I Want To Thank Each & Every One Of You

I Want To Thank Each & Every One Of You

By |2017-12-19T11:29:17-05:00September 13th, 2010|Personal Stuff|52 Comments

Thank you, merci, gracias, arigato

Nine days have now passed since the official launch of my new project – HowToWorkOnACruise.com. I really didn’t have any expectations when I did the launch and as a result, found myself overcome with giggly excitement when the first sale was made less than 3 hours after introducing the product right here on this blog!

Now I could lie to you and tell you that I sold 193 copies of the eBook in the first four days, and you’d think I’m some sort of an internet income guru, but I didn’t! Not even close! However, I really couldn’t be happier at all as we have enjoyed consistent sales every day so far, with feedback that has continued to be nothing but overwhelmingly positive.

And who do I have to thank?


So many of you helped support this project in ways you probably didn’t even realize and I cannot express enough gratitude to you.

While I know I’m going to miss a few people (and I sincerely apologize in advance), I’d like to give a warm and special thank you to…

  • Everyone who spread the word about this project on Twitter! There are simply too many of you to count and name, but I shall never forget how those supportive tweets ultimately led many people interested in working on board cruise ships to now have the information they need to make it happen.



Over the past month, it also seems that not a few days would pass before a pleasant surprise came my way. And these surprises often involved the discovery that one of my posts was mentioned on another blog, something that leaves me amazed and shaking my head in disbelief each time it happens. When I first started this blog back in November of 2009, I never imagined that I would even receive a single comment on any of my posts, never mind a mention on the site of a fellow blogger that I admire!

With that said, I’d like to extend a most sincere thank you to…

  • Caz & Craig of the always informative YtravelBlog.com for including “The Food Stall on the Street Corner” in their list of “Best Travel Blog Posts for the week of August 23rd”
  • Dena at EvolutionYou.net for your generous support of my blog in your weekly “Carousel” series of posts
  • My good pal and fellow Indian food-addict Alan of The9to5Alternative.com and the always thoughtful Fabian of FriendlyAnarchist.com, for not only mentioning my post “Do You Shave Your Underarms Too?” on their blogs, but for actually shaving their underarms fully after reading the post. You did shave guys, right?



As I mentioned above, I really never thought that my posts would generate enough interest that people would actually want to leave a comment. As a result, you can easily imagine my astonishment and the resulting childlike behavior, which involved running around in circles while clapping and howling as loudly as possible, when Angeline M left the first comment back on November 7th, 2009.

And here’s the thing. I still experience today that very same overwhelming excitement every time I receive an email notification that a comment has been left on one of my posts. EVERY SINGLE TIME! Granted, I no longer run around in circles, but I most certainly do clap loudly! I love that people want to leave comments here, not because I’m trying to set some kind of comment record, but simply because each comment leads to an interaction and it is these interactions that motivates me to continue writing and working on this site every day.

For those of you who have been visiting this site for a long time – including Jonny, Hugh, Dave & Deb, Rose, Liz, T-Roy, Derek, Laura, Andi, James, Jackie, Nate, Jennifer, Jen, Shannon, Ashley, Audrey & Dan, Raam, John, Lisis, Moon, Mark, Ayngelina, Michael, Simon, Jeremy & Dina – I truly thank you for your never-ending support!

And to every other person who has ever read anything on WanderingEarl.com, whether you’ve chosen to leave a comment or not, don’t think for one moment that I don’t feel incredibly fortunate to have you as a reader and in many cases, as a friend. I could not be more thankful for every member of this community!


To all those who have emailed me over the months with questions, comments or just to say hello, let me tell you that these interactions are immensely rewarding to me as well. I encourage you to keep the emails coming as each one I receive quickly leads to an abnormally large smile stuck onto my face. And for anyone who has ever thought about sending me an email, you should never hesitate for even one second. I’d be honored to receive your email and I’ll personally reply as quickly as I can, not out of obligation, but out of sheer interest it getting to know you and assisting you in any possible way.

