Matt Kepnes ~ Founder of the Famous Travel Blog, Nomadic Matt
~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers
Way back in 2008, I first decided I wanted to make money online and travel the world. I used to read some blogs of travelers that were leading the way for this new lifestyle and somehow, I came across a book called ‘How to Travel the World on $50 a Day’. It was written by a guy named Matt Kepnes, also known as Nomadic Matt. Matt ran a blog that helped others travel the world on a budget while he made money from his blog and book while traveling the world. I thought it was genius and I said to myself, ‘Man, this guy has it figured out!” So I bought his book so I could figure out how to do this as well. A couple of years later, I had a backpack and a one way ticket to Costa Rica. Thanks to Matt and others like him, I was about to start my journey traveling the world while making money online. I never ever thought one day, I would be interviewing Matt on my podcast telling him that story.
That was eleven years ago and today I have been living and traveling to many different countries while business businesses online. It has been the biggest adventure of my life. Today, I get the chance to sit down with Nomadic Matt and talk with him about what he is up to these days. Matt’s blog was successful back in 2008, but once I started to travel, I didn’t hear too much from him. It was good to find out that he is still running his blog and built it into an incredibly successful business. Matt now has quite a few books published about travel and runs a successful travel/business conference called TravelCon that sells out in just a few days. If you are interested in building and/or running a successful business while traveling the world, being a travel influencer, and what it is like to be a true digital nomad, this is the show for you.
01:42: Who is Nomadic Matt?
06:52: Matt’s Travel/Work/Life Schedule
08:00: Lessons Learned as a Traveler
10:10: Becoming a Full Time Traveler
14:31: What Made Your Blog Stand Out Compared to Others?
15:59: How Does Matt Network While Traveling?
18:03: Strategy to Use to Start a Blog in 2019
18:33: Tips on Creating Good Content
22:23: Creating a Travel Conference
31:54: Tips on Getting Big Names to Events
33:57: What Does Freedom Mean to a Top Travel Influencer?
39:10: Balancing Finances Between Business and Charity
41:46: Matt’s Plans for the Future
43:23: Spoilers From the New Book
45:51: Responsibilities of an Influencer