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What Kind of Backpacker Are You?

Updated: 4/8/2019 | Originally Posted: 07/29/2009 Note: So much has changed since I originally wrote this post 10 years ago (also, isn’t it crazy that I’ve been blogging for so long?) that I thought that this funny little article needed an update. The Flashpacker is long gone. The Digital Nomad has risen. Others have remained the same. I redid this entire post on the curious species that is the backpacker after having embedded myself in their culture and learned their curious ways. *** You ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hollywood, Bali, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Macbook, Prague, South America, Laos, Costa Rica, Queenstown, Hostelworld, Backpackers, Digital Nomad


The Atlas of Happiness: Discovering the World’s Secret to Happiness with Helen Russell

Posted: 4/4/2019 | April 4th, 2019 A few years ago, I read the book The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. I think it originally came up as a suggested book on Amazon. I can’t fully remember. But, I stuck it in my queue, ordered it, and it sat on my bookshelf until it was time to read it. I couldn’t put it down. It was funny, well written, interesting, and an insightful look into Danish culture. It was one of my favorite books I read that year. Last year, I somehow convinced Helen to sp...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Greece, Happiness, Lego, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Un, Denmark, Norway, Vikings, Travel Books, Hostelworld


So, I Got Stabbed in Colombia

Posted: 4/2/2019 | April 2nd, 2019 Editor’s Note: I wavered on writing about this for a long time since I didn’t want to put people off on Colombia or perptuate the myth that danger lurks around every corner. As you can tell from my posts here, here, here, and here, I really love the country. I mean it’s awesome. (And there will be plenty more blog posts about how great it is.) But I blog about all my experiences – good or bad – and this story is a good lesson on travel safety, the importance o...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, South America, Bogota, Don, Best Insurance, La Candelaria, Common Travel Insurance Questions, Apple Watches, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Dar Papaya


My 8 Favorite Hostels in Medellín in 2019

Posted: 3/19/2019 | March 19th, 2019 There are a lot of hostels in Medellín. As “gringo central” for Colombia, you can’t walk five feet without coming across one, with majority located in El Pablado (Gringoland) and Laureles (up-and-coming Gringoland). In fact, if you look on Hostelworld, you’ll find 93 hostels in this city. That’s a lot of hostels. I spent close to three weeks in Medellín: first for an extended time over the holidays and then again as I made my way from north to south. Like I...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, South America, Medellin, Hostelworld, Monet, Don, SELINA, Sugar Cane, Laureles, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Poblado, El Pablado Gringoland, Los Patios, Hostel Rango Boutique Hostel Rango, Hostel Rango Boutique


This is Not Your Parent’s Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Colombia, United States, South America, Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena, Don, Cali, National Liberation Army, San Agustin, Popayan, United States Colombia, Tatacoa


This is Not Your Parents’ Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: South America, Colombia


Cartagena: A City of Color, Tourists, and Food

Posted: 3/12/2019 | March 12th, 2019 During the narco heydays, Cartagena was considered the only “safe” spot in Colombia for tourists. It was where foreigners vacationed, cruise ships docked, and rich Colombians built their vacation homes. Today, this colorful colonial city remains one of the most popular destinations for tourists and Colombians alike. Rich Colombians — and now foreigners — still build vacation homes here, cruise ships still dock, and the influx of tourists has grown with an in...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Colombia, Miami, South America, North America, Cartagena, Don, Ryan, Bocagrande, Getsemani, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Busy Cartagena, Cafe Stepping Stone, Don Juan Another, La Cevichería Bourdain


How to Get Around Southeast Asia on the Cheap

Posted: 2/28/2019 | February 28th, 2019 Southeast Asia may be a huge region — but it’s super easy to get around. It’s well-traveled (backpackers have been following “the banana pancake trail” since the late ’60s), and there’s an extensive network designed to ensure that you can easily get from A to B. In Hanoi and need to get to Bangkok? In Vientiane and want to go Malaysia? Or Ko Samui? No problem. Someone can arrange that. But what’s the best way to get around Southeast Asia on a budget? Ho...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Ryanair, Myanmar, Easyjet, Vietnam, Laos


What Does Globalization Really Destroy?

