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On the Road in 2024

Nomadic Matt chilling on a wide, historic staircase in Spain during a sunny summer day

Hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve written a real blog. Sure, there have been lots of how-to posts, itineraries, where-to-stay suggestions, and old-post updates to keep helping you travel on a budget. But it’s been over a year since I wrote anything personal — and it’s been even longer since I shared a story from the road.

In the beginning of 2022, I wrote that I felt I didn’t really have much to say anymore. Sure, there are always new destinations to write about, but in terms of thoughts and advice, after over 14 years writing about travel, I was tapped out. There are only so many posts you can write about “how to find a cheap flight” or on how to make friends or how to overcome your fears.

Which is why, in the past 2.5 years, I’ve only posted three articles that weren’t “the best hostels in London” or something like that.

But I always left the door open to coming back if the desire hit me.

And the desire has finally hit me.

A lot has happened in the last year. Business-wise, I closed our community and tour company, scaled back my other projects, and spent a lot of time working on some new books. At the end of May, I finished the next update to my book, How to Travel the World on $50 per Day. The new, inflation-adjusted, post-COVID edition comes out in March 2025.

This last year has seen a lot of personal changes too. I moved back to New York City and absolutely love it here. I’m a city guy, and I really enjoy being in a place where I don’t need a car. Plus, there’s tons of things to see and do, more people around, and no kind of food I can’t get. I have a great group of friends here, I’ve found a bunch of hobbies I enjoy, and I have struck a good work/life balance. This is truly home.

But it hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns.

Last summer, I got tuberculosis, which, while caught early and curable with antibiotics, still forced me to be quarantined and on meds for a long time. Then I’ve had some muscle issues related to just getting old and some gut issues I’m working on now.

But, with the book and most of my heath stuff behind me, I feel like I’m entering a new chapter in my life.

I’m in Europe now for the rest of the summer. Though I’ve been to the continent countless times, my goal here is to visit regions I’ve never been to before. I’m currently in Barcelona before heading to Provence and then Germany. After that, who knows! I don’t get my book edits back until the end of the…

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