Why I'm Not In Kyrgyzstan

Why I’m Not In Kyrgyzstan Right Now

Derek Kyrgyzstan, Travel Tales, Ukraine 49 Comments

On July 18th, I was sitting at a cafe in Bucharest talking to a fellow traveler, Jeremy, from TheWorldOrBust.com, when he randomly mentioned that Pegasus Airlines, a budget airline based out of Turkey, was offering extremely cheap airfares from Bucharest to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Interesting. Upon hearing this piece of news, I decided to double-check his claim and …

Is Yemen Safe For Travelers

Is Yemen Safe For Travelers?

Derek Travel Tales, Yemen 102 Comments

When I started researching how I could travel to Yemen, I must admit that I assumed it would not be possible at all. Given the strongly worded government travel warnings about this country, coupled with the fact that any positive news about Yemen seems to be in great shortage, I just figured that things such as obtaining a tourist visa …

Beirut, Lebanon

The Day I Was Followed By A Secret Agent In Beirut

Derek Lebanon, Travel Tales 107 Comments

Standing at the reception desk of the shabby, low-budget Al-Shabaa Hotel in the Gemmayze neighborhood of Beirut, there was little I could do when the hotel owner informed me that the single room I had booked was no longer available. He apologized several times as he explained that due to the Eid al-Adha holiday, the city was overflowing with travelers …

Pumpkin in Romania

Halloween In Transylvania: My Lucky Graveyard Escape

Derek Romania, Travel Tales 37 Comments

The fact that I ended up celebrating Halloween in Transylvania was a complete accident as, after twelve years of traveling, I barely remember when most holidays take place. I had actually forgotten that Halloween was nearly upon us when, just about ten days ago, a fellow traveler I met in Belgrade happened to ask what my Halloween plans were while …

Spiti Valley, India

Spiti Valley, India: A Land Of Missing Roads

Derek India, Travel Tales 35 Comments

Bus travel through India’s mountainous regions involves dramatic scenery, remote villages, fresh air and colorful passengers. The only thing missing sometimes is the road itself. An overly squeaky, yet oddly enjoyable, Hindi pop song blared from the crackly speakers as the decrepit bus chugged along through India’s remote Spiti Valley. The wooden-planked floor rattled constantly, adding a unique beat to …

Shang Hai Restaurant, Sulamainiyah, Iraq

A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Sexy, Sexy In Iraq

Derek Iraq, Travel Tales, Videos 63 Comments

Upon arrival in the southern Kurdistan city of Sulamainiyah, Anil and I instantly found ourselves giddy with joy upon discovering two Chinese restaurants in the vicinity of our hotel. After all, up until that point, the only food we’d eaten were chicken and falafel sandwiches, not because of an abnormal love for such food, but because that was all we …