What Does Travel Mean To You? (Brasov)

What Does Travel Mean To You?

Derek Perspectives 60 Comments

Yesterday evening, I, along with my Wander Across Romania & Moldova tour group, arrived in Brasov, Romania. We checked into our guesthouse, threw our stuff in our rooms and decided to rest for a couple of hours. I ended up turning on my laptop and tried to get some work done, and I managed to reply to quite a lot …

Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea 2013

The Mass Games in Pyongyang – Impressive & Frightening

Derek North Korea 41 Comments

On the second night of the trip, our group had the opportunity to witness the Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. In fact, when I had signed up for the trip to North Korea, one of the main reasons I chose these particular dates and this particular itinerary was because it did indeed include this experience. The Mass Games is …

Travel to North Korea

What It’s Like To Travel To North Korea

Derek North Korea 189 Comments

If I was going to win, I needed to knock down at least five pins. I grabbed the least heavy of the concrete-like balls, all of which weighed more than any other I’ve ever used, stuck my fingers into the misaligned holes and stood up straight, taking as deep a breath as I could. I moved forward with a few …

Two Days in Beijing

Two Days In Beijing & Where I’m Going Next!

Derek China, North Korea 58 Comments

While I knew that I would be back in Bucharest on August 18th, just nine days after leaving Ukraine, my flight out of Kiev this past Saturday took me to a destination far, far away from Romania. It was going to be a busy week. First, I landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport where I enjoyed a relatively comfortable five-hour layover …

Visit to Ukraine

I Barely Survived My Visit To Ukraine

Derek Ukraine 68 Comments

My apologies for the lack of activity as of late. I arrived in the city of Lviv, Ukraine back on July 29th and I’ve been in the country ever since. However, I have also been quite sick during that entire time unfortunately. It all started the day after I arrived – a cold, a temperature, body aches, sore throat, cough …

Human Rights and Travel

Do Human Rights Play A Role In My Travel Decisions?

Derek Perspectives 54 Comments

If a country has a reputation for human rights abuses, would I travel there?

 If a country has laws that suppress a certain segment of the population, will I go? If a country is considered to be anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-anything-I-don’t-agree-with, will I still place it on my list of countries I wish to visit? These are questions that I wrestled …