Hey everyone! Since I’m finally on the road again, and I’m sure a lot of you have summer travel plans - I’m having a flash sale on all of my travel guides! This weekend only you can get any of guide for just $5! All of these guides go super in-depth on the locations and topics to help you plan your trip every step of the way and save tons of money! Check them out here: nomadicmatt.com/books/

Is Eco-Tourism Really Eco-Friendly?

As environmental welfare and sustainability have become more important to people, travel companies are cashing in on people’s willingness to spend money in the name of environmental protection. You have to wonder though, just how environmentally friendly is eco-tourism?

How to Pick a Good Hostel (2018 Edition)

Good hostels can be hard to come by but, with this advice, I promise you'll always find an awesome hostel!

Rotterdam: Amsterdam's Rival City

I'm excited to be back in Rotterdam for the Traverse blogging conference this weekend! This city is a great contrast to Amsterdam! Too often people sit in coffeeshops in Amsterdam and think that’s the Netherlands. But there’s much more to the country, and Amsterdam’s rival city is a good place to start exploring!

Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier

Mark Adams, one of my favorite writers, has a new book out on Alaska! I got an advanced copy and it was really good. It reminded me a lot of Turn Right at Machu Picchu so if you liked that, you'll love this!

Hi Amsterdam! Bye Amsterdam! After enough time to sleep off my jetlag, I’m off to Rotterdam. I spent one night there 6 years ago. This time I have 4 nights and I’m looking forward to actually discovering the city!

The Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is one of the only reasons I am able to travel so often — and it's something you can do, too! If you have been thinking about getting started earning points & miles but don't know where to begin, I wrote this guide to help take you step-by-step!

And if you have any questions about travel hacking, let me know and I'll respond in the comments!

Timeline Photos

After two months at home, I’m leaving NYC. Got a new iPhone and had a friend take a “portrait mode” photo. Think I'm ready to be one of those Instagram models? Is this my best side? I’m off to Europe for the next month! First stop is Amsterdam, then Rotterdam for @traverseevents blogging conference. Then onto Nice and Monaco for a friend’s birthday, then all around England and hopefully Wales to update some guides! I’ll have a few meet-ups along the way, so if you’re in any of these places let me know!

We're 75% of the way to completing this mission! Help us get to 100%!

Final call to help send our FLYTE student's to Guatemala next month! FLYTE, is our community charity that raises money to send high school students on international trips to help expand their minds and put their education into practice.

If you’re the kind of person that is looking for a way to spread the power of travel, help us help these kids for as little as just $1.00!

Thank you all again for your support of this program! Read more about this year's group and the program in this update!

How to Explore the Greek Islands

The Greek Islands are a popular summer destination for a good reason! They're all cheap, beautiful, and relaxing! If you're deciding which islands to visit, here's my guide explaining what each of the most popular islands have to offer!

24 Amazing Places to Eat and Drink in New York City

NYC is known for world-class food and drinks. There are honestly hundreds of places to pick from, but these 24 are my favorites!

22 photos that will inspire you to visit Cambodia

Cambodia will always be one of my favorite countries and this post will explain why!

Bulgaria Travel Guide

I went to Bulgaria with few expectations and was blown away by the country’s affordability, amiable locals, incredible history, scenery, beaches, and nightlife! It's one of the most underrated European destinations!

How to do the Philippines on a Budget (2018 Edition)

Unfortunately I've only been to The Philippines once for a short time. But since it's one of the most budget-friendly destinations in the world, I want to share more about the country to help you travel there! In this post, Will from The Broke Backpacker (who has spent over 6 months there) shares everything you need to know about traveling the country on a budget!

How to Spend 5 Days in Paris

Five days in Paris isn't nearly enough, but if it's all you have, here's what you should do!

11 Ways to Improve Your Travel Writing

There's MUCH more to travel writing than all the press trips, sponsored content, and Instagram selfies we see today. If you want to stand out from the crowd, learn to tell better stories, and make writing your profession, check out these tips!

Travel is a Privilege

In the “quit your job to travel the world” cheerleading that happens so often on travel websites (including this one), we often forget that it’s not easy for everyone.

The Best Hostels in Australia

Hey guys! I've been updating a TON of old posts on the site including this one! If you're planning a trip to Australia anytime soon, here are my recommendations for some of the best hostels around the country!

Why Travel Can Change the World

Travel can and WILL have a positive impact on the future!

Timeline Photos

Where are your summer travels taking you? This amazing shot of Mount Olomana in Hawaii was taken by community member @joyryde!
If you want to be featured for #ForumFriday just join our community forums and submit a photo to this thread: nomadicmatt.us/landscapeshots ! I choose a new photo every week! -
#visithawaii #hawaii

Visiting Petra? Here's everything you need to know

Petra is a World Wonder for all the right reasons! If you've ever thought about visiting this enchanting place, here's everything you need to know!

Embracing Change: Health Scares, Retirement, and Travel

As more and more adults consider a “nomadic” retirement (especially here in the U.S. where it wasn’t always so common), I wanted to interview Donella and her husband to have them share their advice to help anyone who is considering doing the same!

How to (Legally) Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days

One of the most frequent questions I get in my inbox is “How can I stay in Europe for more than 90 days?”. Though the answer is complicated, there ARE a few ways to get around the 90-day Schengen Zone limit.

