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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


Why the Capital One Venture Card Doesn’t Suck Anymore

Posted: 12/16/2018 | December 16th, 2018 They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I don’t have a dog, so I don’t know if that’s true. But I do know that an old travel writer can change his mind. Years ago, I wrote about why I hated the Capital One Venture Card. While it had a simple points structure and no overseas fees, it wasn’t really good for travel hacking because you couldn’t transfer points anywhere and it didn’t have a great catagory spend bonus structure. You simply got two po...
Tags: Travel, Credit Cards, Chase, American Express, Alitalia, Travel Advice, Hostelworld, Travel Hacking, Don, Capital One Venture, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Hainan Air, Aeroplan Flying Blue Krisflyer


The Best Neighborhoods in Boston: Where to Stay on Your Visit

Posted: 12/16/2018 | December 16th, 2018 Boston. Beantown. The town. My hometown. I love the city. I’m probably biased since I grew up here but I think it’s one of the most underappreciated cities in the entire country. It’s just a wonderful, friendly place to live and visit! The history, the food, the sports, the community. Boston is like a big small town. It’s one of the best places in the country to visit. And all the college students here help give the city a permanent youthful energy! Bu...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Boston, America, Mit, Harvard, United States, Italy, Airbnb, Boston Red Sox, North America, Red Sox, Chinatown, Boston Public Library, Mbta, Copley Square


How to Take the Perfect Photo: Advanced Techniques

Updated: 12/09/2018 | December 9th, 2018 Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. In this post, Laurence is taking it up a notch to give some advanced travel photography techniques such as long exposure shots, HDR, star shooting, and more! One of the challenges we face as travelers is that so many of the places we visit have already been photographed extensively. In today’s post, I want to share with...
Tags: Travel, Photography, France, ISO, Travel Gear, Lg, Travel Photography, Hdr, Canon, Galapagos, Travel Photos, Don, Laurence, Glencoe, North Star, Dubai Marina


7 Editing Tips to Improve Your Travel Photographs

Updated: 12/09/2018 | December 9th, 2018 Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, finishes his five-part series on taking better travel photos. In part five, Laurence is giving some simple post-processing techniques that you can use to make your travel photos wow your friends and family! Editing your photos is just as important as how you compose them, so I hope you’re ready to take some notes! One of the most misunderstood parts of digital photography is what ha...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Post, Photography, Florida, Travel Gear, Edinburgh, Travel Photography, Lightroom, Picasa, Travel Photos, Don, Laurence, Sahara, Snapseed


Camera Gear: The Travel Cameras and Accessories to Buy

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. Many of you are looking to improve your travel photography so Laurence is here to help us do just that. In this post, Laurence goes in-depth on how to pick the perfect travel camera and gear for your trip. There is a belief that better photography gear will equate to better photographs. While this is certainly the case in...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Photography, Travel Gear, Sony, Panasonic, Travel Photography, Nikon, Dslr, Mirrorless, National Geographic, Canon, Travel Photos, Don, Vanguard


How to Take Professional Travel Photos

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 Travel photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. I’ve never taken the time to really improve my skills. Like learning a language, improving your photography takes time. Luckily, just like learning a language, anyone can do it! Travel photographs are memories. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Travel Photography, Copenhagen, Travel Tips, Santa Cruz, Don, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Laurence, Glencoe, Laurence Norah, Mount Taranaki


12 Ways to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent so Laurence is here to help us take better pictures! Part two of the series is on how to get the perfect shot. In my first post in this series, I talked about the key compositional rules that you can use to create better travel photos. If you’re new to this series...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia, ISO, Travel Gear, New Zealand, Travel Photography, Western Australia, Sri Lanka, Travel Photos, Napa Valley, Don, Laurence, Bologna Italy, Laurence Norah, NomadicMatt


My 15 Favorite Hostels in New York City

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 New York City my be the city that never sleeps but it’s definitely hard to find a (cheap) place to sleep here. Accommodation in NYC is not cheap – and it’s often hard to find deals. That’s (in part) by design. There used to be a lot of hostels in NYC, but the hotel lobby got the city to use an old law meant to block tenements that limited the number of people that could stay in a single room. This effectively shut down most of the hostels in the city, e...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, America, United States, Queens, Manhattan, Broadway Hotel, Upper West Side, Harlem, Central Park, Don, Lower East Side, Harlem YMCA, Meatpacking District, Bard College


My Top 14 Hostels in Amsterdam

Posted: 11/19/2018 | November 19th, 2018 Amsterdam will always have a special place in my heart. I spent a month there on my first trip around the world in 2006. I made local friends, wandered far and wide, and really got to know the city and its people. I fell in love with Amsterdam that trip. I’ve been back to visit Amsterdam every year since. The city is one of the most visited and backpacked in Europe. And it’s filled with hundreds of hostels, hotels, and guesthouses for travelers to stay i...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Amsterdam, Hostels, Hostelworld, Don, Red light District, WINSTON, St Christopher, Vondelpark, Van Gogh Museum, CityHub Amsterdam, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Euphemia Old City Canal Zone Located, Euphemia Old City Canal Zone, Meininger Amsterdam Hostels


