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About Us

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

We want to create 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.

We host events online and 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.

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?

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, 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 THE TEAM

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Nomadic Matt, Founder

The Nomadic Network was created by Matthew Kepnes aka Nomadic Matt.

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 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.

He’s the author of many books, most notably the New York Times bestseller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. 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.


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Erica Virvo Hackman, Director

Erica has been on the Nomadic Matt team since she returned from living abroad in 2013. Her passion for teaching others to travel the world fuels her excitement about working with Nomadic Matt. She is extremely extroverted and loves putting together events for the travelers of today, and tomorrow!

Erica has been traveling and living around the world since she was 20 and moved to Doha to finish her degree. After that, she taught English in northeastern Thailand and South Korea, farmed on St Vincent, worked with farming cooperatives in Zambia, and spent extended periods of time working remotely in Vietnam, Cambodia, Dubai, Costa Rica, the UK, South Africa, and Ghana.

Erica loves getting to know people as she travels. She loves sitting with families at their kitchen table eating and laughing, gushing with friends about dating practices, cooking together, studying, farming, creating alongside each other, attending festivals, and weddings. Through the Nomadic Network, Erica is able to engage with travelers from all over the world — which is perfect.


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Maria Mallory, Community Coordinator

Maria is the newest member of the team but is excited to get involved with this community of fellow travel lovers! After studying abroad in Thailand in 2013, Maria knew she wanted travel to become her focus and sought opportunities to continue to explore more of the world, but also to make it a career path. She has a background in higher education, having previously worked for years in a university setting on both international admissions and study abroad sides of the coin and also taught English in Taichung, Taiwan in 2016. After graduating in 2021 with her Master’s degree in Marketing, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to join The Nomadic Network.

Maria is a people person, through and through. Whether she’s corralling her friends to join her for camping trips or creating events to bring international students together to share their cultures, she loves socializing and learning from others. She is based in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and dog and will gladly show you around if you decide to visit her hidden gem of a city. Some things you can join her for are brewery tours, dancing classes, yoga classes, music festivals, park picnics, motorcycle trips, karaoke, or costume parties dressed as literally anything weird and wonderful.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

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Everyone is welcome here! 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. Things you can do here:

SUPPORT THE NOMADIC NETWORK

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While our program is free, a lot of work goes into making it happen. If you’d like to help keep these events going, please check out our Nomadic Matt Plus community where you can get untold travel stories, weekly Q&As, free guides, courses, and replays of all our events we've ever done!

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