Arrival and Taxi Info - Havana International Airport

Arriving at Havana Airport (Arrival & Taxi Information)

Derek Cuba 3 Comments

After arriving at Havana Airport, which might involve a bit of a wait until there’s an empty gate for your plane, you’ll take a quick stroll over to the dimly lit immigration area. I waited in line at immigration for a few minutes, handed over my passport and about 45 seconds later I was done. No questions were asked, they …

Plaza in Old Havana

Exploring Havana: Pork, Prostitutes & Plastic Bags

Derek Cuba 6 Comments

We turned right out of the apartment building and walked a couple of blocks over to the main thoroughfare that runs through Vedado. A few birds flew overhead, one car drove by. It was almost noon but everything was eerily still on this second day of exploring Havana. So eerily still, until we turned onto famous Avenida 23. Within one …

Travels in Cuba - Plaza Old Havana

My Trip to Cuba: Day 1 (Walking 14km in Havana)

Derek Cuba 12 Comments

Less than five minutes after we walked onto the streets of Havana for the very first time, my friends and I were strolling along the sidewalk when a man clad in a bright yellow t-shirt, carrying two large canvas bags, called out to us. Before I knew it, I was helping this jolly fellow carry one of those heavy bags …

Wandering Earl Tours 2017 - small group tours

Wandering Earl Tours for 2017

Derek Wandering Earl Tours 4 Comments

Since 2012, I’ve been running my Wandering Earl Tours as a side project through this blog, offering unique, small group tours to countries around the world. I’ve now welcomed 190 people on a variety of trips to all corners of the globe. This is not some big tour company of course. I don’t make contracts with tourist hotels, I don’t …

Good Travel Photo

It’s a Struggle to Take a Good Travel Photo

Derek Mexico, Perspectives 18 Comments

Oh, the torture. The writing, the emails, the tweeting…that stuff is all good. The real challenge, the real thorn with this blogging stuff, comes from the photos. Taking a perfect travel photo to post online – on Facebook, the blog or Instagram – is just plain difficult. And to do it over and over and over again? It’s madness I …

Bantayan, Philippines

Why I Took A Short Break From Everything

Derek Personal Stuff 59 Comments

It’s me, Earl. Back again. As you might have noticed, I took a short break from the blog. It started when I led my latest India tour back in February and continued as I took a ‘vacation’ once that tour came to an end. It wasn’t a planned break. I would sit down and try to write in the beginning …

Traveler Instinct

Why I Always Trust My Traveler Instinct

Derek Personal Stuff, Perspectives 65 Comments

During the three days I spent in Istanbul earlier this month, something didn’t feel right. Sure, I followed the general routine that I usually follow, and have enjoyed greatly, during my earlier travels to this city. I booked a private room at the friendly Cheers Hostel, I returned to my favorite eateries scattered around the back streets and lanes of …

TSA PreCheck

The Benefits of TSA Pre✓®

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 20 Comments

When I traveled to Las Vegas ten days ago, I forgot to do one important thing when I booked my flight. And the result of this momentarily lapse was a long, forty minute wait to pass through security at Orlando International Airport. Normally, when I’m at a US airport I pass through the TSA Pre✓® lane – the speedy security …

Travel and Life

My Robot-Like Approach to Travel and Life

Derek Perspectives 74 Comments

If you dare me to do something, I’ll do it, whatever it involves. I might not like it but I’ll show zero emotion whatsoever, pretend that nothing could possibly bother me at all and I’ll face the challenge at hand. If you told me I won a two month trip to the South Pacific, to bounce around from island to …