Singapore skyline

Let’s Get To Know Each Other Better

Derek Everything Else, Popular 390 Comments

Singapore skylineMy route back to North America – after my recent change of plans – has been a long one. First, upon leaving Thailand, I had to make a stop in Bali and after a few interesting days there, I had to fly to Singapore. The reason for all of this bouncing around had nothing to do with some absurd flight route that was offered by some budget airline for some bargain basement fare. I actually needed to stop in Bali and Singapore before returning home.

So, after having spent the past week in Singapore, I am supposed to fly out tomorrow morning. My ticket is for a series of flights that will eventually land me in Cancun, Mexico, where I plan to spend a few days back in Playa del Carmen before finally returning to Florida.

However, it appears as if my journey back to North America is not going to be so easy as I just received an email notification that the first leg of my flight – Singapore to Tokyo – has been delayed. Not only has it been delayed but I will now almost certainly miss my connecting flight to Houston as a result. And not only will I miss my flight to Houston, but the only other available flight out of Tokyo tomorrow (on United or Continental) is a flight to Honolulu, from where there are no other available flights to the mainland for at least 36 hours.

So the point is, you may not hear from me for a long, long time. Or, I might become Hawaii’s newest resident and invite you all to a housewarming party next weekend.

Anyway, I must say that I found it quite interesting that as soon as I learned that my flight plans had begun to unravel, the first thought that entered my head was “I should write a post about this.” And then, as I began to write this post, starting off with a detailed account of my recent whereabouts, something else quite interesting occurred to me.

I spend much of my time writing about the places I’ve been, the places I currently am and the places I plan to be in the future, but I have no idea where most of you are right now. What kind of relationship is this?

Of course, many of you have your own blogs and so I do know the whereabouts of quite a few of you, however, I’d love to know where all of you are. I just think it’s time we get to know each other better.

I’m well aware that trying to keep track of everyone’s location on planet Earth is a near impossible task, especially considering that I can barely keep track of my own location (I inexplicably informed a friend last week that I was in Brunei instead of Bali), but I want to give it a try. I do believe that at least knowing this tiny bit of information will help strengthen our relationship. Don’t you?

So, to all of my readers, all of you whom I appreciate even more than my favorite Indian curries…let’s get it on.

Where are you in the world? Be as specific or vague as you wish…country, city, continent ….planet.

And keep an eye out for that invitation! I’m thinking the white sands of Hanauma Bay on Oahu would be a good place to get the party started.

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Comments 390

  1. junior

    Hello Earl,
    i stumbled across your blog yesterday while i was looking for a travel blog that is honest in narratives.
    i mean i don’t want all the fancy stories, i want the not-so-fancy ones as well and your blog has provided that thus far.
    I am in Lagos, Nigeria. i don’t know if you have been to Nigeria before, so many exciting places to go. When you come, please visit Inagbe Resort in Lagos, or you can just visit Calabar, in River state. so many beautiful sights there.
    i am planning my vacation to the US later in the year. i am trying to plan a budget vacation. I have been to Orlando and dallas.
    i found Dallas extremely boring and i found Orlando to be everything Dallas wasn’t. Orlando was FUN!, FUN and FUN but it was expensive.
    i want to visit NYC but everything online suggests it is an expensive city…..any advice?

  2. dia vue

    Hi Earl,

    I found your blog by reading about N Korea. I’m from Sacramento California. I love to travel too. Last summer I did an Alaskan cruise with Norwegian and a 2015 Bahamas cruise (Norwegian also). I did a one yr stint living in Oklahoma while I was a high school senior ( now that I think about that, I should have given it a chance. I was so miserable while there). Anyway as I’m here at work in a Chinese restaurant, I’m dreaming of the next vacation, like Laos, my birth country. I am glad I found your blog. You’re an inspiration.

  3. Adarsh

    Hello Earl! I just started reading your blog today and I can’t stop. I’m from South India. Have you ever been to the Kerala back waters? Its an amazing place, sorry if I missed that part. If you ever plan on returning, we can surely meet up.

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  4. Rufus Sprague

    A few things stuck out to me in this post. You love what you do, therefore you are having the time of your life. My wife and I recently took an early retirement and moved back her hometown in a rural village in Fujian, China. It’s been 3 weeks and I am wondering why we didn’t do it earlier.

    I am writing a post everyday on my blog about my experiences here. Check it out if you are on the train or bus, it’s a good read. I can be found at

  5. Rainiero

    Hi Earl! You’ll notice I’m just new to your blog, but I already find it very interesting and useful. I want to start a travel blog myself, just in planning phase as I’ve just visited a few countries but you never know! Writing from Costa Rica (I’m from here) so if you’re here in the future, you already know I’ll buy you a beer for sure (unless I’m already traveling)!

  6. David

    Dear Earl,
    I’m a loyal fan of your posts and of course they enlighten me for my own travel experiences.
    Right now I’m in Spain (my country) before have been visited Uzbekistan and Myanmmar. I’am dreaming into my new destine as I would probably visit Vietnam and Camboya in few months.
    Kind regards and looking fordward more news about your experiences.

  7. Laura

    Hi Earl,
    Merry Christmas!
    I’m a wee bit late in adding a comment but I have been sitting in my office in a very wet and windy Glasgow (Scotland) reading your blog and dreaming of far flung adventures.
    I have a daughter of 10 years who a spirit of adventure so we are introducing her to her own beautiful country first – we visited Orkney during the summer where we spent a week on amazing white sand beaches and visiting prehistoric villages. I think she caught the travel bug as soon as we stepped on the ferry from the mainland.
    I hope to introduce her to Thailand in the next couple of years – for now Scotland and all her beauty are captivating her. Next stop skiing in the Cairngorms and maybe bagging a Munro or 2.
    Travel safe.

  8. Emily

    Hi Earl! Discovered your blog not long ago and have been hooked to it ever since. Travelling is such an incredible concept to me. I have never been on a plane somewhere and the furthest I’ve traveled by car is 5 hours. Money and work have always gotten in the way.
    About to start a better paying job that will allow me to save 50% of my pay – so travel here I come!!! Any suggestions on where I should go first?
    I’m living on The Gold Coast in QLD Australia! If you’re ever down under, I would love to grab a bite with you and listen to your stories!
    Thanks! Emily.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Emily – Thanks for commenting! And to be honest, I would recommend going to the places that excite you most. If you close your eyes and think about travel, which destinations jump out at you and make you want to fly there right now? That’s where you should go 🙂

  9. Madeleine

    Hi Earl!
    I found your blog several years back upon preparing for a three week stint in India. I randomly remembered it today, and thought I’d revisit to see what you’ve been up to. All that said, I came across this post and thought I’d offer to buy you lunch should you ever find yourself in Nashville, TN. All the best to you!

      1. Madeleine

        It was wonderful, though I don’t think three weeks was a long enough trip! I would love to go back someday, though Thailand is currently #1 on my travel destination list.

  10. lani

    hey when was that we are hitting the beach? did i miss the big date?!
    love this connecting idea. i live in corvallis oregon. i love to travel. have been moslty bicycling touring but not only. enjoy it all.

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