“Nomadic” Matt Kepnes has released a new ebook aimed at helping soon-to-be long term travelers and vagabonds make the most of their trip budgets, while avoiding some common mistakes. Matt was kind enough to offer me an advanced copy so I could share my thoughts here.
In Secrets to Successful World Travel, Matt covers a wide range of topics. The 137-page ebook consists of 4 chapters, including Pre-Trip Planning (personal finances, buying airfare, what to pack), On the Road (suggested itineraries for each continent, where to stay, working/volunteering abroad), Returning Home (handling reverse culture-shock), and Frequently Asked Questions.
What I Liked
- Formatting, graphics, and overall design is attractive and fun.
- Daily budget suggestions for various travel circuits were reasonable, and based on his actual and recent experience in many places.
- Substantial information on banking abroad, frequent flier programs, and working overseas.
What Fell Short
- Some sections, such as volunteering abroad, lacked depth.
- I didn't find many “secrets” for planning a trip or traveling long term, so take the title with a grain of salt.
While I was saving for my trip around the world (a 5-year process), I read several books about long term travel that offered inspiration and advice. When the time came to actually put my boots on the ground in foreign countries, I would be hard-pressed to recollect a moment when I drew wisdom directly from one of those books. Instead, I found that they had proved their worth in helping to keep me motivated, focused, and excited about my upcoming adventure.
As a reader of Matt's blog for the last year, I can say Secrets to Successful World Travel is certainly reflective of his attitudes, beliefs, and strategies for long term travel. A good deal of the information can be found on his blog, or elsewhere online, however if you are a fan of his writing, tweeting, and style of travel, then I think $20 is an appropriate price for what he's put together.