I had the pleasure of meeting Nomadic Matt at last year’s TBEX conference in New York City. We drank some beers, talked travel, and discussed work. And he is a hard-workin’ dude…he actually retired early on some evenings to get work done. The stamina!
Anyway, for those who only recently started following along, Matt is a well-seasoned traveler who has been globetrotting for a few years now. He’s been everywhere, and he’s someone managed to find that dream balance of living a nomadic life and doing it while making money. I really do trust his advice. He’s also released a bunch of e-books, some of which I’ve helped research.
Recently he sent along his How to Travel the World for 50 USD book, an easy read but filled with useful goodies. Point in case: he explains the logistics of global banking and gives a list of places that don’t have foreign transaction fees, something I wish I had known more about before hitting up England.
The e-book is also divided up into different sections, starting with Pre-Trip Planning (hence the bank info). Matt talks specifically about how we believe it costs a small fortune to travel because that’s how vacation packages are modeled, but in reality, it’s as cheap as living a settled life when you factor in expenses like rent, bills, etc. There are also tips for saving on travel gear (plus a sweet section about what your backpack SHOULD include) and airline tickets.
Next up: destinations, the best places to stretch your buck, and transit prices, followed by a chapter of extras including links to some sweet job boards.
AND there are over 20 coupons for accommodation discounts and more at the back of the book, equalling over $1000 in savings. And if there’s anything we like in this household, it’s coupon craziness! Seriously. You should see our mail pile.
I suppose one downside, however, is that this guide mostly caters to Americans. I suggest applying these tactics to however you do things in you homeland, but it might just take a little extra legwork.
It’s also only $14, which is just over a half-case of beer. That’s a pretty good bargain. AND if you buy How to Travel the World for 50 USD, I get a commission. Win, win.
In other news, Matt’s How to Teach English Overseas e-book is now available for Kindle and iPad. I wrote a review about it awhile ago, so if you’re interested, check it out! You can also learn more about his e-books on his site.