Are Eurail Passes a Giant Scam or Do They Save You Money?

UPDATED POST! Whether you are going to Europe for two weeks or two months, everyone wonders if they will save money by buying a rail pass or if it’s cheaper to buy tickets as they go. I wrote this to help you make the best decision!

9 Things I Learned While Driving Across the United States

It took a road trip across the country to teach me some of these things about my home country!

Berlin's Thai Food Market is the Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand

Thai food outside of Thailand is never as good, but this market in Berlin is the next best thing!

Don't Listen to the Naysayers. I Travel for Myself (And So Should You)

I’ve met a lot of travelers who disparage the route others take, and I can’t stand it! The only thing about travel that matters is that it makes YOU happy and brings YOU joy.

Why You Shouldn't Be Loyal to Frequent Flier Programs

I used to be all about brand loyalty when trying to earn frequent flier miles but times have changed. It's just not worth it anymore. Here's why! Do you typically stay loyal to one airline?

United States Travel Guide

Happy 4th! I’ve done two massive road trips across the United States and I can tell you that this country amazing, diverse, friendly, and inexpensive! Where's your favorite place in the USA?

How to Travel Across the United States on $50 a Day

The great American road trip is a like a rite of passage in the States! Have you ever done it?!

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These courses are something the team and I are constantly working on, updating, and mentoring our students through and we'd love to have you join the Superstar Blogging community!

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30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip

I’m not the world’s best photographer, but it’s hard to take a bad picture in Iceland! I just updated this post to show you some of the best places to visit in this incredible country!

The Mystical Smoo Cave of Scotland: A Traveler's Guide

Headed to Scotland this summer? Here's an updated guide to what it's like to visit the mysterious Smoo Cave in the northern part of the country!

Welcome To Travel: Melbourne

Hahaha! This is pretty good!

24 Ways to Save Money in Paris in 2018

If you’re headed to Paris this year, I just updated this post to include new ways to save money during your visit to the City of Lights! It’s not as expensive as you may think!

7 Cheap Ways To Travel Across Europe | Nomadic Matt

JUST UPDATED!!!! There are a lot of ways to get around Europe on a budget, but it can be overwhelming to find the best way for your trip! I updated this post to help you find the most affordable ways around the continent in 2018!

Timeline Photos

Who wants to sail around the Bahamas with me?

Expectations when Traveling Somewhere New

When you just enjoy the moment for what it is, not what you expect it to be, it can never disappoint you.

Discover How to Get an English Teaching Job Overseas

If you've been dreaming of living and working overseas, teaching English is one of the best ways to do so!

9 Tips for Better Family Travel

No matter how well traveled you are, traveling with kids is a VERY different experience than solo backpacking or couples travel. Here's how to make traveling as a family a comfortable, fun and inexpensive experience!

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Hello from Miami! I Just came back from a week long cruise to celebrate the wedding of Expert Vagabond and Anna Everywhere. I love cruises because they are a pure vacation. It’s one of my ways to decompress. There was a lot of pool time, casino time, and reading time. We let our inner child roam at Atlantis’ waterpark, did laser tag, trivia, wave riders, karaoke (well, that one was just me, and just had a ton of fun.

The one down side was this boat. We went on the Mariner of the Seas and I wouldn’t recommend it. Very stale and ugly rooms, mediocre food, few pools, and just an overall worn old ship. Take a pass.

How to Conquer the City of Berlin

My original purpose was to write a post on what to do in five days in Berlin. But after realizing how hard it was to get around and see the sights, that post was impossible to write, so here's what I came up with instead to help you plan your visit to this city!

11 Ways to Improve Your Travel Writing

Travel is a competitive field, but good writing is still in demand — and always will be. If you’ve ever wondered how to set yourself apart from the competition or wanted access to the best writers in travel, then check this out!

24 Things Every Solo Female Traveler Learns on the Road

Some things can only be learned through solo travel. Anything you'd add to this?

How You can Become a Nomad and Travel More!!

I still get questions every day asking about how I'm able to travel so often. Am I rich? Do I have a trust fund? Are all my trips paid for by someone else?

I wrote a post to answer these questions and hopefully provide you with the tools to help you travel often, too!

11 Reasons Why I Love Thailand

I go to Thailand at least once a year, and there are plenty of reasons why I continue to return!

Why you should visit Mui Ne, Southern Vietnam's hidden gem

"Mui Ne is everything you don’t expect Vietnam to be – and that’s what makes it so special."

Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

I hope stories like this will inspire you to see the world whatever way you can.

Forty-Eight Hours in Oslo

Most budget travelers skip Norway because it’s an expensive country to visit, but I promise it's worth it! While Oslo isn’t cheap, you can spend two days here doing a lot without blowing your budget!

There is No Such Thing as "Must See"

Travel isn’t about checking off some list of world sites– it is about exploring the world, learning about yourself and other cultures, and seeing what interests you! Are there any "must-see" destinations you didn't care for?

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money | Nomadic Matt

Just a reminder of all the ways you can travel the world virtually free! If you still think travel is expensive, read this!

How to Buy the Best Travel Insurance in 2018 in 6 Simple Steps


Since travel insurance is one of the most complex, important and confusing aspects of trip planning, I want to break it down for you, help you understand what it is about, and show how to pick the best travel insurance plans around today in just a few steps!

