My official Nomadic Matt’s How To Travel the World on A Day, see full book review at http://wanderingtrader.com. Nomadic Matt, otherwise known as Matthew Kepnes, is a travel blogger that runs the budget travel site NomadicMatt.com.
I actually met Matt when I first started my current endless around the world trip. There was a travel blogger meet up at the time when I living in Toronto and he introduced himself at the table, “Hi everyone I’m Nomadic Matt”. Since then Matt and I have kept in touch and talked about a variety of things.
We met up in NYC while I was attending a day trading expo and also decided to get his thoughts on video (at end of post).
Although Nomadic Matt is known to be a backpacker or budget traveler this book isn’t necessarily meant for that type of traveler. One of the things I found extremely interesting was that he included great information about what to do before anyone sets out on a trip.
Everything a traveler could think of possibly think of from how to handle the fear of going on the road to what to do with your stuff.
The book proves that there are always ways to save money no matter what kind of traveler one intends to be. Matt even highlights intangible ways to save money such as having a “savings mind-set.”
Matt and I have very different travel styles but I even found the book useful. The travel blogging community as a whole is a big one and Matt sought out many experts in the field. There are quotes and tips from great travelers that have been around the world many times over.
The first event that I attended where I met Matt for the first time was the beginning of many great friendships. Many have lasted nearly 3 years now!
The credit card and banking sections are something I have had to learn the hard way.
Many of the major banks charge a fee upwards of just to use an international ATM. On top of that they charge a 2%-3% foreign transaction fees, 1% is charged by Visa and the rest by your bank.
He mentions that everyone should have an account at a major bank due to additional services offer which I agree 100% with. One piece of invaluable information that everyone should do that Matt does mention is opening a checking account with Charles Schwab.
They refund all ATM fees, international and national, and also do not charge a monthly maintenance fee. They also refund any fees charged by the bank where one may withdraw funds from. Money not charged by Charles Schwab, the OTHER BANK!
I remember the days of furious annoyance when I paid well over 0 in 3 months while living in Kenya.
One thing I don’t agree with Matt on is only having one credit card to keep things simple and keep track of expenses. I have found have more than one card more useful due to unforeseen circumstances.
In order to accumulate miles at a rapid pace I charge everything on a credit card. Just imagine if my wallet was robbed or lost while visiting an exotic tourist destination overseas?
It is always a better idea to have an extra card just in case these kinds of things happen.
Being quite paranoid of not having something convenient I always travel with two of everything; two cell phones, two cameras, two microphones, and now even two GoPro video cameras. Every electronic has a backup charger as well.
I even have gone as far as opening an extra checking account with Charles Schwab (since there are no fees).
The idea is that if my card ever disappears the extra card can be connected to the checking account with money in it.
When looking for a travel credit card make sure that the card offers no foreign conversion fee transfers. Banks are crafty and when traveling and living overseas an extra fee is usually charged for making transactions in a foreign currency.
Even if a yearly fee is in order it is usually worth it.
I recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. I recently was approved for one and since January 1st and have already accumulated nearly 200,000 miles on the account. It isn’t tied to just one miles or hotels account but several and anyone can transfer points to anyone of the accounts in the program.
2 for 1 dollar for point value on any travel expenses
Includes airfare, hotels, airfare, car rentals, taxis, and more
No foreign transaction fees
How To Travel The World On per Day is a great book for most travelers. Even high luxury travelers would get great information on travel credit cards and bank information. Everyone loves a free first class ticket.
Overall I would definitely recommend the book because it includes great information some of which a traveler never would have known existed.
Nomadic Matt’s book can be found directly for Amazon (paperback or Kindle) and you can find Matt on Nomadicmatt.com.