On this episode of the show, we take a trip in the Gone John time machine back to April of last year. I was just starting to produce my then-new travel podcast, Boarding Call (which is a damn fine show which you should check out if you haven’t done so already), and I had just scored an interview with someone who I didn’t realize at the moment would be a huge inspiration for the trip I’ve embarked on.
Matt Kepnes – aka Nomadic Matt – has been travelling since 2008, and penned what the BBC has called the “bible of budget travel” – How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. He was on a cross-country tour of the United States to promote the latest version of his book when I Skyped him last year, and the result is the interview that’s in this week’s episode of the show.
I always knew I wanted to travel. While close friends who’d been backpacking helped push me over the hump, it was Matt’s advice, and book, and blog which were the catalyst for me to believe I can afford to do this (because the alternative costs just as much, if not more).
As this leg of my adventure draws to a close, I wanted to revisit this interview. Matt’s advice has been sage, and has gone a long way to helping me stretch my dollars abroad (while also teaching me to not be pennywise and pound foolish).
If you know a young person who is keen to travel, get them Matt’s book. Inspire the spark of curiosity in them to go explore the world. You won’t regret it.