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 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 …

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 …

Travels in Cuba - Plaza Old Havana

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 …

Wandering Earl Tours 2017 - small group tours

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 …

Good Travel Photo

It’s a Struggle to Take a Good Travel Photo

Derek Mexico, Perspectives 24 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 …