Epic Travel Experience

How To Ruin An Epic Travel Experience

Derek Kenya, Perspectives 32 Comments

There I am. I’m sitting on the balcony of a beautiful wood cabin, staring out into the wilderness, listening to the sound of elephants roaring somewhere at the foot of the nearby hill. Flashes of lions and giraffes and cheetahs and black rhinos and warthogs appear in my head. Flashes of massive green mountains and never-ending savannas dotted with wildebeest, …

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Bike tour - My Fascinating and Unexpected Journey

2016: A Most Fascinating and Unexpected Journey

Derek Personal Stuff, Perspectives 73 Comments

The year 2016 really was a fascinating and unexpected journey for me. It was an extremely happy journey, to say the least. Okay, maybe I had a similarly brilliant year when I was 9 (after all, that’s when Krissy accepted the bracelet I gave her in the elementary school playground) but my memory is somewhat foggy at this point to …

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Remote Part of Mexico - Me and the dogs

18 Days in a Super Beautiful, Remote Part of Mexico

Derek Mexico, Perspectives 27 Comments

Last month, I spent 18 days in a secluded, remote part of Mexico. A friend and I were covering another friend’s housesitting assignment while he and his wife were away. The house we took care of was quite isolated. On one side was an endless, empty white sand beach and gorgeous water for as far as you could see. On …

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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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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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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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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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Travel Friendships

Travel Friendships – Far More Powerful Than We Think

Derek Kyrgyzstan, Perspectives 20 Comments

Her name is Tamara. And because of her I shed a tear. Back in 2014, I wrote about this woman who lives in the small, simple town of Tamga, near the banks of Issyk-Kul Lake, in Eastern Kyrgyzstan. I met her completely by accident and I randomly ended up staying at her guesthouse, the Askar & Tamara Guesthouse, for a …

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travel blogging

Why I’m Concerned About Travel Blogging

Derek Everything Else, Perspectives 174 Comments

I’m a travel blogger. Wait. No I’m not. As I like to say, I’m just a blogger. I happen to be traveling most of the time so I write about travel most of the time too. Maybe that makes me a travel blogger, I don’t know. I also write about other stuff as well, including the tough times I face, …

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