I’m Off to My Dream Destination for My 40th. Guess and Win!

I’m Off to My Dream Destination for My 40th. Guess and Win!

By |2017-03-25T12:51:57-04:00March 22nd, 2017|Personal Stuff|182 Comments

Dream Destination
On March 31st, I shall turn 40 years old. And tomorrow I’m off to my dream destination.

When it comes to turning 40, I’m all good.

Of course, there’s always a chance that the clock will strike midnight on that day and I’ll have a breakdown, then head off to Ibiza, pluck the first few gray hairs from my head, rent a Harley and cruise up and down the main strip, trying to feel as carefree and invincible as I did when I was 18.

Is that how it works?

I highly doubt that will happen though.

In all honesty, what a 40 years it’s been. From growing up in a town outside of Boston, to three different universities scattered around two countries, to wanting a career as a sports agent and then to a post-school life that I could never have envisioned, and that certainly didn’t involve becoming a sports agent.

Visiting ten countries? Maybe I would have believed that to be possible.

A year or two of traveling? Absurd, but I guess it could happen somehow.

98 countries (with #99 and #100 coming up next month), 18 years of travel, working as a blogger, organizing tours, living in various destinations overseas? Absolutely unimaginable!

(Take that as a lesson – the most unimaginable goals in life really can be achieved. It’s no joke and as a result, there is little time to waste. Please take a step today, even a tiny one, towards some goal or dream that you want to reach in life but have yet to move towards. Again, just a tiny step. It’s the only way to build momentum and actually make that change happen.)

So, When’s the Birthday Party?

As I write this post, I can easily remember when my father turned 40 years old. We had a big party for him at our house. Dozens of friends and family attended, we had a BBQ, the adults drank a little and it was a grand occasion. I recall wondering at the time what my very own 40th birthday party would be like when the day arrives.

Well, the day has arrived.

But it turns out that my 40th birthday won’t quite be like that one. I don’t have a house to party in, my family and friends are quite scattered around the globe and oddly enough, I don’t travel with a BBQ grill.

Am I sad about that? Not at all.

Here’s why…

I Really Am Off to My Dream Destination!

Ever since I was about 13 years old, when I read a particular article in a travel magazine, there has been one country on this planet that I have labeled as my ‘dream destination’. It might seem odd that, despite my life of travel, I have yet to visit my one and only dream destination, but that’s how things turned out.

Maybe I was just waiting for the right time.

Recently it occurred to me. I’ll be damned. It’s now the right time!

Tomorrow, off to my dream destination I shall go. My girlfriend and I will spend almost two weeks in this location, which will include my 40th birthday celebration on March 31st.

For me, it is a dream come true, literally. And despite the places I’ve been in my life, I still can’t believe this is actually happening!

Where is this dream destination?

Well, I can’t tell you that, at least not right now. This is going to be a surprise trip that I’ll reveal once I’m there.

But to make things interesting…

Wandering Earl’s 40th Birthday Giveaway

If you want to guess my dream destination, please go for it!

Here’s how it will work:

1. Leave a comment on this post or on today’s FB post with your guess.

2. Only one guess per person.

3. Guesses are accepted until 11am EST on March 24th.

4. On March 25th I shall reveal my dream destination (I’ll already have arrived by then).

5. The first three people who guess the correct destination (based on day and time) will win a gift package containing:

  • cool local products from my three upcoming destinations
  • 50% discount voucher for a Wandering Earl Tour
  • $50 VISA gift card

** If I receive more than 500 comments on this post (on the blog and FB post combined), I’m then going to choose three more comments at random, regardless of whether it is the correct guess or not, and those people will receive the above prizes as well.

6. If you are a winner, you will be notified directly on March 25th.

*Close friends and family of both my girlfriend and I, who already know the destination, are not eligible!! Sorry 🙂

So, what’s your guess? Where is my dream destination?

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  1. Izy Berry July 9, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Belated Happy Birthday, Derek!! That island was WOW. And those rocks at the back? It looked like someone had manually placed them on top of each other to look picture perfect. Thanks for taking us along with that video!

  2. Ovi Berg March 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Happy Big 40 Birthday Earl! So Seychelles it is! For 41 try Iriomote Jima, Japan. All the best!

  3. Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Thank you so much everyone for your guesses and birthday wishes!

    I have now revealed my dream destination in a video that I have posted over on Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/WanderingEarl/videos/1686596864688842/

    And I’ll be writing more about my stay here soon!

  4. Elise March 25, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday Earl! Hope you will have a great time, wherever you’re headed! My guess is Antarctica. 🙂

  5. Brian R Hill March 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Earl, duh! Australia? UB40! Nothing will happen! Except maybe with your girlfriend! Brian.

