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Ten years a nomad : a traveler's journey home

by Kepnes, Matt,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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Summary

Part memoir and part philosophical look at why we travel, filled with stories of Matt Kepnes' adventures abroad, an exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad.

"Matt is possibly the most well-traveled person I know...His knowledge and passion for understanding the world is unrivaled, and never fails to amaze me." --Mark Manson, New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Ten Years a Nomad is New York Times bestselling author Matt Kepnes' poignant exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad. Part travel memoir and part philosophical look at why we travel, it is filled with aspirational stories of Kepnes' many adventures.

New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day , Matthew Kepnes knows what it feels like to get the travel bug. After meeting some travelers on a trip to Thailand in 2005, he realized that living life meant more than simply meeting society's traditional milestones, such as buying a car, paying a mortgage, and moving up the career ladder. Inspired by them, he set off for a year-long trip around the world before he started his career. He finally came home after ten years. Over 500,000 miles, 1,000 hostels, and 90 different countries later,Matt has compiled his favorite stories, experiences, and insights into this travel manifesto. Filled with the color and perspective that only hindsight and self-reflection can offer, these stories get to the real questions at the heart of wanderlust. Travel questions that transcend the basic "how-to," and plumb the depths of what drives us to travel -- and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world.

Ten Years a Nomad is for travel junkies, the travel-curious, and anyone interested in what you can learn about the world when you don't have a cable bill for a decade or spend a month not wearing shoes living on the beach in Thailand.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It started with a trip to Costa Rica. Kepnes, in his early 20s and spending most of his time at his job, at the gym, or in front of the TV, took advantage of his vacation to go somewhere new. And then, right after the new year began and his vacation time renewed, he went somewhere else new, trekking in Thailand. Then he decided he could just keep going. When he announced his plans to quit his job and travel, his parents were incredulous; his friends, indifferent. For 10 years, Kepnes traveled the world, learning that guidebooks aren't everything, that friendships can be quickly made and then fade on the road. He shares what he's learned about escaping the daily grind and opens up about the highs and lows of the nomadic life in this frank and fun memoir. With hard-won experience, wide-open eyes, and the spirit of a dedicated wanderer, Kepnes encourages his readers to find their own adventures, and his story provides a road map for anyone opting to follow their dreams, wherever they may lead.--Bridget Thoreson Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Travel blogger Kepnes (How to Travel the World on $50 a Day) recounts his decade traveling the world and outlines the lessons he learned along the way. Bored by the postcollege life, Kepnes booked a trip to Costa Rica in 2003 because it looked "different." He returned from that trip a "nomad," he writes, and from there, his globe-trotting adventures continued for the better part of 10 years, and his passion for travel became a career when he founded budget-travel website Nomadic Matt. He visits Bangkok, Rome, and Prague, where he realizes that "hostel life forces you to confront the years of conditioning so many of us have endured about what we 'need' from our lives." Throughout, he falls in and out of love with a number of women, including Samantha, an Oregonian he meets in Thailand, and Charlotte, a Chicagoan he meets in Laos; his wanderlust compels him to keep traveling and leave both of them behind. Eventually burned out by his rootless lifestyle, he settles in Austin, Tex., where he continues to run his travel website and write travel guides. Though Kepnes's epiphanies aren't exactly world-shaking ("My elsewhere had arrived"; "The world has a funny way of always keeping you in your place"), his stories will have readers plotting trips of their own. Fans of Kepnes and travel enthusiasts will enjoy taking this adventure with a reliable, amiable guide. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kepnes, Matt -- Travel.
Travel writers -- United States -- Biography.
Voyages around the world -- Biography.
Tourism.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Other Titles 10 years a nomad
Language English
Description x, 226 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781250190512
1250190517
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