Live From Here (Episode 2): Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan

Derek Kyrgyzstan, Live From Here!, Videos 42 Comments

Welcome to the second episode of Wandering Earl: Live From Here, my new video series. Here’s a little background for this next episode… Two weeks ago, I was in the town of Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan when I learned about an old Soviet spa/sanatorium located on top of a nearby hill. With not much else to do, I decided to jump into …

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Wandering Earl: Live From Here! (New Travel Video Series)

Derek Kyrgyzstan, Live From Here!, Videos 129 Comments

After a bit of thinking recently, I realized that the time has come for me to….eat more pickles. I love pickles and it’s just a shame that I haven’t been eating them as much as I would like as of late. Oops…sorry about that. The pickle thing was for another post I was planning on writing. What I meant to …

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Video: Why You Should Travel To Socotra Island

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Few people have even heard of this place and even fewer people have any idea where it’s located. But for those who do know and who do travel to Socotra Island, which happens to be one of the most isolated landforms on the planet, there is only one natural reaction – to wonder aloud why on earth more people aren’t …

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I'm Going on Vacation

Video: I’m Going On Vacation Tomorrow

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Sometimes I just feel like making a video… (If you’re seeing this post via email, please click here to view the video.)When’s the last time you’ve taken a vacation? Was it a good one? Are you going on vacation soon? And before I go, I wanted to mention an interesting website whose founder I’ve recently been in touch with. It’s …

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I Have Absolutely Nothing To Say Today

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For the past thirty minutes, I have typed nothing. Not a word. And the staff here at the Cafe Coffee Day, a sort of Starbucks-like Indian coffee chain, have started whispering to each other every time they glance in my direction. My guess is that they are confused. Why would I be sitting at a table for so long, with …

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From My Beach Hut…A Quick Guide to Palolem Beach, Goa

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It’s high season here in the laid-back, popular tourist destination that is Goa, India. And despite the fact that most locals I’ve met have told me that this is the slowest high season they’ve seen in a while, there is still no shortage of tourists, both foreign and Indian, roaming around the beaches. I have chosen to spend my time …

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XShot Photos & A Wacky Video From A Remote Lighthouse

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Welcome to the second post of my “XShot Series”, a series that involves the display of photos and videos that I have captured with my new favorite piece of travel gear, my XShot camera extender. As you might have read in the first installment of this series, I use my XShot everywhere I go, both to take photos of myself …

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XShot camera extender

The XShot – Why Every Traveler Should Carry One

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It’s so simple, yet it’s such a brilliant idea. And it’s something that is useful for every single traveler who takes photos during their adventures around the world. It’s actually useful for any human being who takes photos of anything, anywhere, at any time. It’s the XShot camera extender, something that I’ve now been using religiously for the past two …

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Video: Announcing My Travel Plans From The Bathtub

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Now that I’ve finalized my travel plans for the next month or so, I wanted to announce the destinations I’ll be visiting. And what better way to do so than from the bathtub… **(If you’re reading this post via email, please click here to watch the video.)** Summary of the video: Me singing Bon Jovi with my rubber duck. A …

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A Stroll Along Istiklal Street in Istanbul

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During my stay in Istanbul over the past five days, it occurred to me that taking a stroll along the city’s popular Istiklal Street is something that never gets old. This three-kilometer long, pedestrian-only avenue on the European side of the city acts as the heart of the shopping/entertainment/nightlife district of Beyoglu, with an endless variety of both local and …

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