  6. Esther Nthenya March 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply


    • Esther Nthenya March 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      I just checked your facebook. How come I didn’t get notified?

      • Derek March 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

        Hey Esther – As I had stated in the post, the winners would be the first 3 people who guessed correctly. There were about 5 or 6 people who had guessed Seychelles before you. Sorry!

  7. Lauren Martins March 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Happy 40th birthday Derek!! Hope wherever you’re headed is everything wished it would be. Enjoy! 🙂

  8. Daniel Martins March 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Here’s my guess: Brazil ! If I’m right and you need any help navigating the country, let me know! And my wife and I wish you a happy 40th! (I’m getting there soon…)

  9. Lori Haveman March 24, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I think you’re up for a trip to Oman. It’s still authentic and not touristy.

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

      Hey Lori – That is true and I was actually there last year!

  10. adam coletta March 24, 2017 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Hi Earl! Well, since you say you haven’t been there and you recently arrived in Africa I will go with Madagascar ??

  11. Ray March 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    For your 40th Birthday, I imagine it has to be something that was very intriguing that you have still been thinking about this place since you were 13 years old. My guess is that you are going to Peru to hike the Inca Trail and finally visit Machu Picchu. While the four day hike is doable, the second day is definitely challenging and a great way to test your strength – both mental and physical – as you look forward to your 40th year on this planet. If I am right, then I really hope you enjoy the trek. It is certainly worth it!

  12. Beth March 23, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Myanmar!! Have fun 🙂

  13. Thøger March 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Galapagos? 🙂

  14. Sarah Beasley March 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I hope you have the best of birthdays!


  15. Christina Garza March 23, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I am guessing Antarctica!

  16. Cheryl Sukenik March 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I’m guessing the Galapagos Islands 🙂

  17. Tamara March 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Wow! turning 40… that’s kinda like a BIG deal!! I will be turning 40 this year as well but on December 1st. I will also be taking a dream trip. My trip will be to Bali, Indonesia. Since you love Asia… I’ll say you will be traveling to Bali as well. Have a Fantastic and Fruitful 40th Birthday!! Be Blessed….

  18. Luis March 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I guess cambodia, where all started 😉 Happy birthday!!

  19. Sam Rodriguez March 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday!

    I guess Paris, France.

  20. Michelle March 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Could it be… Mozambique?

    Happy birthday, Earl!

  21. Scott W Poindexter March 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    South Africa

  22. Yvette R March 23, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Happy early birthday! I guess Belize. Have​ a great birthday n trip wherever you are 🙂

  23. carol s March 23, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply


    Happy Birthday hoping it’s great! Enjoy your special day.
    I enjoy reading your blog and I like the pictures too.

  24. Natalie March 23, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Happy, happy birthday, and here’s to many more years of travel. I’m guessing you’re going to Equador!

  25. Kaitlin Dudley March 23, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Hope you have an wonderful time celebrating a life well lived with your girlfriend.
    My guess is that such celebrating will be done in..


  26. Jodi Sweatland March 23, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply


    Happy Happy 40th Birthday to you!

  27. Sagar March 23, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Hey Earl, wish you a very happy birthday!!
    My guess is your visiting India, maybe the backwaters.

  28. Scott March 23, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply


  29. Enimie Van Steenberge March 23, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Papua New Guinea!

  30. Emory March 23, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday! My guess is New Guinea. (It is on my list of dream destinations)

  31. Roger Stevens March 23, 2017 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Happiest of Birthdays to you Derek! No one has guessed this destination yet….I guess Iceland…

  32. Noelle March 23, 2017 at 6:01 am - Reply


  33. Jonny Blair March 23, 2017 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Hey Earl, I just realised we have birthdays a day apart. I know you have already been to a lot of your dream destinations, so this is a tough one. I notice you haven’t been to Russia yet (I think) so I plump for Russia as it’s got so much diversity. Have a safe trip!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

      Hey Jonny – A big Happy Birthday to you as well! And while my destination is not Russia, it is a country I need to visit one of these days! Safe travels as well my friend!

  34. Alejandra March 23, 2017 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Paris!!! <3

    Happy 40th birthday Earl! 🙂

  35. Maria March 23, 2017 at 3:52 am - Reply

    London! 🙂
    Love your blog! 🙂

    Happy birthday Earl!!!!!!!

  36. Katy Anderson March 23, 2017 at 3:43 am - Reply


  37. Peris Gicheru March 23, 2017 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Seychelles.Happy birthday Derek

  38. Ma. Elena Partida Aragón March 23, 2017 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Peru!!! 🙂
    Have a great time wherever you go!