The Best Neighborhoods in NYC: Where to Stay on Your Visit

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Trying to find accommodation in New York City can be a painstaking long process given the large number of hotels and neighborhoods to stay in. This is a city of 10 million people. It’s massive and there’s a lot of choice. What neighborhoods are good to stay in? What’s central? What’s safe? Where is the best place to stay? As someone who has been working and living in New York City on and off for over five years, I’ve stayed in a wide variety of places he...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, New York, NYC, New York City, America, Best, Brooklyn, United States, Chelsea, Queens, Manhattan, Starbucks, Upper East Side, Jackson


RTW Update: How Heather is Traveling on a Budget

Posted: 11/12/18 | November 12th, 2018 Last December, Heather won our round the world trip contest and was gifted a trip around the world worth $50 a day! In January, she started backpacking her way through South America on a budget. Today, she’s written a blog post about how she’s been able to stay on budget for the last 36 weeks and the lessons she’s learned as a new traveler!   After over ten months on the road, it’s time to update the community again on my trip! Since the last update, I sp...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Budget, Interviews, France, Germany, Southeast Asia, Africa, Rome, Colombia, Chile, Morocco, New York Times, Paris, Italy, Brazil


The Best Neighborhoods in NYC: Where to Stay When You Visit

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Trying to find accommodation in New York City can be a painstaking long process given the large number of hotels and neighborhoods to stay in. This is a city of 10 million people. It’s massive and there’s a lot of choice. What neighborhoods are good to stay in? What’s central? What’s safe? Where is the best place to stay? As someone who has been working and living in New York City on and off for over five years, I’ve stayed in a wide variety of places he...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, New York, NYC, New York City, America, Best, Brooklyn, United States, Chelsea, Queens, Manhattan, Starbucks, Upper East Side, Jackson


My Top 15 Favorite Hostels in Paris

Posted: 11/9/2018 | November 9th, 2018 Paris. It’s a city on everyone’s bucket list. I’ve been dozens of times and my love for the city is well known to you all.  I love visiting Paris and can’t imagine a year in which I don’t go even for a bit. To me, Paris has it all – music, history, food, culture, and beautiful architecture. It’s got that special something. I dream of moving to Paris to live out that writer cliche…if just for a bit! As a visitor to Paris, knowing where to stay in Paris can ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Gare du Nord, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Muse, Ducks, Montmartre, Don, Wi Fi, Belleville, Montparnasse, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, St Christopher


The Best Neighborhoods in NYC: Where to Stay When You to Visit

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Trying to find accommodation in New York City can be a painstaking long process given the large number of hotels and neighborhoods to stay in. This is a city of 10 million people. It’s massive and there’s a lot of choice. What neighborhoods are good to stay in? What’s central? What’s safe? Where is the best place to stay? As someone who has been working and living in New York City on and off for over five years, I’ve stayed in a wide variety of places he...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, New York, NYC, New York City, America, Best, Brooklyn, United States, Chelsea, Queens, Manhattan, Starbucks, Upper East Side, Jackson


My 12 Favorite Hostels in Bangkok

Posted: 11/4/2018 | November 4th, 2018 Bangkok is a wonderful city full of history, gorgeous temples, and excitement. It’s an excellent place for travelers as there is a lot to do and see here. It is one of my favorite cities in the entire world and I can never get enough of it! Stick me in a Thai market surrounded by food stalls and I’m a happy man! Bangkok is the hub of travel in Southeast Asia and, chances are, you’re likely to pass through on your travels through the region. The city has th...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Bangkok, Green House, Don, Chang, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Jam, Khao San Road, Bangkok Tree House, Depth Budget Guide, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Bella Bella House


Coral Bay: My Beach Paradise

Updated: 10/30/2018 | October 30th, 2018 We all have our own version of The Beach — that spot in the world where all is perfect and all is paradise. I found my version back in 2007. It’s a small town in Western Australia called Coral Bay. It’s a one-road town with one bar, one supermarket, three restaurants, and three hotels. This is a small town. There’s not much to do. And that’s why I love it. Coral Bay is my paradise. From the first time, I visited, I fell in love with this idyllic little b...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Perth, Western Australia, Bondi Beach, Broome, Ningaloo Reef, Don, Coral Bay, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Australia The Great Barrier Reef, Coral Bay Forget Cairns Noosa Magnetic Island, Coral Bay While, Coral Bay Coral Bay, Learmonth If


My 15 Favorite Things to Do in Sydney

Updated: 10/28/2018 | October 28th, 2018 The first time I was in Sydney (all the way back in 2007), I spent most of my days sitting in the botanical gardens, reading a book and looking at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For so long I had heard about how wonderful and beautiful Sydney was, and there I was experiencing it! Over the years, I’ve been to the city a handful of times, exploring it more and more and getting a local taste through all my wonderful friends there. I’ve been everywhere...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Watson, Eiffel Tower, Melbourne, King, Manly, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Bay, Bondi, Skywalk, Don, Hunter Valley, Sydney Harbour Bridge


How Much a Holiday in Thailand Costs

Updated: 10/28/2018 | October 28th, 2018 Traveling Thailand can cost as little or as much as you want it to be. This is a country that covers all budgets! This is a country where you can stay in $3 USD rooms or $1,000 USD resorts. Street food for pennies or gourmet dinners for hundreds. Expensive tours or inexperience attractions. There’s something for every budget here in Thailand. Thailand is a cheap country to live in and travel around. I usually spend very little money here. But that chang...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Thailand, Sherlock Holmes, Bangkok, Don, Budget Destinations, Thailand Thailand, Khao Sok, Jim Thompson House, Ko Tao, Cheap Travel, Budget Advice, Depth Budget Guide, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Lower Your Thailand