@expertvagabond - Matt Karsten | Expert Vagabond

🌎 Adventure traveler sharing the world with you! 📍Currently: Italy 🇮🇹 Travel Blog & Photo Tips⇣
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One of the most common questions I get via email is: how did I fund my first backpacking trip all those years ago? How could I afford to travel long-term before my blog made any money? 
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Well, before I started traveling, while I was working a normal day job, I also had a “side-hustle” writing and selling a couple of ebooks online. It was this extra income that helped me fund that first year of travel adventures! 
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This isn’t the only way to earn some extra money on the side though. Watching cats & dogs. Renting out your car. Dressing up like Jesus. Selling blood plasma. Freelance bookkeeping. Assembling furniture. Running local tours. There are MANY ways if you think outside the box!
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Go check out my latest blog post,  LINKED IN BIO , to read about 38 creative ways to make some extra money this year.
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Do you have any side-hustles for earning extra money?
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One of the most common questions I get via email is: how did I fund my first backpacking trip all those years ago? How could I afford to travel long-term before my blog made any money? — Well, before I started traveling, while I was working a normal

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@kirstenalana I still need side hustles 😝 Love this shot of you and @anna.everywhere

@kirstenalana @expertvagabond I don’t even have any any more. I’m so busy just trying to make it. But I always loved working in flower shops. If I had actual free time, I’d get some serious training in floral design and I’d do that as a side hustle.

Hello from Cape Town! This is my 3rd visit to the city, but I'm finally seeing a lot more of it, as we're spending a full week here this time.
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Today we took to the air for some scenic aerial photography with @nachelicopters.  Look at that view! What else should we do while we're here?
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Hello from Cape Town! This is my 3rd visit to the city, but I'm finally seeing a lot more of it, as we're spending a full week here this time. - Today we took to the air for some scenic aerial photography with @nachelicopters. Look at that view! Wha

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Rome's famous Trevi Fountain by night. ️
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One of the busiest tourist attractions in the world, the only way to get a decent shot these days without battling hundreds of selfie-seekers is to visit around 3 or 4am. 🤓
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Rome's famous Trevi Fountain by night. ️ - One of the busiest tourist attractions in the world, the only way to get a decent shot these days without battling hundreds of selfie-seekers is to visit around 3 or 4am. 🤓 —————— F8 | 2 sec | ISO 200

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@mylifesatravelmovie Now every time I see it I think of Vegas...they’re so similar 🙈😂😂

@followmeaway Omg that’s so early

One of the hunting cabins we used during our Kamchatka backcountry snowmobile expedition. We mixed it up between cabins & camping. This one came equipped with a generator and a light bulb... 5-Star luxury!
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One of the hunting cabins we used during our Kamchatka backcountry snowmobile expedition. We mixed it up between cabins & camping. This one came equipped with a generator and a light bulb... 5-Star luxury!

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@followmeaway Wow! So remote!

HAPPY 2019! 🥳 WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS YEAR?
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These were my 9 most popular photos in 2018. ️ SWIPE TO SEE THEM ALL!
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It’s been a crazy year, with a lot of changes! Anna & I are expecting a baby boy in the spring! We moved from California to Texas, then on to Italy to prepare for the new addition to our family. 
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I sincerely want to thank everyone who’s been following. Whether you’re here for the travel tips, photo inspiration, or just interested in learning about our nomadic lifestyle. Your comments and emails keep me motivated to continue sharing here and on the blog! 
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⭐️MY TOP 9 PHOTOS⭐️
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1. One of my favorite adventures with Anna was this road trip through Morocco, including the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen.

2. Bertha! My beloved Jeep Rubicon. I sold her before we moved to Italy, but had a lot of fun first, including this trip to the Alabama Hills in California.

3. Just standing on a giant gorilla skull in Hawaii! It’s an awesome movie prop from KONG: SKULL ISLAND on Kualoa Ranch.

4. A pretty sunset at El Matador Beach in Malibu, California.

5. Lucky timing as the sun breaks through storm clouds at St. Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland.

6. Morocco again. This time wandering the colorful street markets of Marrakech.

7. Our epic doors-off helicopter flight over the Na-Pali coastline on Kauai. So much fun!

8. Camping out under the stars at Joshua Tree National Park.

9. Before moving to Northern Italy recently, we took a test trip to the area. Driving up to South Tyrol to check out the mountains. I was pretty happy with what I found!

WISHING YOU A HAPPY 2019!
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HAPPY 2019! 🥳 WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS YEAR? - These were my 9 most popular photos in 2018. ️ SWIPE TO SEE THEM ALL! - It’s been a crazy year, with a lot of changes! Anna & I are expecting a baby boy in the spring! We moved from California to Texas,

Around The World
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@theplanetd I love this round up! Happy New Year!

@followmeaway Happy new year!’

