Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home

Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home

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.

Title:Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home
ISBN:9781250190512
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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN* (on hiatus)

    I occasionally enjoy reading travel themed biographies because I mostly travel in my mind via books. In fact, I haven't taken a proper trip since twenty years ago when I went to England. I'm about to ...

  • M. Sarki

    I had never before heard of Nomadic Matt. I had never read his blog. My interest in this book was piqued by my own present state of perpetually being on the move. My wife and I spent a lifetime togeth...

  • Stewart Tame

    Why yes, I did win a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. You have been warned. If the publishers are really trying to influence me, the joke’s on them as most of my reviews rarely score m...

  • Sable

    Received this book free from Netgalley Honestly I really wanted to like this book but I could not get through it. This book could be condensed into 50 pages and I feel even then that would be long and...

  • Mark

    As someone that is passionate about travel and has followed Nomadic Matt’s past adventures on social media, I was genuinely excited to read this book. However, not only is this book disappointing (n...

  • Abigail Hilton

    I picked up this book because I've read Matt's blog for a number of years and received great travel tips from him. I've also traveled for about the same length of time he has, although not internation...

  • Luke Jacobs

    Really wanted to like this one, since I was looking for a novel analysis about modern times, nomadism, community v. travel, etc... But I couldn't get past the cliches that Matt repeated dozens of time...

  • Carianne Carleo-Evangelist

    Wonderfully conflicted on this book. Wasn't familiar with NomadicMatt, but the premise of the book interested me. I'm very glad I read it, even though I'm not sure I'd fully recommend it. I would have...

  • Jim Curtin

    This was a drag to get through. The work is presented as an insightful look into travel, but is a series of disconnected complaints with the common thread of drinking in hostels. Before he travels, th...

  • Anna

    In the first several chapters of this book I was vastly disappointed. I have been reading Nomadic Matt's blog for several years now and had always found him to be encouraging of every kind of travel w...