“Building a Business While Traveling the World” with Matthew Kepnes

So often we get caught up in worrying about tomorrow, that we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to live today. We’re going to explore the heart of wanderlust and what it means to build an accidental business around a desire to travel the world.

In this episode, I get cozy with New York Times bestselling author, Matthew Kepnes.

Matthew Kepnes runs the award-winning budget travel site NomadicMatt.com. He's also the author of the New York Times best-seller How to Travel the World on $50 a Day as well as the upcoming travel memoir Ten Years a Nomad. His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Budget Travel, Time, and many more! He also regularly speaks at travel trade and consumer shows, owns a hostel in Texas, and launched a non-profit called FLYTE, which empowers students from underserved communities through transformative travel experiences.

Tune in and listen below:

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

Nomadic Matt

Connect with Matt on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

How to Travel the World on $50 Day by Matt Kepnes

Ten Years a Nomad by Matt Kepnes

Nomadic Matt books

TravelCon, June 27-29, 2019. Use coupon code “50off” for a $50 discount

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman



Chris Guillebeau

I Will Teach You to be Rich – Ramit Sethi

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Legal Nomads

Simple Green Smoothies by Jadah Sellner and Jen Hansard

Simple Green Meals by Jen Hansard

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

Story by Robert McKee

One Heart Music

The Wild Wild World


Key Quotes:

“I personally thought it was a waste of money, and if anybody listening would like to buy it, I will sell my MBA really, really cheap.” [5:11]

“For me, education is not something you go to school for and then you’re done. It’s something that must happen continuously.” [6:37]

“You must create something that also adds value to somebody’s life. Voyeurism will only go so far.” [10:19]

“I like to just include a reflective caption that captures an emotion, because at the end of the day that’s how people connect with each other, on an emotional level.” [14:39]

“You know I started this business because I wanted to simply travel. I had no bigger goal than that. I wanted to earn enough money to get a plane ticket to my next destination, and then I’d figure it out.” [19:47]

“Social media is good for brand awareness, but the conversion is really in the email list and in search.” [31:20]

“The idea of home as a singular place is an outdated construct, in an age where everybody can be so mobile.” [45:28]


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The Lead with Love podcast is hosted by Jadah Sellner (that's me!). I help entrepreneurs build their tribes with the online program, Build Your Challenge. I'm also an author, international keynote + TEDx speaker, poet, and creator of Love Over Metrics™, a Business Growth Incubator and Mastermind for women with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. #LeadWithLove

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