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, …

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 …

Visit Nairobi - reader in cafe

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 …

Maldives on a budget - tropical paradise

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 …

Arrival and Taxi Info - Havana International Airport

Arriving at Havana Airport (Arrival & Taxi Information)

Derek Cuba 28 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 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 …