Cyber Monday: All Books and Courses Up to 50% Off!

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A man looking at a mountain
Are you looking to get into the travel industry? Well, you’re in luck. Though I don’t talk about it often (well, at least compared to my books), I have a travel media school called Superstar Blogging, with courses on blogging, photography, vlogging/YouTube, and travel writing.

Today, we’re releasing a couple massive updates to the courses. Based on reader feedback, changes in the industry, and updated best practices, we update the courses every year to ensure that they have the best and most current information possible on how to succeed in the travel industry.

And, because it’s also Cyber Monday, we’re heavily discounting the courses too! It’s a double win! Also, all my ebooks will be on sale too! Triple win!

First, you can get all my e-books and guides 50% off for the next 24 hours. You’ll get all my destination guides plus my guide to travel hacking and teaching English overseas. My guides take what you love about this site and supercharge it. The destination guides include all my favorite hostels, restaurants, and bars — spots you probably won’t find listed elsewhere – as things to see in ado in each place. They go into a level of depth not found on the website and help you be the best traveler in any destination! They are written for budget travelers and those wanting to get off the beaten track when they travel.

As Edward said about my Thailand guide, “One of the best things about Matt’s book is that it avoids all the frivolous details that so many travel guides have nowadays. This book gets straight to the point – and helps you avoid all the tourist traps. I went to Thailand not knowing what to expect and reading this guide eased my fears. It was like a cheat sheet to best the country had to show me. There was never a moment I felt “lost.” This was a great guide and I definitely plan to buy more.”

My travel hacking guide will help you unlock the mystery of points and miles and have traveling first class for free in no time. Travel hacking is what makes constant travel affordable. As Rusty said, “Matt’s guide has unlocked a whole new way to travel. His book was an eye-opener — it explained the concept and language of travel hacking in a way that is easy to read and understand. Since buying his book six months ago, I have accumulated nearly 300,000 points. Now, I’m repeating the steps for my wife so we can have double the miles for our future trips!”

And the teaching English book will help you get a job, teach overseas, pay off your debt, and have a life changing experience. Teaching overseas was one of the best things I’ve done in my life.

Now, to the courses:

The Business of Blogging

There’s a seemingly endless pool of travel blogs out there. Every day hundreds of people think, “Hey, I travel, so I’m going to start a blog and try to make a living out of this like all these people I see online.”

While there are plenty of blogs, there’s not a lot of well-run blogs, which gives you plenty of opportunity to succeed. You need to be like the cook who says, “This place is good, but I can do better” and then opens up a successful restaurant!

Imagine being able to share your experience with the world. Imagine setting your own schedule, traveling wherever — and whenever — you want, inspiring others to travel — and getting paid to do it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn your love of travel into a paying gig while helping others at the same time?

In this course, I am here to be your mentor and walk you through the entire process of establishing a successful blog. Think of me as your training wheels.

I’ll take you behind the curtain: you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how I run my website; never-before-seen screenshots of my systems; and my tips, tricks, and blogging advice.

With this update version of the course, you’ll also get:

  • Expanded advice on choosing a blog name, picking a niche, and developing your brand. Since many students got tripped up on this part of the process, we added some tips and checklists so you can do this quicker and better.
  • An expanded section on setting up a newsletter, with added screenshots and guides so you can install your newsletter easily
  • An updated and expanded section on making e-books, including how to come up with an idea, write and edit your book, and set the price
  • A new way to design and write your product pages to increase the number of people who purchase your book
  • An added section on influencer marketing and how to succeed at it
  • An added section on setting up a shopping cart
  • An added section on how to network at conferences
  • Added sections on basic HTML and CSS coding (we’ll help you master tech)
  • Added sections on how you can adjust your theme

We’ve updated all our videos and screenshots; created new walk-throughs, charts, and visual aids; and reorganized the content so the course is structured in a more logical order.

Additionally, we now have monthly office hours during which I’ll answer your questions and give feedback over the phone.

This update continues to make our program the most robust and informative out there. It will teach you how to run a sustainable business and succeed in the world of travel media for the long haul.

The course is normally $299 but, as part of our Cyber Monday deal, this course is 33% off for the next 24 hours.

Buy now for one payment of $199 OR Buy now for 3 payments of $66

OR learn more about the course: https://superstarblogging.nomadicmatt.com/the-business-of-blogging-course/

The Art of Travel Vlogging

People love video. It’s engaging and exciting. Video makes everything seem more real and alive. Humans are visual creatures, and video gives us a special connection to what and who we are watching.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into the travel video world, NOW is the time to kick-start your career making travel videos. Video is the wave of the future in the travel industry.

The course is taught in conjuction with two travel vlogging superstars: Nadine from Hey Nadine and Kristin from Hopscotch the Globe.They will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how they make and edit incredible content on YouTube (and explain why they included certain footage and why some ended up on the cutting room floor), and learn how they have masterfully connected with bigger stars, brands, and their readers, monetizing their channel while getting paid to travel the world.

Through video instruction, step-by-step guides, photo and video examples, and at-home exercises, this course will give you a complete understanding of how to succeed with video online.

In this course, we’ll teach you everything you need to know:

  • What gear to use and why, so you don’t spend unnecessary money
  • What to do to keep your gear safe
  • How to be on the right side of the law by understanding permits
  • How to scout locations, plan shots, and film videos, as Nadine and Kristin take you behind the scenes of their show
  • How to paint a visual story that others want to watch
  • How to get over shyness and become a captivating host with proven tips and advice
  • The secrets to growing your channel faster with interviews
  • How to edit your videos, as Kristin and Nadine walk you through how they edit theirs in Adobe Premier and Final Cut Pro
  • How to increase viewership through networking, marketing, and social media. Learn where to spend your time and where NOT to spend your time.
  • What to do and what not to do when connecting with influencers (a vital part of any YouTuber’s career)
  • Successful ways to make money — collaborating with brands and tourism boards, and creating your own products — including videos on monetization

The course is normally $297 but, as part of our Cyber Monday deal, this course is 33% off for the next 24 hours.

Buy now for $199 OR Buy now for 3 payments of $66

OR learn more about the course: https://superstarblogging.nomadicmatt.com/travel-video-course/

Our Photography and Writing Courses

Additionally, our photography course is 30% off (only $69) and our writing course is 40% off (only $299). Just click on the links to take advantage of those deals too!

***
There’s never going to be a moment when you have enough time. If you wait for the perfect moment to start your blog, you’ll be waiting forever. And you’ll always be wondering “what if…”

But with lifetime access to these courses, you’ll have plenty of time to turn what you love into something more.

I know when you are new to blogging, spending a couple hundred dollars on a course is not the easiest thing in the world. I remember when I started blogging and was making zero money. But what is your time worth? Would you rather waste it trying to figure it out yourself — and probably getting it wrong — or pay to get the right information right away so you can save time, work smarter, and start earning quicker?

Many people think all they need is information. They say things like, “I could find that information for free!” or “I found this other free mini-course. That’s all I need.”

Sure, there’s tons of free information on the web.

But if all someone needed was information, wouldn’t everyone be a wild success? Why would we need doctors when we have WebMD? Mechanics when we have YouTube? Universities when you have a podcast? I could read a book on gardening, but that doesn’t mean I’d be a world-class gardener.

