Meet Matt Long — he’s Our Type of Traveler. An experiential traveler at heart, Matt shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a big case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 60 countries and all 7 continents. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Traveling Type: How did you get started travel blogging?
Matt Long: At the time I was working as a lobbyist for a trade association and just didn’t find my job fulfilling. I started the site as a way to help friends and share my adventures, and now it’s my full-time job and undeniable passion.
What’s your blog about?
Like most blogs, my blog is about me and the way I like to travel. I love adventure and experiential travel, but I also like coming back to a comfortable hotel room. Luxury adventure is usually how I describe it, but with an emphasis on adventure.
How many countries, cities and continents have you traveled to?
I’ve been to around 60 countries, who knows how many hundreds of cities, and 7 continents.
What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Hard question and it depends on “favorite” for what. Paris is my favorite city, New Zealand is my favorite place for adventure travel and Jordan is a great place for foodies. But most countries I visit hold a soft spot in my heart.
What’s your favorite place to get away from it all?
The Bahamas, there is just something so peaceful about the islands and with so many Out Islands to explore it’s never the same trip twice.
What’s your must-have item that you never travel without?
Other than my passport and camera? My battery pack to keep my iPhone always charged is a must-have for me.
What’s your favorite travel app?
I swear by TripIt, it keeps all of my travel information stored in one place and is indispensible for trips.
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten while traveling, and where was it?
Simple meal of chicken and fried basil at a riverfront restaurant in Bangkok. I go every time I visit and it has some of the best food in the city.
What’s the best hotel/resort/hostel you’ve stayed at?
Yikes, hard question! I’ve stayed at some great ones, but the 2 Four Seasons resorts on the Hawaiian island of Lanai are hotels I love and never get tired of visiting.
Washington, DC, but it’s also whenever I’m with my loved ones and my 3 furry kids, Siberian huskies that are always hard to leave behind when I travel.
What would you recommend to travelers visiting your hometown?
To plan an evening at the beautiful Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. It’s the only national park of its kind in the US and an evening listening to great music under the stars is a quintessential DC moment that we locals usually keep to ourselves.
What’s No. 1 on your bucket list?
Not usually a fan of bucket lists, but I really want to explore India. I’ve never been, I’ve heard mixed things but I have to admit that it really intrigues me.
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