Trip to Zanzibar - Jambiani Beach

My 2 Week Trip to Zanzibar (beach huts, local food, activities and more)

Derek Tanzania, Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 18 Comments

A trip to Zanzibar…that exotic, mysterious land. Never did I think I would make it to this island off the coast of mainland Tanzania but somehow, like most of my travels, it just happened. After bouncing around Kenya and Tanzania for a while, it was time to take it easy and catch up on work, and Zanzibar seemed like a …

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TSA PreCheck

The Benefits of TSA Pre✓®

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 20 Comments

When I traveled to Las Vegas ten days ago, I forgot to do one important thing when I booked my flight. And the result of this momentarily lapse was a long, forty minute wait to pass through security at Orlando International Airport. Normally, when I’m at a US airport I pass through the TSA Pre✓® lane – the speedy security …

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Travel Habits

Inexplicable Travel Habits of a Long-Term Traveler

Derek Personal Stuff, Travel Tips & Advice 40 Comments

Before getting on an airplane, I always re-tie my shoelaces. During a layover, I must sit at an airport cafe for at least ten minutes, but only in a chair that faces away from the counter where I placed my order. And I always look at the details page of my passport a dozen times or more right before I …

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Nomadic Matt Interview

Interview With Budget Travel Expert Nomadic Matt

Derek Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 38 Comments

Many know him, some might not. Perhaps some of you follow his blog or have at least seen it. I remember when I heard about this Nomadic Matt guy back when I was starting out and I kept hearing about him for years without really ever interacting with him. Last summer I finally met him in person and since then, …

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Travel Products

Travel Products & Websites Worth Checking Out

Derek Travel Gear, Travel Tips & Advice 10 Comments

The year that is 2015 has brought me into contact with what seems like a higher-than-normal number of travel products, travel-related websites and travel services that I never knew about before. From all sorts of travel communities to compact hammocks to online postcards to oddly-shaped travel pillows that actually seem to make sleeping on airplanes even more uncomfortable, new things …

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Trover Travel Ideas - Chacala

Trover – It’s Still My Ideal Travel Idea Generator

Derek Everything Else, Travel Tips & Advice 27 Comments

[This post is written in partnership with Trover after using the app and continuing to find it truly useful and worth spreading the word about. I don’t do these kind of posts often – only when I really believe in something and always with opinions and thoughts that are 100% my own.] You walk by a cafe in your hometown, …

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Start Traveling Now

Should You Start Traveling Now or Later?

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 56 Comments

One day we’ll meet up at a cafe somewhere in the world and you’ll tell me your story, your story of how you went from the mere idea of wanting to travel to actually making it a reality. And I look forward to hearing all about it. It will happen, whenever the time is right. That’s the key. When the …

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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, …

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Cheapest Month to Travel

Is January the Cheapest Month to Travel?

Derek Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 59 Comments

It all started last Wednesday when, during an afternoon break from doing some work, I decided to go online and look up random airfares from Bucharest. Always a sucker for the beach, the first destination I looked up was Goa, India. And the first airfare I found was $340 USD (one-way) with FlyDubai and Air India. I suddenly got excited. …

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Confidence to Travel

Do You Have Enough Confidence to Travel? You Should.

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 55 Comments

You’re ready to travel. You even bought a backpack. You told your friends that you’re taking off within the next few months. You have a general itinerary and you can’t wait to get on that airplane. But you also know that your travels probably won’t happen in the end. You’re fully aware that despite the excitement of travel, despite your …

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