Countries Visited

With 200+ countries and territories out there, I’ve barely made a dent even after 17+ years of wandering. But I have no doubt I’ll get there in the end πŸ™‚

AfghanistanAlbania – Antigua & Barbuda – Argentina – AustraliaAustria – Bahamas – Bahrain – Bangladesh – Barbados – Belgium – Belize – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Brunei – Bulgaria – Burma – Cambodia – Canada – Chile – China – Costa Rica – CroatiaCuba – Czech Republic – Dominica – Egypt – El Salvador – England – EstoniaFijiFinlandFrance – Germany – Greece – Grenada – Guatemala – Honduras – Hungary – Iceland – IndiaIndonesia – Italy – IraqIsrael – Jamaica – Jordan – Kenya – Kiribati – Kyrgyzstan – Laos – LatviaLebanon – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malaysia – Maldives – Malta – MauritiusMexicoMoldovaMontenegroNepal – Netherlands – New Zealand – NicaraguaNorth Korea – Norway – Oman – Pakistan – Panama – Philippines – Portugal – Romania – Saint Kitts & Nevis – Saint Lucia – Samoa – Serbia – SeychellesSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSouth Africa – Sri Lanka – Sweden – SwitzerlandSyriaTanzania ThailandTurkeyUkraine – United Arab Emirates – United States – Uruguay – Vatican City – Vietnam – Yemen

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  2. Elena

    How come the Russian Federation is not on the list?it is like the biggest place in the world. I love Russia. But you should also pay a visit to my little country too. It is one of the most interesting places in the whole world. Cyprus. Waiting for a review of Cyprus πŸ™‚

  3. Syd

    Hi Earl,

    I’m new to the blog (totally rad, by the way!) and was wondering, with all of the countries you have visited, if you ever plan (or have planned in the past) to visit Armenia?

      1. Juliette

        I wish I traveled when I was younger..Your journey I envy!

        I am 49years young now and have just started traveling on my own.

        What star sign are you by the way?

  4. A.H.A

    HI Earl,

    With all the traveling you do, what sort of experiences have you had with rough seas? What sort of measures do ships have in place when they are in countries where they may experience natural disasters? Tsunamis, hurricanes etc on the water. Also, is swimming a requirement for someone who is interested in working on a ship?

    1. Wandering Earl

      These days, with the technology used on board ships, you don’t feel the rough seas too much at all. It’s incredible how smooth it can be even when there are big waves out there. As for natural disasters, everyone on the ship is trained in some capacity for emergency situations…and of course, they pay close attention to any weather issues or potential problems in any port where they might be headed and if there is a hurricane, they obviously go in a different direction. Swimming is not a requirement.

  5. Dave

    Hi Earl!

    have you already been here in the Czech Republic? I haven’t find any post about it !

    as soon you pass by here, come to discover a good pivo ! πŸ™‚

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Dave – I’ve been several times, all over the country, but those trips were all before I started my blog which is why I haven’t written about it!

  6. Hannah

    Hey Earl!
    I recently went to Chile and I adored it! I saw that you went to Chile and I was wondering how you liked it, and where you went (so I have some ideas for when I go back!)
    Hannah

  7. Jake

    Hey Earl

    I know you have written before about not having a desire to travel to China. I was just curious if Hong Kong falls under that umbrella for you, or if it is a place that you would eventually like to visit. It is an incredible city with a great mix of urban craziness and quiet relaxing wilderness. Also, given that many travelers have connecting flights through Hong Kong International, I would recommend that at the very least you give it a day or two on a layover at some point. HK really has a vibe of its own, and is quite different from the rest of mainland China.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jake – I’ve actually been to Hong Kong twice and I enjoyed it both times. I did have some good experiences and met some interesting people during my visits…and definitely ate some great food!

  8. Liz

    Sounds crazy I know but my sister and I are consumed by the idea of visiting Russia! Any pointers ?So far it’s looking extremely pricey!

  9. Mina

    Hi! Can you do a blog post about your visit to the United Arab Emirates? I love reading stories about traveling to the Middle East! Have you thought about traveling to Iran? Tehran loves Americans! Although I know it’s a bit tricky to travel there. Love you site!

  10. David Breen

    Hi Earl,
    You should travel to Ireland whenever you get the chance. Especially the wesy of the country. Lovely scenery and people!
    Safe travels,
    David.

  11. Adelaide

    Hi Earl!
    I cannot believe that you haven’t been to Spain yet! Considering the fact that you have been in our neighbouring countries as France and Portugal!
    You are more than welcome to come to Mallorca whenever you like!

    Travel to India next week and definitely looking forward to it!

    Congrats for your website

    Adelaide

  12. Judiel Tapel

    Hi Earl,

    Your exploring the world will not complete If you did not went here in Philippines. Is it true that the people here in the Philippines are friendly and nice. And there are so many good places here. It’s more fun in the Philippines…

    1. Gunner

      Hi wandering earl this is not very important but im just wondering what zodiac symbol you are. Me and you have very similar veiws on life so im curious.

  13. Gosia

    Earl, wishing You to extend the list of the countries and Your experience with the ones already on the list! Hope one day You may also see my country – Poland! πŸ™‚ Its transformation in recent years (as well as other Eastern European countries) is fast, it has its unique history, and if You’re nature lover You could like the Bieszczady mountains and the lake complex of Mazury.

    All the best for You!
    Gosia

  14. Maya

    Hi Earl!

    First of all let me tell you how inspiring is your blog! I’m too young to explore the world
    but it is my dream to leave a life of a nomad like you. Reading your blog showed me just how possible my dream is!

    From your list I see you’ve visited Jordan and Syria but not Israel, I wonder why is that?You really should stop by here if you get the chance, our little country has a lot to offer:)

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Maya – Thanks for the message and I’ll get there one day! There isn’t any reason I haven’t been there yet, just hasn’t worked out so far.

  15. Mike Linahan

    Hello,I am a fellow traveler and like you have seen the world on a shoestring budget.i started my journey with the UNITED STATES PEACE CORPS.I worked in Ghana West Africa,in the UE/R-UPPER EAST REGION.I worked in NAVRONGO the seat of the KASSENA-NANKANA DISTRICT, teaching Art and ESL on the side when asked.It was my first real overseas experience as an individual.I like you encourage people to GET OUT AND SEE THE WORLD FIRST HAND.Its one thing to look and see what is out there in the world by watching TV or reading a magazine,but to actually get out there and see,touch and feel these things you have seen in a magazine or on TV is life changing.I hope you get to Ghana in your upcoming travels and if you do ,please contact me as I have many friends still in country and would be glad to help you,and show you around.Other than MALI it has the most WORLD HERITAGE SITES in West Africa.Its the people that made my time as a PCV special.It should be the GATEWAY to WEST AFRICA for you.Take Care and keep up the blog and good work.Mike Linahan RPCV

  16. Sherzod

    Hi Earl,
    I saw in your list of visited countries Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. I am from Uzbekistan and would like to invite to visit our Community Based Ecotourism project based in Nuratau Mountains. (www.nuratau.com)
    I am sure you will like the jewels of the Silk Road Samarkand and Bukhara.
    Thanks,
    Sherzod

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Sherzod – Thanks for that invitation and I will certainly let you know if I make it to Uzbekistan. I would love to travel there of course, just not sure when it will be!

