While I was in Sweden, I got to experience Valborg Day, the traditional Swedish welcoming of spring. This day occurs on April 30th and is a time of festivity, food, music, friends, nature, and huge bonfires. In fact, it seems for most Swedes, the whole day is one giant excuse to drink and light a […]
Sweden isn’t the cheapest country in the world to visit. Its high prices keep many people from visiting, which is a shame, because this is one of the world’s most beautiful and interesting countries. That’s a bold statement, but I’ve been to Sweden twice before and am constantly amazed at the beautiful landscape and cities. […]
Last week, I wrote an article called “Five Destinations to Visit for Under $30 USD.” One of the places I listed was Greece, which brought a lot of pleasantly surprised comments from readers. Most people never think of Greece as a cheap destination, lumping it in with the other Eurozone countries as overpriced. However, I’ve […]
Posted: 07/25/2010 | July 25th, 2010 Budapest. The beautiful city on the Danube. It’s a city I’ve never heard anything bad about. “If you love Prague, you’ll love Budapest,” people would tell me. And they were right—I did like Budapest. Not nearly as much as I like Prague, but that’s another story. This story is […]
When I was growing up, I wanted to be an archeologist. I loved history, and the thought of uncovering temples and tombs in jungles excited me. I used to read books on Greek and Roman history and have discussions with my history teacher, even as young as 13. In short, I was a huge geek […]
During 4 years of European travel, I’ve stayed at more hostels than I can count. Ones I won’t ever remember, ones I wish I wouldn’t remember, and ones I wish I could stay at forever. I love hosteling. They are a wonderful way to meet other travelers, stay somewhere for cheap, get the lay of […]
I first came to Italy in 2006. It was one of the first stops on my just-begun round-the-world adventure. Italy was everything I thought it would be and more. If there was a country that lived up to the hype, it was Italy. Backpacking around Italy, I spent most of my time in the north. […]
Most traveling around Greece tends to focus on the Greek Islands and for good reason—they’re beautiful, cheap, relaxing, exciting, and did I mention beautiful? It’s always been a dream of mine to spend a summer slowly moving from island to island, getting to know the character of each while also working on a great tan. […]
Posted: 05/25/2010 | May 25th, 2010 A few weeks from now, I turn one year closer to 30. It’s a reality that isn’t sitting well with me. At the beginning of the year, I decided I’d spend the summer in Europe, with most of my time spent on the island of Ios in Greece. During […]
After seven visits to Amsterdam, I know the place pretty well. I’ve spent months in the city. I’ve walked everywhere. I’ve been to all the attractions. I know good places to eat, things to see, and parks to visit. In this post, I share why I love that Amsterdam is so familiar to me.
Posted: 11/11/2009 | November 11th, 2009 I love Europe. I really do. So much so that when I stop being Nomadic Matt, I want to move to Paris (Update: I ended up in Stockholm and Amsterdam for a bit). I love the cafe culture, the wine, the free health care, the liberal attitude towards life, […]
Munich is very famous for the festival Oktoberfest. However, there is much more to the city than that, including people who surf in the local river.