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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


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


The Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica

Updated: 12/20/2018 | December 20th, 2018 Costa Rica is one of the most visited countries in Central America. American tourists have been flocking to the country for years, and it’s become a hot spot for retirees and expats due to its cheap living, great weather, amazing beaches, and friendly locals. I love Costa Rica. It was the first place that inspired me to travel. It holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been back to visit Costa Rica many times since then, falling in love with it over an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Best Of, Pacific, Costa Rica, Central America, Caribbean, Hostelworld, La Fortuna, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Puerto Viejo, Osa peninsula, Santa Teresa, Monteverde, Cahuita


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


My Top 11 Hostels in Hong Kong

Posted: 12/16/2018 | December 16th, 2018 What’s not to love about Hong Kong? The bright lights, the amazing markets, shopping, temples, hiking, food, the view from Victoria Peak. I could go on and on. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has everything you could ever want and more. (Be sure to check out my guide to the city!) Hong Kong, a city of 7.3 million people, has a ton of accommodation options. There are literally thousands of places to stay. And hundreds of cheap ho...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Hostelworld, Hostel, Wi Fi, Sham Shui Po, Victoria Peak, Carnarvon, Victoria Harbor, Mount Davis, Nintendo Wii, YHA, NomadicMatt, Hong Kong Want, Mody


My Top 14 Hostels in Prague

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Prague is a beautiful, historic city in central Europe and one of my favorite cities on the continent. The city and I have a long history. It was my first stop on my first trip around the world (all the way back in 2006). Since that oriignal, I’ve visited Pargaue dozens of times, even leading tour groups through the city. I’ve watched the city become increasingly popular with travelers and expats. It becomes more cosmopolitan with each passing year. No...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Czech Republic, Prague, Hostels, Charles Bridge, Hostelworld, Hostel, Don, Sophie, Toby, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Žižkov, NomadicMatt, Miru


Top Ten Places to Go for New Year’s Eve

Updated: 11/20/2018 | November 20th, 2018 New Year’s Eve is the biggest party of the year. It’s a celebration that brings people together to celebrate all the potential that a new year offers. It’s a day of hope and celebration. And it’s not too far away either! Soon, people from around the world will be ringing in the new year soon with fireworks, festivals, friends, parties, and songs. It’s a fun holiday that knows no nationality. If you’re ready to stay up past your bedtime and indulge in th...
Tags: Travel, Japan, London, Southeast Asia, New York City, Colombia, Thailand, Paris, Festivals, Sydney, New Zealand, Tokyo, Edinburgh, Eiffel Tower, South Pacific, Las Vegas


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


Cheap Holiday Ideas: 8 Alternative Budget Vacation Deals

Updated: 11/8/2018 | November 8th, 2018 While many of us dream of traveling the world (or at least taking a few months off from work in pursuit of adventure), it’s not always feasible, even for those with the best of intentions. A lot of things can get in the way. I frequently talk about long-term travel and round-the-world trips, but I know that realistically, not everyone can or wants to enjoy this style of travel. I don’t think traveling the world is hard, but I also know that what I do isn’...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Japan, Greece, Australia, Mexico, Boston, US, Canada, United States, Santiago, New Hampshire, Maine, Amsterdam, New Zealand


Where I Find the Best Travel Deals

Updated: 11/6/2018 | November 6th, 2018 Finding the best travel deals is a matter of timing. A lot of people think travel is just plain expensive, but in reality, there are incredible deals happening all the time. They usually don’t last too long, and you have to act quickly. That can sometimes be a problem when a deal requires jumping on a plane tomorrow (how many people can do that?), but in fact, most deals are for months in the future, giving you ample time to plan your schedule. Often I w...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Usa, UK, Australia, La, US, America, Best, Canada, New Zealand, Airbnb, Travel Tips, Cheap Flights, Stockholm


