Three Weeks in Mauritius - perfect evening

Short Guide to Mauritius – A Laid-Back, Tropical Island

Derek Mauritius 9 Comments

A guide to Mauritius for those looking for a different kind of travel experience… For 3 weeks we stayed on this island. We spent one week in the small beach town of Flic en Flac and then we rented an apartment for two weeks in the smaller beach town of Trou aux Biches, towards the north. This marked the fourth …

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Welcome to My Life of Travel - Spectacular View, Mauritius

Welcome to My Life of Travel – Spectacular View in Mauritius

Derek Welcome to My Life of Travel 4 Comments

With the second episode of my new travel video series, I find myself high up on a rock in Mauritius, staring out at one of the most impressive landscapes I’ve ever come across in all my travels. We were hiking up the peninsula known as Le Morne when we suddenly decided to walk down a random path that veered off …

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Welcome to My Life of Travel

Welcome to My Life of Travel – Intro

Derek Welcome to My Life of Travel 5 Comments

A couple of months ago, when I asked readers of Wandering Earl what you wanted to see more of from me, the top response was “more videos and podcasts”. It’s now time for me to start doing just that! I am happy to introduce my new series – “Welcome to My Life of Travel“. Here’s the intro video I just …

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Seychelles - Morning at Grand Anse Beach on La Digue

Seychelles: My Affordable Trip to Paradise (it’s possible!)

Derek Seychelles 28 Comments

In March, as many of you might have known from my recent blog and social media posts, I traveled to my dream destination for my 40th birthday. That dream destination was the Seychelles, a tiny nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of 115 islands and home to only 89,000 people. I’ll come right out and say it…if you don’t have …

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Trip to Zanzibar - Jambiani Beach

My 2 Week Trip to Zanzibar (beach huts, local food, activities and more)

Derek Tanzania, Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 18 Comments

A trip to Zanzibar…that exotic, mysterious land. Never did I think I would make it to this island off the coast of mainland Tanzania but somehow, like most of my travels, it just happened. After bouncing around Kenya and Tanzania for a while, it was time to take it easy and catch up on work, and Zanzibar seemed like a …

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Worst museum in the world - front

The Best Worst Museum in the World

Derek Tanzania 18 Comments

We pushed open a massive wooden door and found ourselves in a small, dark room. A middle-aged man was sound asleep in a plastic chair behind a dusty wooden desk. He woke up to the creak of the door as it closed and without hesitation grumpily blurted out, “Tickets here”. He told us that two tickets cost 16000 TSH ($8 …

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Dream Destination

I’m Off to My Dream Destination for My 40th. Guess and Win!

Derek Personal Stuff 182 Comments

On March 31st, I shall turn 40 years old. And tomorrow I’m off to my dream destination. When it comes to turning 40, I’m all good. Of course, there’s always a chance that the clock will strike midnight on that day and I’ll have a breakdown, then head off to Ibiza, pluck the first few gray hairs from my head, …

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Masai Mara safari - elephants

Masai Mara Safari: How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Trip

Derek Kenya 17 Comments

Our Masai Mara safari… …it was a safari like no other, way off in the middle of nowhere Kenya, in the low season with few other travelers around, and with plenty of wildlife to spot out in the hills, in the open savannas, in the ponds and rivers and hidden among the low, thick trees. For three days and two …

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Epic Travel Experience

How To Ruin An Epic Travel Experience

Derek Kenya, Perspectives 33 Comments

There I am. I’m sitting on the balcony of a beautiful wood cabin, staring out into the wilderness, listening to the sound of elephants roaring somewhere at the foot of the nearby hill. Flashes of lions and giraffes and cheetahs and black rhinos and warthogs appear in my head. Flashes of massive green mountains and never-ending savannas dotted with wildebeest, …

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Budget Hotel in Nairobi - reception

Best Budget Hotel in Nairobi: Khweza Bed and Breakfast

Derek Kenya 2 Comments

When I started looking at accommodation for my week long stay in Kenya’s capital, I was indeed somewhat surprised. Even hotels with poor reviews were way more expensive than I ever would have imagined here. Good hotels were even pricier of course. Finding a good budget hotel in Nairobi seemed impossible and the hostels either did not look appealing or …

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