Are you looking at going travelling, but worried about running out of money halfway through your trip? Maybe you’ve saved up enough for flights and the first month or two but really want to get going sooner!
We’ve been chatting to Matt, aka The Travelling Matched Bettor, and he’s been telling us all about how he makes money matched betting whilst travelling the world! Here’s what he had to say…
Tell us a bit about yourself, Matt!
“Hey, my names Matt, I’m 26, and I’m from a small town in Hampshire near Winchester. Whilst studying at college, I started working as an estate agent where I’d go in to the office 2 days a week, stand at the back and stuff envelopes, earning £3.92 an hour! When I finished college, I was lucky enough to be offered a full time job by them, and I’m massively grateful for the opportunities they gave me over the 10 years I was there.
Fast forward to last summer, my girlfriend and I found out we were expecting a baby, but sadly there were some complications with the pregnancy and we lost the baby. We spent quite a while deciding what to do next. We could either buy a house and try again for a baby or we could take the money we had saved and put it towards a round the world trip. We decided we had plenty of time to start a family and settle down, so we started saving money and looking for alternative ways to get some more money together. This is when I started taking matched betting a bit more seriously. Right now I’m sitting in a hotel room in Vietnam, 4 and a bit months into our trip!”
How did you find out about matched betting?
“One of my good friends mentioned it to me back in 2016. He was doing it making a decent amount, so I was desperate to get involved. He explained it to me and off I went to give it a go… It’s worth mentioning that neither of us were using any matched betting software at this point! I had no idea what I was doing. I remember at the time Paddy Power were doing an offer where you got a £5 free bet for every goal your chosen team scored in a game. I’d have to text my mate and he would have to tell me exactly how much to back and lay. He pretty much held my hand through the offer. If my team scored, he’d get another text frantically asking ‘what do I do now?!’ I was clueless.”
How much have you made matched betting so far?
“I made the mistake of not tracking any of my profits when I got started, so it’s difficult to say. I started properly tracking my profits last summer, and since then I’ve made just over £7,000 but mostly reload offers as I already had quite a few of the bookie accounts.”
So when did you become the Travelling Matched Bettor?
“I started my Instagram account back in September after we booked our flights to Thailand but I didn’t really do much with the account until we jumped on the plane at the end of March this year. I know a lot of people want to travel, but money can be tight, so the idea was always to try and introduce as many people to matched betting as possible.”
What are your top 5 tips for matched betting outside the UK?
1) Get yourself a good VPN
“What a VPN does, is it essentially makes it look like you’re in the UK by giving you a virtual IP address. It’s pretty much impossible to matched bet abroad without one. I use NordVPN and have had no problems, their support is also top notch.”
2) Go after the high expected value (EV) offers
“You don’t want to spend most of your time while you’re on holiday or travelling glued to your laptop! I’d advise taking the guaranteed profits such as Free Bet Clubs, Bet and Get offers, or anything that is risk free.”
3) Have copies of your ID and Proof of Address at the ready
“When you’re at home it’s nice and easy to snap a photo of your bank statement, however when you’re away you might not have access to them, so I’d recommend taking a photo of your most recent bill or bank statement and keeping it on your phone ready for when the inevitable verification email pops up.”
4) Keep your UK SIM card on you
“On a similar point, make sure you keep your UK SIM card with you. I buy a local SIM card wherever I go as it’s much cheaper but I keep my UK SIM card in my wallet in case a bookie needs to text me a verification code – it saves me being locked out of my accounts before.”
5) Remember the time difference
“When you’re travelling, the chances are you’re going to be in a location that is in a completely different time zone to back home or the location of the event you’re betting on. Knowing how many hours ahead or behind you are means that you can make sure you don’t miss out on any time sensitive offers.”
How much have you been making since you've been travelling?
“I’ve been making between £500-£700 each month which has paid for our accommodation whilst we’ve been away. I spend a couple of hours most evenings matched betting. Thankfully in South East Asia I’m usually 6-7 hours ahead of UK time so it’s the evening here when the racing and football is on. This means I’m able to get out and explore during the day. Now the football season is back I’ll likely spend a bit more time on Saturdays doing more offers like 2up.”
Where have you travelled to so far? And where are you off to next?
“So far I’ve been to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam. My girlfriend is actually looking to get a teaching job out here which means we may be putting down roots for the next year which is super exciting! We’re still desperate to go to China, the Philippines and Japan though. Hopefully we’ll be able to spend Christmas in Tokyo this year!”