I have been watching Rick Steves travel shows on Public Television for several years. He comes across as a jovial chap and his shows are informative in a light and fluffy way. So, I was somewhat shocked when I recently caught one of his programmes entitled "Travel as a Political Act"
Matt Kepnes’ book is a best seller and was first published in 2013 – that said much of it is still relevant. Matt is an avid traveller and you can follow his travels on nomadicmatt.com or on Twitter @nomadicmatt. Here you will find a lot more resources to help you with your travel planning.
My wife bought me this book a few years back and apart from a quick flick through I had not taken the time to really read it. I have learned most of the things covered in this book through a lot of trial and error. I wish I had read the book earlier – it would have saved me a lot of time and energy!
The book breaks down into three sections.
Part one focuses on planning your journey, covering such important subjects as getting over your fears, concerns over the cost of travelling and all important things to consider in your planning including banking options, selecting the right credit card, airline tickets, buying a backpack and travel insurance.
The second section covers the important topic of saving money while on the road. It is all too easy to go wild and blow your funds and have to end your travels early. In this section, Matt provides some great advice on saving money on accommodation, eating and drinking and general activities.
Finally, Matt takes us around the regions of the World with his insights into getting the best value in terms of transportation, eating and accommodations.
So, in summary, this is a great place to start if you are just getting into thinking about becoming a Worldwide explorer – particularly if you are on a tight budget. It provides a shortcut to find out vital tidbits of information that will save you time, money and energy in your own independent research.