Nomadic Matt's Guide to Iceland

Anyone headed to Iceland this summer?! It's one of my all time favorite countries (I can't wait to be back again in September!) If you want to experience the authentic side of Iceland and save tons of money on your visit, check out my brand new Iceland guide!

Travel Starts At Home

Sometimes you may need a vacation but can't take the time off to do so. Here are some ways to get yourself into the travel mindset and explore your own city with a new perspective!

Bordeaux, France | A Guide to This Amazing City

If you love wine, food, and architecture (and who doesn’t?!), Bordeaux is a place you should visit on your next trip to France!

How to Crush it on Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is one of the best ways to connect with locals, get off the main tourist travel path, and make new friends. I used it a lot on my last trip through France. Here's how to always have a successful time using it!

Montreal Travel Guide

With countless museums and galleries, the second largest botanical garden in the world, and parks scattered all over the city, there is plenty to keep you busy in Montreal! It's one of my favorite Canadian cities!

How to Photograph People

Respectfully taking a good photograph of the locals in an area is one of the hardest aspects of travel photography — but it's not entirely impossible!

How to Gain the Support of Your Friends and Family

When I first quit my job to travel the world, many people didn't understand and tried to convince me not to go. If you're struggling to convince the people in your life why your travel plans are the right choice for you, this post by Be My Travel Muse will help!

How Heather is Traveling South America on a Budget

Heather was the winner of the "Win A Trip Around the World" contest I ran last year. She won $50 a day for a year to travel anywhere in the world with! Now it's time to catch up with her and find out about her trip, how the budgeting is going, and some more lessons learned as she makes her way across South America!

Meet the Team: The Many Faces of Nomadic Matt

Earlier this year I was hiring for a new member of the Nomadic Matt team...and we finally found them! Mike started working with us last month, so I thought it was a good time to re-share this *updated* article so you all can get to know him and the rest of the team behind this website (it takes a lot more than just me to run smoothly!)

I've been in NYC for close to two months now. This is the longest I've been in one places in...well, I can't remember. No flights, no trips outside the city. Nothing. I'm getting really itchy feet, which is is good because next week I am off to a conference in Denver, then to one in Rotterdam, and then off to England for a few weeks (and maybe Wales!). Time to head back on the road again. Where are your summer travels taking you?

Timeline Photos

Yesterday's #ForumFriday! This beautiful scene is from the Dolomites in Italy taken by one of our forum community members, Shelby Anderson!
If you want to be featured for #ForumFriday just join our community forums and submit a photo to this thread: nomadicmatt.us/landscapeshots

How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

After two lengthy visits, countless hours walking around and taking tours, listening to all the jazz and eating as much crawfish as possible, I’ve compiled this non-definitive guide to exploring New Orleans!

Why Do We Travel? Endless Opportunity!

We all have our reasons for traveling. What's yours?

Timeline Photos

Heading back to Amsterdam this month on the way to Rotterdam to speak at Traverse Events! A few tickets have just been made available to this sold out event: http://www.traverse-events.com/conferences/traverse-18-rotterdam/! Use code NM20 for 20% off!
I'm excited to be able to spend a few days eating and biking through one of my favorite cities!

Traverse 18 - Rotterdam - Traverse

I’ll be speaking at the #Traverse18 influencers conference in Rotterdam in two weeks (26-27 May). Come down to hear me talk about 10 years of travel blogging, as well as getting to see over 45 other sessions, plus attend great networking events, one on ones with experts and meet fantastic brands!

A few tickets have just been made available to this sold out event and you can use code NM20 for 20% OFF!:


Of Americans, Canadians, and Flags

I recently met some Iranians and had a few conversations about the negative perceptions of Americans, which reminded me of this old post of mine. With the Iran deal dead and Trump as president, I feel like this is just as relevant today as it was when I wrote it.

The coolest hostels around the world

Where's the coolest hostel you've ever stayed at?


How to Move Abroad and Save Money

Have you ever thought of living overseas? Not sure the logistics of it? In this post, professional travel writer Tim Leffel shares the steps needed to move overseas, save more, and have more fun!

What to do in Istanbul, from must-dos to lesser-known gems

Istanbul is the kind of city you'll carry with you.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers

If you’re going to be taking a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with you around the world, protecting your data and backing up your memories really matters (and it doesn't take a huge effort!)

The Guide to Fearless Solo Female Travel

This is THE ultimate guide for solo female travelers, giving you the information you need as a woman to plan an amazing trip and be a fearless and informed traveler!

8 reasons to love Christchurch, New Zealand - Young Adventuress

Though severely damaged by earthquakes in the last few years, Christchurch is becoming a brand-new city and a super hip place to be!

That Time I Lost My Passport

Stepping out of the restricted area at the Amsterdam airport, I had an awful realization: I left my passport on the plane. At least now I know the steps you need to take when you lose your passport overseas! Has this ever happened to you?

The Best Things to Do in and Around Cusco, Peru

Looks like I really need to visit Cusco!

10 Destinations to Visit When You're a Budget Traveler

These destinations are my favorite countries and regions for getting the most value for your money, meeting friendly locals and travelers, eating well, and having fun! Any you'd add?

11 Incredible LGBT Travel Movies

In this post, Adam from Travels of Adam shares some of his favorite LGBT travel films! Even if you don’t identify as LGBT, these films follow themes we can all relate to, no matter your sexuality or gender.

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