And who knows, maybe our paths will cross one day…

I’ve already been most fortunate to have met such incredible fellow travelers as Shannon, Bessie & Kyle, Jodi, Audrey & Dan, Margo, Andy, Anil and most recently, Dani & Jess of GlobetrotterGirls.com!

Now that a new stage of my travels has begun, I’d love to meet up with even more of you if possible, so if you’re planning to be in the NYC area next week or even in the Middle East in the near future, let’s see if we can work something out!


I’d just like to say once again, and this is for absolutely everyone, whether you’ve been hanging around this blog for months or only a few weeks or even if this is your first visit here…

gracias, merci, danke, kop khun kawp, grazie, takk, toda, dhanyavad, terimeh kasih, dekuji, arigato, mahalo, shukran, go-map-sem-ni-dah, teşekkür ederim and THANK YOU

…for spending some time at WanderingEarl.com!

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  1. Freek Van Ootegem August 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Earl,

    It’s now friday the 26th at 02:00, and I am almost continuously reading your blog sinds yesterday 18:00. After one hour reading I knew it would be a long night, with less sleep then planned.

    I absolutely love your blog, it’s easy, fun, … to read and I guess this is a good place to thank you! These will have been hours well spend and spend with pleasure. This ‘Like’ butten is pushed!

    I hope to start my own Travelblog in the near future, and this site is and will be of good guidance. So be sure I’ll keep visiting your site.

    Sincerely a novice Belgium Nomad

    • Earl August 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Hey Freek – I want to thank you for leaving a comment and I honestly can’t explain how much I appreciate your words. It’s really wonderful to hear from readers and especially to know that they enjoy what they read on this site. Of course, I hope you managed to get at least a little sleep last night and didn’t stay awake all night long!!

      Also, that’s excellent that you’ll be starting your own travel blog. Please do let me know if you ever have any questions at all and I’d be more than happy to offer any advice that I may be able to provide!

  2. Todd September 19, 2010 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Great Job Earl, it is always nice to see a nice travel blogger do well 🙂 I have been a bit slow but I’m getting to a review of your new ebook soon.

    • Earl September 19, 2010 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Thanks Todd! I look forward to reading the review 🙂
      And take your time of course, no rush!

  3. Dena September 18, 2010 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Bonjour! Hello, Earl. I just got back from Paris yesterday–beautiful trip. I’ve just now read over this entry and I am so happy to hear that you’ve been having success with your launch. It is SO well-deserved.

    It is always a pleasure to share your work with my readers. You are such a good person with so much to offer the world! I hope to remain friends forever and I will certainly continue to endorse your incredible work. 🙂

    • Earl September 19, 2010 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Bonjour Dena! I’m so happy to hear that your trip went so well! Hopefully you’ll be sharing and writing about your experiences soon 🙂
      And I enjoyed your video post from in front of Notre Dame. You offer a great message for anyone looking to achieve their goals…

      It’s been great becoming friends with you over the past few months and again, I can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

  4. Randall September 18, 2010 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I promise to make in your top 10 commenters list next time!!

    Everyone should always re-tweet when they comment…help a brother out!

    • Earl September 19, 2010 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Hey Randall – My apologies!! I knew I was going to accidentally leave someone off the list! Honestly though, I absolutely appreciate all of your RTs and the support that you’ve given this site. And I look forward to interacting with you some more!

  5. Jeremy September 18, 2010 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Congrats on the sales Earl and many more to follow!

    • Earl September 19, 2010 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Much appreciated Jeremy!

  6. Maria Staal September 17, 2010 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Hey Earl, sorry for the late reply. I am so glad that your blog has taken off and that your book is selling.
    I always enjoy reading your blog and am looking forward to your posts from the Middle East.
    Keep writing great posts! 🙂

    • Earl September 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      No need to apologize Maria! Hopefully you were working hard on your book!!

