According to Nasser Hamzah, executive director of the JTTX, visitors are welcome from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Have you ever said one of these things:
“I wish I could travel more but I can’t afford it.”
“I wish I could travel more but I don’t have the time.”
“I’m not sure how to start planning my trip.”
“I don’t know if I can save enough money for a trip.”
“I don’t know where to begin.”
I’ve been there. Like you, I used to think travel was something I could never afford to do. I didn’t grow up with much money and my family or friends didn’t travel much – and when we did it was to hotels and resorts. As grew older, I worked all the time, my parents didn’t pay my way, and I was unsure where to find the tools I needed to make travel a reality. I saw the commercials, watch the ads, and read the travel magazines and thought “I’ll never be able to afford to travel.”
But then I went traveling and realized everything I knew about travel was a lie. Travel is way more affordable than people make it out to be. It is something that is possible for anyone – and I want show you how.
I am here to tell you that it is 100% possible – no matter where you are from or what your income level.
I’ve spent the last ten years traveling the world and the last eight showing people how they can do it too. I am here to tell you those dreams in your head don’t have to be just dreams. They can be a reality.
It’s my mission now to help traveler like YOU to realize YOUR travel dreams the same way those five backpackers helped me realize mine.
My advice has been featured on the following major media sites because, time and time again, it’s the best budget advice out there:
I put all my knowledge, the advice from this website, and tons of information you won’t find here in one easy to reference book!
HOW TO AFFORD AND PLAN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
In my New York Times best selling print guide, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, I’ll show you step-by-step exactly how to find the travel deals, tips, and companies that make travel affordable no matter what your budget. This book takes the information on my website and goes into much more detail was well as features tips, tricks, and country breakdowns never talked about here on the blog! It condenses ten years of travel into one easily referenced book.
I’m going to teach you how to become a master traveler so you’ll have the lifelong skills to always get the most value from your money, afford any trip, go anywhere, and stop imagining yourself in exotic destinations – because you’ll actually be there.
What You’ll Learn With This Book
- Master the art of saving for your trip – even if you only make a little money per year. I’ll show you how to be a savings machine.
- Learn how to make your money work for you and never pay overseas bank fees again.
- Master the ways to get FREE airline tickets and save thousands – yes, free!
- Learn the ins and outs of round the world tickets (and whether or not you need one).
- Discover what to look for in a backpack so you get one that lasts forever (and is always comfy).
- Learn how to use travel credit cards to gain hundreds of thousands of free frequent flier and hotel points.
- Learn where to send your mail and what to do with your stuff before you set off on your adventure.
- Find out where to find travel discount cards that can save you 40% or more on your trip.
- Get the secrets to eating cheaply in any city in the world.
- Get demystified about what travel insurance is, why you need it, and how to pick the right coverage provider.
- Learn why tourism cards are the best kept travel secret and how to use them to save hundreds in any city you are in.
- Find out how I manage to cut my transportation costs by 50% and how you can too.
- Discover all the ways you can get free accommodation – from someone’s couch to luxurious mansions – when you travel.
- Get stories, tips, and interviews with other travelers to learn from their successes – and failures – so you avoid rookie mistakes.
- Get a comprehensive list of all the best companies to use from around the world.
PLUS – Get detailed costs for accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, and activities (and specific ways to cut those costs) for the following destinations so you’ll know exactly how much everything costs, what you need to budget, and ways to save:
- Central America
- New Zealand
- Southeast Asia
- South America
Each of these sections has destination specific money saving tips so you can learn how to save money in all of these destinations beyond what’s talked about above! I get into the nitty gritty because this is about money and spending less of it.
This book will lay out planning a long term trip in easy to follow steps that build upon each other, ease your fears, get rid of your anxiety, and comfort you as you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.
AND, if you’re thinking “Matt, I do want to travel more but $50 still seems like a lot of money.” don’t worry! Using the plethora of savings tips in this book, you’ll be able to lower your costs and spend less than $50 a day whether you are in Thailand, Japan, Australia, or France. Traveling the world on $50 a day is about a philosophy as much as it is about a specific number. That number includes everything – flights, insurance, backpacks, and on the road expenses. This book will show you how to travel cheaper, better, and smarter!
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Here’s what other travelers thought of this book
“This is a great practical book that will make you rethink what’s possible traveling on a budget. The philosophy, country details, and online resources provide an outstanding guide to help make your dream a reality. This book was key in the decision to quit my job and travel the world once I realized how affordable it can be! Best budget travel book out there!” – Justin
“I’m a pretty frugal traveler and subscribe to Nomadic Matt’s blog. So, I was curious what he had to say in his new book and whether it’d be better than what’s already on his blog. The verdict? It’s BETTER. While many of these tips might also be on his blog (though I know not all of them are), his new book organizes the tips in a very logical and helpful format.” – Peg
“Great starter travel guide. Following the guidelines from this book and a few personal tweaks I was able to start traveling immediately without much money. I am cheapskate but I want to travel in comfort. This book taught me the beginnings of how to get that done!” – Lothaire
“Lots of truly useful information and we’ll worth a read. Most of the tips are oriented more for the traveler than the tourist, an important distinction. I’ve used quite a few of these techniques over the years and can verify they work and in many ways (if not most) enhance the traveler’s experience rather than hinder it. If I was new to travel, is read it at least twice, then keep a copy on my Kindle or smartphone for reference on the road.” – Anne
“This book gave me loads of INVALUABLE info for my upcoming trip to Europe! Little things that I never would have thought about otherwise. Matt gives the reader tidbits about every possible thing one could think of, and then you can expand your research from there, on the subjects you deem important for your personal journey. If you are a first time backpacker, you must read this book. I paid something like 13 bucks for it. As a very budget conscious traveler, It is worth its weight in gold!” – Heather
“Got more out of it than I ever expected! Great stuff! Worth your money, big time!” – Hannah
“I learned so much from this book. It is/was very helpful in planning my trip to Europe this summer and gave me some good tips on how to survive while in Europe. I would recommend this book to any traveler.” – Aimee
Whether a two week, two month, or two year trip, we all want to stretch our money further. We want to find ways to travel longer and more often. My book will show you how to go anywhere you want without breaking the bank. I will show you the tips that have kept me traveling to where I want, when I want. No matter how long you want to travel for, now you can.
