After eighteen months of writing and editing, my new book, Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home, is on sale now.
The book is a memoir about my ten years traveling and backpacking the world, my philosophy on travel, and the lessons I learned along the way to help you travel better. It follows the emotional journey of a trip around the world: getting the bug, the planning, setting off, the highs, the lows, the friends, what happens when you come back — and the lessons and advice that come with all that.
Moreover, you’ll get stories I’ve never told and go deeper into my philosophy on travel than I ever have on this blog.
But this is not all about me.
This is about what I learned and how you can apply it to your travels. How you can get inspired, work through your fears, meet people, and become a better traveler. Unlike my previous books, this is not a “how to guide” but a collection of tips, advice, and stories from the road that can be used no matter where you are in the world or how long you’ll be away.
This book gets to the heart of wanderlust and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world. (Or at least tries to.)
In short, it is my opus on travel.
In this book, you’ll find:
- Crazy hostel stories
- What it’s like to travel the world for ten years
- My philosophy on travel
- Lessons learned from the road
- How to cope with travel burnout
- How to make friends
- Inspirational stories and insights
If you want to know what it’s like to travel the world and live out a backpack, this book will tell you. If you want to be inspired to travel and better understand how you can do it too, this book is for you.
“Inspirational!” – Cheryl Strayed
You can order Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home from any of the following vendors:
And in Canada:
And in the UK and Australia:
(Or walk into your local independent bookstore and pick up a copy!)
Here are some awesome people saying how great this book is:
So what are people saying of the book?
“Inspirational!” – Cheryl Strayed
“In his heartfelt explanation and exploration, Matt runs through just why he’s been out there, backpacking the world for 10 years. By the end we’ve definitely realized, like Matt, how important travel is and how getting out there, on the road, can make you, me and the world a better place. It’s a great pity certain people at the very top of the world’s power pyramid never had just a little taste of the nomadic experience.” – Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet
“Throughout his ruminations on how travel affected him, Kepnes interweaves his tales of friends, girlfriends, and great loves discovered among exotic backdrops and how starting a blog (nomadicmatt.com) about his adventures altered the way he traveled. His story is one of heartbreak, self-discovery, and the constant travel itch he had to scratch in order to become the man he was supposed to be. An entertaining, quick read by a man who did what many of us only dream about.” – Kirkus Book Reviews
“Ten Years A Nomad is an inspiring memoir from an unconventional person. His book engrosses you in the nomad mindset: that you are never stuck in one identity, that you can always change and the world has so much more to offer you than you know.”- Booktrib
“This book isn’t just for travelers; it’s for anyone who has wanted more and has taken off to find it.” – The Los Angeles Times
“[These] stories will have readers plotting trips of their own. Fans of Kepnes and travel enthusiasts will enjoy taking this adventure with a reliable, amiable guide.” – Publishers Weekly
“With hard-won experience, wide-open eyes, and the spirit of a dedicated wanderer, Kepnes encourages his readers to find their own adventures, and his story provides a road map for anyone opting to follow their dreams, wherever they may lead.” – Booklist
“Matt is possibly the most well-traveled person I know…His knowledge and passion for understanding the world is unrivaled, and never fails to amaze me.” – Mark Manson, New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
“Matt is living the dream. The dream is: quit your job, live wherever you want, live without compromise, figure out how to do it cheaply while still making a good living, and live the life you choose, not what society will choose for you. In other words, read this book.” – James Altucher, entrepreneur, investor, and bestselling writer
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I’ve got an advanced copy of Matt Kepnes’s new memoir, Ten Years a Nomad, and I’m LOVING it. Not his standard guide to get you off the couch and out into the world (although it’ll surely do that too), but a personal and heartfelt account of his journey. And NOT PREACHY. Might be the first book I’ve read in this vein that doesn’t make me wanna punch the author a little.