In this Celebrity Travel Addicts Q&A we chat with professional photographer and seasoned world traveler Matthew Karsten from Expert Vagabond. Check out how he began his life of travel, what he recommends you do when visiting Iceland, and where he’s off to next.
Working at a backpacker hostel in Hawaii gave me my first taste of wanderlust, hearing wild stories from other travelers every night. However it wasn’t until a few years later that I finally decided to travel long term. I spent a year saving money and working two jobs to prepare for a one year trip. That was 6 years ago — I’m obviously addicted to travel now.
For the first 3 years I was pretty much traveling full-time. These days I embark on 1-2 trips per month.
I try to share my personal experiences with readers, to both inspire and help them plan their own journeys.
Greenland, Afghanistan, and Iceland are my most memorable destinations at the moment.
My top 5 things to do in Iceland would be: Road trip around the country on the Ring Road. Snorkel (or dive) between the tectonic plates at Silfra. Hike a glacier. Camp under the stars watching for the Northern Lights. Take a dip in one of Iceland’s thermal pools (like the Blue Lagoon).
Mexican, Indian, Thai
Don Sirloin Tacos
The Motorcycle Diaries
Taiwan Taoyuan (Taipei)
Reading or podcasts
Go slowly. Spend more time in fewer places, you’ll enjoy travel a lot more that way, and won’t burn out as quickly.
Earplugs. Camera. Bandana. Sunscreen.
Papua New Guinea
“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
Switzerland in the winter.
Matthew Karsten is a full-time adventure junkie, travel writer, and photographer who quit his unfulfilling day job in Miami to travel the world indefinitely. He’s exploring unusual & beautiful locations around the planet while learning how to become an Expert Vagabond. Follow along as he shares wild travel stories, budget tips, entertaining videos, and captivating photography from the road on his adventure travel blog.