  17. NGUEMETA JORIM N.

    I like that approach cause learning a language is good but basics in any language is essential like saying goodmorning and how are you draws the persons attention to want to know you and your popourse,striving to communicate in english this days is what every one wants,Earl loves your courage keep up.

  18. Indira

    Earl:

    I am a massage therapist in the US. I have always wanted to do what you are doing, and have been on the end of the fear of not being able to support myself. I am glad to see you placed massage on the list.

    However, toting a chair around even though they are light defeats the purpose of traveling light. I am still contemplating it, because it is my money maker. Do you have any tips for first time backpackers especially women? Where do you sleep? What and where do you eat? Are there some days you don’t do either? Do you walk or do you take transit?

  19. Kathy

    I am upto to 36, 37 in sept after a visit to Norway, on my own… and another 15 or so working on a cruise ship (they are in a separate section as I don’t overnight in them). Got another contract coming up…

  20. Naseem

    Hi Earl

    I’m from Yemen but I haven’t been there in years so I don’t know what it’s like being there but I hope you enjoyed it. πŸ˜€

  21. Abdulla Abdullayev

    Ciao Earl,
    I am from Azerbaijan. I see, you didn’t even visit any of Caucasus countries. Do you have any plans visiting Caucasus?
    Best regards
    Abdulla

  22. Anne Kathrine

    Hi Earl!

    I see you have visited all The Nordic countries except my country Denmark. Are you ever going to visit Denmark? πŸ™‚

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Anne – I’m sure I will visit Denmark at some point! I’m not too sure why it hasn’t happened yet but it will happen πŸ™‚

  23. Darius

    Hey Earl, I was just wondering, how do you deal with linguistic barriers when travelling? Any advice (I hope to one day travel nomadically myself!)

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Darius – The best advice I can give is to not worry about it at all. In my 14 years of travel I’ve never been in a situation where I absolutely couldn’t communicate with someone. English is so widely spoken these days and between that and you learning the basic greetings when you cross into a new country and simple body language, you’ll get by just fine!

  24. YOUSEF

    hiiii EARL

    Did you visit KUWAIT ???

    and about Socotra island ,, can i go in AUGUST ??

    THANKSSS

    YOUSEF – KUWAIT

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Yousef – Yes, I have visited Kuwait, several years ago and you can go to Socotra in August, although it will be very hot!

  25. Hamed

    Hey Earl!
    I really enjoy reading your blog. I noticed you haven’t visited Iran yet! Get your adventure on, come and take a visit here. I live in Tehran and I’ll be more than happy to show you around anytime you visit. πŸ™‚

  26. Eman

    You haven’t been to Egypt yet :D! i think you’re missing a lot. although it’s been issued against travelling to it for sometime now, but it’s worth it!!

  27. Jonathan

    Hi Earl

    I can’t believe you haven’t been to the Philippines. So many travel warnings have been issued against it but the place is amazing when I went there. The people are friendly and warm just as the people from its neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and so forth. I wish you all the best in your traventure. πŸ™‚

  28. Tom

    would this be considered illegal? am going backpacking around Asia for a year, and will most likely do this, what would the consequences be if the ticket was fake, and they realised?

    many thanks

    Tom

  29. Grace

    Hey Earl,

    How are you? Well I’m writing because me and my fiance are really wanting to get out of Ohio and see the world. Of course there is the huge issue of money, she has a part time job and I am in between jobs at the moment. We are both getting tired of the routine and the lifestyle here. So i was wondering what could we do in your opinion to make our traveling dreams a reality. I read your blog on 42 ways to make money and travel the world i just don’t know where to start.

  30. Elin Damstuen

    Hey Earl!

    Found your blog because of my visit to Playa del Carmen a few days ago, and I just want to thank you for inspiring me to do more travelling. I’m back in Norway now, but I’m actually looking for a job down in Playa asap. They’re building a mall at Paseo del Carmen now, which will be done this summer, and they’re opening a H&M store there. I’ve worked for H&M here in Norway for over a year now, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try getting some work down there. I’ve got a colleague working at H&M in Mexico City, so it can’t be impossible, right? Haha, we’ll see what happens. I’m only 20 years old, so it’s not too easy for me getting a job through the internet (even though that would be ideal), so I’m just trying my best right now.

    Don’t know why I’m obsessed with going back to Playa, since I wanna do what you do: see everything. So far I’ve only seen 10 countries, so it’s kinda weird that I wanna go back to Playa this quickly after. But Playa had me falling… πŸ˜‰

    Keep up the good work, I love your blog, and you are very inspiring!! Thank you!

  31. Badum Beedum

    Definitely hit Belize soon! Belize is very relaxing and awesome getaway place, although it’s not really a getaway for you since you seem to be on a forever vacation. I liked the part of Belize with the beaches, where you could take a boat taxi to and from the market/ main city area. Also liked the part of Belize with a botanical garden and a retreat in a waterfall/ jungle/ really cool place. The living area in the jungle part of Belize was AMAZING. You should definitely check out the caves!! Go caving and pay someone or find out how to drive a car through this shallow river to get to this cave place!! It’s awesome and a lot of fun!

  32. Inaraa

    Hey Earl,
    Greetings from Malaysia, it really made me smile reading what u wrote bout my country. But what struck me here is when i saw an article of what u think of Romania, and see how much u wrote about the city of Bucharest. I met a friend from Romania. And planning to visit that country, but as far as I’ve been reading and hearing bout , its all the negative things until i saw ur writing on it. Gave me a little relief. But anyways, I’ve been thinking of taking maybe half year to a year of traveling period after i graduate later. My brother did a 2 months Eurotrip, he went to 19 countries. It really inspired me . Making my only dream come true, which is to travel the world. I know, that a year time will not give me lot of time to do so. But u really make me believe that,traveling is not just to get stamp on the passport, but to discover the little things that actually make a place , what it is.

    oh ya, will be reading and following ur blog for sure! πŸ˜€

  33. Kristina

    Hey Earl!
    Your site and blog has not only been helpful, but it has also given me so much excitement to travel when I am older and out of college. I am currently an education major, but my dream is to travel the whole world and go to every continent, yes, including Antarctica. I am optimistic about this goal, and one of my ideas to reach this goal is to teach abroad. I am also very passionate about photography. Do you have any ideas of what I could do instead? I hope to hear back from you!

    Best wishes.

    PS: When/how did you go to North Korea? The country absolutely puzzles me.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Kristina – Thanks for the comment and you can read about my North Korea trip here (I went a few months ago):

      http://www.wanderingearl.com/category/countries/north-korea/

      And as for ideas to teach abroad, there are endless opportunities to use your photography skills in some capacity. You could teach photography, sell your photos, lead photography tours and on and on. And that’s just with photography. There are thousands of other ways to earn money too. Have a read of this post, it might help:

      http://www.wanderingearl.com/42-ways-you-can-make-money-and-travel-the-world/

  34. Ciaran

    There’s not many people in the world like you that end up travelling for 10/15yrs plus – bit fair duce to you. I’ve done a bit of travelling myself, seems like yrs ago, mainly to Africa(hard to beat the African people) & a bit of Europe. I’m suprised you didn’t go to Ireland since y were over by the UK, & most Yanks that travel try to get to Eire. Anyway, I’ve a friend in his early 30’s who’s in India at the moment, & travelled across most of Asia, couchsurfing where possible. He started in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, then got the Trans-Siberian Railway across to Vladivostock (reminiscent of San Francisco he reckons); S.Korea, Japan, Sth China-Western Sichuan, Mongolia, (could not get into Tibet, something 3 visas) Nepal-Himalayans, India, then, S-E Asia. He’s more into photography & remote-rural areas. Y should check-out his v. descriptive blog & give it a plug. I’m thinking of meeting up with him, & if your in India, y never know we could meet up. His blog is; The Stray Photographer – tell him I had mentioned it. Your blog is v informative, yet, transparent with a few comical experiences.

