For first-time travelers who want to do a round-the-world (RTW) trip, Nomadic Matt’s 135-page “Secrets to Successful World Travel” gives practical advice – from planning, possible travel itineraries, travel etiquette, and even about settling back home after going around the world. It is also practical enough to be used for any type of travel, be it short-term jaunts in nearby countries or vacation breaks on another continent.

Planning, being on the road, and coming home

The e-book starts out dispelling some pre-conceived notions about travelling, to give you that nudge or push to get you out of the house (or office) and into the big wide world. Matt describes the skills that you will gain while travelling and talks about how you can harness this in your “real-world job” and with life’s surprises in general.

Secrets to Successful World Travel review
Secrets to Successful World Travel review: Introduction

Because money is so important to any travel plan, Matt gives you the necessary advice on how to get your finances sorted, as well as giving you tips on the basics of estimating travel costs and securing the best deals on airfare and other transport-related promos. He offers more helpful advice regarding where to go and for how long, what to do, what to prioritize, and how to deal with “life on the road.” Matt also provides suggestions about how to cover your expenses overseas such as taking on jobs, volunteering, and blogging.

Finally, the e-book covers how to cope with post-travel blues after you get home and dust off your backpack, process all your travel photos, and share travel stories with family and friends. The luster and overwhelming feeling of being out there in the world and then returning to daily routines and the too-familiar comforts of home can be a shock. He gives tips how to make coming home a more joyful experience.


While the tips in this e-book might seem familiar for those who have been on RTW trips and long-term travel, this book is indispensable for RTW “virgins” who haven’t been out of their comfort zones and have been contemplating that ultimate trip. The e-book is not intended as a motivational tool for those who are undecided, but it is written in such a way that would encourage first-timers to believe that it would not be as difficult as they thought it would be, from the perspective of someone who has been out in the world. It is also not intended as a guidebook, but gives you an idea as to how to make the most out of your travel. Overall, “Secrets to Successful World Travel” is, as Matt says, “practical advice from one traveler to another.”

Secrets to Successful World Travel review: Chapter one
Secrets to Successful World Travel review: Chapter one

Editor’s note: The beautiful ebook design comes from our mates at Hop and Jaunt.

Secrets to Successful Round the World Travel, US$20, is available from Nomadic Matt’s Travel Blog. A copy was supplied for review and we get a small commission if you buy through the links on this page. Click here to buy now.

Your thoughts on "Secrets to Successful World Travel – A review"

  • Thanks for the mention! It is a good book to read through if your planning to go out on a trip. We learned a few new tricks while working on this project as well! Cheers

    on March 18, 2010 at 6:38 am Reply
  • 1st time traveler's must have book-- totally informative.. nothing beats a well planned trip.. :-)

    on March 19, 2010 at 11:39 am Reply
  • How can I start? This was my first "organized" trip. I am a very independent person, I like to organize everything by myself, I use to travel in Europe by my own; but I thought it would be better that the trip to Cambodia to be arranged by an agency. To be honest, I was a little bit afraid of the idea of having a guide, to have a fixed program every day. But all my fears flew away at the airport at Siem Reap when I first met Vibol: "Hello, my name is Vibol and I will be your guide for the next twelve days". He was not how I expected to be! Vibol was a fabulous guide, very well organized, knowledgeable and helpful and very friendly. His competence, patience and fluent English highly impressed me. More that this, he understood from the first day what I wanted from that trip (just to know the country and understand its people and their history; no fancy places, no late waking up). I can only recommend Vibol not only to my friends (who are now very jealous and are thinking about coming to Cambodia next year) but also to anyone who is not afraid of experiment something new. Thank you Green Era Travel (GET) and thank you Vibol for a unique and wonderful experience! I will definitely come back again very soon! Irina

    on April 3, 2010 at 5:14 am Reply
  • Indie this is the most comprehensive and favorite e-site for travel ideas and advice. The topic of world travel and managing time, money and your emotions both during planning and returning from your epic journey. This is inspiring and for those who like to read a must for the sense of adventure that may be in your dream.

    on July 28, 2010 at 4:27 am Reply

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