  7. Dina September 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Hoi Earl, thanks for noticing me 🙂 (and not forgetting even though I haven’t been online for a while – family visits) Your blog is one of my favourite! It’s a really cool idea of site you have, I’m currently checking it out. I like your traveling background. From the cruise ship, to traveling slow right now. Do you think you will come back working for cruise ship again?

    • Earl September 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Hey Dina! Glad to see you’re still able to squeeze some time in for blog reading with all those family visits you’re enjoying at the moment! And to answer your question, while I have only wonderful things to say about my time on board cruise ships, I don’t see myself going back. There is just too many other things that I want to accomplish!

      • Dina September 21, 2010 at 10:27 am - Reply

        Hey, I also wondering, did you sometimes see couples working in the same ship? Because every time we are thinking about trying the shiplife, we always think, what’s the chance they take both of us.

        • Earl September 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm - Reply

          Hey Dina! Working as a couple on board a cruise ship is possible, although it depends on the cruise line. Some cruise lines don’t allow it at all, while others completely welcome it! The key is to find a position for each of you (the chances of working in the same department would be slim, but definitely on the same ship) and market yourselves as a team. The last cruise line I worked for (Cunard Line) employed a large amount of couples on their ships as they felt that couples were happier crew members and as a result would stick around for a lot longer.

          If you’re seriously thinking about it, send me an email and I can let you know which cruise lines always seem to be interested in hiring couples. There’s about 4 that I know of off the top of my head…

  8. Erin September 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Aw, what a sweet post. Thanks for doing the interview with us – it’s been really popular as people are so inspired by what you are doing. I agree with Kate – your blog is doing so well because you are such a lovely guy! Hope we get to meet one day.

    • Earl September 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Erin! It was great to read the comments after the interview, especially from some people who I didn’t even know followed my blog 🙂

      And I have no doubt we’ll meet up one day!

  9. Nate September 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Earl –

    Holy Crap!! I feel bad…I didn’t even know you were working on this. I mean, I knew you were working a ton and had stuff going on, but I didn’t know it was this. From the bottom of my heart, I’m telling you this is amazing man! It’s so, so, so, so awesome to see you sharing what you’ve learned in order to help others. It’s a beautiful thing my friend! Congratulations!!


    • Earl September 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Hey Nate! Don’t feel bad at all 🙂 We’re all busy and I know how hard it is to keep up with what everyone’s doing!

      I certainly do appreciate the kind words and it definitely feels good to be sharing some of my knowledge in the hopes of improving the lives of at least a handful of people. As always, thank you for being a part of the community Nate and I sincerely hope that all has been well with you as of late…

  10. Caz Makepeace September 16, 2010 at 4:30 am - Reply

    What a great post. You deserve all your success because you are a genuinely positive person who appreciates life and all who cross your path. Thanks for the shout out and may you keep having a ton of continued success

    • Earl September 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Caz! I really do appreciate your comments and it means a lot coming from a blogger I admire!

  11. wanderingtrader September 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Thats great cuz… lol. Its great to see you building a name for yourself!

    • Earl September 15, 2010 at 6:17 am - Reply

      Thanks Marcello! It’s just wonderful to have such a community of people that I look forward to interacting with a couple of times each week!

  12. rose September 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    anytime 🙂

    • rose September 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Now that my computer is working again, I can tell you that I am more than happy about all the time I spent procrastinating reading your posts – it was definitely time well spent, much more so than the time spent organizing my files which have now mostly been lost in the crash anyways… So by all means, keep on writing, and I will certainly be reading, as it is always a pleasure when you share your thoughts with the rest of the world!

      • Earl September 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm - Reply

        Hey Rose – Make sure you’re not procrastinating too much! I don’t want to be blamed later for you not getting your work done 🙂 Seriously though, thank you for reading this blog and for all of your comments!

  13. T-roy September 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    You thanked me to soon man! Going to work on the article Sunday and hope to get it out ASAP. I LOVED the eBook and if all goes well i just might be in cruise ship work next year. Think it would be fun to do it for a year or so, while writing about it. Anyways, you got an awesome eBook here and can see this one helping you travel for a while!

