The Most Important Word In The World

Derek Interesting People, Syria 63 Comments

This article has been written as part of the “Most Important Word in the World” series, a collaborative project to inspire people to step outside their comfort zones and find adventure and friendship. Other contributors to the series are: 1 Year Sabbatical, Nomadtopia, the Dropout Diaries, Disrupting the Rabblement, Beyond Norms, Do Something Cool and A World of Inspiration. Finally, …

I Have Worms

Derek Personal Stuff 62 Comments

Starting this evening (Saturday), my website might be down on and off over the next couple of days as I work on some things. It should take about 24-48 hours to complete so I expect everything to be back up and running as normal by the end of the weekend. In the meantime, I didn’t sit down at my computer …

We All Have A Reason To Smile

Derek Personal Stuff 56 Comments

One random Saturday, when I was a mere twelve years old, my parents, along with my sister and I, went to visit some family members who lived nearby. We actually visited these relatives somewhat often during my youth and on this occasion, our visit began as such visits normally did. We arrived, ate lunch and sat by the pool. Eventually, …

Apartment in Playa del Carmen

Broken Bones, Handcuffs & Other Goals

Derek Everything Else 52 Comments

When I was a freshman in high school, I remember the day when a good friend of mine broke his ankle and showed up to school with his leg in a cast. In the 15 years I had been alive at that point, I had never broken any part of my body and so, upon seeing my friend, I couldn’t …

How I Carry My Money While Traveling

Derek Travel Gear 122 Comments

By this point in my travels I think I’ve tried it all when it comes to carrying around my money and credit cards while on the road. Sitting here right now I can only chuckle and shake my head as I recall my inexperienced and frightened traveling self carrying around a money belt during my first trip abroad. That money-carrying …