Singapore skyline

Let’s Get To Know Each Other Better

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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. Brian

    San Francisco for the last year. Been working and saving money, leaving for Barcelona in April, and plan to travel to wherever things take me after that. Hope to be on the road again for at least 6 months, but, if things feel right, possibly much longer. see ya around one of these days maybe!

  2. Lia

    Hi Earl!
    The next time you’re stopping by Singapore for a few days or so, beep me up!! I would love to meet you in person! So yup, I’m from this small little red dot in the world where you’ve been – Singapore (Sg). I’ll be exploring Sabah for 3weeks in end October 2014. Where will you be? =)

    Cheers; Lia

  3. Victoria

    Hi Earl,

    I am from Alaska, but am currently traveling in Ireland. I have just begun one year of travel and am excited about the possibilities for the year!

    I will also be running a website while traveling: Our Planet’s Many Faces ( It will be focussed on sharing cultural and local stories as I travel. I’ve only just started the site, but all feedback is welcome.

    I look forward to reading more of your stories from your travels.


  4. Zephan

    Hey Earl,
    I really love your work and your lifestyle. I am a college student in Chennai ,TN, India. I love travelling just as much as you and would start as soon as i graduate and get my parents off my back :D.
    All the best 🙂 cheers.

  5. Joanna

    Hi Earl,
    I just discovered your blog and am enjoying it very much. Thanks for putting it out there! I love traveling & hope to do more of it soon. I live on a little farm in New Wilmington, PA. It’s about an hour drive north of Pittsburgh. If you’re ever in this corner of the world (haha!) feel free to stop by. 🙂
    Also, I read your recent post about the dengue fever; I’m wishing you a quick, and complete recovery!
    ~ All the best to you, as you continue your work & travels!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Joanna – Thank you for the message and I shall let you know if I ever end up in your area! It’s not my normal area to visit while in the US but I am always looking for new experiences!

  6. Shelby

    Hi Earl! 🙂

    I’m so fascinated by your stories and experiences that you’ve decided to share with the rest of us! My hometown would be a city just outside of Toronto. However, I’ve recently made the move from Canada to Florida. A year working and enjoying what the sunshine state has to offer! This is my first adventure on my own, but I’ve promised myself it won’t be my last. Nothing excites me more than the thought of travelling. Thank you for inspiring me through the tough times of wondering alone.

    Happy travels!

  7. ro

    Hi Earl!

    I’m from Philippines. i can sense that your a humble person while reading your blog.
    I love your blog! Hope you can visit our country too, we have 7,100 islands here to explore. May God Bless you everyday 🙂
    Keep sharing!

  8. Lisa

    Hi Earl,

    I have always wanted to travel, and after reading through your website, and your books I have focus and confidence 🙂 I am currently in California, but in 2 weeks I am leaving for Vientiane, Laos where I have a position teaching kindergarten for the next school year (I am a new teacher here in CA). I plan to travel in South East Asia on the vacations, and hopefully to India, (I have never been!) next summer. After that I will either stay for another year before moving on to another country, or just move on. I love your video posts! and cannot wait for more! Please keep in touch I would love to travel with you some day. And my doors all always open in Lao or where ever l’ll be if you are heading that way!


    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Lisa – Congratulations on the upcoming life change! I’m sure it will be a positive move for you and that you’ll have such a rewarding experience in that part of the world. It would be great to travel with you and meet up somewhere and if I do make it to Laos again at some point, I shall let you know!

  9. Mikaila

    Hi Earl,

    My name is Mikaila, I’m from New Zealand and currently living on a small island called Tubuai in French Polynesia. I just found and read your book today and I think it’s brilliant! A lot of it actually lines up with what I decided about 2 days ago, but it has definitely given me a push in the right direction.