Posted: 2/25/2019 | February 25th, 2019 While walking down the streets of Medellín, I came across a Dunkin’ Donuts, a donut chain from my hometown of Boston. (It’s the best. Locals are quite attached to Dunkin. Don’t mess with a Massachusetts resident and Dunkin.) As I looked at the store, a pit formed in my stomach and I got quiet and melancholy. For days, I had been coming across Starbucks, McDonald’s, KFC, Papa John’s, and now, Dunkin’ Donuts! Medellín had been overrun by the chains. Anot...
Tags: Travel, Taylor Swift, Boston, Massachusetts, Colombia, West, Egypt, Globalization, Starbucks, Morgan Freeman, Michelin, John, Scandinavia, Disneyland, Medellin, Kfc


How to Get Around Thailand on the Cheap in 2019

Posted: 2/25/2019 | February 25, 2019 Thailand is one of the most popular backpacker destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s also my favorite. Of course, I’m biased. Thailand was where I decided to quit my job and travel the world. I lived there for two years. I ran tours there. I speak the language. I feel at home there. But that aside, Thailand remains popular some thirty years after the first hippies arrived on the “banana pancake trail” for a simple reason: it’s awesome. The succulent food,...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Bangkok, Hostelworld, Koh Tao, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Don, Hua Hin, State Railway of Thailand


The Top 5 Lesbian Travel Destinations in 2019

Posted: 2/21/2019 | February 21st, 2019 We want to speak to a wide range of voices on this website so have added an LGBTQ column to talk about travel issues that are important some of our community members. This month, Dani, one of our LGBT columnists, shares the top five lesbian travel destinations in 2019. I have told you everything you need to know about traveling as a lesbian and how to plan the perfect lesbian-friendly trip, but what about lesbian-friendly destinations? What are the great...
Tags: Travel, New York, Germany, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Canada, United States, House, New York Times, Broadway, Madonna, Montreal, Madrid, East Coast, Mallorca


Why You Shouldn’t Overlook the American South

Posted: 2/18/2019 | February 18th, 2019 I love the South. Before I went traveling, I always had this perception that the southern states in the US were backward. They were filled with racists, yokels, and obese, gun-loving, Jesus freaks. It was a perception born out of a quarter-century of living in New England and consuming mass media and stereotypes about a people and place I really didn’t know anything about. Then, at the start of my grand trip in 2006, I drove across the United States. As ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, Mississippi, Interviews, Australia, Kentucky, Virginia, India, US, Alabama, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Syria, United States


My 14 Favorite Hostels in London in 2019

Posted: 2/18/2019 | February 18th, 2019 London is one of my recent favorite cities in the world. I always liked London but it wasn’t until I spent a few weeks there last summer that I fell in love with London. I didn’t want to leave. London is a sprawling city, covering 607 square miles, and home to over eight million people. While the city may be expensive (though, like any big city, it has lots of free things to do there), it’s popularity means there are lots of hostels in the city. Hundreds ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, United Kingdom, Camden, Parliament, Natural History Museum, Oxford Street, British Museum, Hyde Park, Shoreditch, East London, City Hall, Soho, Don


My Top 12 Hostels in Lisbon in 2019

Posted: 2/18/2019 | February 18th, 2019 Lisbon is known to have some of the best hostels in the world. There are more than 100 hostels in the city and its hostels are usually always at the top of all the “best hostels” lists. Year over year, they always take home some of the top spots in the top-rated lists you see floating around the web. As someone who’s been to Lisbon multiple times, I can always see why. Hostels in this city just get it. They create a warm, social atmosphere, hire frien...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Portugal, Hostels, Benfica, Lisbon, Nomad, Don, Mike, João, Praca, Alfama, NomadicMatt, Santo Antonio, Chiado, Bairro Alto


