Book Review | How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

18 May 2015

We know all too well of the theory out there that you need to be making big bucks or be supported by your parents' dime to see the world.  But we're not buying it. And neither is Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt

Kepnes is the king of budget travel. He's been traversing the globe since 2006 and is literally living, breathing proof that it's possible to do so without a lot of money. His newly revised book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day provides a wealth of information on this very subject. Read on for our thoughts of it, and a chance to win a copy of your very own! Limitations apply. 


This guy knows his stuff. We consider ourselves to be well-traveled, and we certainly do so on a budget. Personally, I felt that I had a proficient base of knowledge within each of the sections he focused on, yet I still found myself picking up new tips and tricks of which I hadn't yet heard!

A Few of My Favorite Things
Although Kepnes is known for traveling long-term, as a part-time traveler, I still found myself highlighting things like crazy. This book is really applicable for any traveler who simply aspires to travel smarter.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day is divided into three, helpful sections. Part one focuses on planning for your trip, with a deep dive into advice ranging from which backpack you should purchase to how to select the best travel insurance. This is followed by a section about on the road expenses like tips for stretching your dollars and how to maintain a budgeting mindset. Finally, the book closes with a thorough look at specific regions of the world, which is incredibly useful. He even provides a suggested daily budget for each!

I especially appreciated the section on banking while overseas. I've found myself with a bit of a debit card snafu before, so I was thankful to hear some of Matt's suggestions. He also has some great tips on how to start travel hacking, which is really something about which all travelers should try to learn as much as they can.


But what I really dug was the appendix. Holy smokes! Kepnes packs these last few pages with a goldmine of resources. A whole section on travel companies and vaccinations each? Yes please! Be sure to make it to the end, but I doubt that will be a problem for you. 

What I Didn't Like
Honestly, there wasn't much! Of course, this information does come from Kepnes' own travel experiences, so naturally his advice is well-aligned with his personal travel style. That's not a bad thing! But there were a few areas in which I had a difference of opinion. For example, I've moved on from couchsurfing and prefer to spend money on other forms of budget accommodation like apartment rentals, hostels and hotels. Similarly, some of the best experiences I've had while traveling have been on guided tours, and occasionally I prefer these simply from a convenience and safety standpoint, like when I visited the South Coast of Iceland. 

Regardless of how experienced of a traveler you are, I guarantee you will find this book useful. That's why we want to provide one of you, dear readers, with a brand new paperback copy of your own! Good luck!

NOTE: Readers with a mailing address in the U.S. are welcome to enter. Please read the terms and conditions below before entering. 

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