A Stroll Along Istiklal Street in Istanbul

Derek Turkey, Videos 47 Comments

During my stay in Istanbul over the past five days, it occurred to me that taking a stroll along the city’s popular Istiklal Street is something that never gets old. This three-kilometer long, pedestrian-only avenue on the European side of the city acts as the heart of the shopping/entertainment/nightlife district of Beyoglu, with an endless variety of both local and …

Beach at Sayulita, Mexico

My ‘Travel Date’ With A Guy Named Kaji

Derek Bulgaria, Everything Else 44 Comments

Anyone who has spent even a short amount of time traveling would certainly be familiar with the ‘travel date’. This is when we actively seek out another traveler to spend time with despite knowing that we will end up having the exact same conversation, one that revolves around a very typical set of questions, that we’ve had thousands of times …

Food at Blind Restaurant, Bucharest

Blind For A Night: A Most Unusual Meal In Bucharest

Derek Food, Romania 55 Comments

At first, the restaurant looked normal enough. It was somewhat small, with only 8 tables or so, but it was comfortable and seemed to have a cozy atmosphere. The only problem was that I had no idea what kind of restaurant I was sitting in. My friend had invited me out for dinner the night I arrived back in Bucharest …

The Marine Hermanus, South Africa

When Daydreams Of Travel Come True

Derek South Africa 54 Comments

Before I actually started traveling, I remember spending a great deal of my time daydreaming about being a traveler. Entire afternoons would pass by, especially during my university years, where I did nothing but try to envision myself exploring every region of the world. Whether it was Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, the South Pacific, Caribbean or …