  35. Steve Farrell

    Keep on wandering, Earl. You’re doing something incredible & unique. You seem to find something to like about every country you have visited. I have been to about 25 to 30 countries and I always thought I was well-traveled until I discovered your site. I hope you put out a book some day about your wanderings. Cheers!

  36. Sidney

    Hey Earl!

    You’re blog is pretty cool. I’m just curious coz why you’ve never been to Philippines since you started traveling. Most of the travel blogs I encountered, if they go to Southeast Asia, Philippines is always one of their pit stops.

    Thanks!

  37. Jim

    Hey Earl,
    I love the website and your adventurous attitude on life. I too love adventures and am planning a Europe trip this summer. I was wondering if you had any suggestions of a route/what to do/how to save money/anything else.
    Also, where are you planning to go next? I’m interested to hear about your anticipation of trips after being to so many different places.
    Keep it up!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jim – For Europe, there are millions of routes you can take but my suggestion is to avoid trying to cram too much into your plan. It’s far better in my opinion to visit fewer places and spend more time in each than to try and run around and ‘see all of Europe’ in a month. But again, as for routes, it all depends on your budget, how much time you have, what your interests are and several other factors. I would start with figuring out those things first….once you have an idea of what interests you the most and how much money you’ll have to spend, you can start narrowing down your options.

  38. kzy

    Hi Earl

    I was wondering, have you got any stories, memories etc. about Burma. I’m planning a trip there early next year. Really excited !, and it would be great to hear first hand from someone who’s been there

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Kieran – While I have traveled around Burma, it was all during my pre-blog days and so I haven’t put any blog posts together about those experiences unfortunately.

  39. Venice

    Hi Earl, I recently just got hired to work as an Entertainment staff at Carnival cruise line, and reading your blogs about life on cruise as a worker caught my attention. I’m excited for the journey considering this is my very first cruise job and I’m a bit nervous about it. I am hoping you can give me some good tips and advice, since I’ve read that you’ve also worked for Carnival cruise line before.

    Thanks in advance!
    Happy travel!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Venice – Just go in with an open mind and enjoy yourself. It’s going to be difficult for the first few weeks as life on board is unlike anything else. You’ll hate it, you’ll be frustrated and you will want to leave. But everyone goes through this during the transition phase and once you get adjusted to ship life, you’ll start loving the experience. And before long you’ll be very happy you stayed!

  40. Robbie

    Hey Earl! I was looking at the countries you visited and noticed that you had been to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica but didn’t have anything written about four of those five countries. I was wondering if you think it would be safe for someone who has never traveled outside the USA to solo travel these countries for a month. Thanks for everything you have put into this site and hope to hear from you soon!
    -Robbie

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Robbie – I just haven’t had time yet to go back and write about those destinations but as for your question, as long as you use common sense, things should be quite safe. The biggest danger you’ll face is getting ripped off and maybe pickpocketed. However, you might want to start in a place like Mexico, which is much safer and easier for a solo traveler to travel around, especially if it’s your first time out of the country. From southern Mexico, you can then easily cross the border into Guatemala once you have a week of travel experience under your belt.

  41. Aimee

    Hey, I’ve only ever traveled to live abroad twice and they was both in Magaluf and I kind of messed up money wise both times. I was wondering on what your advice would be onto my budget in Vietnam for two months? I would love to go to Thailand after for a couple of months if you could give me any tips on making any money over there or where to go to make some money that would be a great help, thanks.
    Hope you’re enjoying your traveling!
    Aimee xxx

  42. Amilia

    Hey Earl!
    I absolutely love your site- it makes me really excited about traveling. I’m hoping I’ll be able to go on one of your trips at some point. In about a year and a half, I’ll be going to Ecuador to study abroad. I was hoping you had been so I could see all the cool stuff you did and get some ideas, but alas, you haven’t gone! Maybe in the next year πŸ˜‰
    Hope you’re enjoying your mystery location!

  43. Geoff

    Earl have you ever done a across the world trip.
    East West, or west east, north south or south north.
    A DVD Charlie Boorman By any means.

    Here’s a Challenge put your self in Australia and then travel back to Europe overland.

    By any Means.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Geoff – Not in one continuous go, no. It’s a good idea, just hard to do these days with all of the work/projects I have going on. But I do have a similar adventure planned for next year…not across the world, but quite an adventure nonetheless.

  44. Jess

    Hey Earl,

    I’m glad I found your blog. It’s giving me hope and something to think about while finishing my degree. It’s overwhelming. It’s getting worse by the day.
    As a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ trip, my mom and I would like to plan another month or two month trip somewhere in Europe. France seems to be the logical country because I can speak a little French and my mom liked the time we spent there a few years ago.
    The previous trip, I think we were lucky to find an apartment available for one month, but I’m not sure how lucky we’ll be next time. I was hoping you might have some tips on how to get started now on finding a place with a kitchen so we don’t have to spend the whole trip eating out (which is not usually cheap $$). I realize a month or so is not really long-term travel, but it’s what we could handle without getting behind with stuff at home. We want to improve our French, live in a place and not just be a tourist going on tours, and get in to the groove of going to our favorite cafe. Know any towns that might work?

    Thanks for any tips and thanks for putting up such an interesting blog,

    Jess

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jess – You should look at Airbnb.com and then, if you find apartments you like in France, just contact the owners and ask how much it would be for a month. The rates are normally much lower and you can really find some good deals that way. As for specific towns, it really depends on your interests as to whether or not you want a city, to be near the water, small country town, etc. as well as what kind of activities you want to be available. Wherever you end up though, I’m sure a month in France will be wonderful!

  45. srushti

    Hey Earl heard about you from a friend in my building. He had been to your recent India trip too. I have also been moving around with life. Born in one place, raised in different countries, studied in different countries, and married in LA now. I keep dreaming of getting settlement in place where I can have a family, good food, amazing nature (as I love photography and write poems). What do you feel would be the best place to settle for a person like me who loves travelling too. So there are many places around and accessible with great network of transportation? I know I am asking you a totally odd question of a settling to wanderer. But since you have seen so many places personally was thinking if you could advice me from your experience.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Srushti – That’s a tough question because it all depends on the person. Not everyone will like the same places as we are all looking for and need different things to make us comfortable or happy. My favorite places to live at the moment are in Mexico and Eastern Europe (Romania) as those countries provide me with most of what I’m looking for in a place to spend an extended period of time. If I were you I would just start looking at as many countries as you can, doing research and trying to make a final list of several places that might be a good match. And once you have narrowed it down to a few, you can make a better decision!

  46. Elia

    Hey Earl!