This is #Kamchatka, a 900-mile long Russian peninsula attached to Siberia that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It’s about the size of California, with only 400,000 residents.
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Kamchatka is a wilderness playground, composed of thick boreal forests, geothermically active volcanoes, and barren alpine tundra landscapes like this. It was off-limits to outsiders until the 1990s, due to its strategic importance to the Soviet military (nuclear submarine bases).
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Read my new blog post ⭐️(LINKED IN BIO)⭐️ to learn more about our snowmobile adventure here! ️
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This is #kamchatka , a 900-mile long Russian peninsula attached to Siberia that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It’s about the size of California, with only 400,000 residents. - Kamchatka is a wilderness playground, composed of thick boreal forests,

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@followmeaway What a view!

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Rainy day on Kauai. Still managed to get a few decent shots, despite the dreary weather. 
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For every journey, there’s often some days when mother nature doesn’t cooperate!
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Have you ever had bad weather wreck your trip somewhere?
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Rainy day on Kauai. Still managed to get a few decent shots, despite the dreary weather. - For every journey, there’s often some days when mother nature doesn’t cooperate! - Have you ever had bad weather wreck your trip somewhere?

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@theplanetd That weather just makes for better moody shots 😜

@followmeaway Such a great view!

The Colosseum! One of the new 7 wonders of the world.
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Rome’s most famous building once held 80,000 spectators for deadly battles between wild animals & gladiators. 🦁️
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There was a saying: “bread & circuses” keep the people happy. The games kept the Roman population distracted from reality - and political involvement. 🥖
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The Colosseum! One of the new 7 wonders of the world. - Rome’s most famous building once held 80,000 spectators for deadly battles between wild animals & gladiators. 🦁️ - There was a saying: “bread & circuses” keep the people happy. The games kept th

Colosseo
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@theplanetd When we were in Rome we stayed directly across the street from here. It was an amazing view from our window!

@kirstenalana Not very different from the politicians of today.

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Kamchatka! Russia’s land of volcanoes. 
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This is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the main city on this remote peninsula in Russia’s far-east.
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From here we bussed to the interior, then hopped on snowmobiles to visit ethnic Even reindeer herders and learn about their way of life in the wilderness. It was such a wild trip!
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Kamchatka! Russia’s land of volcanoes. - This is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the main city on this remote peninsula in Russia’s far-east. - From here we bussed to the interior, then hopped on snowmobiles to visit ethnic Even reindeer herde

Kamchatka
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@alexthevagabond Radical!!

@followmeaway Oh wow how incredible

It’s a #WhiteReindeer invasion! I found this guy in the Far Eastern Siberian wilderness of Kamchatka, Russia. He wasn’t so friendly... and let me know it. 
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Inspired by @mads viral shot earlier this week.  🦌
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It’s a #whitereindeer invasion! I found this guy in the Far Eastern Siberian wilderness of Kamchatka, Russia. He wasn’t so friendly... and let me know it. - Inspired by @mads viral shot earlier this week. 🦌

Kamchatka
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@followmeaway Wow!

@theplanetd Love how he nearly disappears in the snow

No one truly knows why the Maya civilization collapsed.
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Some think it was due to over-population and lack of sustainable resources.
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Others believe it was constant warfare that led to a breakdown into chaos.
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A third theory is that a long dry-spell killed their harvests.
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Then Spanish invaders helped finish them off.
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All we have left is the ruins of their impressive cities... I really hope modern humanity doesn’t succumb to the same fate.
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No one truly knows why the Maya civilization collapsed. - Some think it was due to over-population and lack of sustainable resources. - Others believe it was constant warfare that led to a breakdown into chaos. - A third theory is that a long dry-spe

Chichén-Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico
This is Verona, Italy. Our new home-base for the next few years. 🇮🇹
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I’ve been asked why we moved here:
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• The food is amazing!
• It’s very affordable
• Slow paced lifestyle
• Universal health system
• High-speed trains
• Easy access to the rest of Europe (cheap flights!)
• Dolomites are only an hour or two away 
• Family friendly & low crime 
• Amazon Prime works!
• Fiber internet available
• Pet friendly (we can take @poofythefluffycat to restaurants!)
• Larger cities like Milan & Venice nearby
• Mild climate
• Regional airport for Europe, train to Milan for overseas flights
• Tons of culture & things to do!

So that’s the gist. We had other areas in mind, but this seemed to be the best compromise for us both, and our different tastes. I wanted easy access to big mountains, @anna.everywhere didn’t want to live in a small town. 
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Just posted a quick walk-through of our new apartment on IG Stories if you wanna check it out!
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This is Verona, Italy. Our new home-base for the next few years. 🇮🇹 - I’ve been asked why we moved here: - • The food is amazing! • It’s very affordable • Slow paced lifestyle • Universal health system • High-speed trains • Easy access to the rest of

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@kirstenalana Oh man TEMPTED @dante.vincent