreat). The restaurant is fantastic. Really great food and a stunning view. Also Dark n Stormy is the drink of choice. A bit of Bermudan Black Seal rum with ginger beer and your guaranteed a fun night.

Sounds great Matt, you deserve to relax! Take some YOU time and enjoy, we will all still be here for you :)

Hi Matt, Just found your blog today! There is a lot of info on it. You must deserve a good vacation. I am considering travelling much more and I love the neat tips that I have found on your site.

I see busy summer here! Enjoy your trip and thanks for the discount code, I shared on Twitter.

Lau

Have a great well- deserved vacation! Sorry I don’t have tips for Bermuda, but Nomads like us are best at just winging it. ;)

Taking a break is always a good idea. Plan on doing the same, this long holiday weekend. Looking forward to the giveaway with the train tickets. Could be helpful during my own travels.

Hi Matt,
Just to say thanks for all the travel advice and information. My partner and I have just sold all our stuff, purchased motorhome and are well on the way to having the money saved to go on an indefinite trip to Europe (to begin with…)
Your site is inspiring and helpful.
Enjoy your break.
Julie.

Have a nice vacation :)

Wow, no wonder you need a real vacation, that’s a lot of projects in your pipeline, should be fun to get recharged and start these projects with more energy and focus.

Louise

Have a break matt! And i hope you’ll visit my country “Philippines” and write something about my country too! Have a blast and bless your heart;)))

Hope you enjoy the break Matt and 35,000 is a LOT of people to have on your mailing list!

tom

Enjoy your break, I’m heading to your home town NY this week. We got a great offer through Tour America. I havent been in a few years so really looking forward to it.

Agnes

I hope you enjoyed your vacation. When can we expect a post on your Bermuda experience?

NomadicMatt

Next month!

Mike

Have an updated promo code for G Adventures? NomadicMattTravelAnywhere now appears as invalid and you mentioned Dec 31, 2013 as an expiration date.

Mike

Never mind. I just found out that it’s now 2014GONOMADIC.

Dee

just found your blog and love it. That picture of the beach with two chairs is Anna Maria Island FL – will be there soon.

Dee

OH, you are going to Bermuda, went for my honeymoon many moons ago and a co-worker just got back from a cruise and loved it (she used to LIVE there!) If you happen to be by the REEFS, have their mousse – best ever my husband wants to return just for that – had it every night. By the way I am sending the info on Portugal to my sister – she and her family will be going on June 23. If you ever return there try going to a little out of the way place near Caldas da Rainha called Foz do Arelho (near Obidos) just don’t go on weekends to the beach.

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