    It’s wonderful what you’re doing. I’ve been raised in a lifestyle that requires me to move every 3 years- or less (my parents are diplomats). I’m Pakistani but I was born in Egypt, then moved to the UAE, then Pakistan, then Philippines, then Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, and back to Pakistan. Now I’m in Virginia. I wanted to ask you what you thought of Pakistan.. and also, since I’m applying to colleges soon, I was wondering whether you would recommend Bulgaria (I really like the idea of Bulgaria so far)

    Thanks! Keep on keeping on!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Elia – Thanks for the comment! I had some amazing experiences in Pakistan, from Lahore to Rawalpindi, up to Gilgit, Passu and Karimabad and over to Chitral and Peshawar. Beautiful country, overwhelmingly friendly people and just a great time overall. I’ve written a little about it so far but will write more at some point.

      As for studying in Bulgaria, that’s hard for me to stay. I only know the country from a few visits as a traveler and while I loved it, I have no idea how it would be as a student.

  47. Rachel

    Hey Earl- It is my dream to travel around the world like you do, but how do you do it? How do you afford it? My dream is to get paid to travel but that’s not happening any time soon so any tips?
    Thanks!

  48. Everest 8848m

    Hello Earl,
    Just today, I came across your blog, and well I have to tell you that m totally addicted towards your lifestyle… I want to see myself as a nomad in coming days too. I’m Mehadip from NEPAL by the way, and good to see dat yu have already been there.. I’m pretty sure you liked it!!!.. I’m only 20 yrs of age, right now in Seattle, for my engineering degree…. I have a keen interest in traveling and seeing new faces. I only have been to India.. I’m planning to visit either new zealand or fiji. I’m pretty sure both are good countries to visit, but in your opinion which one you think iz on the top of the table?. And what’s the approx. $ needed for the trip.. What are the good places to visit?. Plz write back… thanks, mehadip.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Medadip – Those are two great countries for sure and I think the best way to decide is to close your eyes and think of them both. Which of those countries gets you more excited and makes you want to pack your bags and fly there today? That’s where you should go! Every traveler has different experiences so just because I like one country doesn’t mean you will agree in the end πŸ™‚

  49. Stephen

    Earl, I was just about to ask why Central Asia hadn’t made the trip yet when I saw Ulyana’s comment. It really is an amazing region, drop through and check it out when you get the chance!

      1. Stephen

        Awesome! Have fun getting the visas, but also know that the hassle and cost are totally worth the experience. If you’re not getting them in the US, by the by, Vienna is probably the best spot in Europe for it.

  50. Rameesha

    Wow, 83 countries, keep going pal. Visit ’em all(:D) i’m sure you can do it. πŸ™‚
    How did you like Pakistan? Which place did you visit in Pakistan?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Rameesha – Pakistan, with all of it’s mountains and culturally interesting cities was a fascinating place to visit. I traveled from Lahore to Rawalpindi, up towards Gilgit, Karimabad and Passu and over to Chitral and Peshawar. It was a very unique travel experience.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Andrew – I like Portugal a lot…I haven’t explored too much of the country but Lisbon sure is a wonderful city that I could return to over and over again.

  51. Waqas gilani

    Dear Earl,

    I want to travel and see the world. I want to see how the world is? people their traditions, their living and specially the places. You can consider that i want to see the beauty of this world. I am living in Lahore, pakistan, Tired of being stuck to a single place, didnt even travelled much in my country but want to see the whole world. Please guide me for my dreams. Thanks.

  52. Chelsea

    Hi Earl – noticed you have yet to visit Ireland… I know you prefer warm countries, but Ireland is a must πŸ™‚ I am also from Florida (where abouts in FL are you from?) but lived in Ireland for one year and it stole my heart – I now consider it to be home!!

    By the way, I stumbled across your website/blog yesterday and am absolutely addicted.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Chelsea – I’m actually from Boston but my family now lives in South Florida, north of Ft. Lauderdale. And you’re right, I have not been to Ireland. It’s on my list though and plan to make it there soon enough!

      1. Ulyana

        That’s wonderful! If you’re gonna go to Almaty, I’ll be happy to show you around! And please don’t go to Astana in the winter unless you wanna die of frostbite)) It is definitely worth visiting though.

  53. Ashley

    Hey Earl, just here to ask why you haven’t visited the Maldives? It’s a great place and there are so many beautiful beaches- right next to sri lanka!

  54. Rashad

    Hey Earl!

    I’m so fascinated by your lifestyle! It’s so amazing to think that someone is actually doing this. In some weird way, your blog has inspired me to want to travel to other parts of the world too. Keep travelling and writing about it, cause I’m sure you’ll be able to inspire more people to travel. I’m from Malaysia btw! So I was extremely glad to see one of your positive replies (about travelling to M’sia) in the comment section. But it’d be awesome if you could write one whole post about your trip here. Just a thought though πŸ™‚

    Any tips for China? Heading there next summer πŸ™‚

    Keep doing what you’re doing Earl!

    1. Earl

      Hey Rashad – Good to hear from you! I don’t have any tips about China though as I actually have not been there yet, only to Hong Kong and Taiwan πŸ™‚

    2. Eric

      Hello Rashad,

      I lived in Beijing for almost four years. If you’re heading to that city next summer, I could suggest some interesting sights and places to see. Shanghai is also a must see for a person’s first time to China and I would also suggest, if you have time, to head out west to Xi’an which is one of the ancient capitals of China and has some great uyghur (Chinese muslim) restaurants and other interesting ancient sights like the terra cotta warrior museum.

      Best regards,

      Eric

  55. Ashley

    Hey Earl,

    Have you ever thought of going to the Dominican Republic? I haven’t seen any traveling blogs about the DR. I would love to travel there!

    Best Wishes,

    Ashley

    1. Earl

      Hey Ashley – I would love to visit DR as well. It will happen at some point as I continue to visit the regions I’ve yet to visit on this planet!

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  59. Sofie

    Why you have not been to Denmark is a mystery to me! πŸ˜‰ Anyways, such a cool lifestyle, and I admire your courage and strength to keep on the travelling. It is, as you describe, important seeing more than your own countrie’s “world”.

    1. Earl

      Hey Sofie – That is indeed a mystery πŸ™‚ I’m not sure why I haven’t been to Denmark…no real reason, just haven’t made it yet. I’ll get there though and I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy the experience, right?

    1. Earl

      Hey Amir – I just haven’t made it there yet…I know I’ll make it there at some point and I definitely want to, but my plans just haven’t worked out that way yet πŸ™‚

  60. Maddie Kerns

    Hey Earl!

    I’m 18 years old and going out of the country for the first time ever this weekend. I’m headed to Costa Rica. I’ve traveled all over the United States, and I finally have the opportunity to venture out. I’ve always been the type of person to be independent and wanting to travel all over the world and I recently came across your blog, and it has inspired me to continue with my travels. I was wondering if you had any tips for a first time international traveler, and if you have any tips on Costa Rica.
    Thanks so much,
    Maddie

    1. Earl

      Hey Han – I actually just met up with an Irish friend two days ago here in Bucharest and she also said the same thing, that I must visit Ireland soon! So I will be trying to work it into my plans somehow πŸ™‚

  61. Linnea

    Hey Earl! I traveled Europe for a couple months, and now I’m planning a cross country road trip across the United States. Any recommendations from California to Boston?

    1. Earl

      Hey Linnea – Sounds like a great idea your road trip! I’m not sure if I have any recommendations though as I spend almost all of my time over the past 12 years outside of the US πŸ™‚ But I have enjoyed my visits to all of the National Parks in the western part of the US as well as the time I’ve spent in the south, in states such as Alabama, as well as New Mexico, which is probably my favorite state!

