Cedar Trees, Lebanon

Feeling Guilty For Leaving A Country Too Soon

Derek Lebanon, Perspectives 55 Comments

When I hopped onto the bus that would take me from Beirut back to Aleppo, Syria, I spent the first few minutes daydreaming about the Aleppan cuisine that awaited me at the end of the journey. And then I spent the rest of the 6 hour trip feeling extremely guilty for leaving Lebanon after only 13 days. This is a …

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How Much Money Do You Need To Start A Life Of Travel?

Derek Popular, Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 308 Comments

A desire to explore the world is hard to ignore, and for many travelers, as soon as that desire became too strong to be ignored, they simply packed up their backpack or suitcase and took off into the unknown. However, along with that strong desire to travel, there is something else that is needed in order to actually make it …

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Living Abroad For Less Than $1000 Per Month

Derek Popular, Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 390 Comments

During a walk around Playa del Carmen yesterday, I happened to pass by a small, colorful building down a narrow side street, a street that I had never been down before. In the front window of this building, hanging from some sort of rotting suction cup hook, was a handwritten sign advertising “Estudios En Renta Por Mes” (Studios for Rent …

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WiseGifter: No More Useless Stuff!

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 21 Comments

How many times have you received a gift from someone, only to stash it away, with no intention of ever using it? Think about all of those gifts that we don’t need, don’t want or simply receive just because certain occasions demand that gifts, any kind of gifts, be exchanged or given. In the end, what’s the point of accumulating …

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Mexico…Here I Come, Again!

Derek Mexico, Personal Stuff 19 Comments

Tonight I’m in Florida. Tomorrow morning I’ll be in Mexico. That’s right…Mexico, the country I left over two months ago, and the country to which I assumed I would not be returning to any time soon. But that’s how life works and given the fact that I’m still unable to depart for my adventure to the Middle East (as a …

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You’re Still Young, Do It While You Can

Derek Perspectives 73 Comments

The words above – those in the title of this post – confuse me. And that means I’m confused quite often as I hear these words on quite a regular basis. In fact, these very words were spoken to me as recently as yesterday after I talked about my travels of the past year to an interested person I had …

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My Pockets Are Full Of Change…Are Yours?

Derek Everything Else 26 Comments

I always wanted to write a post while on an airplane. Unfortunately, my last laptop had an ‘extended battery life’ of exactly 17 minutes which made anything more than turning it on without plugging it in a definite impossibility. But now, with my new laptop in hand, I’m prepared. Actually, I am starting to write this while sitting in the …

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Your Life Should Be The Greatest Success Story Ever Told

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 16 Comments

(This post is part of a unique project organized by Jonny over at www.thelifething.com. Through his efforts, a new inspirational eBook titled “SUCCESS” has just been released that consists of 30 bloggers’ personal definitions of the term ‘success’ and how to achieve it. The eBook is completely free to anyone interested and can be downloaded here: The Success eBook. In …

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Warning! Explorers Only Beyond This Point

Derek Personal Stuff 26 Comments

I’ve been sitting here trying to write for the past few hours, finding it difficult to make any progress in what has seemed to be an unusual darkness. Only a few moments ago did it actually occur to me that the light is turned off in my room and the sun has now set. Absolutely perfect, I thought. This is …

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How Apartment Hunting Taught Me About Goals…And Jambalaya

Derek Mexico, Perspectives 9 Comments

My exhausting search for a new apartment has finally come to an end! Tomorrow, the lease on my current apartment is set to finish and that is why my friend Liz and I have spent the past two weeks exploring every corner of Playa del Carmen in search of the ‘perfect apartment’ to move to. We made hundreds of phone …

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