  39. Eugenio A. Nava Garcia March 23, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Hello Earl,
    My guess is Sidney!


  40. Kemal Kaya March 23, 2017 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Fiji 🙂

  41. Mark E March 23, 2017 at 2:35 am - Reply


  42. Rory March 23, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Japan, because my birthday is March 31st and as a fellow life-long traveler, its been my one dream destination that I’ve yet to conquer!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:05 am - Reply

      Hey Rory – Happy upcoming birthday to you! Japan is very high on my list and while it’s not where I am now, I do hope to get there later this year!

  43. Elisha March 23, 2017 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Bora-bora Island.

  44. Khushi March 23, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Spain, I guess.

  45. James Horner March 23, 2017 at 2:10 am - Reply


  46. Ali March 23, 2017 at 2:10 am - Reply


  47. Earl March 23, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

    New Zealand

  48. Christina Oldham March 23, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

    New Zealand

  49. Maxine March 23, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply


  50. Bob March 23, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply


  51. Dimitri laz March 23, 2017 at 12:28 am - Reply


  52. mim March 23, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply


  53. Paul Gubernachuk March 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Derek!! My guess is Madagascar!

  54. Renée March 22, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply


  55. Fabbio Gomes March 22, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply


  56. Jen PH March 22, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Earl!
    When I was 10, my dream destination was Japan, so I’ll go with that. A close second would be Georgia.
    Have a fabulous time!

  57. sendaiben March 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Japan. If I’m right, let me know and I’ll be happy to show you around Sendai 🙂

  58. Julia March 22, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Japan! Happy Birthday, and more amazing trips in the future!!!

  59. mohammed feroz March 22, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    may be india

  60. Tim March 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply


  61. Jason March 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I will say Seychelles. If I am right, let me know if she sells sea shells by the Seychelles seashore. Yes this is an excuse to tell that lame joke. Happy birthday.

  62. Maxine March 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply


  63. Steve C March 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Earl, my guess is somewhere in Indonesia.

  64. Caren Patterson March 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday! My guess is Bhutan. Where ever it is, I hope it’s all you want it to be.

  65. Susan Traynor March 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday! I love your blog! I think it’s Spain.

  66. Debbie March 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday 40th Birthday! Love your blog!! My guess is Germany!

  67. Marshall Karlin March 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    New Zealand
    Happy Birthday and many more!

  68. Geoff March 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply


  69. Mike March 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I’m on a flight myself to Japan on the 24th so that will be my guess… although I suspect you will be off to a more adventurous destination. Wherever you end up happy 40th and enjoy your trip!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Mike and enjoy Japan! I hope to get there later in the year. I’m currently in the Seychelles, that’s my dream destination…not so adventurous though, more of the sit at the beach all day kind of place!

  70. Erica March 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    The northern lights . Have a great 40 th birthday .

  71. KP March 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Argentina 🙂 Happy Birthday btw!

  72. Alana from Texas March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    This is a hard one. Hmmmm…

    I know you don’t like cold locations but I’ll guess…. Antarctica

  73. Denise March 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday

    Good Morning Vietnam!

  74. Belinda March 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    hope you have an amazing time!

  75. Nadia March 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Madagascar 😮 I would love to visit!

  76. vinay kumar March 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    My guess is India

  77. Leah March 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    My guess is Bhutan!

  78. Gulnem March 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply


  79. Rick March 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    The Seychelles Islands

  80. Matt of Canada March 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    French Polynesia!

  81. Carol March 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Wow! 40! My guess is Southern Chile. The desert area.
    Wherever you go it will be fantastic!!
    Happy Birth Day Earl!!!!

  82. Mary Ann Siwek March 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    My guess would be Thailand

  83. Alberto Alvarado March 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply


  84. Lili March 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I think Brazil!

  85. Renate March 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    A very happy birthday to you, Derek!!

    My guess is….. Somewhere in Africa.. more specifically South Africa?

    Have loads of fun!

  86. Keeno Simms March 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Derek, happy 40th, I’m guessing it’s Japan!

  87. Supa March 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I’d go for Dominican Republic…

  88. Brooklyn Murtaugh March 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday to you!
    My guess is Mongolia!

  89. Lindsay Canham March 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    My guess is Antarctica

  90. Josh Aldana March 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    My guess is papa new Guinea. Have a great bday, you’re an inspiration to us all

  91. Robert March 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply


  92. Cathy March 22, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Madagascar maybe? So many to choose from. Anyway, happy birthday and enjoy!! 🙂

  93. Angela Goldstein March 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hm… I’d guess my beautiful home country: Brazil!

