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.
‘Winter is Around You’ Campaign Sheds the Light on the Kingdom’s Desert Life
The ‘Winter is Around You’ campaign, which has been recently launched by the Saudi Tourism Authority, will highlight the stunning desert destinations and position it as the ultimate choice for winter break.
Most of the Kingdom is desert and it’s divided to three part: Al-Dahna, Al-Nafud and the Empty Quarter. In these parts, visitors can find beautiful natural oases and parks, and also those interested in hiking can get to enjoy several activities at some of the desert’s cliffs.
The campaign is also highlighting the desert camps, known as Kashtas, and shedding the light on it as a popular destination during this time of the year, it offers the perfect escape for tourists who are looking to get away from the hustle of urban life.
Other activities that suit adventure seekers are and skiing, motorbike riding and “dune bashing.” If you’re the explorer type, then you can take the time to explore and look into the history and heritage of these desert areas or try some chill activities such as camel and horse riding or camping.
The Saudi desert truly is the ideal destination for individuals, groups and family, it’s a place worth promoting for and a place deserves to have people flood to from all over the world.
See AlUla Through the Lens of Young Photographers in CaptureAlUla Photo Competition
A photography competition kicked off earlier on World Photography day and five Saudi photographers were able through their lens to showcase the beauty of AlUla.
The winner of the #CaptureAlUla Photo Competition really did a wonderful job highlighting the beauty of the area that extends to 22,561km² and include a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and historical sites.
The competition, which the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) held in co-operation with Sony Alpha, aimed to support the local talents of the Kingdom. The winners were awarded with a compact Sony Alpha 6600M camera, which has the world’s fastest Auto-focus, and a commission of 10,000 SAR from RCU.
The winners will also get to cooperate with RCU on upcoming projects, which is considered as a great opportunity for them.
Ziad Alarfaj, Sony Alpha Ambassador in KSA and another #CaptureAlUla judge commented: “The participants are all very creative, we chose those winners based on who we believe will have a brilliant future in photography. Each winner has a valuable opportunity to share their artistry with to the world, each picture was chosen not only for showcasing the beauty of its subject, but in telling the story behind it.”
Aisha Alhjairi who loves cinematography, photography and listening to classical music, earned the Design grouping. “By using pottery and dry branches, using earthy colours, and through the harmony between the elements of this artwork and the harmony of lighting in it, I wanted to show and prove that from the drought we can create an artistic picture, as beauty is created from severity, and luxury is created from simplicity,” she said while commenting on her winning image. “I made this idea specifically to show the sensual heritage (the pottery) in a different way from what is customary to touch the feelings of the recipient and bring them back to the memory.”
Check out the incredible photos and see AlUla in a different perspective through the eyes of young talents!
Saudi Arabia Ranked 6th Safest Travel Destinations in World During Pandemic
Saudi Arabia has been ranked among the six safest travel destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wego Travel Blog.
In the article “Safe Places to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was published by Wego Travel Blog, the Kingdom was ranked the sixth safest country and it’s also worth mentioning that it was the only Middle Eastern country in the group.
The travel blog chose the countries according to an EU methodology for its travel risk assessment.
Australia came first first in the global safe destinations for travel during the pandemic, followed by New Zealand, Singapore, Zambia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.
The classification comes based on the country’s ability in containing the pandemic and how efficient its health system is, regarding the number of ICUs and medical staff.