  62. Kate

    Hey Earl, Absolutely love your blog, especially your recent post on Bulgaria, I have gone there every summer for the last 5 years to the black sea coast(you should definitely check out Varna next time, it’s great) and feel like I know it quite well, but your post inspired to visit the lesser spotted places in Bulgaria. So this summer that is exactly what I’m doing, and I can’t wait!

    Also, I am going to Malaysia for the first time in July. Do you have any tips on what is good to do/see/eat there?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thanks, and keep bloggin’!
    Kate

    1. Earl

      Hey Kate – Thanks so much for the comment and I’m glad to have found another Bulgaria fan πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to visit on my next visit as well.

      As for Malaysia, I love Kuala Lumpur and the island of Penang as well. There’s excellent food everywhere, including some of my favorite Indian food restaurants on the planet that are located in Penang (there is a large Indian community there). The Perhentian Islands are also very nice and worth a visit, as are the national parks in the interior of Malaysia. Another great option is to pop over to Malaysian Borneo, where you’ll find plenty of jungle and wildlife to explore (such as in the Bako National Park). Overall, it’s a great destination and wherever you end up visiting, I’m sure you’re going to be more than happy with your experiences!

  63. Nathan

    Hey Earl. I am off again on another trip and this time to Singapore and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam! I have no clue what is out there and the internet can only help so much. Any advice on must see attractions, food, or how to travel within the cities?

    1. Earl

      Hey Nathan – It’s been a while since I’ve been to Vietnam but for Singapore, eating in Little India is a must (and can get quite addicting). The public transportation – buses and metro – are super easy in Singapore as well and are the best ways of getting around, apart from foot of course. And with attractions, I can recommend paying to go to the top of the Marine Bay Sands Hotel for perfect views of the city. But the best thing about Singapore is that you can just wander around and get lost because it’s remarkably safe, even at night, and you never know what kind of interesting neighborhood you’ll stumble upon!

    1. Earl

      Thanks for reminding me! I actually went to South Africa in December πŸ™‚ But the main reason I haven’t explored more of Africa is because of my work. At the moment I need to be connected to the internet quite often and as a result, I wouldn’t be able to visit some of the more remote places I want to visit or participate in activities such as camping. Once I get a little more organized, to Africa I shall go!

  64. Krissy

    Hey Earl.

    Just stumbled upon your site, and I’m quite impressed. I’m a traveler myself, but I was proud of my measely 17 countries visited by the age of 23, but I see you’ve been to 75!? wow…. that blows me right out of the water! Interestingly enough, I developed my travel bug after Thailand too, studying abroad there that is. Anyway just wanted to ask you, out of all the countries you’ve been to…where did you find yourself the most happy?? (Top 5?) I’m still a big fan of Thailand but would love to know your insight since you are way more experienced!

    -Krissy

    1. Earl

      Hey Krissy – India is by far my favorite country…there’s no other place like it as it offers a constant barrage of sights, sounds, tastes and overall experiences that a traveler has typically never experienced before. One receives quite a life education from a trip to the subcontinent! As for my top 5, that’s a tough one as I generally love every country I visit but in terms of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, it would be something like India, Pakistan, Mexico, Australia and South Africa πŸ™‚

  65. Saurabh

    Seems Asia and India in particular is quite special to you. In case you visit Mumbai again, please be my guest at my place.

    An amazing blog which reinforces the belief that travel is about mindset and not how deep your pocket is.

    Love,
    Saurabh

    1. Earl

      Hey Saurabh – I really appreciate the comment and even more, the invitation to visit you in Mumbai. I’m hoping to get back to India at some point this year so I shall let you know!

    1. Earl

      Hey Norma – I have not made it to Auroville although I am familiar with the community. I’m sure I’ll get there the next time I’m down in that part of India πŸ™‚

  66. Uditha

    Hey Earl,

    Im from Sri Lanka living in US. You just became my role model by accidently stumble upon you. What do you think about Sri Lanka? How long did you spend their?

    1. Earl

      Hey Uditha – I only spent about a week in Sri Lanka, which is not nearly enough time obviously. So I need to get back there at some point! I did enjoy my stay though and could see myself spending a long time down there. For such a small country, there is certainly plenty to see and do and there is an atmosphere that I found to be very welcoming as well!

      Thank you so much for visiting the site!

  67. JULI

    Hey there! Amazing! thats the best word that describes your life. have u ever been in Ibiza?… if u plan tu visit it, keep in touch and my boyfriend and i will show it to u. IΒ΄m argentinian, living in spain… i also like to travel. obviously, not as much as you, but, still enjoy it. thats all about… travel, learn, live, enjoy, love, laugh, thats it. I REALLY liked your philosophy.. have u ever been in USA again to visit your family?…

    wish u the best!

    bless and hugs!

    JULI

    1. Earl

      Hola Juli! Thank you for the comment and no, I have not been to Ibiza yet. I have been thinking of another trip to Spain at some point in the next few months so if that does happen I will be sure to let you know! And I do return to the USA, normally about once or twice each year and I spend about one month in total there visiting family and friends. And also, my family now comes and visits me once a year or so too, which makes it much easier for me to be away from home for so long!

      Enjoy life on Ibiza!!

  68. Julia

    Hey Earl!

    I literally just stumbled upon your website on stumble upon πŸ˜› It seems like you have had an amazing life! I just wanted to suggest to you that you should add Montenegro and Denmark to your list of countries to visit. They are both well worth it! Best of luck on your travels πŸ™‚

    1. Earl

      Hey Julia – Thanks for the recommendations! Considering that almost every country is on my list of places I want to get to, I’m sure I’ll make it to Montenegro and Denmark eventually πŸ™‚

  69. Laura

    How have you not made it to Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia?? Man, you’ve got to go. I’ve been traveling to Peru once a year since I was 15, and I did my semester abroad in Quito and then lived and taught English there fore 2.5 years afterwards. I got to travel around Colombia quite a bit too, but would love to go back. I definitely recommend heading to that part of the world. You can do a 2-3 month trip and soak in everything from the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) to Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines (Peru). Not to mention Lake Titicaca (Peru), Cali (Colombia). The people are just amazing and you’ll find so many wonderful travelers. I’d recommend looking into South American Explorers’ Clubhouses as well as Couch Surfers. Loads of them down there.

    I’m doing my graduate degree now and then hope to relocate to South America, but this summer I’ll be spending some time in Argentina. Any recommendations for that neck of the woods?

    -Laura

    1. Earl

      Hey Laura – Thanks for the email and there’s plenty of the world that I haven’t been to yet and that I need to get to at some point! The region you mentioned is on my list of course but I have a few other regions that I want to get to first πŸ™‚

      As for Argentina, I was there several years ago and so I’m not sure if my information would be too useful. But I did love it down there (although I preferred Uruguay!), especially in the mountains around El Boson and Bariloche. And Mendoza is a city where I could spent a lot of time living as well…

  70. Dilara

    Hi Earl!
    I read some information about you in the Istanbul newspaper and I think the way that you live is fantastic.I have always wanted to travel all around the world to know where I am really livin in(world).Also its a good way to feel the freedom but I dont know how and where to start.I even dont know how to live in difference places that I have never been before.I’d be so happy with your suggestions,thanks.

