Matt is a 29-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. He achieved this goal pretty early on and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around the planet until it ran out. [...] Matt is not independently wealthy. Matt also doesn’t have some magical secret for traveling cheaply. He does it pretty much the same way everybody else does.
The site includes maps of Matt’s travels, and a journal with stories and photos. Though Matt has recently found a sponsor for his adventures, he originally traveled on his own money. He simply lived frugally while on the road. From his FAQ:
How do you afford all this travel?
I saved up at my job for a few years and then quit. That’s the simple answer. It also doesn’t cost as much as a lot of folks think. Aside from the flights, I spend less on any given day than I would sitting at home paying utilities, car insurance, parking tickets (I get a lot of parking tickets). If you visit regions like Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and most of Africa — and you’re willing to rough it a little — you can get by on dollars a day.
The FAQ also includes brief discussions on how to deal with money when traveling, and what to pack. Someday I’ll sit down and actually figure out what it would take for me to be able to do my own world tour. The idea is fantastic.
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