The overall goal of Adventure Strong is to Explore the World, One Trail at a Time.
Obviously, this requires travel. Lots of travel.
Looking for ways to travel on a budget is how I first came across Matt Kepnes, better known as Nomadic Matt. I came across his destinations guides and was blown away by all of the useful information that was packed into a neat, orderly guide.
About Nomadic Matt
In 2005, an encounter with backpackers in Thailand gave him the inspiration he needed to ditch the day job for the travel circuit. Matt saved up $20,000 and began what was supposed to be a 1-year adventure. It turned into a full-time backpacker lifestyle.
NomadicMatt.com By Numbers
58 the number of foreign countries that Matt has visited.
6+ years he’s been traveling (Since 2006)
4+ years blogging (Since March 2008)
30,000+ RSS subscribers.
$50 per day is all Matt says you need to travel the world.
4 books written.
Q&A with Nomadic Matt
I throw darts at a map. There’s no rhyme or reason to how I pick destinations. I just go where I haven’t been. I try to do regions of the world at a time. So I’ll try to do a lot of the Caribbean or South America or Asia in one go.
Do you travel to places with things in mind that you’d like to do or do you go with whatever comes up?
I just pick places I want to go and when I get there, I decide what to do. I look up information before I go to get a general sense of what activities the destination has but I don’t make final decisions on what to do or so until I hit the ground!
What are your favorite places to hike?
Is there anywhere you would like to go hiking but haven’t yet?
I’d like to hike around British Columbia in Canada and the the fjords of Norway.
What’s the scariest thing that’s happened to you?
While taking a flight recently, the cabin depressurized and the oxygen masks came down. It was quite scary, especially as the plane rapidly descended. That was really, really, really scary.
Word on the internet is you used to want to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones. Has that childhood desire influenced your adventures?
I think so. My desire to see the world has always been influenced by my love of Indiana Jones. It increased my desire to see and learn about the world.
Recently you decided to settle down a bit and you mentioned that you’d like to travel more with friends. How will this change your approach to travel? Will you try to visit new places or go back to old favorites?
I plan on making NYC my home base and taking flights out from the city and then back again. I’ll be jetting back and forth from the city. I still planning to travel a lot and travel on a budget.
Speaking of books, you’re about to launch How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter. Is this something that might appeal to adventure travelers as much as budget travelers?
I don’t see why not. It’s a book on planning your trip and regardless of how you travel, you still need to get there. My book helps you do that in an economical way. I think that’s something everything can relate to.
More Adventures With Matt
- Learning How To Scuba Dive – “If you haven’t learned to scuba dive, you should…It turns out diving isn’t that scary, and it’s really easy to breathe under water.“
- Diving the Great Barrier Reef – “While diving, I got to see a shark, turtle, a ray, and a large fish take a poop right next to me. It was all an interesting experience.“
- Jungle Trekking With Leeches in Khao Sok – “This hike was stressful, challenging, leech-infested, and exhilarating all at the same time.
- Waitomos Glow Worm Caves – “I’d go back to see the glow worms again and, whether you abseil, tube, or simply cruise in a boat, the glow worms are not to be missed.“