Interview with Perpetual Traveler, NomadicMatt

Nomadic MattNomadic Matt (Mathew Kepnes)

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!

Links
Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site
Follow NomadicMatt on Twitter
My review of Matt’s ebook, “How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog”



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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

8 Responses to Interview with Perpetual Traveler, NomadicMatt

  1. Daniel says:

    Cool internview, John. It’s funny how a set of circumstances can contribute to the way we view a place in our mind’s eye. My wife and I had a completely different experience in Vietnam compared with Matt. I love the country — in fact, of all the places in Southeast Asia, I find it’s the one that I want to return to most!
    .-= Daniel´s last blog ..What We’re Reading: August 28, 2009 =-.

  2. Nate says:

    Very nice interview. I think what Matt has done with his ebook is genius. It’s hard to visit a travel blog without seeing something about the book, or him. That’s great marketing right there.

  3. Anil says:

    The book is great and gets right to the point. I highly recommend it for travel bloggers looking to monetize their sites.
    .-= Anil´s last blog ..How I Got Robbed In Guatemala and Other Hard-To-Believe Escapades: Part 4 =-.

  4. John says:

    Thanks for the comment Anil!
    Yes, Matt’s book is short and focused. A great overview for newbies to making money online.

  5. John says:

    I agree. Matt is certainly working hard to get known. Effort is the key to success.

  6. John says:

    Hi Daniel,

    I agree. Often we can just have bad luck or great luck in a new country and it completely changes our opinions.

    My wife and I thought Vienna was just an average city on our trip there, but most other people I have talked to loved it. I think part of the problem was that we drove to Vienna. That means we spent a lot of time in traffic, finding parking, etc. I think the car ruined our experience of the city.

  7. Dave and Deb says:

    Matt is doing a great job and he is one of the bloggers that we respect very much. We bought his ebook and found it to be very helpful in building our blog.
    It is too bad Matt had a bad experience in Vietnam, we absolutely loved it there and like Daniel it is one of our favourite countries. But then again, so is Thailand.
    Bravo for not planning on settling down!
    .-= Dave and Deb´s last blog ..What is Happening at ThePlanetD and Building our Blog; an Overview =-.

  8. Steve says:

    I’m guessing you went to North Vietnam (e.g. Hanoi), am I correct?

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