ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Popular travel hacker and blogger, Matt Kepnes of NomadicMatt.com, joined us for a video chat to talk about his newly revised book, “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.”
According to Matt, the “dream” of traveling to a far off land remains just that for many of us. Excuses prevail from work schedules to money and responsibilities at home, but the reality is, most people don’t take flight because they’re afraid.
“Dropping everything to travel takes a lot of courage, and while many people claim “real-world responsibilities” are the reason for not traveling, I think fear of the unknown is really what holds them back. But guess what? You are NOT the first person to travel abroad!”
“While long-term travel is not popular in the US, it is a rite of passage for many people around the world… There’s nothing I can’t do that someone else can do. And the same goes for you.”
Here are some tips from Matt’s book to get you started traveling cheaper, longer and smarter:
- Avoid ATM Fees Internationally — Set up a checking account with a major global bank linked to the Global ATM alliance, like Bank of America
- Get the Right Travel Credit Card — Reap lots of rewards and benefits, including cheap flights and free stuff
- Scoring Cheap Airline Tickets — There is no secret, you have to do your research; be flexible; fly with budget carriers; leverage the rewards you earn on your travel credit card; and check multiple search sites, like skyscanner.com, momondo.com, google.com/flights, hipmunk.com, et al
- For Low-cost Digs, Think Outside the Obvious — Alternatives to traditional hotels abound today. Checkout house-sitting options, hostels and apartment rentals via services, like airbnb.com or homeaway.com.
Read more about Matt’s book here and Happy Travels!