Episode 41 – Travel the World on $50 a Day

This is the fourth of seven episodes from my travel podcast series, Boarding Call.  It was originally published on April 23, 2015.

Our Guest

Matt Kepnes is better known as Nomadic Matt, and is the author of the book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.  (BBC Travel calls it “the bible for budget travellers.”) He shares some of his thinking with us and tells us how he’s using the ideas from the book to get himself across the United States to promote the most recent edition of the book.

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Episode 29 – Magic in Hong Kong

On this week’s show :

  • I have mixed emotions saying farewell to Vietnam
  • I’ve crossed an item off my bucket list by coming to Hong Kong – I’ve now visited every (open) Disney theme park in the world!
  • Canada is on the horizon.

If you haven’t listened to Episode 28.5 yet, be sure to check it out.  It’ll give you more context for my thoughts on Vietnam.

I Hate Haggling

When it comes to the popularity of Southeast Asian backpacker trail, there are really two major reasons why the region rates so highly with westerners – and they’re as diametrically opposed as the left and right brain.

On one hand, Southeast Asia has some of the most glorious vistas in the world. The cultures are unique, the people are warm and welcoming, and the scenery is phenomenal.  It really is a special place that is worth taking time to come and appreciate.

On the other hand, Southeast Asia is easy on the wallet. You can snag a bed in a hostel for roughly the same price as a Starbucks latte, eat an entire day’s worth food for the same as you’d spend on the value menu after a night out drinking, and beer can sometimes be cheaper than bottled water or Coca-Cola.  There is a lot to love about how far your dollar stretches in this region.

Money, however, is also at the root of one of Southeast Asia’s least attractive features – having to haggle.

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Where To Sleep – January 2016

When I spent three months in Japan, I didn’t have to worry about where I was going to sleep every night.  I had a home base at Chris’ western Tokyo apartment, and so all I needed to do was figure out what I’d get up to each day.

Being on the road means finding different places to crash in each city I visit.  It’s one the things I research the most when I decide that I’m heading off to a new destination.

There is no shortage of choices of places to stay in Southeast Asia. While you can rely on review websites, travel guide books and word of mouth, you never really know what you’re getting yourself in to until you drop your bags and check out your bunk.

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Video : FAQs

People have been asking lots of great questions about my trip, and so I figured I’d answer some of the most frequently asked ones in a video.  Check it out!