Posted: 12/10/20 | December 10th, 2020
Over the past few years, we’ve worked hard to make sure that our community believes that traveling is attainable. We’ve built a company based on the premise that you can take the trip of your dreams without breaking the bank — and we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of readers do just that.
It’s great reading emails from people who have taken the leap and booked flights that they always dreamed of and traveled to places they always wanted to visit.
Earlier this year — all the way back in the century we call March, when the world shut down and travel stopped — we watched our traffic dwindle down to zero in a matter of days. So we brainstormed ways to continue to serve our community during these uncertain times.
One idea that felt right for us was to create a community-funded Patreon page, a members-only subscription service that allows people to support their favorite artists and online creators.
Keeping the community connected and inspired was an important factor in the creation of our Patreon page. Last November, we launched The Nomadic Network (TNN), a community where people can create local chapters and hold travel-centric events to help each other travel better, cheaper, and longer. Our goal then was to take this amazing online community we have created over the last twelve years and bring it offline, to foster real-world connections and friendships.
But then COVID came. In an effort to keep the travel community alive, connected, and inspired, we started two initiatives: virtual TNN events and a Patreon page. Both aimed at serving our community and boosting our travel spirits during these uncertain times.
Patreon has been a huge success, and, based on your feedback, we’ve recently made some changes, adding in more content, Q&As, and even some cool swag!
Now, as a patron, you’ll get:
- Monthly live Q&As with me!
- Travel planning calls with me!
- Calls with the team
- Free tickets to TravelCon
- Access to all our TNN events and virtual replays
- Autographed books
- Postcards from me when I’m on the road
- Private Instagram posts
- Exclusive personal blog posts I don’t share elsewhere (for example, I’ve written about when I tried boxing in Thailand, shared chapters from my book that didn’t get published, and told some crazy hostel stories, to name a few!)
Moreover, we added the following new perks:
- Patrons now get early access to certain blog posts and the ability to give feedback and suggestions before they are published on this website. This applies to “thought pieces” where I discuss some ideas I’m working through. In short, you’ll get to help guide the direction of this website!
- We are now making T-shirts, so you can have a symbol of your membership (and hopefully spot others when you travel).
- We now offer our weekly TNN webinars as replays that you can watch whenever you have time. We record them all and upload them to Patreon each week. It’s the only place they can be replayed!
And finally, Patreon now allows for annual memberships. If you become a patron now, you’ll get one free month!
While the information on this site will remain free, Patreon allows you to be part of a broader community and have more interactions with our team and community members. It also helps ensure that this website and the community around it will be around for a long time to come.
I started Nomadic Matt with the simple dream of teaching people how to travel. That hasn’t changed. It never will.
But being part of our Patreon gets you exclusive perks, content, and access that will help sustain this community while improving your travels and give you access to events that are patron-only.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
Need to book your trip?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use when I travel. The are the best in class and you can’t go wrong using them on your trip.