How to Travel Anywhere in the World on a Budget

“The bible of budget travel.” – BBC
how to travel the world

Do you want to travel more but think it’s expensive? Would you like to find a way to make travel more affordable?

I’m here to show you all the tricks, tips, and unconventional ways you can afford your dream vacation – whether that’s a trip around the world, a vacation to Disney, or that week long trip to Japan. Wherever you want to go, you can get there without breaking the bank.

I used to see the commercials, watch the ads, and read the magazines and think “I’ll never be able to afford to travel.” There just didn’t seem like anything I could do to ever change that. Even if I could get that extra vacation time, hotels, flights, resorts – they were all too expensive.

But then I went to Thailand and everything changed.

In 2005, I was on a vacation to Thailand with my friend Scott. We were in Chiang Mai to visit some temples and one day, I left Scott to visit a large temple outside of town and shared taxi with five other strangers (three Canadians and a couple from Belgium).

On the way up to the temple, we started talking. The Canadians were on a break from work and traveling until their money ran out and the couple was using some of their vacation time to travel for a month. Then there was me – I was using my entire year’s vacation time (in January!!) to be in Thailand.

As we talked about travel, vacation time, and cultural differences, I realized that these 5 people were living my dream. All I wanted was to travel more and these people were actually doing it.

A few days later, I turned to my friend and said “When we get home, I’m going to save up, finish my MBA, quit my job, and travel the world.”


how to travel the world nomadic mattI’ve spent the last ten years traveling the world using them to make my trips affordable without sacrificing comfort. Actually traveling showed me that there was a lot more to travel than advertised, and that there are a plethora of ways to travel on a budget of $50 USD per day or less.

In my New York Times best selling print guide, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, I’ll show you step-by-step exactly how to find the deals, tips, and companies that make travel affordable for all. This book takes the information on my website and goes into much more detail was well as features tips, tricks, and country breakdowns never talked about here on the blog! It condenses ten years of travel into one easily referenced book.

I’m going to teach you how to become a master traveler so you’ll have the lifelong skills to always get the most value from your money, afford any trip, go anywhere, and stop imagining yourself in exotic destinations – because you’ll actually be there. If that’s sound like something you want, you’re in the right place!

What You’ll Learn With This Book

  • Learn how to make your money work for you and never pay overseas bank fees again.
  • 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).
  • Learn how to use travel credit cards to gain hundreds of thousands of free frequent flier and hotel points.
  • Learn where to send your mail and what to do with your stuff before you set off on your adventure.
  • Find out where to find travel discount cards that can save you 40% or more on your trip.
  • Get the secrets to eating cheaply in any city in the world.
  • Get demystified about what travel insurance is, why you need it, and how to pick the right coverage provider.
  • Learn why tourism cards are the best kept travel secret and how to use them to save hundreds in any city you are in.
  • Find out how I manage to cut my transportation costs by 50% and how you can too.
  • Discover all the ways you can get free accommodation – from someone’s couch to luxurious mansions – when you travel.
  • Get stories, tips, and interviews with other travelers to learn from their successes – and failures – so you avoid rookie mistakes.
  • 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
  • China
  • Europe
  • India
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Southeast Asia
  • South America

Each of these sections has destination specific money saving tips so you can learn how to save money in all of these destinations beyond what’s talked about above! I get into the nitty gritty because this is about money and spending less of it.

But beyond the practical tips, this softcover print 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.


Here’s what real customers from Amazon thought of this book:

“I’m a pretty frugal traveler and subscribe to Nomadic Matt’s blog. So, I was curious what he had to say in his new book and whether it’d be better than what’s already on his blog. The verdict? It’s BETTER. While many of these tips might also be on his blog (though I know not all of them are), his new book organizes the tips in a very logical and helpful format.” – Peg

“Great starter travel guide. Following the guidelines from this book and a few personal tweaks I was able to start traveling immediately without much money. I am cheapskate but I want to travel in comfort. This book taught me the beginnings of how to get that done!” – Lothaire

“Lots of truly useful information and we’ll worth a read. Most of the tips are oriented more for the traveler than the tourist, an important distinction. I’ve used quite a few of these techniques over the years and can verify they work and in many ways (if not most) enhance the traveler’s experience rather than hinder it. If I was new to travel, is read it at least twice, then keep a copy on my Kindle or smartphone for reference on the road.” – Anne

“This book gave me loads of INVALUABLE info for my upcoming trip to Europe! Little things that I never would have thought about otherwise. Matt gives the reader tidbits about every possible thing one could think of, and then you can expand your research from there, on the subjects you deem important for your personal journey. If you are a first time backpacker, you must read this book. I paid something like 13 bucks for it. As a very budget conscious traveler, It is worth its weight in gold!” – Heather

“Got more out of it than I ever expected! Great stuff! Worth your money, big time!” – Hannah

“I learned so much from this book. It is/was very helpful in planning my trip to Europe this summer and gave me some good tips on how to survive while in Europe. I would recommend this book to any traveler.” – Aimee

If you’re thinking “Matt, I do want to travel more but $50 still seems like a lot of money.” don’t worry! Using the plethora of savings tips in this book, you’ll be able to lower your costs and spend less than $50 a day whether you are in Thailand, Japan, Australia, or France. Traveling the world on $50 a day is about a philosophy as much as it is about a specific number. If you just focus on that number, you’ll miss the entire point of the book — which is to get you to travel cheaper, longer, and smarter.

Whether a two week, two month, or two year trip, we all want to stretch our money further. We want to find ways to travel longer and more often. My book will show you how to go anywhere you want without breaking the bank. I will show you the tips that have kept me traveling to where I want, when I want. No matter how long you want to travel for, now you can.


P.S. – If you don’t like paper books, this guide is also available for Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and any other electronic device!

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