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About Us

The Nomadic Network is an online travel community aimed at bringing people together in real life. The mission of The Nomadic Network is simple:

The Nomadic Network is a global community of travel-enthusiasts who support and inspire one another to travel better, cheaper, and longer. As community facilitators, we strive to provide the travelers in our region with the tools and knowledge to enable them to confidently plan global adventures. Whether a short jaunt to a nearby city or an indefinite round-the-world trip, The Nomadic Network is here to help the world travel more — one nomad at a time.

In short, we connect travelers (like you) to resources to make your travel dreams a reality.

We host events in cities all around the world. From small coffee shop chats and brunches to full-on travel presentations and panel discussions, The Nomadic Network does it all to help you plan your trip, meet fellow travelers, and get inspired to explore the world.

Every traveler needs a community

Stepping out the door into the wild unknown can be a daunting task, and planning such a trip can be overwhelming without the proper know-how.

  • Where do I book the best flights? 
  • How do I find the best travel insurance? 
  • What shots do I need? 
  • Where do I stay? 
  • How much of the language do I need to learn before I go? 
  • How much should I budget for this trip? 
  • Will I make friends? 
  • Will I be safe? 
  • What’s the best way to get cash out?

These questions — and a million others — all bubble to the surface when planning a trip, and it can be a challenge to address them all without help. While I have been incredibly lucky that my family and friends help and support my love of travel (not that they always have!), not everyone has those same support systems. Not everyone has a community they can rely on when planning a trip.

Additionally, every traveler that has come back from a trip also needs a community.

Reverse culture shock is something that a lot of travelers deal with. When you choose to make a decision that goes against the grain of your peers, it can feel isolating (even after you’ve proven that it’s possible by actually doing it). Just think, when you came back from one of your first trips (or any trip for that matter) did any of these thoughts ever cross your mind?

  • Why doesn’t anyone understand me?
  • I feel so alone.
  • Why don’t my friends want to listen to my travel stories?
  • Who can I relate to now?
  • Who can help me plan my next travels?
  • How can I meet other travelers here at home?

Sometimes, it’s just as hard to get going again even after you have taken your first trip! If you don’t have supportive people encouraging you on, it’s easy to slip back into normal life (even if you try your hardest not to).

The Nomadic Network is a place for people to connect, share, learn, and make travel-loving friends.


About Nomadic Matt

The Nomadic Network was created by Nomadic Matt, a leading budget travel website that, over the past several years, has helped millions of people travel more with tested and proven tips and advice. It was created by Matthew Kepnes.

After a trip to Thailand in 2005, Matt decided to quit his job, finish his MBA, and head off into the world. His original trip was supposed to last a year. Over a decade (and nearly 100 countries) later, he is still out roaming the world. He's scuba dived in Fiji, was a poker player in Amsterdam, taught English in Thailand, got lost in a jungle in Central America, and broke down in the middle of Australia's outback.

His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, Budget Travel, BBC, Time, Yahoo! Finance and countless other publications. He also regularly speaks at travel trade and consumer shows, led yearly group tours worldwide, and launched a non-profit called FLYTE, which sends students overseas to bring their classroom experience to life. He is also the founder of the travel media school, Superstar Blogging, and of the TravelCon travel media conference. When not traveling the world, he lives in Austin.

How can you get involved?

Note: Everyone is welcome. As long as you’re 18 and older, you can be a member. You can be anyone, from anywhere, who does anything. The one real requirement is that you LOVE travel.