Travel is about breaking out of your comfort zone and testing your boundaries. Here's the story of what happened when I embraced a way of life outside my own in Reno, Nevada.
Angkor Wat is amazing, but these experiences are what makes Cambodia a truly special country!
These old houses from East London survived the war and date back to the 1700s. This was the poorest part of London (though lately it's become quite hip and fashionable) and it was in these streets that Jack the Ripper roamed in the late 1800s.
If you can imagine cobblestone streets and gas lamps, you can imagine Victorian London since these houses are pretty much unchanged!
Flights to Australia are often long and expensive, but here are just a few of the many reasons to save up your vacation time and brave that long venture across the Pacific!
So change of plans! I'm heading to Georgia and Azerbaijan on Sunday! I've been looking to break out of the Western Europe / Southeast Asia travel bubble I seem to be in so I'm pretty stoked to be visiting here! We don't have a lot of time but I'm taking time away from work so I can focus on these new places! If you've been and have tips, leave them here!
P.S. - Sorry, UK folks, this means no meet-ups! :(
Planning to hike the Inca Trail? Here's what you should expect along the multi-day journey.
Years ago, I went to his favorite sushi place in Osaka and tweeted that I thought it was "meh." We got into a fun debate on what makes sushi great. I had the fortune of meeting him at an event once and, starstruck, all I could do was stammer on about how I liked his episode on the fish place from my town he profiled.
It has been the only time I've ever been starstruck in my entire life.
He has always been an inspiration to me. When I was planning my trip around the world, I imagined myself roaming parts unknown like him. He one of the people who inspired me to do this thing I do.
So seeing this flash on my screen is a real damn bummer and fills me with tremendous sadness.
"Devastated" doesn't describe my feelings right now.
A survivor of attempted suicide once said that as he jumped off the SF bridge, he realized he wanted to live and prayed for another chance. He thanks every day he got it.
Suicide is never the answer and it's a shame Tony thought that it was. The world is a darker place without him. This industry is a darker place without him. I am a little darker without him. He was and has always been an inspiration to me throughout my career. He made me want to always be better.
Now a hero is gone.
Please if you are feeling down or suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Call your local version if you aren't in the states.
Depression claims too many of us.
Get help. Find people. See a therapist. You will leave behind more sorrow than you think you are escaping and you'll never know just how much people truly did care.
Tony, we cared.
I wish you could know that.
From delicious food markets, to beautiful parks and architecture, to overlooked sights, you’ll get the best of Paris in one place. I love Paris and this guide will pass this love affair onto you by telling you the best things to see and do in this magical city!
In March, I was invited on the inaugural flight of Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10, where I flew over 24 hours from Charleston to Singapore (with a stopover in Osaka). Spending over a day in a plane is an experience I’ll (probably) never have again, but surprisingly, it was better than I thought. What's the longest flight you've ever taken?
The question of "how can I stay in Europe for longer than 90 days?" frequently pops up in my inbox (especially this time of year!) So I recently updated this post with new links, resources, and advice for 2018!
To some, travel is not an option; it is a luxury. However, the idea that travel is always expensive is simply not true. There are plenty of great travel destinations in the world that won’t break your bank once you’re there!
Need some solo-travel motivation? Here are the stories of six female travelers from all walks of life who saved up money, conquered their fears, and followed their hearts around the globe!
Outside of London, you'll find England is a much cheaper place to visit than you think! I also think the best of the country lies outside the capital anyway!
No matter where you go or how you get there, a safari will be an adventure of a lifetime!
One of the greatest things about traveling the world is that it makes you comfortable speaking with strangers and making friends! It's not always so easy when you're back home, though. What's your experience with this?
Every day the airlines have thousands of killer deals — from mistakenly published cheap fares to normal deals to slashed prices to compete with another airline. Cheap fares are out there if you know how to find them!
Namibia is one of those destinations that is truly out of this world magical. If you're looking for an incredible country in Africa to visit this year, put Namibia on your list!
Conquering Mountains is the ultimate comprehensive solo travel guide for women! Created by women for women, this guide gives practical tips about how to head off the beaten path, meet locals, and have unique, authentic experiences.
Need some summer reads? Here are some of my all-time favorites! Let me know your suggestions, I'm always looking for more books!
Anxiety doesn't have to cripple you from realizing your travel dreams. In this post, Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps shares in-depth methods and resources for coping with anxiety on the road and how travel can actually help reduce anxiety!
