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 …

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Dubai

Pairing Dubai with More of the World

Derek UAE 1 Comment

There’s no doubt that Dubai is a great holiday destination in its own right, with plenty of dazzling malls and fun attractions in the form of theme parks and water parks to keep you busy for a week or longer. But if yours is an inquisitive mind with a thirst for change and new encounters, then Dubai is also the …

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Travel Friends in Thailand

Making Friends While Traveling Is A Crazy, Wild Ride

Derek Interesting People, Perspectives 27 Comments

Right now I’m sitting on the balcony of an apartment that I’ve rented in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In front of me, across the street, is a football field with some basketball courts nearby. The night time breeze is coming in from the beach, straight across that field, and it keeps me cool despite the hot and humid weather. When …

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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 …

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Traveler Instinct

Why I Always Trust My Traveler Instinct

Derek Personal Stuff, Perspectives 68 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Most Memorable Life Experiences

Why I Made a List of Memorable Life Experiences This Morning

Derek Perspectives 47 Comments

Have you ever created a list of the first 50 or so most memorable life experiences that pop into your head when you think back over your years? I woke up this morning and felt the urge to do just that. This is what I came up with… Taking a shower in a small wooden closet down a tiny alley …

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Wandering Earl Tour to India - Taj Mahal

Wandering Earl Tours 2016 – Announcement

Derek Wandering Earl Tours 11 Comments

My journey to Morocco begins in about 12 hours, with a 4:30am flight from Delhi to Doha, followed by two more flights that will eventually take me to Marrakech. Never been to Morocco. Naturally, I’m quite excited. And while my stay probably won’t be too long, I’ll make the most of it as I have some unique activities planned, a …

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Travel Habits

Inexplicable Travel Habits of a Long-Term Traveler

Derek Personal Stuff, Travel Tips & Advice 40 Comments

Before getting on an airplane, I always re-tie my shoelaces. During a layover, I must sit at an airport cafe for at least ten minutes, but only in a chair that faces away from the counter where I placed my order. And I always look at the details page of my passport a dozen times or more right before I …

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