    1. Earl

      Merhaba Dilara! Thank you so much for visiting the site. Getting started with travel is interesting because there is no one way to do it. Everyone must find their own way and create their own unique lifestyle. But there are definitely some things that you can do that will help get you in the right mindset and that includes following as many travel blogs as you can. This will show you just how many different options you have and will hopefully get you thinking and excited about your own possibilities.

      The most important things you need are determination, creativity and an open-mind. With those, you’ll be able to achieve your goals.

      If you have specific questions that you’d like me to answer, please feel free to send me an email with the Contact Form. I would be more than happy to reply and assist as much as I can!

  71. Kait

    Hey Earl!
    I’m studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile next fall. Any suggestions as to what to try while I’m there? This will be my 7th country visited and I’m pretty excited about it.
    -Kait

    1. Earl

      Hey Kait – That will be a great place to study abroad! I don’t hear of too many people studying down there so I think that’s an excellent choice. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been to Chile though, however, I can honestly state that Santiago is up there as one of my favorite cities in the world. I’m sure you’ll spend time there at some point of course. And 7 countries already is quite impressive. I think I had been to 5 by the time I finished university πŸ™‚

  72. Olaf

    Great site btw πŸ™‚

    Ever heard about the Faroe Island?

    Missing on your list.

    Location: Between Iceland and Norway.
    Population: About 48-50.000

    1. Earl

      Hey Olaf – I have heard of Faroe Island but have not made it there yet of course. I’d love to go but because of the cold, which I don’t enjoy at all, there is only a short period of time each year that I could visit. I’ll get there though!!

    1. Earl

      Hey Erik – I don’t think a life of travel is for everyone, not at all. While I personally am addicted to travel, I am fully aware that this is not everyone’s goal. I really just want people to realize that, no matter what their goals are in life, we are in control of whether or not we achieve them. And if those goals involve extensive travel, then that’s wonderful. If not, then that’s perfectly okay as well. The most important thing is that we are happy with the decisions we make!

  73. Geoff

    Earl

    Would you say you are a Back packer or are you just traveling.

    I am trying to work out point to point travel thoughout europe, with options to opt out and return home at any point.

    1. Earl

      Hey Geoff – I generally don’t classify myself as falling into any specific traveler category. I just travel I guess and I happen to carry a backpack πŸ™‚

  74. Nathan

    Hello Earl!
    this has been a great site to read and i would love to follow some of your guides and travel myself one day. I have not read anything about you talking about any language barrier from your travels. Do you speak any other languages besides english? Is it difficult going from country to country not knowing the language?

    1. Earl

      Hey Nathan – Besides English, I speak Spanish decently but apart from that, I just know the basics in several different languages and nothing more. These days, language barriers are actually much less of a worry as there always seems to be someone around who speaks English. And if not, well, you just use the few words you’ve learned along with a little body language and you’ll be able to communicate. I’ve never found myself in a situation where it was impossible to communicate because of the differences in language. It really isn’t a big worry at all!

      Of course, it does help when travelers try to learn a little of the local language. Not only does this make life a bit easier but it also leads to deeper interactions with the local people.

  75. claudio

    Hola Earl de tantas culturas que has conocido, que encuentras en comΓΊn a todas ellas? Cual es el combustible de tus viajes? Siempre viajas solo? Son preguntas que me parecen interesantes para alguien que ha tomado el camino de eterno viajero…

    1. Earl

      Hola Claudio – Those are very good questions indeed. Normally, I do travel on my own but I am always meeting new people. So if I want to be around other travelers, it’s quite easy to make that happen. The one thing that is common in all of the cultures that I have seen is that the overwhelming majority of people, no matter where I am, just want to live a simple, peaceful, happy life. People don’t want to hate each other, they don’t want to fight and they don’t want enemies. And this is the case all over the planet.

      And the true motivation that keeps me traveling is my addiction to the first-hand education that such travel provides. I want to learn about this world with my own eyes instead of relying on other sources to inform me about other people and cultures that I know nothing about. It is this kind of education that helps us realize how similar everyone is and how much of what we fight about is due to misunderstandings and a complete lack of accurate information.

  76. Geoff

    Earl the wanderer

    Can you give any advise on routes
    I am looking a first going to Europe do the tourist trail Paris to Amsterdam then Down into Germany By then i will have run out of money. So where could i go next for little of no money.

    1. Earl

      Hey Geoff – You could head over to Eastern Europe, such as to Romania and Bulgaria, both of which are not nearly as expensive as Western Europe. You could also head into Turkey or cross from Spain into Morocco. You could also make your way to Egypt or even try and find a cheap flight over to India. There are plenty of options, although, if you’re down to no money, then you’ll be a little stuck unless you start working, perhaps at a hostel or teaching English somewhere.

  77. Karl-Henrik Lonn

    You should really go to Peru! I just returned from a 3-week vacation with my family, and it was really an experience πŸ™‚ Good food, nice people and a lot to see makes it a trip worthwhile πŸ˜‰

    PS: Hope you enjoyed Norway πŸ˜›

    1. Earl

      Hey Karl-Henrik – Thanks so much for recommending Peru and I’m happy to know that you had such a great experience down there! Peru is a country that I know I will visit at some point, just not sure if it will be this year.

      And yes, I have always enjoyed Norway. There is little else on this planet that can match the natural beauty of your country and I will never forget my visits to the fjords and every town and city along the coast.

  78. Burner 555

    Hi

    quite interesting reading where your have been.

    Loved the story about US customs and the bullet.

    although you haven’t visited the real hot-spots in the world.
    Israel for one.
    and with all the visits to all the Arab countries you have been to

    I don’t believe they will ever let you visit πŸ˜€

    I noticed you haven’t been anywhere in Africa yet,
    I think RSA would be a good place to start,
    Its almost like the US except its not.

    Happy travelling.

    1. Earl

      @Burner 555: Thank you for commenting! I’m not so sure I would consider Israel a hot spot as it’s quite a safe destination to visit. Pakistan and Afghanistan were definitely ‘hot-spots’! And I believe that Israel would let me in. They might ask some questions but they don’t typically deny entry (especially to an American Jew as myself) to travelers who have visited other Middle Eastern nations.

      And RSA is a place on my list as well as I have a few friends living down there. I’m really hoping to get to Africa after the New Year!!

      1. Burner 555

        That’s great, you should visit Eliat and Haifa

        Eliat feels definitively like Miami except smaller.
        I think you’ll enjoy it tremendously.

        I would like to be at the airport watching you as they are going to make it difficult for you to enter Israel,
        that is for sure πŸ˜€

  79. charlet

    I noticed that lots of people had already suggested it, but I’m going to throw in my votes for South Korea, Japan and the Philippines. I currently teach English in South Korea and love everything about it. I’m also half Filipina so that’s the reason behind my Philippines vote! Hope you make it this way soon!!

    1. Earl

      Hey Charlet – The more votes for a region the better! Those are three countries I want to visit so there’s no reason for them not to be on the final list. If I were to make it that way I’d probably start in the Philippines due to the time of year. I guess you would know better than I but I can only imagine that October starts to get a little cold in South Korea?

      1. charlet

        The cold really get bad in South Korea around late November and December and then it’s awful until February, especially if you don’t like the cold. The Philippines would be better in the fall or winter since it’s the end of the humid wet season. My cousins say winter is really nice there, I don’t know for sure because the times we visited it was June.

