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Matthew Karsten

Travel Expert & Blogger at ExpertVagabond.com
Professional vagabond with 5 years of travel & blogging experience. Specializing in Adventure & Budget Travel.


Travel blogging / writing

I earn six figures a year with my adventure travel blog http://ExpertVagabond.com. Consistently ranked one of the top travel blogs in visitor traffic, SEO power, and social media influence. Want to learn how? Ask me anything!


I've worked as a professional nightlife & event photographer in Miami. Now I sell travel images to tourism boards, travel companies, and readers. Want to learn how? Ask me anything!

Adventure activities

Interested in adventure travel? Some of my favorite experiences include exploring the Darien Gap, scuba diving with sharks, skydiving, visiting areas controlled by Mexican drug cartels, hitchhiking across America, camping on an erupting volcano, experiencing a Turkish riot, and much more. Learn how I take responsible risks to get great stories.

Budget travel

You can travel the world for $1000-$1500 a month (or less). That's what I've done for the past 5 years. Want to learn how? Ask me anything!

Long-term travel

I've been traveling non-stop for almost 5 years. I've learned how to travel cheap and earn money in many different ways, including my popular travel blog. It's not easy, but it is possible to make travel a lifestyle. Want to learn how? Ask me anything!

South Africa

I've traveled extensively through South Africa for 3 months.

Central America

I spent a year traveling through Central America. Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.


I've lived in Madrid and Granada.


I've spent 5 months living & traveling through Thailand.


I've spent 1 year living & traveling through different parts of Mexico.


Featured on GoPro

Featured on Mashable

Featured on Esquire

Featured on Lonely Planet

Featured on National Geographic

Featured on CNN


I had some questions about Travel Blogging and Matt's feedback was invaluable in getting me on the right track. Matt was professional, friendly and comprehensive in his answers and I would definitely seek his advice again!

Victoria Thoo • September 25, 2015
I really like Matt as he has helped to facilitate my plans for long term world travel, as well as throwing together a blog in short order. As always, I got the advice that I needed, and will probably go for another session before I depart on January 1st. Part of the sessions are for information, and part are simply for moral support from a kindred spirit. It's a great easy to use service, and it has been an indispensable part of of my world travel preparations. Matthew Karsten is the best. His website expertvagabond.com is my go to site for all things world travel. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

John Hollister • December 14, 2014
Matthew has an excellent blog, and speaking with him personally was a nice way to enhance the information gleaned from his website as well as get some of my own questions answered. He's a very knowledgable and nice fellow who helps to take the edge off the major decision and massive undertaking that is longterm world travel. I will definitely be enlisting his services again before I depart on January 1st.

John Hollister • November 15, 2014
Matt is a knowledgable blogger and traveler. He provided valuable insights in both realms. Highly recommended.

Andrew Delmenhorst • September 30, 2014
Thanks so much, Matthew. I appreciate the detail, not only to make my future GoPro videos a treasure for my family, but also to improve other video I already have that I want to edit and put onto DVDs. I love your website and the way in your videos you make us feel like we are right there with you — which is precisely the point! Thanks again.

Dawn Lipthrott • August 31, 2014
Matthew was prompt, professional and provided valid advice. I appreciate him sharing his insight.

esme travels • August 16, 2014