Mathew Kepnes, more popularly known as Nomadic Matt, has been traveling the world since 2005. He supports his travels through revenues from several travel oriented websites and more recently from selling an ebook. I reviewed Matt’s, “How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog” if you would like to get a better idea of how he funds his international jet setting. Matt offers some insights into his life in this short interview.
Where are you now?
Boston, MA, USA. (John’s note: The interview questions were sent a couple of weeks ago. Matt is now in Spain and recently experienced the tomato festival in Bunol, Spain)
How long do you typically stay in one country?
From one week to two months depending on the size of the country. I move slow so it really depends on what I want to see.
Why is Thailand your favorite country and why do you dislike Vietnam so much?
I love Thailand because the food is delicious, the weather is great and the people are friendly. Vietnam was the exact opposite, which is why I dislike it so much.
What does it cost to travel like you do?
It varies between regions around the world. I can do Asia on about 20-25 USD per day and Europe for about 75 USD per day. I don’t do anything special. I spend like I would at home. Just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you have to be stupid with your money.
How do you earn an income?
I sell advertising on my websites. I also do a bit of affiliate sales, have a few Google Adsense sites and now my ebook!
Your “How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog” is quite popular, can you please share your experiences with that?
I ask everyone to review it! The money I make is mostly via people’s affiliate sales. It’s having champions of the book that gives it credibility in the mind of people.
Do you recommend publishing ebooks as a business for others?
People will only buy one if they trust you. There are many crappy ebooks on the web. If you are a respected blogger with a good number of readers, it will be easier to do one.
How many hours do you spend working on your websites?
I spend about 10-12 hrs per week.
Do you see your income sources becoming more passive and requiring less work over time?
That is the goal, but right now I spend a lot of time pushing the ebook and finding advertisers.
What advice would you offer for others thinking of moving abroad and supporting themselves online?
It takes a lot of work. If you think you are going to get rich quick or have a successful site in a few months, you’re delusional. It takes a long time to build up.
Do you have any plans to settle down and have a more stationary life?
Nope! None at all!