My name is Earl.
(Actually, Earl is my middle name, but that’s what everyone calls me. Derek is my first name.)
My Life as a Permanent Nomad
On December 25th, 1999, I left the USA for a three-month, post-graduation trip to Southeast Asia. It’s now been over 15 years and that trip has yet to finish.
The adventure has involved over 88+ countries (view the list here) on 6 continents, work as a Tour Manager on board cruise ships, two years in India, experiments with meditation, muse-creation, mountain-climbing and movie acting, volunteer work, an inappropriate amount of time on tropical islands and eating inappropriate amounts of street food, a two-day kidnapping, being placed on the US ‘terror watch list’, teaching English in Asia and a fruitless search for a pair of sandals with sufficient arch-support for my flat feet, among many other things.
It was exactly three days into my first trip back in 1999, as I celebrated the Millennium at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, when I became inflicted with an untreatable addiction to world exploration. So addicted in fact, that the thought of returning home literally made me sick to my stomach. Therefore, without any other option, I made a decision to change paths in life. Instead of going home to follow my original goal of becoming a Sports Agent, I now embarked on a mission to transform myself into a permanent nomad so that I could continue my travels, and more importantly continue learning from those travels, for as long as possible.
The only problem was that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and I only had $1500 to my name.
Therefore, as any good problem-solver would have done, I ignored this one fact and worked on creating a solution anyway. It wasn’t easy, it took some time, but I eventually got there. With a ton of hard work and determination as well as a refusal to accept anything less than the achievement of my goals, I managed to create the nomadic life I envisioned.
Ever since, I’ve spent my time constantly traveling around the world, always in search of that eye-opening first-hand education that only travel can provide. I don’t travel to simply check countries off a list. In fact, as a permanent nomad, I have little interest in the actual sights that a particular destination may offer, instead preferring to focus on the human interactions and lessons learned along the way.
To learn more about my travel philosophy, check out my “New Breed of Explorer” page!
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Why You Should Follow WanderingEarl.com
WanderingEarl.com came into existence in late 2009 upon realizing that I wanted to share my adventures with a much wider audience, connect with other like-minded folks and use what I learn about life to help others achieve their own goals.
And what you’re looking at right now is the result.
I don’t claim to have any answers. To be honest, most of the time I don’t even know what the questions are, and truthfully, I don’t worry too much about that. What I am able to do is use my own experiences to show that long-term travel does not have to be a crazy fantasy, that it can be a realistic option instead.
And I can also…
- tell you where to find a heavenly mango lassi (topped with cherries!) in Calcutta
- share entertaining tales of my travel adventures
- offer useful advice on how to live a life of extended travel
- force you to think about how and why you want to explore this world
- and perhaps, inspire you to live a life that makes you happy
Are you ready? It would be wonderful to have you join this community and I certainly look forward to communicating with you!
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