Timeline Photos

When I was in Kish, Azerbaijan, I went to the Gelersen-Görersen fortress ruins. Originally, I was going to walk there from town but feeling lazy, I got a taxi. I'm glad I did. It was over two miles to the entrance on exposed road. When it's 95 and humid, you don't want to be doing that walk. But what made it even more fun was this taxi driver.
He spoke no English, I spoke no Azeri but he came on the walk with me and while I'm panting up the incline to get to the ruins, he's moving like Tarzan in flip flops!
He pointed out some ruins I wouldn't have noticed, took me on some interesting paths through the woods (basically, no set trail, just wandering), and did a funny pantomine / hissing sound to warn me of snakes. On the way back, he rocked out to AC/DC. It was a fun experience.
The ruins are pretty spectactular and, when you climb on top of the wall, you get expansive views of the valley. FYI, it's a steep incline up to the ruins!

The Ultimate Guide to Picking the Best Travel Credit Card in 2018

Credit cards aren’t about spending money you don’t have. They are a way to get perks for the spending you already do!

In this article, I am going to tell you how to easily pick the best credit card for travel!

Timeline Photos

Tbilisi surprised me. I found a city that was a weird combination of old and new. You have this tiny little old town surrounded by epic modern buildings with futuristic architecture.

The city is gritty in that cool Lisbon way (not that run down Athens kind of way). There's a big alternative art scene, international food, beautiful bridges, sulfur baths, and even waterfalls within the city limits. The old castle provides views for miles and you can spend hours getting lost in the garden. I was blown away by the energy this city radiated!
Ohh and there's tons of good wine too!! If Prague and Budapest had a love child, Tbilisi would be it!

My Guide to Eating in Austin

I'm back in Austin for a few days for the first time in a while! I'm excited to be back and eat at all of my favorite restaurants! If you're headed to Austin anytime soon, don't miss these spots!

28 Best Places to Visit in the United States

The United States is filled with too many “must see” places to list in a single blog post — but I think these make for a good start! Anywhere you'd add?

TravelCon: Updates and New Ticket Information!!!

New exciting updates about TravelCon! If you missed out on the first round of tickets, there are a few ways you may still be able to attend the event! And if you're still wondering what TravelCon is, check it out!

Post-Trip Depression: It's Harder to Come Home than Go Away

We always talk about how amazing and life-changing long-term travel is but seldom address the idea that coming home is often harder than leaving! Anyone who has returned from a long-term trip knows what I’m talking about!

Timeline Photos

Meet Bharath (@againbackthere). He's 29, from Chennai, and has been on the road for three weeks. He's moving to NYC to work for Spotify. He spotted me on our free hostel walking tour. Apparently, he used my website to plan his trip to Boquete, Panama (one of my fav spots in the country). It's always fun running into readers! Check out his Insta!

Remembering Bourdain, and what we talk about when we talk about travel writing - Rolf Potts

If you're into podcasts and travel, definitely check out Rolf Pott's latest episode of Deviate. This episode reflects on the legacy of Anthony Bourdain and the state of travel writing at large and the future of the genre.

Ecuador Travel Guide

There's SO much to do in this tiny country - and this travel guide can help you make the most of your trip!

Why I'm so glad I chose a group tour in Bali

Want to travel in Bali but not sure where to start? Sometimes a group tour might be the best option!

How to Stop Making Excuses When it Comes to Travel (or Anything in Life)

There are always going to be obstacles and limitations to our ability to travel (or to any goal we have in life), but that doesn't mean we can't work around them! Life requires action.

Maximizing Your Vacation Time

Even if you work a 9-5 job, have limited vacation time, or simply don't have the money (or desire) to take a long term trip, there are plenty of ways to see the world. Here's how to travel with “time isn’t on your side”!

Everything you need to pack for a trip to Iceland

Iceland's weather can be very unpredictable any time of the year, so it's important to know what you should pack to ensure a comfortable trip no matter what!

How to Travel With (or Without) a Plan

I've been traveling around Azerbaijan and Georgia for the past two weeks with no real "travel plan" and I've had some incredible experiences because of that! I think sometimes no plan is the best plan!

Do you prefer to travel with a set itinerary or to figure it out as you go?

10 Ways to Visit Stockholm on a Budget

By doing just a few simple things, you can drastically cut your expenses without much effort and make your visit here a lot more affordable!

How to find Cheap Accommodation in 2018

Paying for nightly accommodation can be the most expensive part of your travel budget, but it doesn't have to cost as much as you think. I just updated this guide to finding the most affordable accommodation no matter where you're staying or your travel style!

Off to Georgia tomorrow! I'll only enough time to see Tbilisi before I head home on Wednesday! I've really loved Azerbaijan though. The landscape, the people, the food! 5 stars for sure! (I'll be writing about it sometime in the next few weeks.)

Why There is No Right Answer

When you realize this, planning your adventure becomes a lot easier and a lot more fun.

The In-Depth Guide to Buying an RTW Ticket (2018 Edition)

Round the world (RTW) tickets can be a convenient way to fly around the world. To help you figure out how to buy one and if they're the best option for your trip, I just updated my guide!

For travelling abroad be sure to get First Choice discounts!