• Ten Years a Nomad

  • A Traveler's Journey Home
  • By: Matthew Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Ryan Burke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Part memoir and part philosophical look at why we travel, filled with stories of Matt Kepnes' adventures abroad, an exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad.

"Matt is possibly the most well-traveled person I know...His knowledge and passion for understanding the world is unrivaled, and never fails to amaze me." --Mark Manson, New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Ten Years a Nomad is New York Times bestselling author Matt Kepnes’ poignant exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad. Part travel memoir and part philosophical look at why we travel, it is filled with aspirational stories of Kepnes' many adventures.

New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, Matthew Kepnes knows what it feels like to get the travel bug. After meeting some travelers on a trip to Thailand in 2005, he realized that living life meant more than simply meeting society's traditional milestones, such as buying a car, paying a mortgage, and moving up the career ladder. Inspired by them, he set off for a year-long trip around the world before he started his career. He finally came home after ten years. Over 500,000 miles, 1,000 hostels, and 90 different countries later, Matt has compiled his favorite stories, experiences, and insights into this travel manifesto. Filled with the color and perspective that only hindsight and self-reflection can offer, these stories get to the real questions at the heart of wanderlust. Travel questions that transcend the basic "how-to," and plumb the depths of what drives us to travel - and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world.

Ten Years a Nomad is for travel junkies, the travel-curious, and anyone interested in what you can learn about the world when you don’t have a cable bill for a decade or spend a month not wearing shoes living on the beach in Thailand.

©2019 Matthew Kepnes (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Capturing!

As someone who loves traveling but struggles with the idea of balancing life’s responsibilities with quenching the inner wanderlust, I enjoyed how candid Matthew was in this book about the never talked about emotional battle wanderlusters deal with. This book also affirmed my belief that our travel style changes as we age. I’ve always wished to backpack in Southeast Asia but since I kept pushing that away to live the American dream of a career and a growing roots, as the desire grows stronger and I get more restless I’m aware of one thing, I’d have to do it differently since I’d not fit into the hostel lifestyle.
This is a book I’d easily gift every young person in their early or mid 20s that’s trying to find themselves!!!

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mental health guide for an adventurer

At the age of 46 yrs old, I'm preparing to start a nomadic life this fall with my 19yr old son. This book answered a lot of questions/concerns I had about addressing mental health.

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Repetitive, and a little preachy.

The same points of view repeated over and over. Could have been 1/3 as long. Not enough stories. The timeline jumped around and was confusing. The narrator accentuated how self-absorbed the author is… almost sounds like he too got tired of hearing this guys thoughts. I give him an extra star for making it through the whole thing.

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WOW!!!

Not only do you get great insight to travel but life and humanity as well. I really wish I would have found this sooner. but it really is "Never Too Late To Start"

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Inspirational book, though at times a bit repetitive

I enjoyed this book and it certainly has been a help in planning my travels, but it can get repetitive.

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String start.

The book started strong. The discoveries and realizations were great. The ending was rough with contrived repetition and constant complaining. Also, over romanticized. Never once mentioned the encountered struggling populations.

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Excellent adventure without having to learn the hard way

I enjoyed this title very much, I feel like I have learned a lot from Matthew and will not make similar mistakes in my travels which I am just beginning.

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Information I was not looking for but was very well received

I read bicycle touring books. I thought I would change it up a little bit. The information/psychology of traveling I received in this book was surprisingly informational to me. It helped me get a perspective of long time travel psychology.

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Good for nomads, great for people wanting to be

As an expat and nomad for longer than Matt was, I found this book ok. It reaffirms a lot of my thoughts and struggles, and makes me feel like I’m not alone. The most valuable part to me, therefore, was the last chapter. But I wouldn’t say I learned a lot of new things - it was more reflective for me. For someone planning to travel or lead a nomadic life, I think this is invaluable and a good heads up of what’s to come. Pay attention to the appendix.

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love this book, but

I love this book, wonder listen into the world of travel. anytime im thinking about my own trip I listen to this book. I love the insight, and I love following the journey.


but why can't you just say Barbecue? why do you do actually say "BBQ" instead of Barbecue? please. please just say Barbecue