I Love the Unknown

I Love The Unknown

Derek Personal Stuff 29 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, while eating enchiladas in Brooklyn, a friend of a friend asked me a very simple question. He asked me, “Why are you traveling to the Middle East?” At first, I didn’t hesitate to give an answer. I began talking about my interest in the education that travel offers and how the Middle East is a region of the …

The Taxis of Kabul

Derek Afghanistan, Travel Tales 29 Comments

The fact that Kabul lacks anything resembling efficient planning and the fact that street signs are as common as synagogues (there is one!), naturally leads one to believe that tackling this metropolis by foot would be a foolish endeavor. Certainly it would be much easier to jump into one of the 40,000 registered taxis driving around the city, pay the …

Valladolid, Samula and Mother’s Day Songs

Derek Mexico 18 Comments

I’ve been living in Playa del Carmen for a while now and even though I’ve explored the area quite extensively, I have rarely ventured off to places more than an hour and a half away from here. But this past Saturday, my friend Liz and I decided to rent a Jeep Wrangler and take off in search of some more distant …

Should Travel Warnings Stop Us From Traveling?

Derek Perspectives, Travel Tips & Advice 28 Comments

Right now I’m actually in the stages of deciding where my next adventure will take me, and as a result, it was only natural that I check the US Department of State’s Travel Warning website. This is generally how I begin any of my travel planning, not in order to learn which countries I should circumvent, but quite the opposite, …

Cambodia: Sitting In A Puddle On A Train

Derek Cambodia, Travel Tales 25 Comments

“Hello,” the young man shyly whispered after tapping me on the shoulder several times. “Hello,” I replied somewhat groggily. “Thank you,” he then said before turning around and victoriously running back to his group of friends who showered him with endless high-fives and pats on the back. My morning nap had been interrupted but I couldn’t help but smile. I …

Thank You to the Militant Who Stole My Car!

Derek Bangladesh, India, Travel Tales 180 Comments

Truth be told, we human beings often don’t understand the true value of a particular moment in our lives until well after that moment has passed. Yet we often forget this undeniable fact in our quest to immediately categorize every interaction and event that occurs, so that we may quickly embrace the positive and discard the negative. Lately, I’ve reached …