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Nomadic Matt’s Secrets to Successful World Travel (e-book review)

Every second of every day, one of us makes a decision to spread our proverbial wings and travel. Usually a fair number of questions accompany that decision. Whether one is a seasoned traveler or a first-timer, sorting out the many details can be a daunting task. Venturing out into unknown territory can throw up several roadblocks when we aren’t sure where to find the information we want and/or need.

Enter Nomadic Matt and his latest e-book: Nomadic Matt’s Secrets To Successful World Travel.

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Lessons From a Cancelled Trip

My husband and I made the decision this past October to cancel a trip to Spain and Morocco that I’d spent innumerable hours planning. It was a complicated trip – several legs, transportation utilizing planes, trains and automobiles; 12 days in foreign countries. Since it’s been a brutal winter for many of us and thoughts of summer travel are rampant daydreams, I thought I’d finally sit down and share a few hard-earned tips for you to remember when planning your next trip abroad.

Why Learning the Local Language is the Most Important Trip Preparation You’ll Ever Do

All trips require preparation.

Some of you reading this are obsessive planners. You buy more guidebooks than you could ever read, cross-checking, highlighting, circling, dog-earing, and list-making about all the places you’ll stay, eat, and sightsee. You scope online forums for travel advice, putting a black mark through the name of the bar that has closed in Caye Caulker since the guidebook was published, or making the decision that you won’t visit the local market after all—it seems too many travelers have been pick-pocketed.

Some of you reading this consider yourselves spontaneous, living for the moment and priding yourself on your ability to figure out your itinerary as you go along. But even if you count yourself in this group, you’ll occasionally need to do some planning: gathering all the paperwork for a visa or buying a ticket to get back home.

But regardless of which group you’re in, I’ll bet you’re missing out on the most important preparation of all: learning the local language.

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