Camel in Palmyra, Syria

As They Say In Syria, Shukran!

Derek Personal Stuff 16 Comments

Camel in Palmyra, SyriaThis blogging stuff has continued to be quite remarkable as of late, especially the past six weeks or so. Things are happening that I simply never expected and I’m communicating with so many incredible people that it’s almost overwhelming 🙂 Basically, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to start this blog so many months ago.

Also, as you might be aware, I try not to hide the fact that I am ever so thankful to everyone – readers, commenters, those who send me emails, other bloggers, twitterers, facebookers and people I meet every single day – all of whom are the people ultimately responsible for breathing life into this blog.

So…as always, let me start off with another heart-felt thank you to each and every one of you!


I also wanted to do a short recap of where has been mentioned during the past couple of months and, to be honest, as I look at the list, I still can’t believe all of the support that this site has been receiving.

For example, back in September, my post “How Much Money Do You Need to Live a Life of Travel” was mentioned by…

Karol Gadja at
Caz & Craig over at
Kate from
Facebook Fan Page of &
Jenny from

All I can say is thank you so much!

My post “The Day US Customs Found a Bullet in My Pocket” ended up bringing more traffic to this site than ever before, which even caused my site to crash a few times. Of course, many of those visitors came and went, but for those of you who have decided to become a part of the community, I welcome you and thank you for sticking around!

I also wish to offer another big thank you to all of you who included a reference to this post on your own sites, such as:
Facebook Page of

Other posts that received some attention over the past six weeks include:

“Do You Shave Your Underarms Too?” (at
“How To Fund Your Travels With Creativity” (at
“A Quick Word About Pre-Trip Planning” (at
“How Does A Permanent Nomad Pack?” (at,,
“How Does A Permanent Nomad Pack?” was also mentioned this past week on
“All Is Well In Istanbul, Thanks To Shakira” (at
“Welcome To Syria My Friend” (at,
“Welcome To Syria My Friend” was also mentioned at
“A US Citizen In The ‘Axis Of Evil'” (at,,

I was also fortunate enough to be interviewed by the wonderfully uplifting Jen Smith from, the always informative Natalie over at (who I hopefully will meet up with at some point during my stay in this region of the world) & the highly-motivated Jodi Sagorin from, who included my interview in her impressive (and free) eBook titled “How To Be An Adventurer”.

And I’d like to give a shout out to Troy from who wrote an excellent review of my “How To Work On A Cruise Ship” eGuide over at

And then come the lists. Incredibly, ended up on…

Brendan’s (from “Top 100” list of independent travel blogs list of weekly blog favorites list of “Travel Blog Rankings
Near the top of the “150 Travel Blogs for Students” list put out by Alexis at
On‘s list of the “25 Most Inspiring Travel Bloggers in 2010

All I can say is WOW! I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to see this blog appear alongside many of my very own favorite travel blogs from out there in the blogging world.

I’d also like to take a quick moment to mention that it’s been quite a challenge trying to travel, work and blog all at the same time during my current trip through the Middle East. As a result, I simply haven’t been able to read as many of your own blogs as often as I’d like, to join in your discussions or to be more active in the world of social media. Please know that this is not permanent and I truly appreciate your understanding that life on the road requires a few adjustments!


To anyone who’s ever read a post here, subscribed to this site, joined the conversation, sent me an email, retweeted anything, mentioned a post on Facebook or on their own blog or website, please know that without you, this site simply wouldn’t exist. And that is a fact I shall never forget.

Also, if I somehow overlooked your efforts in supporting this site and failed to include you above, please send me an email or comment below so that I can thank you properly. It’s been a little overwhelming trying to keep up with everything lately and I know I’ve missed some people as a result. It definitely wasn’t intentional 🙂

From Damascus,


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Comments 16

  1. I love the camel picture.
    And, your blog is so deserving a lot of attention, it’s one of my very favourite blog around. I won’t forget how you describe the dirtiest place in India 😉

  2. Hey Earl!

    Thank you for writing this great blog.
    In my opinion, you are the best travel blog out there right now. Many people are linking to you for a reason.

  3. Merci, merci Dereck, i’ve suscribed to your RSS feed, they are very well done, and it looks great in Pulse on iPad ! I still travel like that even at work … Isn’it a photo from the camel race in Palmyra ? I would give a lot to make another walk through the desert, it was awesome !
    I’m waiting for your new site, take care !
    Greetings from (cold) France 🙂

  4. Looks like things are going great ofr you. Congratulations, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

    I enjoy reading your blog a lot especially because you are in the Middle East an area I will be exploring on my RTW trip.

  5. Hey Earl, You’re welcome. It is your heartfelt way of writing and enthusiasm for travel that keeps me coming back. You deserve all the interviews and mentions that you have had so far. I am quite sure there will be plenty more to come. Love the photo on the camel!

  6. Love the updates on where you have been. Most bloggers I follow travel through asia, that is cool but it has been most interesting to read about you going through Syria.

    It is you who keeps us coming back! Thanks for taking us along on your travels.

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  8. You are welcome Earl!! It is so wonderful to see someone who really appreciates their readers. This is why people keep coming back because they feel valued by you and because you write amazing content 🙂
    Thank you and keep up the inspiring work.

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