I had the pleasure of meeting Nomadic Matt at last yearâ€™s TBEX conference in New York City. We drank some beers, talked travel, and discussed work. And he is a hard-workinâ€™ 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. Heâ€™s been everywhere, and heâ€™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. Heâ€™s also released a bunch of e-books, some of which Iâ€™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 donâ€™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 thatâ€™s how vacation packages are modeled, but in reality, itâ€™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 thereâ€™s anything we like in this household, itâ€™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.
Itâ€™s also only $14, which is just over a half-case of beer. Thatâ€™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, Mattâ€™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 youâ€™re interested, check it out! You can also learn more about his e-books on his site.