32 Random Facts About Me

Updated: 02/13/2019 | February 13th, 2019 A few weeks ago I mentioned that this year I wanted to make the website more personal. Back in 2011, I wrote this post featuring some personal facts about my life. It was a window into non-travel me. Well, that was a loooooong time ago. Life changes. People change. So I thought one way to make this website more personal was to resurrect this long forgotten post and share a window into the current non-travel me. So let’s kick off 2011 2019 with some r...
Tags: Random Musings, Backpacking, New York, Nomadic Matt


How to Get Around Japan on a Budget

Posted: 2/11/2019 | February 11th, 2019 I have a confession to make: I put off traveling to Japan until 2011 because I always thought it was too expensive. Everyone always told me Japan was one of the most expensive countries in the world. That was the collective wisdom. But, when I got there, I realized two things: First, I love Japan! It’s one of the most amazing, beautiful, and friendliest countries in the world. It lives up to all the hype. Second, while Japan is expensive, it’s not out o...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Chris, Hostelworld, Osaka, Don, Kyushu, Kanazawa, JAL, Tokyo Kyoto


Why I Still Stay in Hostels When I Travel

Posted: 1/31/2019 | January 31st, 2019 People are always shocked when they find out I that I still stay in hostels. “Aren’t you too old for that?” “Why would you still want to do that?” “Don’t you actually make money? Are you still too broke for an Airbnb?” “How do you even sleep?” And what’s even more shocking to people is that while I often stay in a hostel private room, I also still stay in dorms! (If anyone has followed on Twitter while I’ve been in Colombia, you’ll know my dorm room pains...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Switzerland, Airbnb, Travel Tips, Hostels, Travel Advice, Hostelworld, Don, Forget Travel Insurance Travel


This Blog Will Suck Less (Or How I Got My Motivation Back)

ofPosted: 1/28/2019 | January 28th, 2019 Let me say what most of you are (probably) thinking: this blog kind of sucked in 2018. It actually might have started sucking a bit toward the end of 2017. Maybe even 2016. What do I mean by that? Well, while we continue to produce “how-to” content that I am very proud of and think is better and more detailed than what else you’ll find on the web (’cause we’re the best!), those kinds of articles — while I like writing them because, to me, budget travel...
Tags: Travel, Google, Blog, Netflix, Paris, Hostelworld, Random Musings, Don, Forget Travel Insurance Travel


My Top 10 Hostels in Sydney in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Hostels in Sydney are expensive. Since I started visiting the city, I’ve seen hostel prices skyrocket as just the cost of living in Australia has gone up. Even when you factor in the favorable exchange rate right now, it’s just expensive to get a bed here, especially at some of the larger, more upscale hostels. However, with a little planning, you can make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The cheapest hostels in Sydney are found in the K...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Broadway, Chinatown, Kings Cross, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Don, Sasha, Effie, Central Station, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Potts Point, NomadicMatt


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (don’t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


My Top 11 Hostels in Berlin in 2019

Posted: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Berlin is a gigantic city. It stretches over 883 square kilometers and is home to over 3.6 million people. I hated the city when I first visited it. I just couldn’t vibe with the city. But the more I came back, the more I grew to love it. Berlin is cheap (always a plus for me), it’s home to some of the best art, culture, music, festivals, and tech companies on the continent. The food scene has also really blown up in recent years and you’ll find some of th...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Berlin, Hostelworld, Kreuzberg, Don, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Mitte, East Side Gallery, St Christopher, Sachsenhausen, Prenzlauer Berg, Alexanderplatz, Neukölln, Friedrichshain


UPDATES: New and EXPANDED Editions of Our Guidebooks!