Saudi Arabia Reveals Plans To Turn AlUla Into the World’s Largest Living Museum
Saudi Arabia has revealed plans to turn AlUla into the world’s very largest living museum and a major heritage, cultural, arts and adventure tourism destination.
These development plans were part of AlUla framework plan that was revealed at the 10th UN World Urban Forum.
The plan is to be able to host two million visitors annually by 2035 with a project that will create more than 67,000 new jobs and help promote and protect the area.
AlUla is known for its incredibly stunning natural beauty and diversity in archaeology and has witnessed major cultural events that have attracted global artists and also hosted an incredible site-responsive outdoor art installation featuring the work of Saudi and international artists.
The balanced development strategy places people first as part of a broader commitment to become an open living museum for the world and a global center for culture, heritage, arts and eco-tourism projects,” the CEO of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), Amr Al-Madani, said.
“We chose the World Urban Forum as a credible global platform to engage with the world’s leading developers and sustainability experts and share our plans for the long-term, responsible development of AlUla as the world’s largest living museum. By combining heritage with nature, we are transforming the cultural landscape of AlUla and establishing the county as a global tourism destination with a thriving economy and local community.” He added.
Travel Guide: 7 of the Kingdom’s Must-Visit Destinations
There are so many reasons why Saudi Arabia should now be on everyone’s bucket list with so many stunning places to visit, a rich heritage to get to know and fun-packed adventures.
What follows is a small travel guide featuring some of the Kingdom’s hidden gems, for those interested in seeing what the Kingdom now has to offer!
AlUla is truly one of the most fascinating locations in Saudi Arabia, with beautiful rock formations that hold ancient history! The UNESCO World heritage site is also currently witnessing one of the most iconic winter festival ‘Winter at Tantora‘ where a number of international start are performing at the giant mirrored concert hall.
To truly experience AlUla, click here.
The Edge of the world
You might already be familiar with the place, because just recently our Instagram feed was filled with influencers and bloggers standing on what looked like the edge of the world, yep that was Saudi Arabia’s very own end of the world site! Where the views are breathtaking and you will literally be standing by the edge to witness it all.
The Fifa mountains, which rise more than 1,800 meters above sea level, are about 100 km from the southern Saudi city of Jazan and offers an idyllic tourist destination.
It looks like a modern city with very large buildings that actually touch the clouds! With its breathtaking greenery and serene weather, the mountains are a perfect spot for adventure and nature lovers.
Not for the faint-hearted or those who suffer of acrophobia, because the Sky bridge will fly you at 180km/h to the 99th-floor, inside the Kingdom Centre. But the views from there, the highest place in Riyadh, are truly breathtaking and totally worth it.
Tip: Avoid weekends and evenings after 6pm, when it can get very crowded.
Umluj is practically Saudi Arabia’s very own small Maldives, it is a city in the Tabuk province that spreads 150 kilometers north of Yanbu and contains 104 islands. With clear turquoise water and white silk sands, the place makes the perfect destination for couples who are seeking serenity, quality time and privacy.
It is no wonder that the city’s beaches have earned the area the description of the “Saudi Arabian Maldives,” and that it’s part of the Red Sea tourism project that is underway.
Wadi Tayeb Al-Ism
Tayeb Al-Ism is one of the magical natural wonders of the Kingdom that really stuns visitors with its incredible natural feature of Tabuk Province. It is located on the Gulf of Aqaba, just 15 kilometers north of the coastal town of Maqna.
Learn more about the stunning nature of the destination, through this link.
The Jeddah Corniche has plenty of international hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, places for fishing, picnic areas, a science museum, and mosques. It also overlooks the famous King Fahad Fountain, which is also known as the Jeddah Fountain that has become an iconic symbol of Jeddah.
Jeddah to Host A Global Travel and Tourism Exhibition
The Kingdom is hosting the 10th Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), which will see around 200 exhibitors coming all the way from 30 different countries on the 26th of February.
The exhibition which will conclude on the 28th of February will see the participation of ministries, airlines, and service providers in the travel and tourism sectors.
The 10th edition of the exhibition is expected to be quite special and different than the past years, seeing how it will feature new tourist destinations, services and special offers such as airline tickets and accommodation.
According to Maya Halfawi, president of the organizing committee, this year’s edition will be the largest regarding the number of participants and visitors.
“This year’s edition comes to keep pace with the development witnessed by the travel market in the Kingdom, which makes it a unique opportunity for both industry makers and stakeholders to meet, learn about new tourist destinations and services, and sign deals so as to promote this sector and enhance the role of the Kingdom,” she added.
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