Posted: 8/12/2019 | August 12th, 2019

As you know, after eighteen months of writing and editing, my new book, Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home, came out last month.

Unlike my previous books, this is not a “how to guide” but a collection of tips, advice, and stories from the road. It a memoir of my ten years backpacking the world and the lessons I learned along the way.

This book gets to the heart of wanderlust and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world. (Or at least tries to.)

It’s meant to show people that if I, a sheltered nerdy kid from a small town, could muster the courage to do this and survive, you can too!

Cheryl Strayed called it inspiring. The Los Angeles Times said, “This book isn’t just for travelers; it’s for anyone who has wanted more and has taken off to find it.” Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet, loved it. So did Rolf Potts.

And, more importantly, thousands of readers who keep sending me messages that they couldn’t put it down and it renewed their wanderlust. (For a writer, that’s the best thing we can hear.)

Over the last month, I’ve done a lot of interviews, videos, podcasts, and guest posts talking not only about my book but how you can travel more often – and be a better traveler when you do.

So I wanted to share some of what I’ve been up to so you can learn more about the book and get some travel tips at the same time:

Recent Interviews

Here are some interviews that I’ve done on the book, my travels, and my thoughts on being a better traveler:

Go Backpacking – Travel Q&A with Matthew Kepnes, Author of Ten Years a Nomad

Expert Vagabond – 10 Years A Nomad: An Interview With Nomadic Matt

The Broke Backpacker – An Interview With Nomadic Matt

The Daily Stoic – Ten Years A Nomad: An Interview With Matt Kepnes on travel and philosophy

Indie Traveller – 10 Years A Nomad: A Q&A With Nomadic Matt

NBC News – How “Deep Travel” Can Help You Get More Out of Your Next Trip



Love podcasts? I did a lot! Here are some you can download and enjoy on your next plane, commute, or walk:

Landlopers – ETW #24 Interview with Legendary Traveler Nomadic Matt

The Offbeat Life – How to travel smarter and create a blogging empire with Matthew Kepnes

Afford Anything – Slow Travel is Cheap Travel With Nomadic Matt

Not a Ballerina – Ten Years a Nomad with Nomadic Matt Kepnes – Episode 147 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Zero to Travel – Ten Years A Nomad With “Nomadic” Matt Kepnes


YouTube Videos

I did two videos with two of my favorite Youtubers:

Hey Nadine – 10 Lessons learned from 10 Years a Nomad

Kristen and Siya – Life Changing Travel Experiences ft. Nomadic Matt


Book Reviews

On the fence about if you should buy the book? Well, why? It’s great! I poured my heart into it. Come support me! But, more seriously, here’s a bunch of reviews on what people thought:

View from the Wing – Out Today: Nomadic Matt’s Ten Years on the Road

Travel Codex – Book Review: “Ten Years a Nomad” by Nomadic Matt

Travel Writers Exchange – Book Review: Ten Years a Nomad

Go Girl Guides – Book Review: 10 Years a Nomad by Matthew Kepnes

Travel Lemming – Want a Long Term Relationship With Travel? Read This First

National Geographic – 12 Travel Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down This Summer

Booktrib – Office Worker Turned Travel Junkie in “Ten Years a Nomad”

Publishers Weekly – Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home


New Guest Posts

And, finally, I wrote a bunch of articles about how to be a better traveler – and do it for less money! Check them out here:

One Mile at a Time – 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Destination

Free Candie – You can only “run away” for so long

Helen in Wonderlust – 12 Travel Tips from Ten Years of Traveling the World

Medium – 9 Reasons Why Travel Is the Quickest Way to Become a Better Person

Thought Catalog – Why ‘Influencers’ Are Bullshit

Newsweek – 9 Life Lessons I Learned From Being a Nomad For Ten Years

Traveling Canucks – My 10 Favorite Countries from 10 Years as a Nomad

The Travel Women – 10 Honest Lessons from 10 Years of Solo Travel

TravelFreak – What I Learned From 10 Years of Travel – How to Start (and Run) a 7-Figure Business While Traveling the World

The Daily Beast – Why Backpackers are Good at Saying Goodbye – The Challenges of Writing A Memoir


The “Ten Years a Nomad” Book Tour

I’m finishing up my book tour and there are still a few more destinations left. Come join me, talk travel, get a signed book, and hang out!

August 14 Portland, OR: Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing @ 7pm EVENT DETAILS
August 15 San Francisco, CA: Book Passage at Corte Madera @ 7pm EVENT DETAILS
August 16 Seattle, WA: Third Place Books @ 6pm EVENT DETAILS
August 19 Vancouver, BC: Indigo (Robson) @ 7:00pm EVENT DETAILS
August 26 Toronto, ON: Indigo (Bay-Bloor)@ 7:00pm EVENT DETAILS
August 31 Montreal, QC: Indigo (Place Montreal) @ 1:00pm EVENT DETAILS


Thank you so much for your support and love over the years. I really hope you love this book. I wanted to write something that would appeal to a wider range of readers. Please help spread the word, get a copy, and I hope to see you on the book tour.

– Nomadic Matt

Here are links to buy the new book:


Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • World Nomads (for everyone below 70)
  • Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
  • Medjet (for additional repatriation coverage)

Ready to Book Your Trip?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use when I travel. They are the best in class and you can’t go wrong using them on your trip.

12.08.2019 / books / travel books
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