Traveling on a Budget—Erica Virvo


In this episode Kristen talked travel with an old friend, Erica Virvo. Erica is a world-wide traveler who has visited over 40 countries and works at the internet's number 1 budget travel website: Nomadic Matt. 

Erica is a purposeful traveler and connector, who loves the thrill of living in countries people have rarely heard of. She's spent 5 years studying and working in obscure countries in the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa.

While she loves visiting the frequented tourist spots like everyone else, the memories Erica has treasured the most are the everyday experiences she participated in with friends she's found along the way. Through these connections and ordinary activities, Erica gained a deeper appreciation for the world and people in it.

Now, Erica works at Nomadic Matt, a budget travel website with over 1 million monthly visitors that teaches people how to bring their travel aspirations to life by exploring the world on a budget.

She believes that strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. Combining this motto with tips and tricks she's uncovered along the way, Erica's greatest passion is helping others shape their trips into authentic travel experiences.

You can find Erica on Instagram as @erica.virvo or reach her by email at

Resources from this episode:


  • Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts:

  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, by Matt Kepnes:

Work Trade + House Sitting:

Vagabond Temple:

Booking Cheap Flights:

Hopper App for your phone:

Travel hacking: and