    In 2 weeks I head back to Auckland, New Zealand to do a course in teaching English for 3 months, then to France for 2 years to learn French. Once I’m fluent enough I plan to attend university there (which is incredibly cheap and comes with an accommodation benefit even for international students) and get a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education. One or two years of my study will be spent on exchange, and twice a year during holidays I will cross a country / activity off my bucket list like seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, Listening to live Jazz music in New Orleans, volunteering at an orphanage in Vietnam and in China with Giant Pandas. After this I plan to spend 2 years teaching in Australia, followed by 2 years in India and a minimum of 5 years somewhere in Africa. I’ve always wanted to buy a house somewhere in South America, so I imagine that that will be next. Of coarse plans change, but I couldn’t imagine living a better life. It means I can accomplish everything I’ve ever dreamed of since I was about 6 years old. I keep on realizing how lucky and happy I am 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and happy traveling!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Mikaila – That all sounds like an incredible plan 🙂 I’m sure it will change and it will probably change significantly based upon the experiences you have and the people you meet along the way but the most important thing is understanding that whatever your goals, you can make them happen. Seems like you’ve figured that out!

  10. Cody

    Well your blog has provided me hours upon hours of entertainment the last week or so, and not only have you majorly inspired what I want to do with my life (I had already wanted to be a long-term traveler, but you have shown me the path from the dream to reality), but you have also (hopefully!) gotten me the knowledge I need to get hired on to a cruise ship! I bought your ebook, studied it intensively and applied to every single cruise line listed in the book (a fun 8 hour project!) 😀 I live in Denver, but hopefully not for long! Drop by and say hello sometime if you end up here!

  11. Marianna Teles

    Oi!! I’m Marianna, 17 years old, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    I’m at that time at my life that i have to decide what i wanna do. I love travelling and learning new languages. For my age, I can say that i have already travelled a lot. I’ll probably study International Relations in college, but Tourism have always been my dream. The problem with tourism is: what i’ll work with? Do you have any sugestions of what career should i follow?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Marianna – That’s not something I can tell you 🙂 You have to figure it out! You have to think about what you are interested in, what excites you, what your goals are in life and then take all of that and figure out what career fits those ideas the best. You’ll get there, just takes some time to really understand what you would love doing in life.

  12. Anouk

    Hi Earl,

    I live in Montréal, Canada, and I’m a French Canadian. I’ve been travelling A LOT since I’m 18 years but now I decided to move to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with myboyfriend and our dauther (she’s 6). Why? Just can’t stand the cold anymore 🙂 and looking for a new aventure. Also, I want to learn Spanish. I like your blog.

  13. Matthew

    Hey Earl,
    My name is Matthew. I’m currently (and not for too long, because I have a serious case of itchy feet disease) in a small and laid back city called Porto Novo in a small West African country called Benin. And the planet is still earth :). If I could I would travel to other planets too :).
    You have a really great and very inspiring travel blog. Just keep up with being awesomely inspiring!

  14. harshil

    hey earl! presently I am located in long island, new york. I graduate college next month and I have a solo trip planned to south america for over an year starting this june. I would like to start my own travel blog just like yours and would love to get some tips and advices from you. Happy traveling 🙂

  15. Mel

    Hello! I was introduced to your blog by a fellow exchange student friend – today! (And you can imagine how much time I’ve spent since I’ve started *.*) I’m currently in France and I’m originally from the U.S., though I plan on studying abroad more before traveling freely without restrictions. This has to be one of the most interesting blogs I’ve ever read – kudos for your lifestyle and I hope I can join you in the future!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Mel – Thanks for that and I look forward to interacting with you some more on the site and perhaps running into you out there during your own travels!

  16. Rachel

    Hi Earl! I love your blog – Thanks for your amazing stories. I am just setting out on my world adventure, and reading your blog and all the crazy adventures you’ve had really pulls my ideas and travel plans into the realm of possibility, rather than existing on the shores of Neverland. Did you imagine when you posted this blog that strangers on the internet would still be sharing there location 3 years later? In my mind you are still in Hawaii, partying on the white sands. So, a little late (I’ve never been one for punctuality), I’m from Adelaide, Australia, currently in Ávila, Spain and on my way to Marrakesh, Morocco in the hopes of becoming Indiana Jones. Adios Amigo!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Rachel – To be honest, I never really thought about it. I wrote the post and left it at that, but I am thrilled that comments are still being left to this day! Enjoy Morocco!

  17. Sarah Ariffin

    Hi Earl,

    I’m Sarah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’ve been following your blog for a very long time and have always been wowed by your writing and travel experiences (well, you must be hearing this for thousands of time :)) and finally after so many years of denying my passion in travel, I finally have the guts to have a travel blog on my own focusing on Malaysia.

    It would be great if you could share some blogging tips for a newbie like me especially in how to bring some wow factors in the blog and eventually attract like minded friends to visit and read.

