Nomadic Matt
Travel blogger | Austin, TX | 80+ Countries

I run the popular budget travel blog, Nomadic Matt.  I’m also the author of the New York Times best-seller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, the owner of the hostel HK Austin, the founder of the non-profit Foundation for Leadership and Youth Travel Education (FLYTE), and a huge travel enthusiast!

Favorites

  • Destination - Stockholm
  • Airport - SIN
  • Airline - Japan Airlines
  • Playlist - http://www.spotify.com

In Nomadic's bag

Rei Backpack
gear

REI Backpack

I like carrying a backpack because I travel a lot. When I go away for a long time, I carry my big backpack on my back, and smaller (carry-on) backpack on my front and I’m ready to walk! (I don’t think I’ve physically rolled a carry-on or regular piece of luggage since I was kid vacationing with my parents!)

Mac and Iphone
tech

iPhone and Laptop

Without my iPhone, I’d be lost. I carry it everywhere I go, using it to take notes, photos, read articles, listen to music on long bus rides, and do all of my social media. As a blogger, a smartphone is an absolute must nowadays. I have a great phone plan that allows me to use my data package and text freely from 140+ countries around the world! I also carry a laptop. Other than that, that’s all I carry! Those two do it all!

books
literature

Books from my Book Club

Before I travel, I stock up on books—lots of books. Last trip, I carried 6 paperbacks with me and then needed to reload halfway through my trip! Can you tell I love to read? I love reading so much that I’ve even created a travel book club for my readers so I can share all of my favorite books with them too! I prefer real books to ebooks because I stare at screens during my workday. I like the feeling of real books in my hands. Plus, they’re great items to pass on to other travelers as you move!

Towels
clothing

Towel

You never know when you’ll need a towel.

Hand Sanatizer
lifesaver

Hand Sanatizer

Hand sanitizer! You never know when there won’t be soap. There are a lot of germs on the road and this stuff is a lifesaver! Literally!