I’ve added an LGBT column for the website to make the site more inclusive and talk about issues that affect some members of our travel community. Dani from Globetrottergirls shares the 4 main issues that lesbian travelers face on the road in today's post.
Today, I got to meet a hero of mine: Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet. He invited me over to his house, we chatted for a bit, and then had lunch nearby. It was pretty surreal. LP's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring was the book I bought that "locked" in my trip around the world. After I bought it, I said to myself "Right, no going back now!" I used their books extensively.
And, when I started this website, it was with the goal of becoming a writer for Lonely Planet.
What the Wheelers did with LP is something I strive to do with my own site: focus on getting people to see the world, getting them out of resorts and interacting with local cultures, and doing it in a sustainable way.
Though they long sold the company, they helped bring the world to a generation of people and inspire them to visit places that they might not have.
And it is because of people like them that I am here now.
I'm still smiling over this!
(Not pictured: Maureen Wheeler who, after a brief hello, left to run an errand. She was the driving business force behind the company!)
Every month, somewhere in the world, you’ll find people descending on a location to celebrate and share a common experience! If you feel like getting wet, dirty, staying up late, dancing, or just want to enjoy the energy of tens of thousands of people, check out some of these festivals!
Planning a trip to Central or South America? Now might be a great time to book! For the next 3 weeks Intrepid Travel is offering 10% off their fall and winter trips to destinations in both regions (and you might just find me on one of their upcoming Peru trips!)
Paris is considered one of the most expensive cities in Europe but it doesn't have to be! I visit the city almost every year and use these tips to ensure a very budget-friendly trip!
I’m having lunch with Tony (the founder of Lonely Planet) on Saturday so it’s a little ironic that I just saw this article!
A final beautiful sunset here on the coast of France. I'm going to miss all the good food and wine here. I'm off to London (come to our meet up on Sunday!) where I'll be for the next week updating our London content!
While I was in Vietnam a few years ago, I decided to join some new friends on a long-distance biking trip. Unfortunately, things didn't go quite as planned.
I’ve been in Nice for the past few days, and it’s just as beautiful as I remember!
Nice is definitely not a very budget friendly destination, but there are plenty of free things to do here! Take advantage of free sights like this one from the hilltop, the beach, Vieux Nice, Jardin Albert I (the city’s central park), and the Promenade des Anglais, which fills up at night with music and street performers!
Now I’m off to London for the weekend where I'll be hosting a meet-up! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2057814107581508/
Traveling with kids is an often-requested topic so here's a guest post from Cameron of Traveling Canucks! He shares his top tips for traveling with your family, including small children. Some of these might never have even crossed your mind before!
Fear holds a lot of people back from traveling. If you've been thinking of travel the world or taking an extended trip but still have some worries, this post will help you overcome those worries and fears!
Traveling with a baby (or two!) can present its own unique set of obstacles, especially when it’s your first time. On top of that, everyone has an opinion about the right and wrong way to travel with your family. In this guest post from Corinne McDermott of Have Baby Will Travel, you’re encouraged to ignore the nay-sayers and find a solution that works for everyone!
Lisbon is a city that is hard not to love. Don’t breeze through here. Spend a few extra days to really settle in and enjoy a city where no one rushes, meals last a few hours, and everyone has a smile on their face!
I’ve been going to Europe for close to ten years now. Europe isn’t cheap, but there are plenty of ways to cut down costs. Since Europe is so big, today I want to talk about traveling around Western Europe and the Eurozone countries on a budget!
Hello from Nice! It’s beyond nice here today! I was here about four years ago when I toured the coast on my way from Spain. Now, I’m back for a few days as part of a last minute decision to celebrate a friend’s birthday before heading to London.
I’ve been in France for less than 24 hours and I already don’t want to leave. I want to stop and eat in every cafe and endlessly down carafes of French vino. I may have to be rolled onto the plane. Send help. Actually don’t. Just send more baguettes! Thanks! 😂
Five tried-and-true tips and tricks for discovering the hidden secrets of food from Jodi of Legal Nomads!
Really interesting article about travel around Alaska! Has anyone been?
Hi from Rotterdam! I’m here speaking at a conference and enjoying the city’s eclectic architecture. Where is everyone in the world right now? Sound off! (Also, this kid was having the time of his life just running around.)
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/
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?
Good hostels can be hard to come by but, with this advice, I promise you'll always find an awesome hostel!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
What's a cottage holiday in beautiful Dartmoor like? Well there's only one way to find out.