A lot of people have been asking "Where in the hell is Matt?" No, not Matt Lauer. We're talking about Matt, the self-described "deadbeat" from Connecticut who's captivated millions with a super fun online video montage of his recent six-month around-the-world trip, during which he visited 39 countries on seven continents. Whether it's the silly little dance he does in each destination or the great original music or that the video inspires you to chuck all and circumnavigate the planet or a combo of all of the above, we think it qualifies as true feel-good entertainment. Watch the video for yourself. wherethehellismatt.com
BT: Having circumnavigated the globe, what's your best travel advice/tip for the budget-conscious traveler?
Matt: Stay out of Europe. There are loads of other places to go that stretch both your dollar and your comfort zone--and that's a good thing!
BT: You say on your website that you think "Americans need to travel more abroad" Could you elaborate?
Matt: I think we're becoming very insular in this country. The images we see on the news show us a very narrow view of hate and violence, but that's not the whole picture. We need to get out there, become a part of the outside world, and let it change us as well.
We also need diplomats now more than ever.
BT: Is there someplace you'd still like to go?
Matt: More than I can count. It's true that the more places you check off the list, the longer the list gets.
BT: How has travel changed you, personally?
Matt: It has changed my relationship with stuff. And by that I mean physical stuff -- possessions. I'm more careful about what I accumulate and conscious of how it weighs me down.
I'm also much more aware of how many choices I have. We tend to let our options get narrower and narrower until the big decisions are made for us. Life is more than just picking your cell phone carrier. You can do whatever you want with it.