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The One Reason You Should Visit Nairobi, Kenya

Derek Kenya 36 Comments

I’m in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a strange place, at least for a traveler, or more specifically, at least for me. From what I’ve gathered, most travelers visit Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, for one or two days, maybe three at most, either before or after their safari experience in other parts of the country (which I’ll be doing this weekend). I …

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The Future of Wandering Earl – I Need Your Help!

Derek Everything Else 71 Comments

The Past It’s now been 18 years of nonstop travel since I took off for what was supposed to be a 3 month trip to Southeast Asia back in 1999. I really can’t believe it myself as I clearly remember that first day in Bangkok so long ago, and I definitely didn’t see this coming at all. It’s wacky, I …

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2016: A Most Fascinating and Unexpected Journey

Derek Personal Stuff, Perspectives 73 Comments

The year 2016 really was a fascinating and unexpected journey for me. It was an extremely happy journey, to say the least. Okay, maybe I had a similarly brilliant year when I was 9 (after all, that’s when Krissy accepted the bracelet I gave her in the elementary school playground) but my memory is somewhat foggy at this point to …

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Maldives on a Budget: Step by Step Guide

Derek Maldives 40 Comments

You walk off the plane, proceed through immigration, grab your bag from the luggage carousel (or not, if you travel really light) and walk through the customs inspection. And there you stand, in the open-air arrivals terminal of the Male International Airport. Welcome to the Maldives on a budget! While you might not exactly find a crowd of budget travelers …

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Update: India, Nepal, the Maldives and Oman

Derek India, Maldives, Nepal, Oman 8 Comments

What a month and a half. After leading my latest India tour in October, a friend and I went to Nepal in order to relax and catch up on work among the beautiful Himalayas. What we didn’t realize is that Kathmandu is the third most polluted city on the planet (who knew?) so our stay there knocked us down a …

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18 Days in a Super Beautiful, Remote Part of Mexico

Derek Mexico, Perspectives 27 Comments

Last month, I spent 18 days in a secluded, remote part of Mexico. A friend and I were covering another friend’s housesitting assignment while he and his wife were away. The house we took care of was quite isolated. On one side was an endless, empty white sand beach and gorgeous water for as far as you could see. On …

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Arriving at Havana Airport (Arrival & Taxi Information)

Derek Cuba 23 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 …

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Exploring Havana: Pork, Prostitutes & Plastic Bags

Derek Cuba 10 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 …

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

Derek Cuba 15 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 …

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Wandering Earl Tours for 2017

Derek Wandering Earl Tours 12 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 …

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