  80. Ilinca

    Hi Earl,
    Are you planning to visit Romania while in Eastern Europe?
    There are lots of beautiful places to see, great food and friendly people. I’m sure you’d have a great time πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you!

    1. Earl

      @Active Ukraine: Actually, it looks like I’ll be in Eastern Europe starting in September of this year for a while πŸ™‚

  81. Joanna

    Hi Earl!
    Loving your site!!
    I didn’t see Colombia on your list. Any plans on going there anytime? You’ll love it!! I recommend going in August to Medellin, Colombia for the Feria de las Flores or in December during Christmas time!! I would really love to hear your experience there!
    Best wishes!!

    1. Earl

      Hey Joanna – You are right, I have not made it to Colombia yet. I’m working on it, especially after hearing so many wonderful things about the Feria de las Flores from so many people!!

    1. Earl

      @pusangkalye: I certainly will try to get to the Philippines the next time I’m in Asia. I have no doubt as well that I would enjoy my time there πŸ™‚

  82. Dara Higgins

    Hey Earl, great site! im actually going to Thailand/Australia/New Zealand in September myself. Your list of countries visited really is impressive but i have one quick question, why did you never visit Ireland????????

    1. Earl

      Hey Dara – The only answer I can give is that I just haven’t made it there yet πŸ™‚ That’s not to say that I don’t want to visit of course. After all, I grew up in Boston where there are no shortage of Irish! It will happen soon I’m sure…

  83. Adam

    Hi,

    I noticed you traveled much of the Middle East but seemed to skip over Iran. Did you have visa issues or just not have enough time/money/desire to visit there?

    1. Earl

      Hey Adam – Since I travel on a US passport, it is a bit difficult to obtain a visa for Iran. I definitely would love to visit so hopefully the rules will become a little more relaxed for Americans at some point!

  84. Lili

    I’m heading to Taiwan for a year or so in 5 weeks.
    The island is marked on your Google Map but not listed in your written list.

    Did you go? Have any tips/opinions?

    Take care!
    Lili

    1. Earl

      Hey Lili – I have been to Taiwan but I’m using the UN official list of countries. And since Taiwan is technically a part of China, I didn’t want to highlight or list all of China just because I visited Taiwan and Hong Kong.

      My visit there was quite short and it also took place 10 years ago so I’m afraid I won’t be of much help. I enjoyed my stay there of course, especially the street food πŸ™‚

  85. Ronald Robbins

    You’ve done an amazing job with your site and the information on it is awesome! How was your travels in South America? I’ll be leaving for there in about a month in a half to start my “world nomad” travels…I’m totally stoked! Also, where did you get this travel map? I haven’t seen one like it before and I would love to use it to show where I’ve been on my site! Thanks!

    1. Earl

      Hey Ronald – I really appreciate the comment about this site!

      I had an excellent time in South America…Uruguay was the biggest surprise and a place I definitely want to spend more time in at some point. But there really wasn’t a single place I didn’t enjoy in that region, and with all of the diversity, S. America is a great continent to get started as a nomad. So congratulations on your upcoming lifestyle change!

      And the map is from 29Travels.com….here’s the link to the page where you can create your own: http://www.29travels.com/map.php

  86. robin

    do not overlook mongolia. i lived there for 2 amazing years! it is rapidly changing and now is the time to go!

  87. Deepti

    Hi Earl,

    Just landed on your website and I am hooked on to it! I was wondering if you could share your ideas on how to constantly arrange for visitor/tourist visas for all the countries you’ve visited. This will really help non-Americans make better travel plans…Like listing the countries that provide visa on arrival versus those that require almost a month of visa process time etc.
    thanks!

    1. Earl

      Hey Deepti – I appreciate you visiting the site!

      The visa issue is actually a tough topic to write about, simply because every country has different rules for different visitors. So, for example, if we look at Russia, citizens of some countries can just show up and receive a visa at the border. Citizens of other countries don’t need a visa at all. And citizens of some other countries must get a visa from an embassy in their home country. And there are citizens of other countries who are allowed to get a Russian visa from any Russian embassy in any country. The rules are so different for everyone that it’s difficult to summarize.

      To make things even more complicated, visa fees are often different depending on what country you are from and even the visa processing time changes depending on nationality! Unfortunately, nothing is consistent at all in the world of visas.

      As for me, I typically do an online search to find out what visas I need for a particular country but usually, I just get the visas I need while traveling. So, if I’m in Thailand and I want to go to India, I will just go and get an Indian visa from the Indian Embassy in Bangkok. Luckily, in my experiences, there seems to be more countries that provide visas on arrival than there are countries that require you to obtain a visa before arrival, however, I can only speak for US Citizens as I’m not too sure of the rules for many other nationalities.

      If you have any questions about a certain country, just send me an email and I can try and answer as best I can!

  88. Amanda Noor

    Earl,
    I’m only in high school, but I have always had a passion for traveling. I’ve had many opportunities to do so, since my parents both come from foreign countries (Lebanon and Panama, both of which you’ve been to!). I recently discovered your website and I just want to tell you how much I admire you! I have always hoped to someday embark on a journey similar to yours! I will definitely keep reading your posts.
    Also, one quick question: Which of the places you have visited were much different than what you thought they would be like? Which exceeded your expectations!
    Thanks!

    1. Earl

      Hey Amanda – I really appreciate your comment and your interest in my blog! If you feel strongly about traveling already I’m sure you’ll be out there in the world before you know it.

      To be honest, I try not to have any expectations when visiting a particular country. This is of course almost impossible because we get ideas in our heads after reading about other people’s experiences but I try my best as I’m now fully aware that things are never as they seem. With that said, Northern Iraq was completely different from any expectations I had. While I did not think that I would find it to be lawless and dangerous, it proved to be even more peaceful, beautiful and safe than I could have imagined.

      Also, Mexico has turned out to be one of the most rewarding countries I have ever spent time in as well. I knew that I would like this country but I had no idea how attached I would become! Other countries that have really stood out are India, Indonesia, Syria and Nicaragua πŸ™‚

  89. Amanda

    Hi Earl –
    This website, and what you are doing, is phenomenal. Congratulations on living the dream. However, I’m going to be yet another person to point out a country you’ve never visited. How have you not yet wandered to Russia, the largest country in the world? Though I know many are intimidated by the though, after visiting places like Iraq, that can hardly be your reason for staying away. Though Moscow and St. Petersburg are, of course, musts, other great places to see include southern Russia, just by Georgia and Abkhazia, and the Far East, like Vladivostok. You should definitely try and get there someday soon!
    Amanda

    1. Earl

      Hey Amanda – Many thanks for your comment! As for Russia, the answer is quite simple actually. I’m not a cold weather person and so far, I haven’t found any time during the summer months to visit that vast land. However, as I’ll be mentioning in my next post, I shall be visiting Russia quite soon, in a couple of months actually πŸ™‚

      The first time through will be a somewhat short visit but the idea is to return for a second visit shortly after. It is indeed time I make it to that region!

  90. Gadabout Girl Manilenya

    Hi Earl,

    You definitely living the life I have always wanted to live but never got around to doing so which makes me an armchair traveler, at best. So your blog is one of the most interesting I have experienced. I get to know the places and the people and the culture through you. You’re the best kind of traveler there is. It’s great that I can live vicariously this way, thanks to you! And if you ever make it to the Philippines, send me an email so I can set you up w/ some good deals in hotels here (this is the industry I am in). Till then, happy globetrotting, Earl!