No, you need more than information. You need someone who can make sense of it. Someone who can guide you, answer your questions, give advice, help you problem-solve and distill all that information, and speed up your success.

That’s what we do with these courses. We are your mentors. We take your through the vast amount of information out there, show you what works and what doesn’t so you save time, avoid making mistakes, and supercharge your journey to success.

So take advantage of my Cyber Monday sale and get started! The sale end tomorrow at 10am EST.

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Posted from https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/cyber-monday-2/

A man looking at a mountain
Are you looking to get into the travel industry? Well, you’re in luck. Though I don’t talk about it often (well, at least compared to my books), I have a travel media school called Superstar Blogging, with courses on blogging, photography, vlogging/YouTube, and travel writing.

Today, we’re releasing a couple massive updates to the courses. Based on reader feedback, changes in the industry, and updated best practices, we update the courses every year to ensure that they have the best and most current information possible on how to succeed in the travel industry.

And, because it’s also Cyber Monday, we’re heavily discounting the courses too! It’s a double win! Also, all my ebooks will be on sale too! Triple win!

First, you can get all my e-books and guides 50% off for the next 24 hours. You’ll get all my destination guides plus my guide to travel hacking and teaching English overseas. My guides take what you love about this site and supercharge it. The destination guides include all my favorite hostels, restaurants, and bars — spots you probably won’t find listed elsewhere – as things to see in ado in each place. They go into a level of depth not found on the website and help you be the best traveler in any destination! They are written for budget travelers and those wanting to get off the beaten track when they travel.

As Edward said about my Thailand guide, “One of the best things about Matt’s book is that it avoids all the frivolous details that so many travel guides have nowadays. This book gets straight to the point – and helps you avoid all the tourist traps. I went to Thailand not knowing what to expect and reading this guide eased my fears. It was like a cheat sheet to best the country had to show me. There was never a moment I felt “lost.” This was a great guide and I definitely plan to buy more.”

My travel hacking guide will help you unlock the mystery of points and miles and have traveling first class for free in no time. Travel hacking is what makes constant travel affordable. As Rusty said, “Matt’s guide has unlocked a whole new way to travel. His book was an eye-opener — it explained the concept and language of travel hacking in a way that is easy to read and understand. Since buying his book six months ago, I have accumulated nearly 300,000 points. Now, I’m repeating the steps for my wife so we can have double the miles for our future trips!”

And the teaching English book will help you get a job, teach overseas, pay off your debt, and have a life changing experience. Teaching overseas was one of the best things I’ve done in my life.

Now, to the courses:

The Business of Blogging

There’s a seemingly endless pool of travel blogs out there. Every day hundreds of people think, “Hey, I travel, so I’m going to start a blog and try to make a living out of this like all these people I see online.”

While there are plenty of blogs, there’s not a lot of well-run blogs, which gives you plenty of opportunity to succeed. You need to be like the cook who says, “This place is good, but I can do better” and then opens up a successful restaurant!

Imagine being able to share your experience with the world. Imagine setting your own schedule, traveling wherever — and whenever — you want, inspiring others to travel — and getting paid to do it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn your love of travel into a paying gig while helping others at the same time?

In this course, I am here to be your mentor and walk you through the entire process of establishing a successful blog. Think of me as your training wheels.

I’ll take you behind the curtain: you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how I run my website; never-before-seen screenshots of my systems; and my tips, tricks, and blogging advice.

With this update version of the course, you’ll also get:

  • Expanded advice on choosing a blog name, picking a niche, and developing your brand. Since many students got tripped up on this part of the process, we added some tips and checklists so you can do this quicker and better.
  • An expanded section on setting up a newsletter, with added screenshots and guides so you can install your newsletter easily
  • An updated and expanded section on making e-books, including how to come up with an idea, write and edit your book, and set the price
  • A new way to design and write your product pages to increase the number of people who purchase your book
  • An added section on influencer marketing and how to succeed at it
  • An added section on setting up a shopping cart
  • An added section on how to network at conferences
  • Added sections on basic HTML and CSS coding (we’ll help you master tech)
  • Added sections on how you can adjust your theme

We’ve updated all our videos and screenshots; created new walk-throughs, charts, and visual aids; and reorganized the content so the course is structured in a more logical order.

Additionally, we now have monthly office hours during which I’ll answer your questions and give feedback over the phone.

This update continues to make our program the most robust and informative out there. It will teach you how to run a sustainable business and succeed in the world of travel media for the long haul.

The course is normally $299 but, as part of our Cyber Monday deal, this course is 33% off for the next 24 hours.

Buy now for one payment of $199 OR Buy now for 3 payments of $66

OR learn more about the course: https://superstarblogging.nomadicmatt.com/the-business-of-blogging-course/

The Art of Travel Vlogging

People love video. It’s engaging and exciting. Video makes everything seem more real and alive. Humans are visual creatures, and video gives us a special connection to what and who we are watching.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into the travel video world, NOW is the time to kick-start your career making travel videos. Video is the wave of the future in the travel industry.

The course is taught in conjuction with two travel vlogging superstars: Nadine from Hey Nadine and Kristin from Hopscotch the Globe.They will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how they make and edit incredible content on YouTube (and explain why they included certain footage and why some ended up on the cutting room floor), and learn how they have masterfully connected with bigger stars, brands, and their readers, monetizing their channel while getting paid to travel the world.

Through video instruction, step-by-step guides, photo and video examples, and at-home exercises, this course will give you a complete understanding of how to succeed with video online.

In this course, we’ll teach you everything you need to know:

  • What gear to use and why, so you don’t spend unnecessary money
  • What to do to keep your gear safe
  • How to be on the right side of the law by understanding permits
  • How to scout locations, plan shots, and film videos, as Nadine and Kristin take you behind the scenes of their show
  • How to paint a visual story that others want to watch
  • How to get over shyness and become a captivating host with proven tips and advice
  • The secrets to growing your channel faster with interviews
  • How to edit your videos, as Kristin and Nadine walk you through how they edit theirs in Adobe Premier and Final Cut Pro
  • How to increase viewership through networking, marketing, and social media. Learn where to spend your time and where NOT to spend your time.
  • What to do and what not to do when connecting with influencers (a vital part of any YouTuber’s career)
  • Successful ways to make money — collaborating with brands and tourism boards, and creating your own products — including videos on monetization

The course is normally $297 but, as part of our Cyber Monday deal, this course is 33% off for the next 24 hours.

Buy now for $199 OR Buy now for 3 payments of $66

OR learn more about the course: https://superstarblogging.nomadicmatt.com/travel-video-course/

Our Photography and Writing Courses

Additionally, our photography course is 30% off (only $69) and our writing course is 40% off (only $299). Just click on the links to take advantage of those deals too!

***
There’s never going to be a moment when you have enough time. If you wait for the perfect moment to start your blog, you’ll be waiting forever. And you’ll always be wondering “what if…”

But with lifetime access to these courses, you’ll have plenty of time to turn what you love into something more.

