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 …

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 …

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 …