Good Travel Photo

It’s a Struggle to Take a Good Travel Photo

Derek Mexico, Perspectives 15 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 …

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 …

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 …

The Worst Golf Shot

What The Worst Golf Shot Teaches Us About Travel

Derek Perspectives 17 Comments

Stepping up to the tee, I was mighty nervous. I was shaking, I couldn’t think straight at all. It was the first time that the coach of my high school golf team put me in the starting lineup. I was finally playing in a tournament between our school and the high school team of a neighboring town. No longer was …

Important Travel Rule

The Most Important Travel Rule

Derek Perspectives, Travel Tips & Advice 54 Comments

It was simply stunning. The sun was rising over the holy Ganges River, with the gentle foothills of the Himalayas off in the distance, the town slowly awakening into a soft pink glow. The atmosphere so peaceful, so serene. I stood there enjoying this sunrise for quite some time, watching the monkeys hop around the rooftops in front of me, …