About The Expert Vagabond

Matthew Karsten The Expert Vagabond

Meet Matt — The Expert Vagabond

Hey there! My name is Matthew Karsten (you can call me Matt). I’m a full-time adventure travel blogger & photographer who’s been exploring the world for over 6 years, with no plans to stop anytime soon.

Welcome to my travel blog! This is where I share entertaining stories, useful travel tips, fun videos, amazing photography, and crazy adventures with you from my perpetual travels around the world.

It’s a place for people like you who are looking for daily inspiration & motivation to live a life full of adventure.

I want to show you how to travel the world, to seek experiences over possessions, and open your mind to new possibilities.

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What’s A Vagabond?


1. Wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic.
2. Leading an unsettled or carefree life.

That pretty much sums-up the last 6 years of my existence!

Why Travel For So Long?

Because I’m curious about our planet. I want to take risks, meet interesting people, challenge myself, see amazing things, explore the world, and learn as much as a can.

Not to mention have a bit of fun along the way!

  • Travel doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Adventure is worthwhile.
  • The world isn’t as dangerous as you think.

Maybe I can show you something you’ve never seen.
Inspire you with new ideas for your next vacation.
Attempt to put a smile on your face.
Help you learn from my mistakes.
Challenge your assumptions about the world.

Adventure travel is much more than just participating in extreme activities — it’s about breaking out of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in different cultures and trying new things.

To see the world from someone else’s perspective.

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” ~ Alan Keightley
Matthew Karsten Palestine

Making New Friends in the West Bank

How To Travel The World

I haven’t always been a world traveler though. With a college degree in business, I found myself working as a freelance nightlife & event photographer in Miami. It was fun, but something was missing…

I dreamed of more — a life filled with adventure.

One day I just decided to stop dreaming, and start doing.

I spent a year saving money like crazy, sold my car, bought a bicycle, stopped going out to clubs, cooked food at home, and spent all my free time building a small online business selling eBooks.

In the fall of 2010 I quit my job, sold everything I owned, and bought a plane ticket to Guatemala.

My family & friends didn’t understand what I was doing. They thought I was losing it — and I wasn’t sure either. Following my dreams at all costs was my new goal. Becoming wealthy with new experiences was my mission.

Matthew Karsten Afghanistan

Trekking the Wakhan Corridor

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Embracing The Life Of A Nomad

For the first 29 years of my life, I’d never really traveled at all. Suddenly I was in Guatemala City with no luggage (the airline lost it) and no real plans. I was alone, nervous, and felt a bit in over my head.

It was scary and overwhelming — but exciting at the same time. I soon made new friends, and began exploring a fascinating area of the world I knew absolutely nothing about. Eating at local markets, trekking in the jungle, staying at backpacker hostels — I was hooked!

My original plan was to travel for one year. That was 6 years ago.

Long-term travel provides me with unexpected challenges to conquer while I continue to learn about the world, meet interesting people, and have life-changing experiences along the way.

Matthew Karsten Cuba

Horseback Riding in Cuba

Traveling The World Indefinitely

My itinerary? Your guess is as good as mine! The plan is to plan as little as possible, and let fate take me on a roller-coaster ride of discovery & adventure.

I’ll hang out in a country for as long as it feels right, and move on to the next when I’m ready. Exploring the Earth with an open mind, living on a limited budget, meeting new people, and learning what I’m made of.

All the while, attempting to capture and share my travel experiences using photography, video, and articles published on this travel blog.

Hopefully I can inspire you to embark on your own travel adventures!

My logo tells you I’m some sort of travel expert — while I don’t have all the answers yet, I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far.

I hope you’ll follow along with me on my journey!

Matthew Karsten Skydiving

Skydiving in Fiji

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Can You Afford To Do This?

Answer: This Is How I Get Paid To Travel

Also check out my Budget Travel Resources page.

Q: Do You Get Lonely Traveling Solo?

Answer: Sometimes, but not as much as you’d think. You’re never really alone when traveling the way I do. Using backpacker hostels or CouchSurfing rather than spending big bucks on a lonely hotel room ensures I meet all kinds of interesting people of all ages, backgrounds, and locations from across the planet who are as excited about travel as I am.

Q: What’s Your Favorite Country?

Answer: I don’t have one. But I do have favorite travel experiences.

Q: How Did You Start Your Travel Blog?

Answer: How To Start A Travel Blog

Want To Learn More?

Inject more adventure into your life! Learn how to travel the world on a budget, and get the most out of every experience.

Dig deep into my blog and never be afraid to ask questions, either by commenting on posts, sending me an email, or connecting with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube.

In no time, you’ll be turning your epic travel dreams into reality!

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To my readers (especially those who comment regularly..), this travel blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you. Thank you so much for reading!

– Matt