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Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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 bestsellin
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I occasionally enjoy reading travel themed biographies because I mostly travel in my mind via books. In fact, I haven't taken a proper trip since twenty years ago when I went to England. I'm about to correct that before summer ends when my family travels to Memphis, Tennessee for a musical historic journey to the home of Elvis- Graceland. Growing up, my family never went on a vacation and never owned a car, so I'm conditioned to be content at home...and I am. However, I do love travelling vicari ...more
Stewart Tame
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why yes, I did win a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. You have been warned. If the publishers are really trying to influence me, the joke’s on them as most of my reviews rarely score more than half a dozen likes or so …

As with most nonfiction, there really isn't much to summarize about this book that isn't right there on the front cover. Matthew Kepnes spent the better part of ten years traveling around the world. He would pause to earn money when necessary--teaching En
M. Sarki
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I had never before heard of Nomadic Matt. I had never read his blog. My interest in this book was piqued by my own present state of perpetually being on the move. My wife and I spent a lifetime together working, raising a family, and taking far too-short vacations. However, for the last fifteen years we have owned a small, rustic cabin in northern Michigan and spent all of the last eight summers there. Our adult children visited frequently and we had some of the greatest times of our lives together. ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Received this book free from Netgalley
Honestly I really wanted to like this book but I could not get through it. This book could be condensed into 50 pages and I feel even then that would be long and dull. He reflects through a lot of his earlier travels and how he came about with his blog. I felt every chapter was excessively long and drowned out his point. This book was just repetitive and way too long. Not for me. Found it very “pity me” and “I chose a different path so feel sad for me” in a
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
In the first several chapters of this book I was vastly disappointed. I have been reading Nomadic Matt's blog for several years now and had always found him to be encouraging of every kind of travel whether for two days or two years, and here in these chapters he was spouting the same intolerance of people who travel in the short term that I had come to expect from places like Lonely Planet's Thorn-tree forums. His story was interesting and the writing engaging enough that I wanted to finish but ...more
Jared Gibson
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Traveling and reading go hand-in-hand. Both take you to new places, confront you with new people and ideas, and in my opinion, can make us better people. In this book about traveling, the author attempts to expose the reader to the realities of travel.

Through several stories of his own travels around the world, Kepnes provides his own philosophy about living like a modern-day nomad. Instead of taking a chronological approach, he gives a theme to each chapter, skipping years at a time depending
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
Wonderfully conflicted on this book. Wasn't familiar with NomadicMatt, but the premise of the book interested me. I'm very glad I read it, even though I'm not sure I'd fully recommend it. I would have preferred more about the places and less him narrating about himself, but that was probably poor research on my end before selecting this book. So if you're looking for a traditional travelog, this isn't it.

There's a lot of Matt in me, and me in him. In fact we both set off around the s
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir, travel
I was never the kind of traveler that Matthew Kepnes was. He was a backpacker who traveled the world for ten years, drinking and partying. But, Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home is worth reading even if you're not the type to appreciate a partying lifestyle. What Kepnes does capture in his book is the philosophy of why some of us want to take off and leave home.

Kepnes, known as Nomadic Matt, spent ten years traveling the world, although he did return home to Boston now and
Abigail Hilton
I picked up this book because I've read Matt's blog for a number of years and received great travel tips from him. I've also traveled for about the same length of time he has, although not internationally. Like Matt, I find myself trying to establish some stability for myself at this point, and I was curious about his process in coming to this decision.

The book is a mixed bag. This is not great travel writing. The narrative is frequently unfocused. It meanders into amateur philosophy
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, memoir, travel
This may be an unpopular opinion, but it is mine. I feel like this book could have been a blog series instead of a full-length book and it would have been easier to read. There's a lot of repetition and the transitions between travel stories and reflection were kind of choppy. Three stars is generous. I received an ARC from NetGalley.
Jen Juenke
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I had not heard of "nomadic Matt" before reading this book. I agree with so much of what the author is saying.
People often think that we travel too much and why do we travel. I absolutely loved that the author pointed out that for most people we, travelers, are breaking the norm.
I liked that the author was truthful about his anxiety, his wants, his needs, and at the end, the decision to make a home.
I think that everyone should read this book. It was eye opening and yet, left me with some
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Felt guilty reading this, knowing the author had to work on writing this book instead of traveling for fun.
Jessica Morgan
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you to St Martin’s Press and Goodreads for a free copy of this book!

I don’t necessarily believe in the concept of YOLO, but I do agree that life is short. We are here NOW and we should live life that way. However, I DO like that this book is just as philosophical as the next travel book. I like that he is true in saying he isn’t running from something or someone. I like that he doesn’t give in to society’s ideals of who we are supposed to be and how we are supposed to live based on everyb
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Part travel 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.

Ten Years a Nomad is New York Times bestselling author Matt Kepnes’ poignant exploration of wanderlus
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The road is and always will be a place of wonder and endless possibility. It’s where magic happens. But you can find wonder and magic wherever you are. You just have to look closely enough.”

