Video: Why You Should Travel To Socotra Island

Derek Videos, Yemen 106 Comments

Few people have even heard of this place and even fewer people have any idea where it’s located. But for those who do know and who do travel to Socotra Island, which happens to be one of the most isolated landforms on the planet, there is only one natural reaction – to wonder aloud why on earth more people aren’t …

Is Yemen Safe For Travelers

Is Yemen Safe For Travelers?

Derek Travel Tales, Yemen 102 Comments

When I started researching how I could travel to Yemen, I must admit that I assumed it would not be possible at all. Given the strongly worded government travel warnings about this country, coupled with the fact that any positive news about Yemen seems to be in great shortage, I just figured that things such as obtaining a tourist visa …

Dawood Hotel, Sanaa, Yemen (lobby)JPG

Dawood Hotel: The Best Hotel in Sanaa, Yemen

Derek Yemen 41 Comments

I’m going to make this easy. When you visit Sana’a, the capital city of Yemen, do yourself a favor and stay at the Dawood Hotel. Now I understand that might sound like an oversimplification and it might even entice you to examine the other accommodation options that exist in this city, but believe me when I tell you that, assuming …

Me Chewing Qat in Yemen

Chewing Qat (aka “Getting High”) In Yemen

Derek Yemen 103 Comments

If there’s one word that I heard more than any other during my stay in Yemen, it is the word ‘qat’. And the reason that word is so important is because, at approximately 2pm every single day, the entire nation stops everything they are doing and focuses on qat and on qat only. Qat is a plant that is grown …

Burra Mountains, Yemen

Why I Traveled To Yemen For My Vacation

Derek Yemen 148 Comments

A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to take a vacation. I just needed to get offline for a while and take a short break from the blog. I don’t take such breaks often but a little time away every now and then sure seems like a wise idea in order to keep me fresh and motivated as …