Welcome to 2013! I’m really looking forward to this year as it will bring just as many changes as the last one did. Last year was a big year for me: I finished my book, realized I want to settle down, lived in Sweden for a bit, redesigned my site, launched a blogging course, and somehow still found time to visit 20 countries and enjoy life.
This year will also be full of change and I want to kick off the new year with a little preview of what you can expect this coming year. One of the big things that will change in 2013 is that I’m going to be featuring community members on the site more often to share their inspirational stories. 2013 is the year of the interactive website.
So here’s my five big projects:
I’m in the process of building my first smartphone app. It will be released sometime in the middle of April, and will allow you to enter your expenses, track your spending, and compare your budget against my suggested budget, based on where you’re visiting and what “style” of travel you pick. My goal with this app is to give you a better frame of reference for knowing how much to spend and whether you are staying on budget or not.
If you’re interested in the app and want to be part of the first group to try it out, enter your information below. You’ll also get first access to the app for a discounted price before it’s released to the general public.
Next month (February 5th), my book finally comes out!!! You’ll be hearing more about it starting next week but one of the things I’ll be doing to promote the book is a two month book tour around the U.S. I’ve never done a book tour and I have no idea what to expect from it. But I am excited and it gives me a great chance to meet many of the readers of this site. At each event, you will get to hear firsthand my story, information about the book, and some of my best travel tips. Plus, there will be drinks and food involved. I’ll be writing a longer post with all of the details in 2 weeks. If you live in a major city and want me to stop there as part of the tour, leave a comment.
I say this every year, but this year I am serious about it. My YouTube channel is barely alive and I’m going to bring it back from the dead. Now that I am slowing down in 2013 and settling in one place, I’m going to have more time to work on the videos. Plus, my assistant knows how to make good videos, so getting her involved should speed up the process. I’m already working on one about choosing a backpack. I’m going to revive my monthly question and answer series as well, so leave a question in the comment section below if you want to be part of January’s Q&A.
Nomadic Matt’s First Tour
Sometime during September or October, I’ll be leading a two-week tour around my favorite spots in Europe. I’m thrilled to explore this opportunity; I really enjoy being a tour guide so I can’t wait to lead a group and teach them about my favorite places. The group will be small (no more than 15 people) and details haven’t been worked out yet, but if you’re interested in learning more as this develops, join this list:
The tour is just a sketch on my whiteboard but I’ll be keeping costs down as much as I can!
More of Your Stories
While I was in Africa, I hosted a week-long series featuring readers who have gone out and lived their travel dreams. I plan to do that on a much more regular basis this year. If you want to be featured on this blog, e-mail me at [email protected] with the title “Success story” and give me some background on yourself! At the moment, I am looking for people who fit into these four categories:
- Have used this site to save money on a short term (2-3 weeks) vacation.
- Are 50+ as I want to demonstrate this type of travel is not just for young people.
- Traveled the world as a family on a budget.
- Returned home from a long and re-adjusted to life i.e. new job, new apartment, no problems. A lot of people worry about what happens when they return.
So if you fall into one of those four categories, I — along with everyone else here — would love to hear your story.
In addition to the book launch (which is probably the biggest event of the year), these are the other projects I’ll be working in 2013. I can’t wait to see what the coming months have in store but whatever it is, I have a feeling that it’s going to be good.