Why I Love Solo Female Travel More in My Thirties

Posted: 11/1/2018 | November 1st, 2018 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! The first time I went overseas alone, I was 21 years old and terrified. Everything was an unknown. Would I meet people? Would I be safe? Did I have what it took? I had landed in Taiwan as a lang...
Tags: Travel, Japan, California, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, Antarctica, Hostelworld, Chiang Mai, Kristin, Kristin Addis, Be My Travel Muse, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Siargao Philippines, Kuta Indonesia


10 Best Places to Travel on a Budget

Updated: 10/30/2018 | October 30th, 2018 The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget — even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you know certain tips and tricks. No destination is really ever “too expensive.” After 10 years as a frugal budget traveler and, in light of the release of my new book, today I want to talk about my favorite budget t...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Budget, Australia, China, Southeast Asia, India, US, Barcelona, Ukraine, Thailand, West, Portugal, Cambodia


12 Things Not to Do When You Travel

Updated: 10/25/2018 | October 25th, 2018 Travel writers always talk about what to do when you travel. It’s all must-see attractions and things to do. Go here, do this, see that, act this way. But what about all the things you shouldn’t do on the road? There are plenty of travel mistakes travelers make that lead to wasted money, lost time, and missed opportunities. It’s easy to say what to do, but we sometimes to forget to mention the don’ts. A lot of the old conventional travel wisdom (using tr...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, US, Canada, United States, Philippines, Barclays, Romania, South America, Travel Tips, Yelp, Expedia, Hostelworld, Charles Schwab


13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

Updated: 10/16/2018 | October 16th, 2018 The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists – and I’ve written about the best travel books many times over! I love talking about travel books. Why? Because part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of “dead” time if you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare. Additionally, reading travel books helps you learn about the destinations you are ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Books, England, London, Australia, New York City, Israel, Spain, Bbc, Bliss, Egypt, Peru, Denmark, South America, PERCY


How to Find a Cheap Hotel: Hotel Booking Sites To Use And Avoid

Updated: 10/15/2018 | October 15th, 2018 As much as I love hostels and other forms of cheap accommodation, there is something nice about the luxuriousness of a hotel: the clean room, comfy bed, desk, iron, strong shower, and bottled soap for the taking (errr…I mean borrowing). They are quiet, relaxing, and a respite from the world. But luxury comes at a price. Hotels certainly aren’t cheap, and I hate spending money on a room I am only going to be in for a few hours. After all, it’s just a plac...
Tags: Travel, Asia, London, Hotels, Berlin, US, Accommodation, Paris, Sydney, Airbnb, Travel Tips, Bangkok, AAA, British Airways, Expedia, Priceline


17 Easy Steps for Planning Your Next Trip

Updated: 10/9/18 | October 9th, 2018 I remember when I started planning my first trip around the world. I had no idea what I was doing. When I decided to quit my job and travel the world, I walked into a bookstore and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on Shoestring. It made the trip seem more real, but it didn’t prepare me for planning a long world trip. Back then, there weren’t really travel blogs, guides, sharing economy websites, and apps like there are today. I was lost. I figured it ou...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Europe, UK, Travel Planning, Greece, Berlin, Southeast Asia, US, Travel Inspiration, Hawaii, Paris, Italy, Marriott, Starwood


The Saturday City: Stockholm

Updated: 9/1/2018 | September 1st, 2018 Most of the people who know me know that I love Sweden. It’s filled with beautiful landscapes, lakes, mountains, fjords, buildings, and of course people. If the country didn’t have such a harsh winter, I’d move to the capital city of Stockholm. It’s one of the most beautiful Old World cities I’ve ever been to. The people are nice, the city is easily walkable, it’s clean, it’s hip, and it has a great nightlife. I think what makes Stockholm so charming is t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Sweden, Paris, Abba, Stockholm, Oslo, Hostelworld, Old Town, Gauguin, Hill, Royal Palace, Skansen, Grona Lund, Anders Zorn