I know when you are new to blogging, spending a couple hundred dollars on a course is not the easiest thing in the world. I remember when I started blogging and was making zero money. But what is your time worth? Would you rather waste it trying to figure it out yourself — and probably getting it wrong — or pay to get the right information right away so you can save time, work smarter, and start earning quicker?

Many people think all they need is information. They say things like, “I could find that information for free!” or “I found this other free mini-course. That’s all I need.”

Sure, there’s tons of free information on the web.

But if all someone needed was information, wouldn’t everyone be a wild success? Why would we need doctors when we have WebMD? Mechanics when we have YouTube? Universities when you have a podcast? I could read a book on gardening, but that doesn’t mean I’d be a world-class gardener.

No, you need more than information. You need someone who can make sense of it. Someone who can guide you, answer your questions, give advice, help you problem-solve and distill all that information, and speed up your success.

That’s what we do with these courses. We are your mentors. We take your through the vast amount of information out there, show you what works and what doesn’t so you save time, avoid making mistakes, and supercharge your journey to success.

So take advantage of my Cyber Monday sale and get started! The sale end tomorrow at 10am EST.

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The best Winter sport places in and around Vienna

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Vienna may not be the obvious winter sports destination. For a break from sightseeing, however, a few excellent places in and around Austria’s capital invite for ice skating, ice curling, tobogganing, cross country skiing and even Alpine skiing. Ice skating Since Vienna hosts several excellent ice skating places this is the easiest winter sport to […]

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Vienna may not be the obvious winter sports destination. For a break from sightseeing, however, a few excellent places in and around Austria’s capital invite for ice skating, ice curling, tobogganing, cross country skiing and even Alpine skiing. Ice skating Since Vienna hosts several excellent ice skating places this is the easiest winter sport to […]

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Why Croatia is becoming the next luxury villa destination

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Sitting in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia was missed as a holiday destination for many years. As if it were invisible, people were unaware of the stunning scenery, temperate climate, crystal blue waters and long sandy beaches.  However, Europe’s best-kept vacation location secret has finally got out, and with real gems like Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia has […]

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Posted from http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2017/11/26/why-croatia-is-becoming-the-next-luxury-villa-destination/

Sitting in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia was missed as a holiday destination for many years. As if it were invisible, people were unaware of the stunning scenery, temperate climate, crystal blue waters and long sandy beaches.  However, Europe’s best-kept vacation location secret has finally got out, and with real gems like Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia has […]

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10 reasons why Occitanie may be the new Provence

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Looking out from Toulouse the map looks invitingly blank. For Occitanie is the “other South of France”, intensely French, a sun-warmed countryside where livestock outnumber people. Occitanie? It’s the administrative replacement for Languedoc-Rousillion and Midi-Pyrenees bureaucratically butchered at midnight on 31st January 2015. As Provence’s country sister, Occitanie does decadence in its own bucolic way – enjoying […]

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Looking out from Toulouse the map looks invitingly blank. For Occitanie is the “other South of France”, intensely French, a sun-warmed countryside where livestock outnumber people. Occitanie? It’s the administrative replacement for Languedoc-Rousillion and Midi-Pyrenees bureaucratically butchered at midnight on 31st January 2015. As Provence’s country sister, Occitanie does decadence in its own bucolic way – enjoying […]

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A Journey Through Madagascar: Notes on the Privilege of Travel

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Poverty and outdated buildings in Madagascar
Two years ago, I wrote about how privileged and lucky we are to be able to travel the world. No matter our circumstances, we are doing something most of the world will never get a chance to do. Most people never leave their own country, let alone their continent.

Even if we’re barely scraping two pennies together as we couchsurf the world, we’re pretty fortunate. I wrote back then (and sorry for quoting myself):

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.

There are those for whom no mindset change, spending cuts, or budget tips will help them travel — those who are too sick, have parents or children to care for, face great debt, or work three jobs just to make rent.

After all, 2.8 billion people — nearly 40% of the world’s population — survive on less than $2 USD a day! In my home country of the United States, 14% of the population is below the poverty line, 46 million people are on food stamps, many have to work two jobs to get by, and we have a trillion dollars in student debt dragging people down.

Nothing any website can say will magically make travel a reality for those people.

Those of us who do travel are a privileged few.

That’s not to say that hard work doesn’t count, but hard work doesn’t exist in a bubble — the circumstances that create the opportunities for hard work to bear fruit are often just as important as the work itself: support from family and friends, jobs that allow for overtime, a strong currency, cheap flights, or golden passports allow you to find work overseas. All these things matter. Most of us who travel aren’t barely getting by or on social assistance nor do we wonder if we can afford the next meal.

Whether you are traveling the world on $10, $50, or $200 a day, the simple fact you are traveling for pleasure puts you in a global minority.

We’re a privileged bunch.

Traveling constantly teaches me to appreciate just how lucky I am to do what I do. It reminds me never to forget the fact that I have access education, support systems, and resources most of the world doesn’t.
My visit to Madagascar in September was my most recent reminder of this. Madagascar is a country of 20 million people that sees only 300,000 tourists a year. In Madagascar, 90% of the population lives in poverty, and 25% live in areas prone to natural disaster. Almost half of all children under five are malnourished, and the GNP is just $420 per capita (with 92% of the population living on $2 a day). Madagascar is also one of the ten countries most at risk from the effects of climate change. The country is 152 of 188 on the UN Human Development Index. Things are so bad there was actually a recent outbreak of plague. Yes, THE PLAGUE.

While I’ve seen poverty before on my travels, it’s never been as open, vivid, and widespread as what I saw in Madagascar.

A father and son in Madagascar

My guide Patrick told me about Madagascar’s plight: corruption, environmental degradation, poverty, poor infrastructure, and a lack of education (including sex education) that has led to overpopulation, too many kids, not enough jobs, and a vicious cycle.

In Madagascar the roads have more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese, and there are too many cars and frequent accidents. Going 250km can take up to eight hours. While I was there, a bridge on the only north-south road collapsed because a truck was too heavy for it (weight station bribes are frequent). We had to wade through a river for another bus to pick us up on the other side.

And trains? The three train lines, built by the French in the 1960s, run only a few times a month, are mostly used for freight, and frequently break down. They are worse than the roads.

Madagascar is a place where houses reminded me of early colonial US settlers: dirt and mud homes with straw roofs and one tiny window for air. I visited a few villages, and inside these homes, I immediately noticed the musty air and lack of ventilation. I thought to myself, This is how people get respiratory diseases.

It is a country where kids wear an amalgamation of whatever they can find — and more often than not, it is filled with holes.

It is a place where people live in shantytowns and on riverbanks where they also dry their clothes (and where it floods constantly during the rainy season). They fish and farm in urban areas next to factories dumping pollution.

Dated buildings in Madagascar

It is a country where I saw people mining for sapphires in conditions so harsh it could only be described as a scene out of Blood Diamond. This is place where the mining industry keeps people in company towns under terrible conditions simply because they know the people have no other option.

It is a place where the kind of poverty you read about became very, very real.

This is not to say I never knew this stuff existed. I’m not naïve or stupid. I read the news. I’ve been around the world. I’ve seen corruption, political turmoil, and poverty before. But it’s one thing to read about stark poverty in the news and it’s another to see it in front of you. It’s another to be confronted with it and have it confront your views.

