Matt Kepnes of Boston, Massachusetts found a way of ditching the 9-to-5 grind by harnessing the Internet’s income potential. Today, he’s a travel blogger who travels the world while making a full-time living from writing for the web.
Right now, home is the cut-price beachside paradise of Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
“I suddenly became tired of meeting people…tired of moving around,” Matt said. “So I decided one day in Brisbane that it was time to head home. I chucked my flight to New Zealand, and was homeward bound the next week.”
His absence of wanderlust didn’t last long.
“Two weeks later, I wanted to be back in New Zealand.”
Although Matt wanted to get back overseas, he also needed to find a viable way to fund his travels. He knew travel wasn’t free. So he wound up dreaming about writing for the popular mainstream guidebook Lonely Planet.
But he didn’t know how to get start as a travel guidebook writer.
So he decided to launch his own travel blog called nomadicmatt.com in 2008 to gain some experience…and hopefully impress the folks at Lonely Planet someday. “Soon, I thought, I would be writing guidebooks,” Matt said. “My name would be in Lonely Planet and all would be right with the universe.”
But then something interesting happened.
“I went to a travel conference and everyone called me ‘Nomadic Matt.’ I realized that was who I was and what I was meant to do,” Matt said.
Today, Matt’s travel blog is flourishing, attracting 180,000 visitors per month. And he’s been featured on BBC, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, CNN, AOL Travel, Lifehacker, The Guardian and, of course, Lonely Planet.
His massive readership means he can make a steady income from things like advertising and by selling items through his blog.
When I asked Matt what skills and resources were necessary for an up-and-coming travel blogger to get started, I was surprised by his answer.
“My original posts were short, poorly written, and sort of all over the place,” he explains. “They were just awful. I’ve actually gone back and edited them a bit to make them better.”
One thing Matt is sure of is that anyone can become a travel blogger.
“If I, a lazy guy from Boston, can make this travel blogging thing support me,” Matt said, “Anybody can.”
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