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Ko Lanta: The Thai Island That Remains Paradise


It all started with two French girls. It was 2006 and five months into my first round the world trip.

Launching Nomadic Matt’s Community Forums (and a Blogging School!)


Today is a big day for this site and the start of many changes and improvements. After spending the winter on the road, I’m back in New York City with no trips planned until mid-May.

How to Play, Feed, Bathe, and Protect the Elephants in Thailand


Elephants have long been important to Thai culture, where they are a symbol of religion, history, royalty, and power.

See Something Different and Visit the Stone Carving Hermit of Nicaragua


Nicaragua is a place that attracts visitors with its surf, beaches, hiking, volcanos, and delicious food.

50 Random About Travel Questions and My Answers

At the end of January, I did a Creative Live on budget travel. Creative Live is an online education site that hosts multi-day  educational courses on a variety of topics.

Why T-Mobile is the Best Phone Carrier for U.S. Travelers


A long time ago in a state far, far away (Massachusetts), I used AT&T as my cellphone service provider.

Why T-Mobile is the Best Phone Carrier for U.S. Travelers


A long time ago in a state far, far away (Massachusetts), I used AT&T as my cellphone service provider.

How this Indian Couple Navigated a Complex Visa System to Travel the World


As an American, it’s easy for me to travel the world. My dollar goes far (though not as far as it used to) and I only have to worry about visas to a few countries around the world.

How this Indian Couple Navigated a Complex Visa System to Travel the World


As an American, it’s easy for me to travel the world. My dollar goes far (though not as far as it used to) and I only have to worry about visas to a few countries around the world.

How to Learn the Basics of Any Language for Your Next Trip in Four Steps


I’ve always been bad at languages. I barely made it through high school Spanish and have forgotten all the French I hired a tutor to teach me.

How Oneika Gets Teaching Jobs Around the World


I’ve featured a lot of readers on this website – solo travelers, couples, young and old travelers, Brits, Canadians, and Americans.

How to Take a Cruise for as Little as $30 Per Day


Cruises can be expensive affairs. First, ships reel you in with a “cheap” room and an onboard credit but then smack you around with high-priced drinks, non-included restaurants, and dollar-a-minute Internet. A couple of years ago, I went on the Oasis of the Seas (one of the largest boats in the world) on a seven-day cruise around the Caribbean.

The Saturday City: León


Located in northwest Nicaragua, León is a college town often overlooked by tourists who stay south near Granada, Ometepe, and the beaches. However, given that the area has so much to do, I expected a lot of tourists but instead found mostly empty hostels and few gringos wandering the streets during my visit.

Announcing My Brand New Blogging Course (50 person limit)


Many people ask me how they create their own blog, what techniques and strategies they can use to grow website, and they to can turn their passion into a profession.

Why Pretentious Travelers Fill Me With Hate (And What I Do About Them)

Nothing irks me more than people disparaging people’s travel choices. I don’t get why people do it. The whole traveler vs.

How to Use the Sharing Economy to Travel on a Budget


The Internet has changed travel. Sometimes hasn’t been for the better (one just needs to see how many people are checking Facebook in a hostel to agree) but it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible before.

Announcing My 2014 Europe Group Tours


I’m in Thailand where I am currently taking twelve people around my favorite country in the world, showing them all the things that make me fall in love with it.

My 15 Favorite Things to Do in Nicaragua


Nicaragua used to be a secret. “Pshhh, have you been to Nicaragua yet? That’s where you really want to go,” travelers would say.

How to Pick (and Pack) a Great Backpack

Picking the right backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight.

That Place Called Home


“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.” These were words I hadn’t heard spoken in two years.


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