McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Matthew Long,

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons.


For the tenth profile, I am thrilled to present Matthew Long–Editor-in-Chief and creator of As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see, and how to do it all on a budget.

Matt is a Lonely Planet Featured Blogger and contributor to many other travel sites including the Huffington Post. His eBook Money Saving Travel Tips is “an essential guide to traveling well and affordably.” When not traveling, Matt is based near Washington, DC, where I reached him for this Q&A.

Always in my luggage…

Camera, small notebook and pen, eye mask and cough drops

3 favorite home-away-from-home places…

Paris, Bangkok, and NYC

A favorite travel memory is…

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

3 favorite travel brands…

InterContinental Hotels Group, Singapore Airlines, and Four Seasons

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

– travel in the off-season
– avoid tourist restaurants and instead seek out local places
– only book hotels with free wifi and breakfast

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…

– look for adventurous and unusual experiences
– try to meet as many new people as possible
– just relax and enjoy the adventure

8 word (or less) travel mantra…

Travel, and life, are all about the experiences!

My favorite non-travel website…

Besides Twitter? Probably The Onion

Most memorable souvenir…

A tagine I bought in Marrakech. I use it to make a nice Moroccan meal every now and then.

I am fortunate to have met…

Alex Trebek on our Galapagos Cruise last year

Favorite cheap eat…

Döner kebab

Thank you, Matt, for sharing your thoughts with McCool Travel and may you have countless more memorable travel adventures!

Matt is very active on Twitter (@LandLopers) and Facebook.

Previous 5 Minutes With post: Karen Bryan, Europe a la Carte

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© 2011, Charles McCool

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