This isn’t a situation where it’s like “Ohh, wow, it’s poverty! Let’s go take a look!”

This is one of those situations where you feel like you’re seeing for the first time.

This is one of those situations where your bubble bursts and what you see on TV and the news goes from abstract to real.

It’s become so easy nowadays to travel in your comfort zone and never come face to face with aspects of the world that may utterly change who you are and what you think. It’s easy to visit developing or developed countries, stay on the backpacker trail, and never see anything that makes us confront our privilege. It’s easy to only see what you want to see, to stare at Facebook in hostels, visit backpacker bars, take big-bus tours, fly from resort to resort, and attend cultural events designed for tourists.

If travel is meant to push you out of your comfort zone and expand your mind, you need to visit places that do so. To me this is part of the beauty of travel. It forces you outside your bubble, which adds great perspective to life.

A boy looking through a window

You realize how lucky you are to be able to travel — while getting to know how most of the world really lives. To see it, to experience it. While we argue on Facebook and debate Twitter memes, kids go to bed hungry across the world (and sadly too often in developed countries too).

This is not to say I am arguing for “poverty tourism,” but going to places so different from your own can open your mind to different cultures, lifestyles, behaviors, and income levels.

The locals in Madagascar were friendly, welcoming, and hospitable. They were genuinely curious in our conversations and appreciative of the fact we were there. They never made me feel like I didn’t belong. I loved all my interactions with people in the country and the happy smiles they had on their faces. I’m sure they would all love a little bit more fresh water, health care, food, and basic infrastructure. But it was nice to see kids playing in the streets not glued to their iphone. It was nice to remember that there’s so much beyond consumerism.

My trip to Madagascar was a deeply profound one because it pulled me out of my bubble and made me remember that’s there is stark inequality in the world and made want to do more about it.

Poverty in Madagascar

It was a reminder to resubscribe to the Ralph Waldo Emerson school of thought:

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Words without action are nothing. I must not become too selfish and I must endeavor more to give back to the places that give me so much.

So, as I end this article, I want to highlight some good local development organizations that are working to improve the living conditions in Madagascar. I donated $250 to each already and will match every dollar you all contribute up to another $500 per organization.

  • Feedback Madagascar is an organization that helps to alleviate poverty by working directly with communities to recognize the relationship between poverty, environmental degradation, and poor health. It gives priority to project sites in remote areas.
  • SEED Madagascar specializes in sustainable development and conservation projects in the southeastern part of Madagascar. Its projects include school building, natural resource management, environmental conservation, and more.
  • Madalief is a nonprofit organization run by a small group in the Netherlands, and it aims to give poor children in Madagascar a better future. Madalief also helps offer employment to locals on the project site, like at its eco-social hotel in Ambositra (which I stayed in).
  • Hope For Madagascar – With a focus on disadvantaged children and women, Hope For Madagascar builds and repairs schools and offers scholarships to children in need. It also works to improve village self-sufficiency through clean water and permaculture projects.
  • Reef Doctor – This non-profit has been implementing conservation projects in southwest Madagascar for 15 years. Reef Doctor works to restore and preserve vulnerable habitats and overexploited resources, while also creating projects to alleviate poverty in Madagascar.

In a country where a meal is less than a dollar, corruption is rife, and higher education is uncommon, a little can go a very, very long way.

I encourage you to seek out destinations that make you rethink your life; to find organizations that help others and the environment when you travel; to get off the tourist trail, expand your mind, open your heart, and, as Gandhi said, be the change we wish to see the in the world.


P.S. – I’m hosting a community travel meetup in NYC on November 30th! If you want to meet other travelers, enjoy some cheap drinks, and hang out with the Nomadic Matt team then be sure to come by! You can find all the details on Facebook!

P.P.S. – Want to win a free trip around the world? I’m giving away over $18,000 to one lucky person so that they can travel the world! Check out the contest details to find out how you can make your travel dreams a reality!

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Poverty and outdated buildings in Madagascar
Two years ago, I wrote about how privileged and lucky we are to be able to travel the world. No matter our circumstances, we are doing something most of the world will never get a chance to do. Most people never leave their own country, let alone their continent.

Even if we’re barely scraping two pennies together as we couchsurf the world, we’re pretty fortunate. I wrote back then (and sorry for quoting myself):

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.

There are those for whom no mindset change, spending cuts, or budget tips will help them travel — those who are too sick, have parents or children to care for, face great debt, or work three jobs just to make rent.

After all, 2.8 billion people — nearly 40% of the world’s population — survive on less than $2 USD a day! In my home country of the United States, 14% of the population is below the poverty line, 46 million people are on food stamps, many have to work two jobs to get by, and we have a trillion dollars in student debt dragging people down.

Nothing any website can say will magically make travel a reality for those people.

Those of us who do travel are a privileged few.

That’s not to say that hard work doesn’t count, but hard work doesn’t exist in a bubble — the circumstances that create the opportunities for hard work to bear fruit are often just as important as the work itself: support from family and friends, jobs that allow for overtime, a strong currency, cheap flights, or golden passports allow you to find work overseas. All these things matter. Most of us who travel aren’t barely getting by or on social assistance nor do we wonder if we can afford the next meal.

Whether you are traveling the world on $10, $50, or $200 a day, the simple fact you are traveling for pleasure puts you in a global minority.

We’re a privileged bunch.

Traveling constantly teaches me to appreciate just how lucky I am to do what I do. It reminds me never to forget the fact that I have access education, support systems, and resources most of the world doesn’t.
My visit to Madagascar in September was my most recent reminder of this. Madagascar is a country of 20 million people that sees only 300,000 tourists a year. In Madagascar, 90% of the population lives in poverty, and 25% live in areas prone to natural disaster. Almost half of all children under five are malnourished, and the GNP is just $420 per capita (with 92% of the population living on $2 a day). Madagascar is also one of the ten countries most at risk from the effects of climate change. The country is 152 of 188 on the UN Human Development Index. Things are so bad there was actually a recent outbreak of plague. Yes, THE PLAGUE.

While I’ve seen poverty before on my travels, it’s never been as open, vivid, and widespread as what I saw in Madagascar.

A father and son in Madagascar

My guide Patrick told me about Madagascar’s plight: corruption, environmental degradation, poverty, poor infrastructure, and a lack of education (including sex education) that has led to overpopulation, too many kids, not enough jobs, and a vicious cycle.

In Madagascar the roads have more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese, and there are too many cars and frequent accidents. Going 250km can take up to eight hours. While I was there, a bridge on the only north-south road collapsed because a truck was too heavy for it (weight station bribes are frequent). We had to wade through a river for another bus to pick us up on the other side.

And trains? The three train lines, built by the French in the 1960s, run only a few times a month, are mostly used for freight, and frequently break down. They are worse than the roads.

Madagascar is a place where houses reminded me of early colonial US settlers: dirt and mud homes with straw roofs and one tiny window for air. I visited a few villages, and inside these homes, I immediately noticed the musty air and lack of ventilation. I thought to myself, This is how people get respiratory diseases.

It is a country where kids wear an amalgamation of whatever they can find — and more often than not, it is filled with holes.

