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We've added a ton of new speakers in the last few weeks, including Rolf Potts — travel writer and author of Vagabonding — as one of our keynote speakers! For a full lineup of speakers and to register for the event, visit!

9 ways hiking in New Zealand will change your life - Young Adventuress

I just returned from my second trip to New Zealand and I definitely agree with Young Adventuress — hiking there is an experience like no other.

The RTW Trip Giveaway: A Winner's Update (Part 1)

Back in December, I announced the winner of my "Win A Trip Around the World" contest, Heather. She's been on the road a little over a month now, so it’s time to catch up with her and find out about her trip!

How to Pick the Best Camera for Travel

There's a lot to consider when picking a camera for your travels. I typically just use my iPhone, but it really depends on your budget, travel style, and skill level to determine whats best for you and your trip!

Discover How to Get an English Teaching Job Overseas

One of the greatest things I did was teach English overseas in Thailand and Taiwan! It's one of the best ways to earn money while you travel the world. If you've been thinking about doing this but don't know where to start with the process, this is for you!

6 Reasons to Visit Madagascar This Year

There are MANY reasons to visit Madagascar, but here are some of my favorites from my tour with Intrepid Travel!

How Amanda Educates Her Kids From the Road

Ever wanted to travel the world with your family? Not sure how to do it on a budget? In this post, Amanda from Vagabonding with Kids shares how she does it all!

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund is Working to Build Support for Common-Sense Public Safety Measures

Not to get too political but enough is enough. I believe in the right to bear arms....but with restrictions. Enough kids have died. Laws change over time. In an age of rapid fire weapons, let's change laws. We don't carry muskets anymore. We carry AR-15s. Guns have valid hunting and protection arguments for them but assault weapons, bump stocks, armor piercing rounds, vests, etc. do not. They should not be available to the common citizen. And your AR-15 isn't going to protect you against a drone. Background checks for all, restrictions on what guns you can buy, and less dead children now. I donated $2,000 to this cause and will match donations up to another $2,000.

The Life of a Travel Writer: An Interview with David Farley

David Farley's writing tips and advice have helped me immensely over the years. He's a travel writer who has worked for big names like National Geographic, The New York Times, AFAR, and more. Today, I thought I would share the interview I had with him about the life of a travel writer for anyone interested in pursuing this type of career!

Why Tourists Ruin Places They Visit (and What You Can Do)

As tourists we have a responsibility to the destinations we've visited. But that doesn't always happen.

10 Common Travel Insurance Questions and Misconceptions Answered

Travel insurance is one of the most important things to buy for your trip — no matter how long you are going away for it is a must have.

An In-Depth Guide to Planning a Lesbian Friendly Trip

I've added an LGBT column for the website to make the site more inclusive and talk about issues that affect some members of our travel community. In this post, Dani from Globetrottergirls shares how to have the ultimate Lesbian friendly travel experience!

Seychelles Travel Guide

Sometimes paradise is worth the price!

I Still F*ing Hate Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand.....and it's a terrible, terrible place.

The Downside to Long Term Travel

There are many great things about traveling for an extended period of time, but like anything, there are also downsides.

Nomadic Matt's Guide to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world! I try to visit every time I visit Asia to take in the sights, eat dumpling and dim sum, and have a fun night out. I can’t get enough of the city, and if you are a foodie like me, it's heaven!

Timeline Photos

Another beautiful day in NYC! Spending the day at the library writing! Happy to be back in the city for a while. Where's everyone headed for their next trip?

Reader Story: How Angela Travels the World as an Au Pair

Millions of travelers fund their trips by working their way around the world. Today, I want to profile one of our community members who does just that!

Timeline Photos

This photo was captured on a 60hr train ride from Tanzania to Zambia from community member @kenyanbackpacker ! Wow - has anyone else been on a train journey that long?!
Want to be featured for #ForumFriday? We have a new theme this month! Join the community forums and submit your best landscape shots from anywhere in the world here for a chance to be featured:

13 Questions NOT to Ask a Travel Writer - Camels & Chocolate: Travel & Lifestyles Blog

As a travel writer myself, I get these questions ALL the time! Great post from Camels & Chocolate on what questions to ask instead!

How to Travel Around Namibia on a Budget

Namibia is one of those destinations that is truly out of this world magical. If you're looking for an incredible country in Africa to visit this year, put Namibia on your list!

24 Photos from My Safari to Kruger National Park

Possibly one of the most famous parks in the world, Kruger is one of the largest game reserves on the African continent! I’ve long dreamed of going on safari there, and in September I finally went! Have you ever been on safari?

The Other Soi Nana: Decadence In Chinatown | WOS

On my last trip to Bangkok, I met up with my friend Greg and we went off to explore Soi Nana. No, not the sex tourist one. Turns out, there's TWO in the city. We went to explore the one near the train station that is filling up wit hip new restaurants, cocktail bars, Thai music bars, and art exhibition halls. If you want something interesting on your next visit, visit this street!

