Matthew Kepnes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Matthew Kepnes
BornJune 12, 1981 (1981-06-12) (age 38)
OccupationTravel Expert

Matthew Kepnes, or "Nomadic Matt", is an American travel expert, New York Times bestselling author, and blogger.[1][2][3] He and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and BBC.[4][5][6][7]


Kepnes was born in Boston.[8] At 23, he had never left the United States.[9] In 2005, however, he took a trip to Thailand.[10][11] The trip convinced Kepnes to quit his job, finish his MBA, and begin traveling the world and blogging about his experiences.[6][12][13] Kepnes has since traveled to more than 70 countries in his 7 years of traveling.[1]


In 2008, Kepnes started to record his stories and monetize his traveling.[3][4][14] He also runs an online blogging school called Superstar Blogging where he offers online courses in blogging and also hosts other courses, including a course on photography run by travel photographer Laurence Norah.[15]

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter[edit]

Kepnes' first book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter, was published in 2013 by Penguin.[16] Writers from the New York Times, National Geographic, and Outside Television blurbed the book.[17] Matt Gross of the New York Times said, "Whether you’re a savvy backpacker or just dreaming of getting a passport and going overseas, Matt’s collection of easy-to-employ money-saving strategies will open your eyes to the near-infinite ways of seeing the world without busting your budget."[17] The book outlines Kepnes' belief that travel can be inexpensive while still being extensive.[18] It offers tips for getting free sky miles, avoiding overseas bank fees, and finding cheap accommodations.[19] The book was a New York Times bestseller.[20]

In July 2019, Kepnes published his memoir, Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home.[21]

World's first book ICO[edit]

Matthew Kepnes was the first author in the world to run an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) to crowdfund his book - "Nomadic Matt's Guide to Backpacking Europe" on Publica.[22]


  1. ^ a b Brennan, Emily (March 6, 2013). "As You Travel, Making Money Work for You". New York Times.
  2. ^ Avon, Natalie (February 4, 2011). "Why more Americans don't travel abroad". CNN.
  3. ^ a b Cortez, Samantha (August 14, 2012). "This Guy Makes $100K Annually, Yet Hasn't Had A Traditional Job In 6 Years". Business Insider.
  4. ^ a b Gross, Matt (December 23, 2009). "Q. & A. With Matt Kepnes, a k a". New York Times.
  5. ^ "Matt Kepnes' Page". Huffington Post.
  6. ^ a b Baker, Vicky (January 8, 2010). "Beginner's guide to travel blogging". The Guardian.
  7. ^ GROSS, MATT. "Q. & A. With Matt Kepnes, a k a". Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ "TBEX Profile".
  9. ^ "About Matt".
  10. ^ "Inside the mind of Matt Kepnes (". May 30, 2013.
  11. ^ Nomadic Matt (June 28, 2011). "The Day I Quit".
  12. ^ Kepnes, Matt (September 9, 2011). "18 Lessons From 5 Years On The Road". Huffington Post.
  13. ^ "20 Weeks of Travel Interview Series: Budget Travel with Matt Kepnes". July 11, 2013.
  14. ^ Kepnes, Matt (October 23, 2012). "Fighting Cubicle Nation: Why You Have More Time to Travel Than You Think". LifeHacker.
  15. ^ Kepnes, Matt. "Superstar Blogging". Superstar Blogging. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Make Your Dream Trip a Reality – Without Breaking the Bank".
  17. ^ a b "Amazon Page".
  18. ^ Martone, Laura (March 27, 2013). "Money-Saving Travel Tips from Nomadic Matt". Moon Travel Guides.
  19. ^ "Talking with Nomadic Matt About "How To Travel The World On $50 A Day"". February 5, 2013.
  20. ^ "Best Sellers - Travel". New York Times.
  21. ^ "Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home". Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  22. ^ "Publica (PBL): Meet the First Book ICO from a Bestselling Author". usaCommerce. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

External links[edit]