Title: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day
Author: Matt Kepnes
Published by Perigee, a member of Penguin Group, www.penguin.com
With these shorter days and cold weather this time of year, I often dream of travel to an exotic or at least warmer location. I have been following a budget travel site called nomadicmatt.com by Matt Kepnes since sometime 2014 that offers great travel tips and so I jumped at the opportunity to review Matt’s new book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter.
For a little history behind Matt – he grew up in Boston and took on a job in hospital administration after college. This was in 2003. He was working 60 hours a week and after taking his first vacation to Costa Rica the next year, Matt was severely bitten by the travel bug and thought how there had to be more to life. He saved $20,000 to last him a year and set off in 2006 on his first big adventure around the world. This adventure was to last one year. It ended up lasting him 18 months and he continues writing about his experiences and tips as he discovers the world yet today.
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day was published earlier this month (Jan. 6, 2015). It is a revised and expanded edition of its previous release with that shares the same title. Many of us, myself included, believe travel is expensive. This title shares how you have to sometimes go off the beaten path with not always booking expensive hotels and maybe trying local markets and small street vendors to enjoy regional cuisine versus an expensive meal at a popular restaurant.
Matt does a great job breaking down his cost saving tips and strategies by parts of the world and also by subject, like airfare, insurance, and banking. There are a ton of great tips in this book. I think How to Travel the World on $50 a Day would be great for someone taking on travel by their own. Most of the budget is geared toward the solo traveler or for someone who has to consider just their own travel expenses to stay at the guide of approximately $50 a day.