    Keep up the fabulous work! Thanks!

  18. Audrey

    Hi Earl, I usually only follow blogs without commenting but just had to let you know I’m in Geelong Victoria my home town. As you have lived in Melbourne you will know where it is. I’m curious to know if you like sport and if so did you go to any footy games? A very typical Melbournian question I know lol.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Audrey – Yes, I definitely know Geelong and have been there several times 🙂 And I’ve also seen a few footy games at the MCG over the years…always a great experience of course!

  19. Caroline King

    Hi Earl!

    I’ve been stalking your blog for a while, I came across your site whilst trying to get a list of the best travel blogs out there so that I could have something to aspire to with my own blog. Anyway, this post seemed like a great opportunity to introduce myself, and of course state my current location which is Vancouver, BC. You’re writing is awesome, and I look forward to reading more of it!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Caroline – Welcome to the site and thanks for the introduction! I look forward to interacting some more and watching your own blog grow as well!!

  20. Alvin

    hey Earl, stumbleupon your site! very interesting blogs. I am from the island of Yap, Micronesia. Bet you’ve never heard of it! A haven for manta diving! I wish i have the money to travel like you do.

  21. Mikki

    Sounds like a great plan, Alejandro – especially the trans-siberian! I’m a NYC expat living in Bangkok and love Chang Mai. Try the Khao Soi (chicken on the bone w/noodles) when you’re there.


  22. Alejandro

    Hi Earl!

    I’m Alejandro, in Madrid, Spain. Next year I’m going to start traveling without any kind of time restrictions. I’ll start with Ireland, get to Russia, where i’ll take the trans-siberian, down through Mongolia, China, and into the province of Chiang May, Thailand, where I’ll have to try that delicious Pad Thai, then somehow get even further down to Australia and New Zealand, then French Polynesia, America, Iceland and then for all those European countries that i might have missed in the first round. And that´s just the beginning…

    I want to say I really enjoy all of your blog posts, and they’ve been really helpful. As you may know, there’s not such a strong backpacking tradition in Spain (there’s none whatsoever) as there might be in other most northern european countries, but it’s something I wanted to do, it’s the perfect time to do it, and I’m doing it no matter what!!

    I’ve seen that guide you’ve written on how to work on board of a cruise ship, and I know i’ll be buying it in the near future! and for that price… what a great deal!!
    I’ve also noticed that you haven’t been to Russia yet… maybe i’ll get there first! haha!!

    Anyway, your blog is full of great tips from you and those who comment on each post, and full of amazing stories!! Keep up the good work!!

    And as for me I’m also thinking the white sands of Hanauma Bay on Oahu would be a great place to get the party started too!!

    Enjoy life!, Enjoy travel!!,

    Have a nice day!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hola Alejandro – Sounds like quite an amazing trip you have ahead of you and I’m glad that you’ve found the site useful as well!

      If you ever have any questions as you continue to plan your upcoming adventure, please let me know and I’d be more than happy to assist as best I can. Perhaps I’ll see you on Oahu 🙂

  23. Kara

    Hi Earl!
    I’m Kara from Astoria, Queens, New York City. I have been on the road traveling with my husband for 7 months. We are currently in Jaipur, India. I found your blog 2 days ago while researching Palolem Beach as we will be in Goa in a couple of weeks. We are so excited now after reading your posts about it!
    Love the blog – very informative & helpful!

  24. Rajanand

    Hi Earl,
    I find myself reading a lot in this blog, lately. I haven’t traveled much but would love to do. Currently, I’m living at Bangalore and I’m from Pondicherry, India. I’d be happy to meet you in person.
    Thanks a lot.

  25. Roch

    Hi Earl. I’m Roch, and I’m from the Philippines. I found your blog by typing these simple key words on Google: “how to live life traveling.” I have read several other entries related to this topic but your blog struck me the most. I felt so inspired not to do the same – like be a nomad traveler – but to travel as much as I can as much as possible. My initial goal would be to travel all around Asia first then start to inch my way outside. Thank you for your honesty in writing your experiences. I have one question though: Don’t you have a family who you want to bring in your travels? Personally, I think traveling alone is okay. As you said, you’re never alone because you meet other people anyway. However, I bet that traveling with your family (parents, wife, kids, etc.) would be more awesome. Thanks again and kudos to this blog. I already subscribed to it! 🙂

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Roch – Welcome to the site! As for family, they do come and visit me a couple of times per year. So do many of my friends. And it is always excellent experiences traveling with them! But apart from that, I’m almost never alone…there are so many people, locals and fellow travelers, to meet everywhere that I am always around interesting people all the time!

