We picked up a copy of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day a few weeks ago because we like Nomadic Matt’s blog. Matt’s blog is one of the reason’s we are planing on going to Budapest this year. I was planning to write a full review, but Tim Leffel over at the Cheapest Destinations Blog beat me to it and did a better job that I would have done anyway. He writes:
It lives up to the promise with sometimes hard-won advice based on screw-ups not repeated and lessons learned from others. The $50 a day pitch is an average, not something you can necessarily do in every country easily. As Matt admits, you can get by on half that much in Southeast Asia or India, but it’s hard to scrape by on $50 a day in northern Europe or Australia even if you’re Couchsurfing much of the time.
Some of the generalizations are overdone (“Trains around Norway cost about $70 USD” or for Sweden “Grocery shopping here will cost around $70 USD per week.”)
I tend to agree with him — on both counts. The book is very well done and contains all sorts of great advice, but I had to laugh when counting the pages dedicated to choosing a backpack (9) and comparing that to the pages dedicated to downsizing your left-behind possessions (4). Summary of the “what to do with your stuff” advice in four words: get rid of it.