It is a place where people live in shantytowns and on riverbanks where they also dry their clothes (and where it floods constantly during the rainy season). They fish and farm in urban areas next to factories dumping pollution.

Dated buildings in Madagascar

It is a country where I saw people mining for sapphires in conditions so harsh it could only be described as a scene out of Blood Diamond. This is place where the mining industry keeps people in company towns under terrible conditions simply because they know the people have no other option.

It is a place where the kind of poverty you read about became very, very real.

This is not to say I never knew this stuff existed. I’m not naïve or stupid. I read the news. I’ve been around the world. I’ve seen corruption, political turmoil, and poverty before. But it’s one thing to read about stark poverty in the news and it’s another to see it in front of you. It’s another to be confronted with it and have it confront your views.

This isn’t a situation where it’s like “Ohh, wow, it’s poverty! Let’s go take a look!”

This is one of those situations where you feel like you’re seeing for the first time.

This is one of those situations where your bubble bursts and what you see on TV and the news goes from abstract to real.

It’s become so easy nowadays to travel in your comfort zone and never come face to face with aspects of the world that may utterly change who you are and what you think. It’s easy to visit developing or developed countries, stay on the backpacker trail, and never see anything that makes us confront our privilege. It’s easy to only see what you want to see, to stare at Facebook in hostels, visit backpacker bars, take big-bus tours, fly from resort to resort, and attend cultural events designed for tourists.

If travel is meant to push you out of your comfort zone and expand your mind, you need to visit places that do so. To me this is part of the beauty of travel. It forces you outside your bubble, which adds great perspective to life.

A boy looking through a window

You realize how lucky you are to be able to travel — while getting to know how most of the world really lives. To see it, to experience it. While we argue on Facebook and debate Twitter memes, kids go to bed hungry across the world (and sadly too often in developed countries too).

This is not to say I am arguing for “poverty tourism,” but going to places so different from your own can open your mind to different cultures, lifestyles, behaviors, and income levels.

The locals in Madagascar were friendly, welcoming, and hospitable. They were genuinely curious in our conversations and appreciative of the fact we were there. They never made me feel like I didn’t belong. I loved all my interactions with people in the country and the happy smiles they had on their faces. I’m sure they would all love a little bit more fresh water, health care, food, and basic infrastructure. But it was nice to see kids playing in the streets not glued to their iphone. It was nice to remember that there’s so much beyond consumerism.

My trip to Madagascar was a deeply profound one because it pulled me out of my bubble and made me remember that’s there is stark inequality in the world and made want to do more about it.

Poverty in Madagascar

It was a reminder to resubscribe to the Ralph Waldo Emerson school of thought:

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Words without action are nothing. I must not become too selfish and I must endeavor more to give back to the places that give me so much.

So, as I end this article, I want to highlight some good local development organizations that are working to improve the living conditions in Madagascar. I donated $250 to each already and will match every dollar you all contribute up to another $500 per organization.

  • Feedback Madagascar is an organization that helps to alleviate poverty by working directly with communities to recognize the relationship between poverty, environmental degradation, and poor health. It gives priority to project sites in remote areas.
  • SEED Madagascar specializes in sustainable development and conservation projects in the southeastern part of Madagascar. Its projects include school building, natural resource management, environmental conservation, and more.
  • Madalief is a nonprofit organization run by a small group in the Netherlands, and it aims to give poor children in Madagascar a better future. Madalief also helps offer employment to locals on the project site, like at its eco-social hotel in Ambositra (which I stayed in).
  • Hope For Madagascar – With a focus on disadvantaged children and women, Hope For Madagascar builds and repairs schools and offers scholarships to children in need. It also works to improve village self-sufficiency through clean water and permaculture projects.
  • Reef Doctor – This non-profit has been implementing conservation projects in southwest Madagascar for 15 years. Reef Doctor works to restore and preserve vulnerable habitats and overexploited resources, while also creating projects to alleviate poverty in Madagascar.

In a country where a meal is less than a dollar, corruption is rife, and higher education is uncommon, a little can go a very, very long way.

I encourage you to seek out destinations that make you rethink your life; to find organizations that help others and the environment when you travel; to get off the tourist trail, expand your mind, open your heart, and, as Gandhi said, be the change we wish to see the in the world.


P.S. – I’m hosting a community travel meetup in NYC on November 30th! If you want to meet other travelers, enjoy some cheap drinks, and hang out with the Nomadic Matt team then be sure to come by! You can find all the details on Facebook!

P.P.S. – Want to win a free trip around the world? I’m giving away over $18,000 to one lucky person so that they can travel the world! Check out the contest details to find out how you can make your travel dreams a reality!

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The Best Lesbian Travel Blogs

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lesbian bloggers
I’ve added an LGBT column to the website to make the site is more inclusive and talks about issues that affect some members of our travel community. In this column, we will hear from voices in the LGBT community about their experiences on the road, safety tips, events, and overall advice for other LGBT travelers. This week, Dani from Globetrottergirls shares some of her favorite lesbian travel blogs.

Ever since I started traveling full-time in 2010, I’ve been an avid blog reader. I am subscribed to dozens of blogs, and I have visited countless places after finding out about them on blogs.

Boracay in the Philippines, for example — I read about it on blogs. Or Las Lajas in Colombia, which I visited this year, seven years after learning about it through a travel blog. The charming French town of Colmar? I am now keen to visit it after it popped up on several blogs I read.

Without travel blogs, I would have never found out about these places. The same goes for cafés and restaurants, ice cream shops and bars, small art galleries, and great hostels. I read blogs for travel inspiration all the time, but also for travel tips when I research a destination I am planning to visit.

While there are dozens of couples’ travel blogs, solo female travel blogs, and a fair number of gay travel blogs, there have never been many lesbian travel blogs. At least, until recently! It seems that in the last year or two, there are a lot more people that are selling everything they own to go traveling, and that is also true in the lesbian world. For years, the L in LGBT travel blogs was filled by only a handful of blogs, but there has been an explosion of lesbian travel blogs recently and I am excited to see the lesbian travel blogosphere expand. These girls have inspired me with their stories about off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Bahrain and Cuba, piqued my interest in destination weddings, and made me consider spending all my savings on a campervan and heading out on the open road.

If you are looking for travel inspiration, I recommend checking out the following lesbian travel blogs — and of course you don’t have to be an LGBT traveler to enjoy them:

Lez Wander The World

Lez Wander the World

Mari (from LA) and Zoey (from England) were each backpacking through Southeast Asia when their paths crossed in Bangkok, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Recommended entry: All of the articles in their “Being Queer In…” series, including the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, and Thailand.

2 Moms Travel

2 Moms Travel
Lara and her wife Deb travel with their two kids, showing that it is possible to travel with young children.

Recommended entry: “Europe: 6 Weeks, 2 Kids, 1 Suitcase”

Straight On Detour

Straight On Detour
Prue, a photographer from Australia, and Becky, a travel writer from England, have been traveling the world together since 2012, when they met in Thailand.

Recommended entry: “You’re Ready to Travel the World: But Is Your Relationship?”

