The Biggest Traveling Tool Of 2010

Derek Personal Stuff 45 Comments

That’s right. I’m the tool. Two weeks ago, a few minutes into a breakfast I was having with a friend in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this said ‘friend’ suddenly looked up from her omlette and called me a ‘tool’. Actually, not only did she call me a tool, but she called me the ‘biggest traveling tool of 2010‘. I know, I …

Shang Hai Restaurant, Sulamainiyah, Iraq

A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Sexy, Sexy In Iraq

Derek Iraq, Travel Tales, Videos 63 Comments

Upon arrival in the southern Kurdistan city of Sulamainiyah, Anil and I instantly found ourselves giddy with joy upon discovering two Chinese restaurants in the vicinity of our hotel. After all, up until that point, the only food we’d eaten were chicken and falafel sandwiches, not because of an abnormal love for such food, but because that was all we …

Indian boy, Rajasthan

People Who Helped Make My 2010 Memorable

Derek Interesting People 69 Comments

When I sat down to try and recap the year that has been 2010, my initial thought was to naturally talk about the countries I’ve visited during these past 12 months. However, I soon realized that instead of talking about specific destinations and travel experiences, I’d much rather recap the year through images of the people I’ve encountered along the …

Kurdistan, Iraq

How To Travel Overland To Iraq (Kurdistan)

Derek "How To" Travel Guides, Iraq 75 Comments

Now that I know you’re interested in possibly wanting to travel overland to Iraq (right?), I thought it might be helpful to provide a detailed guide on how to get there. Sure, there’s always the option of simply flying directly into the regional capital of Erbil, with semi-frequent flights now operating from destinations within both Europe and the Middle East. …

Kurdish Flag in Dohuk

Optimism In Kurdistan

Derek Iraq, Videos 30 Comments

*After this post, I’m going to mix things up for the next couple of weeks in order to avoid what might be referred to as “Iraq Overload”. I’ll basically be alternating between posts on Iraq and posts on other topics instead of just writing about Iraq each time. But for now, the post below was written in response to several …

Kurdish couple in Iraq

How Safe Is Traveling To Iraq?

Derek Iraq 144 Comments

Without even asking anyone, I’m quite certain that the reason Iraq doesn’t end up on many traveler’s itineraries is because of a strong sense of fear that bodily harm or even death is a very real possibility for any foreign visitor to this region. However, traveling has taught me to expect the unexpected and so I figured that the best …

Baghdad, Iraq

The Thrill Of Traveling To Iraq

Derek Iraq 103 Comments

*For the past 10 days, I’ve been backpacking through Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in the north of Iraq. For five of those days I was joined by Anil Polat of, a fellow adventurer and a most hilarious traveling companion. I have a lot to write about my time in Iraq and so much has happened that I find …

Lebanese Lira

How Much It Costs To Travel In Lebanon

Derek Lebanon, Travel Costs 42 Comments

In comparison to neighboring Syria, Lebanon is an expensive country to travel around. This is not only due to the higher prices, but also due to the availability of excellent restaurants, endless cafes and bars that never fail in enticing travelers to stop in for just one more drink. And that’s not to mention the French bakeries serving delicious cakes! …