  26. Amber

    I know this post is old, but I think it fits with my theme that I am writing about on my blog. We left Bali at the end of September. Flew to KL. I went to TBEX in Dublin, flew back to KL. We went to Singapore for a week to dog sit. Back to KL. Back down to Singapore for the ITB Asia travel show. Then, we flew to Dubai and Doha for a week on our way to London. I sit in London now, 5 weeks into this stretch of travel. On Saturday we go to Dublin for one night, and then to see family in Limerick before flying to Jordan. We were supposed to spend two weeks in Jordan and Israel but are absolutely exhausted and ready to head back to our new adopted home of Bali, so we are spending only 3 nights in Jordan, enough to see Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. Then back to KL to get our visa and off to Bali, exactly 8 weeks after we left. This is the life of a blogger trying to make it in the business of blogging, but I can’t wait to unpack the bag again in Bali, and stay put for at least two months maybe more. Yep, that’s where I am now…

  27. Rafa

    Hey Earl!

    I´ve already sent you some emails and you have been helping me out with some info! Don´t get cosy..soon enough I´ll have more questions! 😛

    My name is Rafael van Oppen Ardanaz and I live, for the moment, in Santander, Spain. It´s totally up North next to the Basque Country. I plan to start moving around very soon! My father is Dutch and my mother Spanish. That explains the weird double surname.

    I hope to lead a life like yours but am still in a moment where doubt assaults my mind constantly. My blog is young to say the least and is about to get a make-up session by a friend who believes more in this blog idea than I do…! I hope that the appearance helps the text!

  28. Griffin Hale

    Hello Earl,
    I am in Indianapolis, In. My backpacking journey has not behind just yet due to college, but my big Sis’ and I will be hiking all of Hoosier national forest to Kentucky and urban backpacking our way back home during my 2014 summer break. Can’t wait to start exploring all the different cultures, whether they be the next town or the next country. Well, good luck with your adventure and peace.

    P.S. what advise could you give to a first timer about what to pack, what to expect and how many miles to expect to hike everyday?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Griffin – Thanks for the introduction and your trip around the forest sounds interesting to me. But I’m not too sure how to pack or how many miles to hike for that kind of adventure as I usually don’t go off on such long hikes myself. My only advice would be to pack as light as possible…you will be very thankful you did once you start moving around.

      1. Griffin Hale

        Hello Earl,
        Thanks for the reply and the advise:). I am looking forward to seeing/reading more of your adventures. Thanks again, good luck and peace,

  29. Crystal

    Hi Earl,

    I looked at the date you posted this, 3/17/2011 and I looked at your last reply to a comment, it was just a few days ago. That is amazing!
    Your blog is amazing, I’ll write you a loop:
    while (the Sun rises in the East)
    print(“I like your stories.”);
    print(“I like your writing.”);
    print(I like your blog.”);

    🙂 Really, I like your blog that much!
    Quick facts about me: I live in Belltown, Seattle. I think I love traveling. I say I think because I haven’t traveled much. I just imagine how wonderful it’ll be to explore the world, to look at the same Sun from different angles, to watch the same Moon from different angles, and to be amazed. I haven’t traveled much so I indulge in reading blogs about traveling and lately, reading your blogs and others’, I keep thinking, “One day, reading about it won’t be enough.”
    One day, when you come to visit Seattle, please let me tag along on one of your trips. And if you bring lots of your stories about the different Suns and Moons you’ve seen, I’ll cheerfully exchange my sofa for them (sofa because I live in a studio) 🙂

  30. Nor

    Hi Earl! I am a new reader who stumbled on your blog while I was googling Eastern Europe (currently travelling the region for the last couple of weeks – in Romania now). Will be heading back to Singapore soon, which is where I am from!