The Rainbow Route

The Rainbow Route
Jen lives in Vancouver with her wife Laura. They travel together as a couple, but Jen also takes plenty of solo trips. Their wanderlust has brought them to places like Central America, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Europe.

Recommended entry:Traveling as a Lesbian in Costa Rica

Free Wheel Drive

Free Wheel Drive
Laura and Camrin are two girls from Wisconsin who, in June 2017, packed up everything they could fit into their Jeep Grand Cherokee named Tina and started traveling around North America while working remotely. Their plan is to hit up as many national parks as possible, to couchsurf, to housesit, to use WWOOF (to work on organic farms), and to see how far they can get while traveling on a budget.

Recommended entry: “The Incredible Grand Teton National Park

Vagabroads

Vagabroads
The Vagabroads are Sunny, a former criminal defense attorney, and Karin, who used to be a network engineer. The couple, who hail from Nashville, TN, sold all of their possessions to go on an indefinite overland journey down the Pan-American Highway through the US, Mexico, and Central and South America.

Recommended entry: “Volcano Boarding the Cerro Negro Volcano in Nicaragua

The Fussy Femme

Fussy Femme
Jess, originally from Adelaide, Australia, quit her job, sold all her stuff, and currently only has a suitcase and backpack to her name. She caught the travel bug when she moved to Chicago at age 19 and has since lived in Singapore, London, and Melbourne.

Recommended entry: “How I Saved 50k in One Year to Be Able to Travel the World

A Lesbian Suitcase

Lesbian Suitcase
Alli and Ausha are two girls from Richmond, VA, who, despite having regular 9-to-5 jobs, make travel a priority in their lives.

Recommended entry: “Why You Don’t Need to Quit Your Job to Travel the World

The Road House Coasters

Road House Coasters
Kat and Jot are a British couple who met at university and moved to Australia together. They recently sold everything they owned and bought a bus to travel.

Recommended entry: “So, we bought a bus

Once Upon A Journey

Once Upon A Journey
Roxanne and Maartje are two gorgeous blondes from the Netherlands who shared a dream of traveling the world together. In March 2017, they made their dream a reality, starting their journey in Russia with an epic train trip: the Trans-Siberian Express all the way to China. The girls are in Southeast Asia now and are planning to head to New Zealand next.

Recommended entry: “17 Tips To Travel The Trans-Siberian Express

The Freedom Travellers

The Freedom Travellers
Victoria, a Brit, and Elaina, an Aussie, met at work in Australia. They quit their corporate jobs in 2014 and have been traveling ever since. So far, they’ve visited 39 countries together.

Recommended entry: “How We Quit Our Jobs to Travel the World!

Dopes on the Road

Dopes on the Road
Meg Cale and her wife Lindsay met online, dated long-distance while Meg was teaching in South Korea and Lindsay was in the United States, and finally got married last year.

Recommended entry: “We Eloped: Yup, Lindsay and I Got Married in Ecuador,” about their South American destination wedding.

Happy Camper Wives

Happy Camper Wives
Valerie and Jessi are a lesbian couple roaming the US in a teardrop camper mini RV.

Recommended entry: “Fears We Had About Traveling Full Time

Curious Jessie

Curious Jessie
Jessie and her girlfriend are a British couple who went on a round-the-world trip for 14 months. Now back in the UK, travel is still a big part of their lives.

Recommended entry: “5 Fears Traveling the World as a Lesbian Couple

Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors
Alison and Helene are two thirty-somethings from the UK who are traveling the world after quitting their jobs and selling everything they own.

Recommended entry: “Death Road…on a bike

Gabriela Here and There

Gabriela Here and There
Gabriela is an adventurer who has been traveling full-time since 2016 and is on a quest to visit every country in the world. Her current country count is 77!

Recommended entry: “Backpacking in Bahrain

LezBackpack

LezBackpack
Melissa chronicles her life and travels with her wife Constance.

Recommended entry: “Traveling Together is the Absolute Worst
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I am excited to see the growing number of wanderlust-inducing lesbian travel blogs. All these blogs show though that there is always room for quality content on the internet, and there are still not enough lesbian voices out there. If you’re an LGBT traveler, I hope these blogs provide the inspiration and advice you need. And if you’re not an LGBT traveler, these websites are still fun and informative to read!

Dani Heinrich is the vagabonding writer and photographer behind GlobetrotterGirls.com. Originally from Germany, she has been nomadic since 2010, when she quit her corporate job and embarked on a round-the-world-trip. She has travelled through over 60 countries on four continents and has no plans to stop any time soon! You can also follow her adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


P.S. – Want to step up your travel hacking game? I’m speaking at Frequent Traveler University’s Expo in Chicago on November 18th. It’s the world’s largest travel, points, and miles event and will be some great speakers there. You can click here to get your ticket. Also, as a reader of this site, you get 75% off the ticket price with the code “NOMAD”.

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lesbian bloggers
I’ve added an LGBT column to the website to make the site is more inclusive and talks about issues that affect some members of our travel community. In this column, we will hear from voices in the LGBT community about their experiences on the road, safety tips, events, and overall advice for other LGBT travelers. This week, Dani from Globetrottergirls shares some of her favorite lesbian travel blogs.

Ever since I started traveling full-time in 2010, I’ve been an avid blog reader. I am subscribed to dozens of blogs, and I have visited countless places after finding out about them on blogs.

Boracay in the Philippines, for example — I read about it on blogs. Or Las Lajas in Colombia, which I visited this year, seven years after learning about it through a travel blog. The charming French town of Colmar? I am now keen to visit it after it popped up on several blogs I read.

Without travel blogs, I would have never found out about these places. The same goes for cafés and restaurants, ice cream shops and bars, small art galleries, and great hostels. I read blogs for travel inspiration all the time, but also for travel tips when I research a destination I am planning to visit.

While there are dozens of couples’ travel blogs, solo female travel blogs, and a fair number of gay travel blogs, there have never been many lesbian travel blogs. At least, until recently! It seems that in the last year or two, there are a lot more people that are selling everything they own to go traveling, and that is also true in the lesbian world. For years, the L in LGBT travel blogs was filled by only a handful of blogs, but there has been an explosion of lesbian travel blogs recently and I am excited to see the lesbian travel blogosphere expand. These girls have inspired me with their stories about off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Bahrain and Cuba, piqued my interest in destination weddings, and made me consider spending all my savings on a campervan and heading out on the open road.

If you are looking for travel inspiration, I recommend checking out the following lesbian travel blogs — and of course you don’t have to be an LGBT traveler to enjoy them:

Lez Wander The World

Lez Wander the World

Mari (from LA) and Zoey (from England) were each backpacking through Southeast Asia when their paths crossed in Bangkok, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Recommended entry: All of the articles in their “Being Queer In…” series, including the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, and Thailand.

2 Moms Travel

2 Moms Travel
Lara and her wife Deb travel with their two kids, showing that it is possible to travel with young children.

Recommended entry: “Europe: 6 Weeks, 2 Kids, 1 Suitcase”

Straight On Detour

Straight On Detour
Prue, a photographer from Australia, and Becky, a travel writer from England, have been traveling the world together since 2012, when they met in Thailand.

