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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

By Matt Kepnes
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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day (2013) is a guide for anyone who wants to travel more but is worried about potential dangers and exorbitant costs. Author and beloved travel blogger Matt Kepnes explains what it takes to be a well-prepared and savvy traveler – one who’s can cut costs, avoid needless expenses and enjoy all the world has to offer.

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Matt Kepnes is a Boston-born writer who’s been traveling the world, almost nonstop, for over a decade now. Ever since his first long-distance trip, to Thailand in 2005, he’s been sharing what he finds on his popular blog, NomadicMatt.com

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

By Matt Kepnes
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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day (2013) is a guide for anyone who wants to travel more but is worried about potential dangers and exorbitant costs. Author and beloved travel blogger Matt Kepnes explains what it takes to be a well-prepared and savvy traveler – one who’s can cut costs, avoid needless expenses and enjoy all the world has to offer.

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Don’t let fears of danger or being too old stop you from traveling.

Is there some exotic destination that you’ve always dreamed of visiting but never have? What exactly is holding you back? For many people, there are three main reasons for staying home: travel seems too dangerous, travel seems too expensive or they think they’re too old.

So let’s start off by debunking the myth that the world outside your home country is a scary and violent place.

This myth is a common one, thanks in part to news outlets such as Fox News and CNN, which tend to portray exotic destinations as hubs of violent crime, terrorism and natural disasters. If channels like these are your only window into the outside world, it’s perhaps not surprising that you’d think a trip abroad will inevitably involve an encounter with a xenophobic murderer or a deadly tsunami.

But consider this simple fact: The author has been constantly traveling around the world for the past ten years. He has never once encountered violence, or even a person who expressed a strong dislike of him for being American.

Here’s the truth: we fear visiting foreign lands because we fear the unknown. Let’s face it, your local news isn’t going to report about the good things happening in faraway lands. Indeed, a 2010 study by the Pew Research Center found that just 10.5 percent of the news in the United States deals with international affairs.

So what does make headlines? Well, all the scary stuff, from terrorist attacks to horrible disasters with high death tolls.

But in Kepnes’s experience, people are more or less the same no matter where you are in the world. There’s always some risk, of course – but it doesn’t necessarily go up when you go abroad. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Brazil, London or Beijing, there is always the possibility that you could get mugged or assaulted.

The second myth to debunk is that there’s an age limit to travel.

In Poland, Kepnes met a globetrotting 65-year-old man who was touring Europe before heading to India. Far from being isolated or lonely, he was chatting up younger travelers, making friends and sharing his life stories.

The fact of the matter is, there are plenty of these people. In fact, there are countless couples and families with children who travel where they please, sometimes for several months at a time or even for a full year.

So don’t let any misconceived excuses get in the way. It’s time to pack your bags and enjoy the world’s many wonders!

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