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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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La Isla Holbox - Whale Shark

Swimming With Sharks – Holbox, Mexico

Derek Mexico 36 Comments

As I gulped down my second mouthful of ocean water while struggling to get my snorkeling tube into my mouth, I suddenly heard some frantic shouting behind me. When I turned around I saw our boat captain yelling and pointing at me to put my head under the water immediately. And so I did. This is what I saw: That’s …

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Esquite in Mexico

The Food Stall On The Street Corner

Derek Food, Interesting People, Mexico 49 Comments

At 4:00pm every single day for the past nine years, Francisco has slowly climbed onto a worn out bicycle seat and begun pedaling his food cart across Playa del Carmen. His journey always begins in front of his one-room home on 4th Street and always ends exactly fifty blocks away, on 104th Street, where he sets up his stand on …

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Hot temperatures

How To Travel When It’s Ridiculously Hot Outside

Derek Mexico, Travel Tips & Advice 31 Comments

Well, thanks to the wonderful advice of so many of you, I can now say that I’ve finally been spending a significant amount of time away from my computer over the past few days, and as one might expect, I haven’t felt this good in a long while. A few swims in the Caribbean Sea and a handful of abnormally …

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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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A Moment’s Loss of Faith in Humanity

Derek Mexico, Travel Tales 50 Comments

This is a tale about my day today. While at this very moment I am able to laugh about the day’s events, I cannot say that this was the case earlier. Actually, far from laughing, I found my legs shaking, my heart beating fast, my arms and chest tensing up and my ears burning as I was stricken with an …

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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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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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How Religion Can Help Keep Your Backpack Safe

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 25 Comments

When it comes to protecting our stuff while traveling, such methods as chaining our backpack to our train seat, using a PacSafe when leaving our bag in our hotel room and hiding our valuables in random places, go a long way in easing our minds. We certainly don’t want to take any chances as the thought of having our computer, …

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