How to Find Work Overseas: 15 Ways to Earn Money When You Travel

If you don’t have as much money to travel as you want, consider option B: working overseas. If you want to travel more, these are some examples of jobs that are easy for travelers to get and often don’t require a long commitment!

How I Planned My Itinerary Through Southeast Asia

While there is no magic formula to creating an itinerary, I want to share with you how I pick the routes I take and my strategies for deciding which destinations to visit vs. not visit!

TravelCon - The place to learn the business of travel media

Very excited to welcome The Blonde Abroad, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, Expert Vagabond, Oneika the Traveller, Camels & Chocolate, and many more to the TravelCon speakers lineup! Early bird tickets are on sale until February 28th! For more information about the conference and to purchase tickets, visit:!

The Art of Vlogging - Super Star Blogging

There's no denying that online video is the future of travel content. That's why I partnered with two of the best in the business (Nadine Sykora and Hopscotch the Globe) to teach you the skills necessary to become a travel video voice in today's competitive industry!

Why Organized Tours Are a Good Option for Travelers

While I always push independent travel and backpacking, I know there are many more ways to travel. In fact, I participate in a lot of different forms of travel - and I take a group tour AT LEAST once a year for these reasons!

Can You Find Love and Romance on the Road?

Happy Valentines Day, everyone! This post is relevant once again... What are your thoughts on finding love while traveling?

Why Do People Keep Coming Back to Bangkok? [Season 2, Episode 68]

I talk a lot about how much I love Bangkok. I usually visit at least once a year. While in the city a month ago, I sat down with Greg from the Bangkok Podcast to talk about why I (and many others) continue to return to this incredible place!

Panama Travel Tips

Panama is a cool country with a lot of wildlife, national parks, and beaches worth exploring! Has anyone been?

11 Reasons Why I Fell in Love With Morocco

Morocco was a country where I felt out of my element and like I was truly somewhere new and different. I loved that feeling and everything else about the country!

Women's Travel Fest 2018

The Women's Travel Fest is back in NYC March 9-11. Speakers this year include author Amanda Lindhout, Travel Channel host Oneika the Traveller, Caz Makepeace of yTravel Blog, and more! Any readers get 10% off with code NomadicMatt 🙂 ! We will also have Nomadic Matt table at the festival, so go say hi if you're planning to attend!

The Inca Rail: Why you should consider the train to Machu Picchu

Not everyone can (or wants to) hike the entire Inca Trail — and that's ok! Here's what to expect if you take the train instead.

How to Travel Around Madagascar

Last September I visited Madagascar for the trip of a lifetime! Though not an easy destination to get to, it's BEYOND worth it. If this country is on your bucket list, here's everything you need to know about traveling through the country!

A Lifetime of Hope and Regret

A few months ago, I ran a contest to give away a trip around the world where entrants had to submit an essay about why they wanted to win the trip. In over 2,000 entires I noticed a common theme: Regret. I've been thinking a lot about this topic ever since the contest ended, so I finally decided to write about it.

Great Reasons to Visit New Zealand

Just in case you needed a few more reasons to visit this amazing country...

Learn the art of travel from 15 of the world's top solo female travelers

Ready to take that first solo trip? Kristin of Be My Travel Muse wrote this to take you from a beginner traveler at home to becoming one of the increasing number of women who decide to live life on their own terms and have their own adventure!

How to Travel Anywhere in the World (From Start to Finish) for $1,000

A thousand dollars can get you anywhere you want to go.

Malta Travel Guide

Definitely one of Europe's most underrated countries!

Timeline Photos

This photo of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa is making me really miss warm weather as I'm in rainy NYC now! Thanks for the #ForumFriday submission from community member @livingfromasuitcase!
One more week of Africa photos before we have a new theme! Join the community forums and submit your best photos from Africa here for a chance to be featured:

Travel Gear, Insurance, Technology, and More

Planning for a big trip and don't know what to bring? These are my best tips to teach you how to buy the right backpack, what to pack, protect your data and teach, and give you some other advanced tips and tricks for the road!

New Zealand Travel Guide

I just finished up an incredible 3 weeks traveling all over New Zealand! You really can’t go wrong with this majestic country.

I've been to 75 countries; here are 10 lessons I've learned

Travel is the best education.

Argentina Travel Tips

Take your time exploring this wonderful country – the vast landscape takes time to get around and is worth all the distractions you’ll find along the way!

How to Save Money in Dubai (and 9 cool things to do there!)

The rumors I heard were true: Dubai was expensive. But like every destination, there are plenty of ways to save and visit on a budget if you look beneath the surface.

Why Being Broke is the Best Time to Travel

When you have the fewest options is when you really have the MOST options.

24 Things Every Solo Female Traveler Learns on the Road

There are some things only solo travel can teach you. In this new post, Kristin from Be My Travel Muse shares 24 of the most important lessons she learned while traveling the world!

What has solo travel taught you?

How I Earn 1 Million Frequent Flier Miles Each Year

In this post, I’ll go into detail and provide the step-by-step breakdown of exactly what I do to earn around one million points a year to fly and stay in hotels for free — all without traveling!

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