Bantayan, Philippines

Why I Took A Short Break From Everything

Derek Personal Stuff 58 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 …

Romania Residency Visa Refused

How I Got Kicked Out Of Romania

Derek Personal Stuff, Romania

“Peace, I’m out.” That’s exactly what I yelled…okay, maybe I just mumbled it to myself…fine, I only said it in my head…but regardless, it was said as I left Bucharest last week, right after I discovered that my residency visa had suddenly been refused. The story actually begins back on March 3rd, just after midnight, when I climbed into a …

Fluent in Any Language

Why Me No Fluent In Any Language At All

Derek Personal Stuff, Perspectives 83 Comments

Thank you, travel. For it is you who has turned me into a man who is fluent, not in two languages, nor three languages, and not even four languages. Alas, as a result of constantly bouncing around the world, far and wide, for over a decade, I can proudly declare that I am now fully fluent in…zero languages. That’s right, …

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever Is Nasty & It Made Me Cry

Derek Indonesia, Personal Stuff 151 Comments

Hunched over, with my hands on my knees, I tried to breathe but found it difficult. My head was pounding, I was covered in sweat despite the air-conditioner blasting cold air throughout the room and the dizziness made it difficult for me to even remain standing. I remember mumbling some nonsense. I remember a tear or two or three dropping …