    Thanks for your insightful and quirky posts! Hope to see you in Singapore for your fourth visit- there’s lots of hidden finds yet to be discovered! 🙂

  31. Jodi

    Hi Earl,

    I just found your blog and am very much enjoying your adventures. I live in Oviedo, FL just east of Orlando. I love to travel and have been to Vancouver, Canada, Cancun, Mexico, Jamaica, Abaco and Nassau, Bahamas. Hopefully this time next year I will living in Nagasaki, Japan. Be safe in your travels my friend!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Jodi – Welcome to the site and seems like your travels are off to a great start! Let us know how it goes with your plans for Japan and if you ever have any questions, just send them my way!

  32. Sarah Coyne

    I don’t know when you’ll see this, so I’ll post my vague travel plans for up until the new year! I arrived in London on a plane from Brazil last week, 14 more days traveling round the UK, then off to Ireland until November/December when I’ll go to Turkey for a month. Not too sure after the new year – I have a 6 month stopgap until my flight back to Brazil in June, and connecting flight to Argentina, just in time for my 19th birthday.

    All I know is this time next year, after a whirlwind (and as of yet unplanned) tour of South America until October, I will hopefully be in Portugal. Maybe. Australia is also sounding nice!

  33. Roj

    Hi Earl!

    I am from Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan. I would like to invite you to visit Kurdistan again, a lot has changed since you last visited in 2011. There are better restaurants and much better hotels now. As you may know Erbil has been voted the 2014 Tourist Capital of the Middle East.

    Best wishes,

  34. Lucía

    I just found tour blog checking out Condor airlines because my daughter is traveling with them and I did knot know it. We lived an exciting traveling time during our younger years, by motorhome, single engine planes, etc. Due to my husband’s health issues we are not traveling much now, but I bookmarked your blog and I will follow you with my thoughts! Enjoy the experiences and write about them.

  35. Austin Leisle

    Hi Earl!
    My name is Austin, I’m from a city called Bakersfield in central California, where I have been at a crossroads since I graduated high school. One of my closest friends is from Zimbabwe, and he spent most of high school filling my head with stories of “the Bush” and visiting his family all over Africa and India, the latter of which has held an irresistible mystique for me since an early age. Unfortunately, I come from a very traditional American family, the likes of whom cannot seem to understand my inability to commit to getting my education while talking of wanting to travel and experience everything else there is to offer. Because I have been having to fund what little college I have under my belt from my own pocket with no help from anyone else other than good old Uncle Sam (who ties more strings to you than a puppeteer to a marionette), I now find myself staying my hand for fear that I will not be able to manage traveling while paying off school debt. I have been devouring your site and the information you have so graciously provided (truly, I don’t know why it has taken me so long to find you, but I am so grateful I have) and would just ask for any advice you would give to someone who longs to get out and stop living the conformist life of the same dreary day-to-day that seems so appealing to my peers.
    Hope this post finds you well!
    Sincerely, Scared-to-cut-ties-to-the-normal

    1. Christian


      If I may, as a fellow Californian who was sick and unhappy of the same mundane routine, working 2 jobs to pay off my own debt, but was scared to cut off ties like you, all I can say is do it. Get out of Bakersfield and go travel. You and I both know that you won’t be missing out on anything in Bakersfield if you go travel for a bit. At the very least, set a goal with a definitive timeline to save some money for a 2 week trip to India or Africa or both. Or maybe, while you’re going to school and working, spend some time to get a TESOL/ TEFL certificate and teach english abroad to help fund your travels. If you teach in Korea or Japan, you could potentially make enough money to travel and pay off your debt. Do not let the debt hinder you from traveling. If you can’t pay it off within a year, chances are you’re not going to be paying it off for awhile. So you might as well save some money with each paycheck to a travel fund and travel sooner than later.

      To give you an idea, a month ago, I was supposed to get on a plane back to California after a two week trip to Hong Kong and Bangkok. I went as far as checking my bags, going through security, and standing at the boarding gate. I decided not to get on that plane, for fear of knowing that I would return to the same mundane routine; but more so, the fear of regret that I had finally had a chance to travel and an opportunity live abroad and did not take a chance on myself to make it work. It has been the most empowering decision I’ve made in years.

      Take a chance on yourself Austin, cause I know exactly what you are talking about and was in your place for the last 3 years. There is never going to be a perfect time or dollar amount of money to do it. Guys like Earl and many others started out where we did. There is a community of expats and travelers alike around the world willing to help you and provide you resources. In fact, you are more than welcome to reach out to me if you would like.

