I recently had the opportunity to interview Matt from Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. His website features tips on traveling and living the remote lifestyle. I think Matt is a great inspiration for anyone looking to break out of their comfort zone and explore what the world has to offer.
1. Please describe what Nomadic Matt is all about. How & Why did you start your blog?
After a trip to Thailand in 2005, I decided to travel the world so I finished my MBA, quit my cubicle job, and, in July 2006, I set out on an adventure around the world.
My original trip was supposed to last a year. I didn’t come home until 18 months later. Once back, I knew I couldn’t go back to my old life or a typical job- I wanted to travel more. Three months later, I was traveling again. I haven’t stopped since.
2. Ok, now the fun questions, what is your favorite cheap meals that you make at home and when your eating out/traveling?
I don’t cook at home since I don’t really have a home. I think street food is the best deal in the world. Whether hot dog stands, food stalls in Asia, or outdoor vendors in Europe, the cheapest and sometimes the best food is always found on the streets!
3. What is the one thing you own under $20 that has gotten the most bang for your buck?
I actually don’t think I own anything under $20 USD.
4. What are your favorite money saving tips when traveling?
I refer you to the following link where you can get 15 Simple Travel Tips
5. What are some of the biggest misconceptions of traveling you think most Americans have?
Because of all the commercials and ads people see on TV, most Americans think travel is really expensive. It’s not. If you are staying in 5 star hotels and eating expensive meals it can be but there’s no need to do that. Eat at the cheap local restaurants, stay at a budget guesthouse and don’t buy a lot of stuff and you’ll find travel is a lot more affordable than you think it is.
6. I read you can pack up everything you need in one bag, what are you favorite traveling gadgets?
I can’t live without my iPhone. I take it everywhere and it makes for a great instant camera too.
8. Can you give me your favorite tip(s) on how do you use the Internet to save money or time?
Use a site like airfarewatchdog to monitor cheap flight deals. They do a great job of finding good deals and that will probably help you save a lot of money off your flight, especially if you are flying domestically.
9. Where do recommend visiting where the the American dollar is still strong?
The American dollar is strong no where. The places where you’ll still get a good deal are Greece, Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. You’ll get more out of your dollar there but sadly, there is no place in the world where it’s good to have dollars! Our currency has fallen too much for too long!