Recommended entry: “You’re Ready to Travel the World: But Is Your Relationship?”

The Rainbow Route

The Rainbow Route
Jen lives in Vancouver with her wife Laura. They travel together as a couple, but Jen also takes plenty of solo trips. Their wanderlust has brought them to places like Central America, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Europe.

Recommended entry:Traveling as a Lesbian in Costa Rica

Free Wheel Drive

Free Wheel Drive
Laura and Camrin are two girls from Wisconsin who, in June 2017, packed up everything they could fit into their Jeep Grand Cherokee named Tina and started traveling around North America while working remotely. Their plan is to hit up as many national parks as possible, to couchsurf, to housesit, to use WWOOF (to work on organic farms), and to see how far they can get while traveling on a budget.

Recommended entry: “The Incredible Grand Teton National Park

Vagabroads

Vagabroads
The Vagabroads are Sunny, a former criminal defense attorney, and Karin, who used to be a network engineer. The couple, who hail from Nashville, TN, sold all of their possessions to go on an indefinite overland journey down the Pan-American Highway through the US, Mexico, and Central and South America.

Recommended entry: “Volcano Boarding the Cerro Negro Volcano in Nicaragua

The Fussy Femme

Fussy Femme
Jess, originally from Adelaide, Australia, quit her job, sold all her stuff, and currently only has a suitcase and backpack to her name. She caught the travel bug when she moved to Chicago at age 19 and has since lived in Singapore, London, and Melbourne.

Recommended entry: “How I Saved 50k in One Year to Be Able to Travel the World

A Lesbian Suitcase

Lesbian Suitcase
Alli and Ausha are two girls from Richmond, VA, who, despite having regular 9-to-5 jobs, make travel a priority in their lives.

Recommended entry: “Why You Don’t Need to Quit Your Job to Travel the World

The Road House Coasters

Road House Coasters
Kat and Jot are a British couple who met at university and moved to Australia together. They recently sold everything they owned and bought a bus to travel.

Recommended entry: “So, we bought a bus

Once Upon A Journey

Once Upon A Journey
Roxanne and Maartje are two gorgeous blondes from the Netherlands who shared a dream of traveling the world together. In March 2017, they made their dream a reality, starting their journey in Russia with an epic train trip: the Trans-Siberian Express all the way to China. The girls are in Southeast Asia now and are planning to head to New Zealand next.

Recommended entry: “17 Tips To Travel The Trans-Siberian Express

The Freedom Travellers

The Freedom Travellers
Victoria, a Brit, and Elaina, an Aussie, met at work in Australia. They quit their corporate jobs in 2014 and have been traveling ever since. So far, they’ve visited 39 countries together.

Recommended entry: “How We Quit Our Jobs to Travel the World!

Dopes on the Road

Dopes on the Road
Meg Cale and her wife Lindsay met online, dated long-distance while Meg was teaching in South Korea and Lindsay was in the United States, and finally got married last year.

Recommended entry: “We Eloped: Yup, Lindsay and I Got Married in Ecuador,” about their South American destination wedding.

Happy Camper Wives

Happy Camper Wives
Valerie and Jessi are a lesbian couple roaming the US in a teardrop camper mini RV.

Recommended entry: “Fears We Had About Traveling Full Time

Curious Jessie

Curious Jessie
Jessie and her girlfriend are a British couple who went on a round-the-world trip for 14 months. Now back in the UK, travel is still a big part of their lives.

Recommended entry: “5 Fears Traveling the World as a Lesbian Couple

Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors
Alison and Helene are two thirty-somethings from the UK who are traveling the world after quitting their jobs and selling everything they own.

Recommended entry: “Death Road…on a bike

Gabriela Here and There

Gabriela Here and There
Gabriela is an adventurer who has been traveling full-time since 2016 and is on a quest to visit every country in the world. Her current country count is 77!

Recommended entry: “Backpacking in Bahrain

LezBackpack

LezBackpack
Melissa chronicles her life and travels with her wife Constance.

Recommended entry: “Traveling Together is the Absolute Worst
***
I am excited to see the growing number of wanderlust-inducing lesbian travel blogs. All these blogs show though that there is always room for quality content on the internet, and there are still not enough lesbian voices out there. If you’re an LGBT traveler, I hope these blogs provide the inspiration and advice you need. And if you’re not an LGBT traveler, these websites are still fun and informative to read!

Dani Heinrich is the vagabonding writer and photographer behind GlobetrotterGirls.com. Originally from Germany, she has been nomadic since 2010, when she quit her corporate job and embarked on a round-the-world-trip. She has travelled through over 60 countries on four continents and has no plans to stop any time soon! You can also follow her adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


P.S. – Want to step up your travel hacking game? I’m speaking at Frequent Traveler University’s Expo in Chicago on November 18th. It’s the world’s largest travel, points, and miles event and will be some great speakers there. You can click here to get your ticket. Also, as a reader of this site, you get 75% off the ticket price with the code “NOMAD”.

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Win a Trip Around the World Contest (Updates)

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On October 30th, I released the third edition of my book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.

If there’s one constant in travel, it’s that it is forever changing. And so the tips and prices I wrote in the last edition, which only came out two years ago, are out of date. So much has changed! In the latest edition of my New York Times best-selling book, I show you how to travel cheaper, longer, and smarter with all my updated tips, tricks, and travel hacks. You’ll get over 40 new pages of content in addition. It also has more of a global perspective to help non-Americans, couples, and families travel better!

Money is the primary reason why most people don’t travel as much as they want, and this book will help save you money on trips for the rest of your life.

To celebrate the new edition, I decided to give away $18,250 in cash to someone who bought a copy of the book. Since the contest was announced, I’ve had a number of questions from readers about the rules and requirements of the contest, so in today’s quick update, I’m going to answer all your questions:

Why isn’t this contest open to everyone?
Unfortunately, this contest is only open to those in the US and Canada. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the book is really only available in these countries. It’s not sold overseas directly via my publisher. Sure, you can order anything from Amazon, but that’s not through my publisher. Since the book is only physically sold here, we decided to only open the contest to where you can walk into a bookstore and purchase the book.

I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal but, after seeing everyone’s reactions when we started this, my publisher and I did look into opening it up worldwide. However, every country has its own contest rules, and it’s very hard to create rules that would apply to every country in the world. It’s just not possible to do without running afoul of lots of local laws and, in the end, was rejected by their legal department.

Why can’t you just open it up to everyone on your own? Why does a publisher need to be involved?
Honestly, I thought about it. But if I strike out on my own, I lose my publisher’s stellar legal team, and since, oddly, a lot of people have complained this contest is “illegal” (it’s not), I can’t afford to lose their legal shield should someone try to go after me.

Thus we, thanks to some annoying people on the web, must keep the contest restricted to Americans and Canadians.

Do I have to be a citizen or a resident of these countries?
A legal, tax-paying resident.

Quebec is part of Canada. Why can’t people in Quebec participate?
Quebec has its own rules regarding contests, requiring that they must be done in both French and English. Since this is not in French, the contest isn’t valid there. It’s very common to have contests that exclude Quebec.