Gaudi’s Barcelona: A Unique Way to See the City

Updated: 9/9/18 | September 9th, 2018 You can’t visit Barcelona without seeing Gaudi’s influence everywhere you go. He’s the city’s most famous architect helped shape the design of the city during its booming 19th and early 20th century. His influence still shapes the city today. Born in 1852, Anton Gaudí belonged to the Art Nouveau movement, with his first designs being centered around Gothic and traditional Catalan architectural styles. It wasn’t long until he developed his own style that has...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Catholic, Mallorca, PLA, Gaudi, Unesco World Heritage Sites, Antoni Gaudí, Hostelworld, Picasso, Virgin Mary, Palau, La Sagrada Familia


The Saturday City: Edinburgh

Updated: 9/10/2018 | September 10th, 2018 The cobbled streets, tight quarters, the castle, the Gothic architecture of many of its buildings —Edinburgh’s beauty is inescapable. Originally, I visited Edinburgh for my birthday back in 2009 and, enjoying the city’s beauty and history, have been coming back ever since, even spending a new year’s here a few years back! I absolutely love this city and its people. Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century (though people have liv...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Scotland, Harry Potter, Edinburgh, Cuba, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hostelworld, Walter Scott, Interior, Old City, Arthur, MacKenzie, Royal Mile, Rob Roy, New Europe


The Best Things to Do and See in Brussels

Updated: 9/1/2018 | September 1st, 2018 Welcome to the capital of Belgium and the European Union. At times it can feel a little stuffy, but it is also a picturesque and historic city with lots to offer to intrepid traveler. The city has plenty to keep you busy (especially if you’re a fan of beer!) and makes for a great stop over between nearby Amsterdam and Paris. There have been people in the Brussels area since the Stone Age. Its location enabled it to benefit from trade, growing rapidly unde...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Eu, European Union, Rome, Paris, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Belgium, Brussels, Hostelworld, Budget Travel Tips, Don, St Peter, Palace of Justice, Manneken Pis


Waitomo’s Glow Worm Caves

Updated: 9/1/2018 | September 1st, 2018 Waitomo is famous for one thing: worms. And not just any ol’ worms but glow worms! Every year thousands of travelers come here to see the famous glow worms that line the ceilings of the nearby caves. The interesting thing about the glow worms is that they aren’t really worms at all. They’re actually fly larvae that emit a phosphorescent glow that shines from the inside of the caves like a starry night, lighting up the ceiling. So, why do they glow if they...
Tags: Travel, Washington, New Zealand, Auckland, Hostelworld, Niagara Falls, Rotorua, Waitomo, Waitamo, Waitomo Caves, NomadicMatt, Caving, Tubing, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Black Water Rafting, Ruakuri


Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C. in 2018

Updated: 8/22/2018 | August 22nd, 2018 Washington D.C. is a place I’ve been to many times throughout the years. I love the city: there are people from all over the world, there’s a ton of things to see an do, incredible bars, natural attractions, diversity, and world-class restaurants. Yet there’s one really big downside to the city: cost. Washington D.C. is not a cheap city. With all those free-spending politicians, lobbyists, and diplomats floating around the city driving up prices, costs her...
Tags: Travel, Garden, Congress, Washington, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Ford, Washington Dc, Korea, Sun, Smithsonian, National Mall, Lincoln


How to Visit Azerbaijan: What to See and Do, and Suggested Itineraries

POSTED: 08/06/18 | August 6th, 2018 I don’t remember the first time I heard about Azerbaijan, but it’s always held an exotic allure to me. Azerbaijan — even the name sounds exotic — a place of…well, I didn’t know what. It just sounded intriguing and off the beaten path. I knew two things about Azerbaijan before I visited: it won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and has a lot of oil money. It was only in the last few years that I began to think in earnest about visiting. But years passed wit...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Europe, London, Israel, Paris, Azerbaijan, Marco Polo, Mediterranean, Hostelworld, Stalin, Baku, Caspian Sea, Quba, Qabala, National Museum of History