The Traveler’s Bible – “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day” by Matt Kepnes

Published: Jan. 6, 2015; Perigree/Penguin Group
Buy it: Amazon Kindle ($9.99); Amazon Paperback ($10.01)
Shelve it: Goodreads (older version)

Who doesn’t love to see new sights and places? Even an introvert like myself would just love to pack everything up and see Colmar, visit Angkor Wat, or take a field trip to Castle Dracula. But I’m not rich. I wish I were rolling in dough, but since I’m a destitute wordsmith, I was pretty ecstatic to stumble upon Matthew Kepnes’ blog, Nomadic Matt, which is practically the go-to site for budget travel.

Matt Kepnes has been traveling for almost a decade.

Matt had just released the updated version of his book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day (Revised): Travel Cheaper, Longer, and Smarter, and if you subscribe to his blog, you can send him a copy/screenshot of your receipt (whether Kindle or paperback) and Matt will send you bonuses (as in MORE BOOKS) like

What I Liked

This book is an amazing resource for aspiring travelers and even long-time travelers. The tips are practical and Matt always lists various sites, brands, or establishments that can help you keep your self and your belongings safe, travel cheaper and lighter, how to get the best travel insurance, how to enjoy your travel without becoming penniless, and meeting new people even if you don’t like to meet new people (yes, I’m talking to you, fellow introverts).

Each chapter is filled with how-to’s and resources on what to do and what not to do in certain places. Wanna save money for a RTW world, this book is your Bible. Need to know how to “fly for free”? Check out this book and you’ll find everything you need to know, plus so much more!

What I Didn’t Like

There wasn’t much I didn’t like in the book, although, of course, some sites Matt listed were available or applicable only to a few countries or citizens. It was a bit frustrating, but the reality of travel is that the world does have borders and boundaries.

It’s a good thing then that Matt lists tons of ways people like me (from a developing country that’s not so politically powerful) can still travel to different places without waiting to win the lottery.

Should You Read This Book?

Absolutely. Even if you don’t want to become a full-time traveler, even if you’re just the type to go on short trips and annual vacations, you will undoubtedly still be able to find great tips and practical pieces of advice in Matt Kepnes’ book.

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