Is this illegal?
No. This is not sweepstakes, lottery, or giveaway. Your 500-word essay entry will be read and judged. This makes it a contest as it is a skills-based test and thus fully legal, except in the states that don’t allow this, which are mentioned in our terms and conditions. Void where prohibited and all.

Does buying it on Kindle count?
Yes!

I bought the old edition. Does that count?
No. You need to purchase the new edition within the contest window in order to be eligible.

Can I screenshot my receipt? The rules are unclear.
Yes, a screenshot of your order email is fine. Often, order forms have information we aren’t collecting and our rules meant to say we didn’t want that information, just your order info. But we were unclear. Sorry about that.

Why does Amazon say this book came out in 2015? Is this the new edition?
Yes, the third edition is the new edition. Here’s the long boring story: We did what is called a “soft relaunch.” This book has the same ISBN number (basically a book’s social security number) as the old edition. So since it doesn’t have a new ISBN, it’s considered by Amazon to have the same published date. We added some stuff in the description of the book to indicate it is the new edition, but that’s all I can do. I assure you the third edition is brand-spanking new!

Does this trip have to be continuous travel?
Good question — and yes. You get a monthly stipend so long as you are on the road. You can’t go travel for a few weeks, come back, go again, come back, and go again. This money can only be used on the trip you are going on once you leave your house. Once you come back, the trip is considered over.

How will I receive the money?
You’ll get monthly deposits into your bank account.

Where can I go if I win?
Anywhere you want!

I hope that answers your questions. You can leave more in the comment section. I’ll be happy to answer them there!

And if you’d like a chance to win $18,250 and head around the world, you can click here to see the rules, enter, and hope Christmas comes early and you win! The contest runs through November 30th.

Enter between October 30, 2017 and November 30, 2017. Open to US residents and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), 18 and older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at nomadicmatt.com for full details.

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On October 30th, I released the third edition of my book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.

If there’s one constant in travel, it’s that it is forever changing. And so the tips and prices I wrote in the last edition, which only came out two years ago, are out of date. So much has changed! In the latest edition of my New York Times best-selling book, I show you how to travel cheaper, longer, and smarter with all my updated tips, tricks, and travel hacks. You’ll get over 40 new pages of content in addition. It also has more of a global perspective to help non-Americans, couples, and families travel better!

Money is the primary reason why most people don’t travel as much as they want, and this book will help save you money on trips for the rest of your life.

To celebrate the new edition, I decided to give away $18,250 in cash to someone who bought a copy of the book. Since the contest was announced, I’ve had a number of questions from readers about the rules and requirements of the contest, so in today’s quick update, I’m going to answer all your questions:

Why isn’t this contest open to everyone?
Unfortunately, this contest is only open to those in the US and Canada. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the book is really only available in these countries. It’s not sold overseas directly via my publisher. Sure, you can order anything from Amazon, but that’s not through my publisher. Since the book is only physically sold here, we decided to only open the contest to where you can walk into a bookstore and purchase the book.

I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal but, after seeing everyone’s reactions when we started this, my publisher and I did look into opening it up worldwide. However, every country has its own contest rules, and it’s very hard to create rules that would apply to every country in the world. It’s just not possible to do without running afoul of lots of local laws and, in the end, was rejected by their legal department.

Why can’t you just open it up to everyone on your own? Why does a publisher need to be involved?
Honestly, I thought about it. But if I strike out on my own, I lose my publisher’s stellar legal team, and since, oddly, a lot of people have complained this contest is “illegal” (it’s not), I can’t afford to lose their legal shield should someone try to go after me.

Thus we, thanks to some annoying people on the web, must keep the contest restricted to Americans and Canadians.

Do I have to be a citizen or a resident of these countries?
A legal, tax-paying resident.

Quebec is part of Canada. Why can’t people in Quebec participate?
Quebec has its own rules regarding contests, requiring that they must be done in both French and English. Since this is not in French, the contest isn’t valid there. It’s very common to have contests that exclude Quebec.

Is this illegal?
No. This is not sweepstakes, lottery, or giveaway. Your 500-word essay entry will be read and judged. This makes it a contest as it is a skills-based test and thus fully legal, except in the states that don’t allow this, which are mentioned in our terms and conditions. Void where prohibited and all.

Does buying it on Kindle count?
Yes!

I bought the old edition. Does that count?
No. You need to purchase the new edition within the contest window in order to be eligible.

Can I screenshot my receipt? The rules are unclear.
Yes, a screenshot of your order email is fine. Often, order forms have information we aren’t collecting and our rules meant to say we didn’t want that information, just your order info. But we were unclear. Sorry about that.

Why does Amazon say this book came out in 2015? Is this the new edition?
Yes, the third edition is the new edition. Here’s the long boring story: We did what is called a “soft relaunch.” This book has the same ISBN number (basically a book’s social security number) as the old edition. So since it doesn’t have a new ISBN, it’s considered by Amazon to have the same published date. We added some stuff in the description of the book to indicate it is the new edition, but that’s all I can do. I assure you the third edition is brand-spanking new!

Does this trip have to be continuous travel?
Good question — and yes. You get a monthly stipend so long as you are on the road. You can’t go travel for a few weeks, come back, go again, come back, and go again. This money can only be used on the trip you are going on once you leave your house. Once you come back, the trip is considered over.

How will I receive the money?
You’ll get monthly deposits into your bank account.

Where can I go if I win?
Anywhere you want!

I hope that answers your questions. You can leave more in the comment section. I’ll be happy to answer them there!

And if you’d like a chance to win $18,250 and head around the world, you can click here to see the rules, enter, and hope Christmas comes early and you win! The contest runs through November 30th.

Enter between October 30, 2017 and November 30, 2017. Open to US residents and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), 18 and older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at nomadicmatt.com for full details.

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Video of the week: Drone fishing for tuna

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You have to take your hat off to Jaiden Maclean as he undertakes pioneering game fishing from the beach whilst using innovative techniques from above. Watch as he uses his DJI drone to successfully bring in a longtail tuna.

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You have to take your hat off to Jaiden Maclean as he undertakes pioneering game fishing from the beach whilst using innovative techniques from above. Watch as he uses his DJI drone to successfully bring in a longtail tuna.

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Tipsy history of Lake District country estates

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‘Tis soon to be the season to be merry, so we thought we’d take a look at the history behind some of the Lake District’s best country estate attractions where music, wine and good food would have flowed. From brewing families to gin merchants, we have found a merry tale or two indeed! Join us […]

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‘Tis soon to be the season to be merry, so we thought we’d take a look at the history behind some of the Lake District’s best country estate attractions where music, wine and good food would have flowed. From brewing families to gin merchants, we have found a merry tale or two indeed! Join us […]

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5 reasons to travel solo in Japan

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Whether you’re running a finger over a map searching for your next solo holiday destination, or you’re daydreaming about travelling alone for the very first time, there’s a cluster of islands with rich culture and history, delicious food and kindly people. A country perfect for every kind of solo traveller. Japan, a place with diametric […]

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Whether you’re running a finger over a map searching for your next solo holiday destination, or you’re daydreaming about travelling alone for the very first time, there’s a cluster of islands with rich culture and history, delicious food and kindly people. A country perfect for every kind of solo traveller. Japan, a place with diametric […]

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