    1. Earl

      @Gadabout Girl Manilenya: I appreciate the positive comment and of course for the offer of assistance whenever I do make it to the Philippines (which hopefully won’t be too far into the future!). It really is my goal to try and understand the people of any country I visit in order to show that people around the world are generally the same. I’m a firm believer that most of the wars we fight and most of the problems the world faces could be eliminated if only people understood this and showed a little more respect to their fellow human beings.

      Thanks again and I hope you continue to enjoy my posts!

  91. Cate

    This is exactly what I dream of doing!! I really don’t know how you’ve funded everything though.
    Also, do you think it would be harder as a female to do what you’ve done?
    Will keep watching your blog.

    1. Earl

      Hey Cate – Thank you for the comment! And the good part is that if this is the lifestyle you dream of, you have the ability to make it a reality πŸ™‚

      As for funding, I’ve used a combination of teaching English, working on board cruise ships and now, earning income online in order to maintain this lifestyle. And those are only a tiny fraction of the millions of opportunities that exist for people to earn money while traveling. Here’s an interview on the website NeverEndingVoyage.com that I did several months ago that might help answer your question as well: http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/nomadic-interviews-wandering-earl/

      And if you ever have any questions about the traveling lifestyle and how to make it happen, just send me an email and I’d be happy to offer any assistance that I can!

  92. shanon

    hey! you should come down to colombia!!! I think you would like it, especially Cali! Pple are awesome here and it’s just really fun, especially if you just walk around. Oh! you could come during la feria de cali or around any of the times there are other fairs! and maybe you could educate pple about what this country is really about : )

    1. Earl

      Hey Shanon – With all of the positive things I keep hearing about Columbia I’ll definitely have to make it down there at some point soon. I’d love to visit and see for myself what life is really like, especially during a feria! I shall let you know when I figure out some time to travel that way…

  93. Casey

    Hey Earl!

    I’m thinking of going to Iceland! Any advice you can offer me? ways to save money?? (For a broke college student)

    1. Earl

      Hey Casey – Thank you for the comment. If you send me an email through my “Contact Me” page, I’d be more than happy to provide you with some advice regarding a trip to Iceland. I look forward to hearing from you!

  94. Ben

    Hey, I love the way you’ve been to Afghanistan and Pakistan, that’s really cool! I see you’ve left out ol Ireland! You gotta make it one day! Also, recently came back from Cuba, phenominal! Spent a year in Japan, the most amazing food in the entire World! Also, Colombia is so diverse and so much fun. I really want to go to Palestine, to bear witness and show solidarity.
    Anyway, keep up the good work! All the best, Ben

    1. Earl

      Hey Ben – Thanks for the comment and travel recommendations. All of those countries you mentioned are ones that I’d love to visit and I know that I’ll get around to them all eventually! I appreciate you following along and look forward to communicating with you some more.

    1. Earl

      Hey Isabelle – I’ll make it to the Philippines one day. Any place with year round beach weather is exactly the kind of place I like to spend some time!

  95. linda maker

    hi i also find the site entertaining. i see your in canada. have you ever been to the islands in northern canada that would be where the inuit indians live. some villages just a few people live there.

    1. Earl

      Thank you Linda. I’m not actually in Canada right now but will be heading there in a few weeks for a conference. Unfortunately I won’t have too much time to spend traveling around on this trip.

  96. Garrek

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog, Earl. I’m heading off to teach English in Japan this July and am brainstorming extended visits to other countries in East Asia. I promote myself as a transculturalist, one who lives on the edge of cultural boundaries to understand the “other.” I’m always on the lookout for people I can learn from and you seem to be one of them!

    1. Earl

      Thanks for leaving a comment Garrek! And if you ever have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. I’m always up for communicating with others who have chosen to get out there and explore foreign cultures.

      And there’s a lot to see over there in Asia so I’m sure you won’t have any problems coming up with places to visit!

  97. Kacie

    Hey Earl!
    I love the site, I only hope I could even remotely travel as extensively as you have! Anyways, I noticed a big old blob in Asia missing from your map, I have only been to Japan and South Korea in that direction, and I highly suggest both! South Korea in particular really spoke to me, and I really only went to visit my sister who was teaching English there. I LOVED IT, beyond all my expectations!
    -Kacie
    P.S. I am currently on a semester abroad in Prague, and hoping to work from there into your kind of travel!

    1. Earl

      Dobry den Kacie – Prague! Such a great place for a semester abroad πŸ™‚

      And you’re right, I have yet to make it to Japan or South Korea. They are definitely on my list but so far I’ve tried to travel to places where I can continue traveling overland to other countries which is why I’ve yet to make it there. However, soon enough I shall visit that region of the planet.

      Thank you for commenting and I look forward to learning more about your journey into a lifestyle of long-term travel!

      1. Kacie

        Earl,
        I am back in America now, finishing up my last year of college! I was excited to see you made it to Bosnia, which was my favorite place that I got to go in my European adventure. Did you go to Mostar? I didn’t see it on the blog, but if you ever make it there I CANNOT suggest enough going to Majda’s hostel and taking Bata’s (her brother) tour. I have never been so obsessed with a destination!
        Now I am looking into my post-grad plans. I am tossing around a few options: teaching English in Georgia (the country), teaching English in Korea, the Peace Corps… Something else entirely perhaps.
        Your blog has been pretty inspiring to me, so keep it up!
        -Kacie

        1. Earl

          Hey Kacie – I did make it to Mostar and I loved it as well. I do have a post written about it but it won’t go up for another couple of weeks I think. And yes, I did stay at Majda’s as well and take Bata’s tour πŸ™‚ It was all a wonderful experience, as wonderful as everyone talks about!

          And do let me know when you decide on a place for your post-grad plans…when I saw you mention Georgia I smiled as that is one place that is near the top of my list of places to visit soon!

  98. Andrew

    Hi Earl!

    Sorry mate, I’m sure I’ll find out as I keep pouring through your site today, when were you in Australia?

    I’ve just found out Simon Reeve (BBC Journalist) was recently in town too, seems I’m a bit late on the uptake everytime!

    Cheers,

    Andrew

    1. Earl

      Hey Andrew – My latest visit was from late December (2010) until early March of this year, but I typically make my way down there every two years or so to visit friends. My next trip to Australia isn’t planned yet but I look forward to connecting when it does happen. I shall let you know…

    1. Earl

      Hey Kirsty – I’m working on it! Seriously, Africa is my next destination for a long-term adventure and I’ve promised myself it would be this year. Just a few things to sort out before I make some actual plans. But I shall get there soon πŸ™‚

  99. Laura

    You haven’t made it to Hong Kong yet! I just graduated in May and left the States two days later. I’m now in HK, teaching English and trying to pay off some loans. Fun times.

    1. Earl

      Hey Laura – Actually, I have been to Hong Kong, twice! But it’s not on the list because I’m using the United Nations list of countries. And even though Hong Kong is associated with China, I didn’t want to state I’ve been to China when I’ve only been to Hong Kong and Taiwan! I’m sure you’re having a great time over there as it seems like quite a good place to live and save up for a while. I still carry around a small bag that I bought at the Stanley Market on my last visit πŸ™‚

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