How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

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No money? No problem. You can start packing your bags for that trip you’ve been dreaming a lifetime about.

For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn’t expensive and that it’s affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury.

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Overview

No money? No problem. You can start packing your bags for that trip you’ve been dreaming a lifetime about.

For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn’t expensive and that it’s affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day reveals Nomadic Matt’s tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys. Offering a blend of advice ranging from travel hacking to smart banking, you’ll learn how to:

• Avoid paying bank fees anywhere in the world

• Earn thousands of free frequent flyer points

• Find discount travel cards that can save on hostels, tours, and transportation

• Get cheap (or free) plane tickets

Whether it’s a two-week, two-month, or two-year trip, Nomadic Matt shows you how to stretch your money further so you can travel cheaper, smarter, and longer.

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Sparked by his trips to Costa Rica and Thailand, Kepnes (nomadicmatt.com) quit his job in 2006, withdrew his savings of $20,000, and hit the open road. His trip of one year became six. Now an expert on cheap travel, Kepnes outlines preparations for, as well as money-saving strategies during, lengthy trips. His advice covers banking, using credit cards for discounts and free mileage trips, finding the cheapest airline tickets, what travel equipment to have, and whether to take out insurance. On-the-ground suggestions include cheap accommodations, food and beverages, transportation, and sightseeing information. Kepnes’s nearly seven-year globe-trotting journey included five continents, but he has still not reached some popular destinations, such as China and the South Pacific. The book also includes invaluable appendixes that list tour and travel companies, flight resources, backpack companies, discount cards, accommodation resources, travel insurance, and credit cards. There are also destination-specific resources, a suggested packing list, and a section on vaccinations and medical care abroad.

Verdict Kepnes provides a wealth of information for traveling cheaply on extended journeys and will provide invaluable information for aspiring globe-trotters.—Melinda Stivers Leach, Wondervu, CO

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159671
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 150,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Kepnes is a native of Boston but calls the world home now. After a trip to Thailand in 2005 inspired him to travel more, he quit his job and set off around the world. More than six years later, he is still exploring new lands and helping others do the same.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Planning Your Trip

1 Getting Over Your Fears 3

2 Is Travel Really Too Expensive? 14

3 Banking Overseas 21

4 Getting the Right Credit Card 31

5 Airline Tickets 39

6 Buying a Backpack 59

7 Travel Insurance 68

8 Get a Travel Discount Card 76

9 What to Do with Your Stuff 81

Part 2 On-The-Road Expenses

10 The Savings Mind-Set 87

11 Tips for Saving Money on Accommodations 91

12 Tips for Saving Money on Food and Beverages 107

13 Tips for Saving Money on Transportation 112

14 Tips for Saving Money on Activities 115

Part 3 Breaking It Down By Region

15 Europe 122

16 Australia 161

17 New Zealand 176

18 Southeast Asia 188

19 Central America 202

20 South America 214

Putting It All Together 231

Acknowledgments 237

Appendix A Travel Companies 239

Appendix B Suggested Packing List 249

Appendix C Vaccinations 251

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    I've been following Matt's blog for a long time and was thrilled

    I've been following Matt's blog for a long time and was thrilled to see that his exceptional advice had been made into a book. I leave for SEA in 7 months for a 3 month long backpacking trip and can not be more excited. Matt's book has really put a lot of things into perspective for me (ex: banking information, credit card companies, choosing the right flight company) and it is truly a great resource. I do, though, wish there was a bit more information pertaining to SEA but the information that is provided is very useful. Thanks again, Matt, for the great read. Can't wait to read more from you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    I'm currently planning a round-the-world trip and this book has

    I'm currently planning a round-the-world trip and this book has been a tremendous help. I will refer back to it many times before my departure. For anyone who's traveling (or thinking about it) this is a great resource. There is tons of useful advice that is relevant whether you're doing a long-term, round-the-world trip or you're just taking a two-week vacation. From how to find a cheap flight to travel insurance, affordable food and attractions, this book has it all. Not only does the author provide great resources for travel in general, he also has region-specific tips. Though I was disappointed some regions of the world weren't covered (East Asia and Africa), these are regions the author hasn't traveled much. At least you know the information the author provides is authentic and based off his own experiences. Overall, a great resource I would highly recommend.

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