03 Feb Matt Kepnes
“So for my first trip overseas in 2004, I went to Costa Rica. That trip changed my life. It opened me up to the possibilities of the world. In Costa Rica, I experienced other cultures, got lost in a jungle, saw conservation projects in action, and met people from around the world.”
- NATIONALITY: American
- SUMMARY: From Cubicle worker to full time traveller, digital nomad & writer
- RELEVANT COURSES: The Business of Blogging | How to become a master travel writer
Growing up in Boston, I was never a big traveler. I didn’t take my first trip overseas until I was 23. Outside of a cruise and a college trip to Montreal, I had no travel experience. After college, I got a job and the standard American two-weeks-a-year vacation. I wanted to use that time to travel. After all, it was vacation time, right? So for my first trip overseas in 2004, I went to Costa Rica. That trip changed my life. It opened me up to the possibilities of the world. In Costa Rica, I experienced other cultures, got lost in a jungle, saw conservation projects in action, and met people from around the world. From that moment on, I was hooked on travel. All I wanted to do was travel, see more of the world, and learn more about the people in it.
A 2005 trip to Thailand showed me that was possible.
There, in the wonderful city of Chiang Mai, I met five backpackers who showed me that I didn’t have to be tied down to my job and that I didn’t need to be rich to travel. Here were five people who were living my dream of traveling full-time. I wanted in. I wanted to do what they were doing. After that trip, I flew home, finished my MBA, quit my cubicle job, and, in July 2006, set out on an adventure around the world that continues to this day.
Since then, I’ve traveled to close to 100 countries and territories, flown hundreds of thousands of miles, slept in all sorts of places, tried weird food (including fried maggots), made life long friends, learned multiple languages, and, most importantly, discovered that you don’t need to be rich to travel.
- The Business of Blogging
- Capture the World: How to take better photos when you travel
- How to become a master travel writer
- The Art of Vlogging: How to make amazing travel vidoes