Standing atop a volcano in Iceland, Matt Wilson had an epiphany. How did he really want to spend the best years of his life?

Today, he is the co-founder and Adventurer-in-Residence of Under30Media, Under30CEO, and Under30Experiences. Before starting them, he spent 7 months exploring the world and now with his team, he works to give others the opportunity to travel and make an impact on this tiny world we live in, a business goal I completely admire.

If you’re in need of a shot of motivation, Matt wants to help pay his experiences forward to others. Have a listen to Matt’s inspiring journey and his message about the value and importance of travel.

Words from an Explorer:

“Encourage your friends who aren’t seeing the world to go out and seek meaningful experiences with people who are different from themselves because there’s a lot of people out there who could benefit from the effects of travel.”

Matt Wilson’s Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Get your passport, buy a guidebook. Sure travel information is free online, but sometimes it’s the little purchases or commitments that compel us into action.

Travel hack: The American Express Platinum Card

How to Find Cheap Airfare: Search for flights between Tuesday and Thursday (slowest travel days) on Expedia & Kayak, monitor flights for a while, then between Tuesday to Thursday, book through American Express for insurance, double miles and airline miles (triple miles!).

Internet Travel Tools: TripAdvisor, Magic Seaweed, Foursquare

Favorite Travel Book: The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content., by Tim Ferris, The Art of Happiness: a Handbook for Living, by the Dalai Lama

Favorite Travel Gear: iPhone, Burton Day Hiker Backpack Night Rider Color Block

Packing tip: Wear most of your bulky things on the plane.



I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.