Think you have to be rich to travel the world? Nomadic Matt dispels that rumor with his blog, showing that you can still go on fantastic trips without spending a ton. Check out our interview with the travel savings expert below!
Your blog,Nomadic Matt, documents your seemingly never-ending travels. What inspired you to create the blog?
Originally, the blog was going to be an online resume for me to get freelance writing gigs and share my travel stories. I never imagined it would be what it is now, but over time more and more people kept asking me how I did what I did and as the audience grew, the blog just evolved into what it is today.
You decided to quit your 9-to-5 and become a full-time traveler back in 2006. What advice would you give to people interested in going down the same path?
Simple: just do it. Follow your heart. The Dutch have a saying that the hardest part is stepping out the door. I know it can be scary taking the leap, but once you do, everything works out for the best. Don’t worry. Just do it.
Your Guide to Travel Hacking details how you have paid for trips all around the world. What are 2 or 3 great destinations you would recommend to someone traveling on a tight budget?
Cambodia, Nicaragua, and Romania are three that pop into mind right away!
I could see traveling on a budget preventing you from traveling to some places. Are there any countries or adventures that you want to go to that you have not been able to due to the cost?
It depends on your budget. Any place can be done “on a budget,” but it just depends on what that means to you. For example, you’ll never get to see Norway for super cheap, but there are lots of ways to save money when you are there. I think you need to adjust your definition depending on the destination, but no place has to be super expensive.
You wrote a book called “How to Travel the World on $50 A Day.” What is one surefire way to save money on airfare and hotel rooms?
Be flexible. The more flexible you can be, the easier it will be for you to catch those ultra-great travel deals.
The Resources section of your site provides a great list of some of your favorite sites for travel. What one site do you rely on the most when you’re booking travel plans?
Depends, but I use Momondo.com for a lot of flights.
The Forums on your blog give readers the opportunity to share their experiences and offer advice to other travelers. Have you ever received any tips from readers that you incorporated into your own traveling habits?
I always use the food and activity suggestions people give me!
You have more than 69,000 (!) followers on Twitter. Has the ability to interact with readers changed what you write about on your blog?
I still respond to everyone, it just takes more time now. But I think it’s important to maintain that personal relationship with everyone, so it is time well spent.
You’ve provided Travel Guides to tons of countries that you’ve visited, and your work has been featured on sites including National Geographic and The Huffington Post. What sites do you rely on for information when traveling to a new country?
When I’m going somewhere, I either get a guidebook, or I just go to the tourism office when I land. I don’t do a lot of research online but that is more of a product of me being able to be dropped off in a place and find my way because of years of experience.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions! Any last words of wisdom for our CouponPal readers?
Travel is not as hard or as expensive as the mainstream media makes it out to be. Go travel. You’ll never look back and say “Damn, I wish I didn’t travel as much.” But you might look back and say the opposite!
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