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I first came across Matt’s stuff through twitter. There’s a ton of us travel writing folks who’ve all become friendly because of that lovely piece of technology it was because of some tweet that was sent out that I heard about Matt. The dude has bee traveling of over 5 years!! I like to think my lifestyle is pretty amazing, but even I’m jealous of Matt. Anyways, here’s his official bio:

“Nomadic” Matt Kepnes has been traveling around the world for over 5 years. He has been featured in National Geographic, CNN, Lonely Planet, and Lifehacker. He writes about budget travel with the goal for people to “travel better, cheaper, and longer.” He is also the author of “How to Travel the World on $50 USD per day.” You can find him on his blogFacebook, or Twitter.

Now let’s see his answers to our very grueling questions:

Name: Nomadic Matt

Age: 30

Occupation: Travel Blogger

What neighborhood do you live in: The world is my home.

Best money saving tip: Use credit card sign up bonuses to get tens of thousands of free airline miles that you can use for free flights.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Bottled water unless I’m in a country where I can’t drink that water.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My Macbook Pro

How’d that feel?: Pretty damn good. I love my Mac. Once you go Mac, you never go back.

Favorite cheap eat: Kebabs – cheap, delicious, filling

Favorite dive bar: Cheap Charlies, Bangkok Thailand

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I once got a plane ticket from Malaysia to London for $100 USD

Favorite free thing to do: Sit at the beach. There’s nothing better than spending the day in the sun and surf.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A first class ticket around the world.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yeah, yes I do. My life is great.

Do you own my book?: No, I do not.

Best hangover cure: More alcohol

Are you a hipster?: Never

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.