      Start now, set a goal, and do it. You won’t be disappointed.

      Earl – Thank you for doing what you do and keeping the dream alive. Not only is this one of the more entertaining and resourceful blogs out there, but also one of the more inspiring.

      Cheers guys and happy travels,


  36. Eli

    I am also nomading my way around the planet.
    currently in Greece (Thessaloniki) going all the way to Romania (starting with Bulgaria)

  37. Alana

    Hiya! I found your blog today (google search for “travel blogs” -> Elliott’s list -> you) . I’m a born and raised Texan… probably will die here too. But in the meantime, I want to travel the world… specifically Europe. My recent trip to Germany has only made me want to travel more…. and I’m researching opportunities for travel.

    Lovin’ your blog so far, enjoy your humor and perspective.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Alana – Welcome to the site!! And travel is certainly addicting…one experience leads to a desire to have even more!

  38. David Weddle

    Hey Earl. Have you seen anyone use one of the Android translators such as Jibigo? Have you used one yourself? I am the dedicated geek, and want to know if one of these would be worth the money.

  39. Mimi

    Hello Earl!

    I’m Mimi and I’m from a small town in the suburbs of Chicago, where I currently am and have been for virtually my whole life. Of course, considering I’m fourteen, that’s not exactly a huge shocker, but hopefully I’ll get opportunities to travel when I get a few more years under my belt. I’m quite a fan of your blog, by the way. Lots of great information and potential destinations. How is Romania?

  40. emilyfaganEmily

    Well, 2 years ago your travel plans were changing and you asked where your readers were. Not sure if you’re still interested, but my sweet hubby and I have just finished up 5 months of cruising Mexico’s southern Pacific coast on our sailboat. We have been traveling full-time by RV and sailboat for almost six years, and we are now at a crossroads. We may return to our RV for the summer months and visit the western US states, all of which we love. Or we may stay aboard our boat here in Puerto Vallarta for the summer and then do some inland travel in Mexico when it gets excruciatingly hot in July — to Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Puebla, San Miguel de Allende and Taxco. Not sure at this point, but wherever we go we’ll be posting pretty pics and fun stories on our blog, for sure!!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Emily – I’m always interested! And congrats on your 5 months of sailing, must have been unreal 🙂 Keep us updated as to what you do decide in the end!

  41. magicsebi

    Hi Earl!
    I’m Sebastian, from Romania;
    I just found your blog and I’ve read about half of it over the week-end… I reckon I’ll read all of it this week. 🙂 Your posts are great and they have been more than helpful in answering the questions I had. I’ve always dreamed of travelling the world, hiking through nature a lot and experiencing as many things as I can, and now it seems it is easier than I thought.

    I’m currently studying for a BA in Physics and then I was thinking of getting an MA in Earth Sciences and Oceanography, mostly because it seemed like an interesting field that could involve a lot of travel. Do you know if there are jobs in this field available or if those degrees would increase my chances of getting a decent job on a cruise ship? Have you had any worthwhile jobs on other ships besides cruise liners?

    Thanks a lot and smooth travelling!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Sebastian – Welcome to the site! What I normally say is that you should study something that you truly love because at the end of the day, you can turn almost any knowledge and skill set into a job overseas. I know of one person who studied Oceanography and Deep Sea Environments and has been offered jobs in the Caribbean… the point being that once you have your degree, you just need to network with other people until you find the perfect position somewhere out there in the world. As for cruise ships, that degree won’t help directly as cruise ships are more service oriented but there are also plenty of research ships out there in the world that I imagine need people with that kind of knowledge.

      The point is…there are plenty of opportunities for those who are willing to put in a little effort to find them!

  42. Lalo

    AAAHH!!!! You’re in Playa now!? I guess it’ll be quite a while until I get to meet you in person… 😛

    I’m currently in Monterrey, but in July I will be headed for Tasmania! I hope to get a lot of travel done over there.
    How easy is it to get around Australia? and maybe the rest of Oceania?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Lalo – Australia is a bit expensive to travel around but sometimes you can find good deals on flights or you can find others who want to drive somewhere and split the costs. Buses exist as well but are not terribly cheap and the distances are very big between many places. I would look at flights and hope you can find a few great deals that will allow you to cover a bit of ground.

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