Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen: Such A Good Place To Live

Derek Mexico 245 Comments

When many people think of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, they automatically think of a heavily touristed party destination for Americans. As a result, it’s no surprise that many independent travelers don’t really have a desire to visit this town at all. However, every now and then, some independent travelers do end up here, usually when en route to or from …

Digital Nomad

It’s Okay To Be A Non-Digital Nomad

Derek Perspectives, Work & Travel 97 Comments

Yes, I know. I am indeed a Digital Nomad myself. It is true that the majority of my income these days is earned online and without my laptop, I simply wouldn’t be able to maintain my nomadic lifestyle. Of course, that probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to most of you, because, after all, if you spend even …

Air Conditioning Mexico

Air-Conditioner Repair… Mexico Style

Derek Mexico 45 Comments

Rarely do I use the air-conditioner in my apartment here in Mexico. As long as I open up all the windows, turn on the two main fans in the living room and open the balcony door, the temperature inside is usually bearable, even when the temperature outside reaches 100 degrees (35 C). Usually. Last Monday, this was not the case …

Novica: Handcrafted, Fair Trade Products

Derek Everything Else 20 Comments

Every now and then, while traveling around some faraway land, I’ll come across something for sale, perhaps in a small shop or in a local market, that I am interested in purchasing. Maybe it’s a piece of artwork, some local craft or maybe even a musical instrument of some sort. Sometimes I want to purchase the item for myself while …

Flowers in Boston

A Traveler’s Perspective On The Death Of Osama

Derek Perspectives 59 Comments

When I first heard the announcement, I simply stared at the television screen and thought, “Okay, he’s finally dead.” Then, for a few minutes, I sat in silence, able to do nothing but think about all of the people who have died, both on 9/11 and during the years since, as a result of the wars that have followed. When …

Money Clip

Cash & Plastic: A Peek Inside My Money Clip

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 32 Comments

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the method(s) I’ve used over the years to carry my money while traveling, mentioning that the money clip is generally my preferred method. However, what I failed to mention in that post is what exactly I carry around with me, clipped in to that money clip of mine. Obviously, I carry some money, …