Red Fort, Delhi, India

The Indian Railway: More Than A Tale Of Survival

Derek India 21 Comments

A few weeks have passed since I’ve mentioned the country of India in any of my posts, and that’s an amount of time that I consider unacceptable for someone who is as addicted to India as I am. So be warned, this post is all about India and an experience involving an the Indian Railway. However, I’m not going to …

Izamal, Yuctan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico: From Izamal To Tixkokob (Yes, Tixkokob)

Derek Mexico 50 Comments

Two hours outside of Cancun, we turned off the main highway and into the small town of Piste. And at this point, our road trip officially began. The goal was to spend two days driving around the Mexican state of Yucatan, a state that offers a major change from life in the state of Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun, …

The Winner Of The $50 Giveaway

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
I want to start off by thanking everyone who left a comment on last week’s “Here’s $50 To Get You Excited About Travel” post. Everyone who did comment was not only automatically entered into the $50 giveaway but you also, I imagine, helped provide even more motivation to every other commenter and reader who has or will come across that post.

Just reading through those comments myself puts me into such a deep state of travel euphoria that I can only focus on trying to decide where I’m going to travel next. Ahhh….travel.

Well, now it is time to announce the winner of the $50 Giveaway (which was chosen at random using

The winner is Kjrstin, whose comment on what gets her into a state of travel euphoria was:

“Comfort and people. I get the itch to travel every time I get too comfortable where I am. I live in a routine for too long and all I can do is daydream about throwing myself outside of that comfort zone. I’m constantly fantasizing about a new chance to learn and expand my own knowledge and capabilities and meet new people and do things I never dreamed of. I love to be unsettled, it heightens my excitement and pushes me to be who (in my opinion) I really should be all the time. And people. I’ll literally meet one person, think they’re interesting, find their story compelling and then proceed to dream up ways to travel everywhere they’ve been!”

Congratulations Kjrstin! I shall be in touch in a few minutes about your $50 prize that you’ll hopefully be able to put to good use.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who participated. I hope others will continue to come across the comments of last week’s post and perhaps find the extra motivation they need to get out there and do some traveling. And if you haven’t read through all the comments of that post yourself, I strongly suggest you have a look.

It’s powerful when so many people display such excitement and passion for something such as travel!

Beach in Cancun, Mexico

Here’s $50 To Get You Excited About Travel

Derek Everything Else 79 Comments

We all think about travel. Chances are that we all find ourselves daydreaming about travel quite often as well. Even I daydream about travel…even when I’m traveling. That’s how attractive the idea of visiting foreign lands can be. But there is clearly a difference between thinking or daydreaming about travel and that feeling of pure travel euphoria that suddenly strikes …

Cenote Dos Ojos

Mexico’s Cenotes: Located In My Backyard

Derek Mexico 56 Comments

What does a person do when standing at the edge of a frigid pool of water, watching their friends jump, one after the other into that very pool? And what happens when these ‘friends’ begin yelling out insults once they surface, taunting the only person not willing to take the plunge? Last week, I was that person as I stood, …

Travel Questions Answered

Travel Questions Answered: July 2011

Derek Travel Questions Answered 31 Comments

It’s time to try something new. As I now receive an average of 10 – 15 emails per day from readers who have questions about a whole range of travel-related topics, I decided to begin a new series so that more people can benefit from the answers I provide. I’ll still reply to every email I receive but instead of …

Bariloche, Argentina

My 7 Links: Posts You Might Have Missed

Derek Everything Else 22 Comments

Last week I received an email from that sociable Canadian couple known as the Traveling Canucks informing me that they had nominated me to participate in the “My 7 Links” project. This project, started by Katie over at Tripbase, offers a way for travel bloggers to share some of their content that might have otherwise become lost in the archives …

How To Eat A Mexican Tostada (Video)

Derek Food, Mexico, Videos 45 Comments

Today’s post offers an instructional video of sorts. While at first it may seem completely pointless to demonstrate how to eat something as basic as a Mexican tostada, I have simply watched too many foreigners struggle with this staple of Mexican cuisine to remain silent any longer. What is interesting is that the actual technique used to eat a tostada …