I enjoyed the journey Nomadic Matt takes us on. His experience and love of traveling is evident. I loved reading his take on places I have visited in the past and also highlighted and added new places to my ever growing list of places I want to visit. I also appreciate his honesty and struggles h
Amy Ingalls
I won this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed this memoir, and the beginning really caught my interest. I can fully understand the urge to drop everything and travel around the world and wish I had been in a position to do so when I was younger (bringing 2 small children to hostels is simply not practical). Some parts did get a little repetitive towards the end, but I liked the message that travel is any new adventure, and can be done near or far.
Candice Walsh
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve got an advanced copy of Matt Kepnes’s new memoir, Ten Years a Nomad, and I’m LOVING it. Not his standard guide to get you off the couch and out into the world (although it’ll surely do that too), but a personal and heartfelt account of his journey. And NOT PREACHY. Might be the first book I’ve read in this vein that doesn’t make me wanna punch the author a little.
Joe Kurtek
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Took a little hiatus from reading due to an extremely busy summer - but I'm back! I loved this book. It was really interesting to see Matt's personal evolution throughout his travels and also his experience in relationships and life. Matt is one of the OG vagabond travel bloggers and although I don't think I could ever attempt to travel like he did or stay in a less than clean hostel, he did it for 10 years. And, it makes for a super interesting read. Definitely recommend this one.
Shana Kelly
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Matt gives us such an inspiring and realistic look at what it means to be a "traveler" in Ten Years a Nomad. As someone who has been around the world and back many times, he can give a very personal insight on it means to embark on a long-term journey like this. He talks about the ins and outs, the ups and downs of living out of a backpack for a year on end. Sometimes traveling may not always be full of adventure and romance, Sometimes it's really tough, and he gives many things to think about b ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy thanks to Goodreads.

This books focuses on the author's feelings and maturation through the travels he had during so many years. It is easy to read and there are enough details about the travels themselves to understand which new people, locations or food he discovered in several countries.
Overall, it looks like a sincere autobiography by a young person who made bold and big steps towards finding his true self. That's really comforting to see that his ende
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 I have to say, I picked up this book because I recognized a little of myself in the title- though I guess my story would be called Ten Years an Expat since I lived and worked abroad. I was really looking forward to hearing a fellow traveler's stories, but it turned out the actual stories were few and far between. For the most part, Matt reflects on why he started traveling, his motivation for continuing, how his family views his travels, and random friendships/loves along the way.
Jane Brewer
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this ARC book through a Goodreads giveaway. I LOVE to travel, but the idea of being a nomad is scary to me. As much as I like to see new things, meet people, and have different experiences, there's just no place like home. I don't know if I could truly ever be a nomad or an expat.

Matthew Kepnes has decided the 9-5 life isn't working for him. So he quits his job, much to his parents' chagrin, and decides to travel. One year turns into two year...and all in all, it's ten years be
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I have mixed feelings about Ten Years a Nomad. Matt was rather self-righteous in the first part of the book in his expressions about traveling. As it goes on he matures and eventually decides he wants a home base.
I have been interested in traveling on a longer basis than just a week or two weeks, but I am entirely turned off by the culture Matt puts forward a story normal for nomads or long term travelers. The drinking, partying and casual sex can’t really be what is most appealing when seeing
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I love to read about travel, and so this was an interesting book. The author is a good writer, and he definitely has many exciting adventures and helpful travel advice to share. He got repetitive, particularly towards the end, however, and somewhat defensive of his need to travel. Also, this book cries out for editing - so many missing words, double words, out-of-agreement verb tenses in the same sentences. When editing mistakes are this prevalent, it throws me out of my reading groov ...more
Lisa Myers
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would have given this three stars—it's interesting and occasionally insightful, though nothing really makes it stand out from other travel memoirs, and the author sometimes comes across as condescending and judgmental—were it not for the overwhelming amount of typos, grammar and style errors, and poor sentence construction throughout the book, plus one serious factual error. I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more if I weren't so annoyed and distracted by all the mistakes.
Matt and me, we clicked, which is one of the reasons this book almost scored 5*, and I am stingy with those.
I want to see the whole world, I struggle with fitting into the norms of society and putting my focus on what's "really important". Just where we differ is that he figured out how to make travel a living and more importantly had the guts at the time to stick to the outrageous dream. I didn't. I try and try society with different levels of failure. Ok, this is an exaggeration. There a
Shannon Rochester
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

When I requested this book, I honestly just saw the word nomad and hit request. This one along with two other books about being nomadic. I have just always been drawn to that lifestyle but never had the courage to do anything about it. Anyway, I did not know this was a book by Nomadic Matt when I originally asked for it...I learned about it once I opened up to start reading. Of course, I know who Nomadic Matt is...isn't
Cheryl Basile
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the title of this book and couldn't resist picking it up. I was expecting a series of travelogue stories with the author describing his cultural and food experiences in the different countries where he traveled over a 10 year period. The book had a few of those stories, but it's purpose wasn't really to share amusing and witty tales about cross-cultural misadventures.

I thought that perhaps the book would share tips on traveling on a budget. The author, Matthew Kepn
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Travel is about exploring other places than the familiar. It's about exploration, discovery, trying new foods, meeting new people, seeing new and different landscapes.

Author Matthew Kepnes feels stuck and out-of-place in the world he was raised. Slow to make friends and join in, he never quite connected with schoolmates, inside or outside of school. Set on a path of working in insurance, earning his MBA, Matt decides to save money to take a 2 week vacation outside of American culture
“I was going to quit my job, pack my bag, and travel for a year.” With some variation of these words, some of history’s most famous figures have set forth far away from home. The most famous written work in the English language is none other than The Canterbury Tales. On the road, the characters are defined by the stories they tell. If Matthew Kepnes of had been there, he would probably have told them how they could save a few coins along the way.

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