In “Ten Years a Nomad,” Matt Kepnes recounts his decade-long journey across various corners of the globe, focusing on places like Thailand, Europe, and South America.
Unlike typical travel guides, this memoir doesn’t offer destination recommendations or travel hacks; instead, it provides a unique perspective on the experience of traveling abroad.
While the book doesn’t offer many practical takeaways, it does offer a fresh outlook on international travel:
- Seeing Home in a New Light: Traveling makes you appreciate your hometown from a new angle.
- Affordability of Travel: Contrary to common belief, travel isn’t as costly if you manage your finances well and are comfortable staying in budget accommodations.
- Security and Healthcare Abroad: Despite concerns, the majority of people are kind, and you can find good healthcare worldwide.
- Flexibility is Key: Plans may not always work out, so being adaptable and going with the flow is crucial in travel.
- Cautious with Relationships: Avoid getting too attached romantically during your travels, as such connections are often temporary.
- Mind Your Manners: Being in a foreign land requires good behavior and awareness of cultural differences.
- Changing Dynamics: Revisiting a place may not evoke the same emotions; it’s more about the people than the location.
These are the key insights from the book. “Ten Years a Nomad” is an okay read, especially if you have ample time and are interested in personal travel experiences.