  94. Ada March 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Thanks for all the great posts this year and well, for all the years really. You were the blog that pushed me over the edge and got me to try solo travel (which I love!!!)

    I’m going to say Spain. It is one of my favorite places and I didn’t see it on your list…if that is your place I don’t blame you! Don’t miss Seville!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:09 am - Reply

      Hey Ada – Thanks for that kind comment and I’m really happy to hear that you took that step to try solo travel and you now love it!! I wish you many more wonderful travels ahead! And while my destination right now is not Spain (I have been there before), that is certainly a great country to explore.

  95. Iris March 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply


    Wherever it is, enjoy every single moment, every day. 40 is a great milestone, it is an advanced beginning of this amazing journey through life. And remember: you are getting more experience being young!

  96. George March 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Hey Earl, Happy 40th to you!

    Thank you for all the articles you’ve given us throughout the years. You’ve definitely been inspiration for me to get out in the world and experience different cultures. I can still remember first finding your blog when I was planning my first trip to Central America 4 years ago now. I’ve been following along ever since.

    My guess for your dream destination is Brazil! Either way, happy birthday!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

      Hey George – I really appreciate that comment and I’m really just thrilled to know that the blog helped inspire you in some way. Here’s to many more brilliant adventures ahead! My current destination is not Brazil but I haven’t been there yet so I should get there at some point!

  97. Sid Engelen March 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    My guess is going to be Vietnam! Have fun and happy birthday!

  98. Sharon Harrison March 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I’m sure wherever you go, you will have a fantastic time! My guess is Italy. Happy birthday!

  99. Janice Potter March 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I believe you will go to Ireland. Happy Birthday!

  100. Shannon Vinson March 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday and have a blast 🙂

  101. Dana March 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Happy 40th Derek! I wanna go with the lot and say Madagascar but I’m gonna instead go with Japan or Bora Bora. Happy travels!

  102. Jeff March 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply


  103. Julian March 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I think you’re off to Antartica

  104. Tuliyani MacLennan March 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I still think it’s Japan. Haha

  105. Deborah Candelario March 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply


  106. Carolyn James March 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply


  107. Jen March 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Galapagos Islands! Have fun, wherever it is!

  108. Marci March 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply


  109. Svetlana March 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    My best wishes to you Derek!
    No matter where you going, be safe and have wonderful time!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    I guess it’s ITALY !

  110. jessica March 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Either way, happy birthday, be safe, and HAVE FUN!

  111. Trav @ TravsTravels.com March 22, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Some island(s) in the South Pacific (like Niue)

  112. Amira March 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply


  113. Justine McGrath March 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply


  114. Cliff March 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Kenya….enjoy your 40th birthday mate.

  115. Andrea March 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    My guess is Iceland

  116. Shirley March 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I say China!
    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  117. Hannah Martenson March 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Happy 40th!!!! I think I’m going to say Ireland, but that might be because I’m completely biased and it was my first living abroad experience.

  118. Gary Peterson March 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Costa Rica. Happy Birthday and many more!

  119. Megan March 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I’m going to guess Madagascar! I plan to go to my dream destination of Japan when I turn 30 in two years!

  120. chewy March 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Galapagos islands?

  121. Romina March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Could it be Egypt?

  122. Mark March 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Holy Shit 40!!!! All the best my friend!

    Best guess……… Denmark

    So how I’m not very confident in my guess as I know how you love the warmer climates, but I’m excited to hear where you are going

  123. Mark March 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I believe that you will be soaking up the sun in Tahiti.

  124. Gillian March 22, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I haven’t followed your blog long enough to have a good sense of all the countries you’ve already visited, so I doubt I have much hope of guessing correctly. You’ve worked on cruise ships a lot, so it must be off the usual cruise ship itineraries.

    I’m going to say Fiji.

    And, having myself had a huge midlife crisis when I turned 40 (way back when….) I can confidently say you won’t have one. A mid-life crisis is the result of living a life where your dreams are on hold. If you are loving the life you’re living and living each day fully–as you seem to do–then there is no reason for a crisis. Enjoy your birthday! I toast you for living your dreams and encouraging others to do the same!

  125. Tracy March 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I’m going to guess Antarctica!

  126. Scott March 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply


    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

      Hey Scott – Good guess but I was actually there a few years back. Still ranks as one of the most unbelievable destinations I have ever experienced!

  127. david March 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Brazil,maybe you can help the country out

  128. Liko March 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Hau’oli La Piha Makahiki He Kanaha! (Happy 40th Birthday in Hawaiian)

    Perhaps Tahiti?

