Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Dealing With Website Issues In Damascus

Derek Syria 57 Comments

Damascus, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on the planet. So much to see, so much to explore, yet I did very little during my first couple of days in Damascus. Sure, I wandered around the Old City a couple of times, devoured a large vanilla ice cream cone topped with pistachios and cashews from the famous Bakdash ice …

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When Travel Plans (and Life) Suddenly Change

Derek Personal Stuff 38 Comments

It happens. One minute we’re happily exploring the markets of Yangon, diving deeper into the history of Turkey or practicing our Spanish in Buenos Aires and then, in a flash, we are forced to change our entire travel plans without warning. We are suddenly required to head in a completely different direction, to turn around and go home or to …

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Why I Work 90 Hours Per Week

Derek Personal Stuff, Work & Travel 60 Comments

I’m not quite sure I can remember the last time I did what I did yesterday. To sum it all up, I did nothing at all. Honestly, up until 10:17pm last night, my day had not even existed. After enjoying a deep, ten-hour sleep the night before, I awoke yesterday morning at 10:30am. I proceeded to take a shower and …

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How To Rent An Expensive Apartment For A Budget Price When Traveling

Derek "How To" Travel Guides, Travel Costs, Travel Tips & Advice 108 Comments

After writing my “Living Abroad for Less than $1000 per Month” post a few weeks ago, I received all sorts of interesting emails from readers. I honestly had a great time answering them and I stayed up until 3am a few nights in a row trying to respond as quickly as I possibly could! Through all of those emails, I …

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Sleeping On Sofas And Floors

Derek Everything Else 28 Comments

At some point, almost all of us have had to ask (or perhaps beg) a family member or a friend to open their homes and allow us to crash on their sofa for a night or two. Maybe we’re coming into town for a wedding or a sporting event or just to visit some old pals, and we don’t really …

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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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The Final Walk…Adios Mexico!

Derek Mexico, Personal Stuff 50 Comments

This morning, and for the last time in the foreseeable future, I walked along the white sand beach in front of my apartment. And as I walked along that beach, I took unusually small footsteps, making sure that I would never forget how that cool coral sand felt on my bare feet. Every few minutes I would enter the warm …

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Challenges Of A Permanent Nomad

Derek Personal Stuff, Perspectives 58 Comments

To many people, the life of a permanent nomad may appear to be nothing short of spectacular and wildly appealing. After all, almost everybody lists ‘travel’, in some shape or form, on their bucket lists, so what could be better than being able to explore the globe on a never-ending basis? I certainly can see the attraction, which is exactly …

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The Bizarre Magazine That Will Inspire You…to Shoot Marshmallows

Derek Perspectives 11 Comments

My somewhat recent transformation from haphazard nomad without a plan to an organized, entrepreneurial nomad, did not occur without assistance. It was an entire network of good people, organizations, websites, books and videos that seemed to offer the necessary guidance at the times I needed it most, allowing me to create a self-sufficient lifestyle out of my passion for travel. …

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“Anything You Need” – Could This Girl Be For Real?

Derek Work & Travel 5 Comments

Her name is Keren. Not Karen. Keren. And I must tell you, she is absolutely lovely. It took a long time for me to find her but now that I have, I anticipate that we will be quite close for quite some time. Already we email each other almost every day and we even talk on the telephone once in …

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