Posted: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Happy 2019, my fellow travelers! This is going to be a big year at Nomadic Matt HQ. I have some big personal news I’ll be sharing next week (no, I’m not getting married. Yet.) and big news about the direction of this website (I used the holidays to map out my vision for 2019) that I’ll also be sharing soon (hint: we’re going back to basics). But, right now, I want to talk about our books. As you all know, we offer detailed how-to guides to destinations arou...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Travel Gear, Hostelworld, Don, Forget Travel Insurance Travel


Barcelona Itinerary: How to Spend Your Time in This Incredible City in 2019

Posted: 1/7/19 | January 7th, 2019 Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It’s a city that I’ve been to many times. Once a major city in the Roman Empire, the city still places an important role in the region and is home to millions of residents and visitors enjoying all the delicious sangria and gin, mouthwatering food, stunning beaches, warm weather, the rich history and culture, and unique architecture that Barcelona is famous for. Barcelona is one of the most vibrant...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Espanyol, Kabul, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Catholic, Neptune, Valencia, Gaudi, Antoni Gaudí, San Sebastian, Alexander Calder


How I Research My Solo Travel Destinations

Posted: 1/2/2019 | January 2nd, 2019 Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers to help cover the topics important and specific to them! In this month’s article, she shows you how she researches and plans her trips! What’s the best way to go about researching your next trip when all of the decisions will fall to you as a solo travel...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Pinterest, Instagram, Bali, Indonesia, California, China, India, SIM, Thailand, South Africa, Antarctica


14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid

Updated: 12/28/2018 | December 28th, 2018 Travel scams are real. When I started traveling, I fell for them too. On my first big non-tour trip, I got scammed twice on the same day. My friend Scott and I had just arrived in Thailand. We were in Bangkok trying to find a boat cruise to take us up and down the Chao Phraya River. A taxi driver suggested this one company; we went there, and found out that an hour-long tour was only $30 USD. Not even thinking about whether that was a deal or not, we ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Southeast Asia, Insurance, Thailand, Morocco, Paris, Travel Tips, Bangkok, Hostelworld, Travel Safety, Don, Scott, Chao Phraya River, Travel Scams, SHHLR


9 Ways to Become a Successful Travel Blogger

Updated: 12/27/18 | December 27th, 2018 I don’t write articles about how to be successful at blogging often because this is a consumer travel website not a blogging website, but I’ve seen a lot of articles on travel blogging lately, which have many points I disagree with and I think offer a lot bad advice. As someone who has been blogging for over ten years, I want to offer a counterbalance to some of the prevailing (and wrong) wisdom out there on how to succeed. (Especially in light of that ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Stephen King, Blogging, Rome, Paris, Maldives, Lonely Planet, Expedia, Travel Advice, Hostelworld, Simon Sinek, Tim Ferriss, Don George, Don, Cal


How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

Updated: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 A lot of readers were interested in learning more about house-sitting (watching people’s houses while they’re away in exchange for free accommodation). I’ve never done it, but Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels do it all the time, so I brought them in to talk more about the subject. Enjoy! As I write this, I’m sitting in a comfortable leather recliner in front of three large bay windows. In my view are tall pines covered in healthy green moss, as wel...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, London, Australia, Accommodation, Ireland, House, House Sitter, Manhattan, Honduras, North America, Travel Tips, Skype, Caribbean, Harlem


My Top 11 Hostels in Berlin

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Berlin is a gigantic city. It stretches over 883 square kilometers and is home to over 3.6 million people. I hated the city when I first visited it. I just couldn’t vibe with the city. But the more I came back, the more I grew to love it. Berlin is cheap (always a plus for me), it’s home to some of the best art, culture, music, festivals, and tech companies on the continent. The food scene has also really blown up in recent years and you’ll find some o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Berlin, Wombats, Hostelworld, Kreuzberg, Don, Tiergarten, Mitte, East Side Gallery, St Christopher, Sachsenhausen, Prenzlauer Berg, Alexanderplatz, Neukölln, Friedrichshain


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (do...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


My Top 10 Hostels in Sydney

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Hostels in Sydney are expensive. Since I started visiting the city, I’ve seen hostel prices skyrocket as just the cost of living in Australia has gone up. Even when you factor in the favorable exchange rate right now, it’s just expensive to get a bed here, especially at some of the larger, more upscale hostels. However, with a little planning, you can make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The cheapest hostels in Sydney are found in th...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Broadway, Chinatown, Kings Cross, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Don, Sasha, Effie, Central Station, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Potts Point, NomadicMatt