  129. Matt March 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply


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  131. Steve March 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply


  132. Natalie Hutter March 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply


  133. grahame March 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    My guess is that you’re going to Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
    That’s also my dream destination.

  134. Brandon March 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply


  135. steve March 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve been reading your post for a while,, I don’t remember you going to china,, and since its my dream destination – I’m going with that answer.. the orient express,, the terracotta soldiers, and the great wall…… have fun……

  136. LLISA HILL March 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Happy 40th WOW what a milestone. You are well preserved. My guess is mauritius,
    Wherever you are dont forget to enjoy your special day and the people you are with. MAKE memories and please lots of photos for us that are not in your dream destination.
    Regards llisa

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Thanks for that Llisa! And while I’m not in Mauritius right now, I may be visiting that country soon enough!

  137. Andrew Wheeler March 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Happy 40th birthday…!!!
    I think that you will go to Iceland.

  138. Cassi March 22, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Happy birthday!!! I’m going to guess Mongolia.

  139. Thomas Boecker March 22, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    The Seychelles. Nothing but that.

  140. Salves March 22, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Antartica is my guess.

  141. Wong Kae Chee March 22, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Hey Derek,
    Happy Birthday! Please invite me to your 40th birthday party.
    My guess is JAPAN.
    Kae Chee

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

      Hey Kae Chee – If I was having a party, you’d be invited for sure!!

  142. Amelia Helen Holst March 22, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I have no idea where but I do wish you a dream like 40th Birthday. Costa Rica? I really enjoy hearing from you about your travels and your story of following your heart inspires me to follow mine, thank you very much. You’d be an inspiring dad to have!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

      Hey Amelia – Thanks for that! Keep on following your heart as that really is the only way to live!

  143. Kelly March 22, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Cheers to your next trip around the sun.

  144. Dan Perry March 22, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I’ll guess Namibia.

  145. Ryan Buckler March 22, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply


  146. Ron Wesner March 22, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I’m going to Madagascar in Sept and Oct- with a wildlife photographer and my world traveling nephew who has been to more counties than I have and Madagascar will be my 155th. _ remember there are different ways of counting countries and I count the UK as four!

    So I shall add Madagascar as my guess.

    My perverse side wants me to suggest Cancun, Acapulco or Las Vegas. Disney World?

    Congrats and have a happy birthday.

    • Ernest Cordon March 22, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      I prefer to be more conservative in my country counting.

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  148. Ernest Cordon March 22, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

    North Korea, a most interesting choice.

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

      Hey Ernest – That is an interesting choice and I actually traveled there a few years ago!

      • Ernest Cordon March 26, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        Hi Derek, I’m going to North Korea in about three weeks so naturally it’s on my mind. The only way to really get a sense of life there is to go. I want to hear the voices and see the faces. My experience will be very limited but as my love Mimmy said about me “better than nothing”

  149. Noah Smith March 22, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Using context clues and seeing posts from other fellow travelers bloggers. As well as your current location. I would have to say it is easily MADAGASCAR!! Can’take believe you’re 40 years old..travel does wonders for not showing age I suppose. Anyways, Happy Birthday and have a great time!!

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

      Hey Noah – Thanks Noah! It’s not Madagascar though 🙂

  150. Daniel F March 22, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply


  151. Paul Clites March 22, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    New Zealsnd

  152. Kate March 22, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Rwanda to see the gorillas?

  153. Blair Green March 22, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    You’re in Kenya on safari! Or maybe that’s just my 40th bday plans!

  154. junior March 22, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Happy birthday Earl in advance. here is hoping you don’t wake up one day and decide to quit traveling.
    may the rest of your life, be better than the previous….
    i would guess BAHRAIN is your dream destination.

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

      Hey Junior – Ha, we shall see!

  155. Shoshka March 22, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Ireland I guess have a nice time

  156. Ashley March 22, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I’m going to say Madagascar 🙂

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  161. Michael Hartzsch March 22, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Hey bro,

    Wherever you go, the fact you turn 40 is the milestone by itself. I wish you all the very best. When I turned 40 I celebrated it on Green Island, Cairns, Australia. However I believe your destination is Mauritius?

    • Derek March 26, 2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

      Thanks for that Michael! And while it’s not Mauritius, I could be headed there soon.

  162. Linda March 22, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Iceland is my guess.

    Cingratulagions in your achievements as you reminisce your history! Happiest Birthday where ever you are!! Keep Wandering Earl !!

  163. Claire Wade March 22, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply


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