    So when you going to Turkey? Want to see what $15 got you there for a hostel! jajaja

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Hey T-roy – I’m happy to hear that you really liked the eBook! Working on a ship, even for one contract, would absolutely be fun. And writing about it would be incredible as you’re guaranteed to have endless crazy stories to tell 🙂

      I don’t have a definite date for Turkey yet but I’m hoping by the end of the month. And don’t worry, I’ll fully document how I spend that $15!

  14. Andi September 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Awww so happy for your success and thanks for the shout out darling! Maybe you sell a million copies!!!!!!!!!!

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Hey Andi – I certainly wouldn’t complain if I sold a million copies!

  15. Elizabeth September 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    =) awwwwwwww….

  16. Anil September 14, 2010 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Earl you are more than welcome! Awesome to hear of the strong start to the ebook and hoping for more continued success 🙂

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Much appreciated Anil! And I’ll be in touch soon about hopefully meeting up in Turkey!

  17. Ozzy September 14, 2010 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Congrats on your Ebook, that’s great that sales are staying consistent. I know how hard it can be to get it to that. I love this blog you have truly unique and great stories to share with the world. I hope in the near future I can begin collecting stories again also.


    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Much appreciated Ozzy. I’m always thrilled to see your name pop up along with one of your comments whenever I write a post, so please keep those comments coming!

      And it seems like you’ve already collected your fair share of incredible travel adventures so I have no doubt that you’ll continue to collect more in the future 🙂

  18. Moon Hussain September 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Earl, this must be quite exciting for you 🙂 Perhaps you should do some keyword research and rank your site for some nice keywords.

    Anyway, I’m more than flattered that you put “entrepreneurial” next to my name… that is something else 🙂 Happy to support you, your stories are always entertaining.

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Hey Moon – Don’t worry, the keyword research has already begun! And we’re already showing up on page 2 or 3 of google for a couple of our main keywords, so that seems like a good first step.

      And you’re definitely entrepreneurial 🙂 I’ve been learning a lot over at your site as you continue to share your, well, entrepreneurial experiences!

  19. Fabian | The Friendly Anarchist September 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Hey Earl, that’s a beautiful post you did here, sending out lots of link love and good vibes, so thanks for that! 🙂
    As for shaving, I’m with Alan and thus part of the trimming department… I totally agree that it feels a lot better, especially around the warmer parts of the planet.
    Hope the sales continue to be good for your ebook! Have a pleasant evening! 🙂

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Hey Fabian – Ok, I’ll accept the trimming method! Glad to know it’s working out for you down there in South America 🙂

      It’s been great connecting with you over the past couple of months and keep up your incredible writing!

  20. Andy Hayes September 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Whew – that was a heck of a thank you. Not sure what else to say but 1) YOU DESERVE IT, and 2) YOU’RE WELCOME.

    Sorry for shouting. Couldn’t help it.


    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Hey Andy – Well, now that my hearing has returned from your shouting, I can respond 🙂 It was definitely great to have finally met you back at the TBEX gathering and hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet up again sometime soon. Not sure where, but I’m sure it will happen at some point!

  21. Nate September 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Earl, you rock dude.

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Hey Nate – You’re the one about to walk across America! And the video you posted was a great start to the new site. For anyone who hasn’t had a look already, here it is…http://www.natewalksamerica.com

  22. Shannon OD September 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Prego Earl! And thanks for the shout out; you make it fun to support, comment and email 🙂

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:16 am - Reply

      That’s wonderful to hear Shannon as that’s what I’m aiming for! Hope all is well with your new position!

  23. Alan September 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Rockin’ post, and yes, for the record, loud and clear, I do trim my underarm hair every 4-5 weeks. Ha! Congrats again on the eBook (and consistent sales..that’s the hardest part!) and look forward to our next rendezvous.

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Thank you for clarifying that Alan as I was getting a little concerned that you weren’t taking the shaving thing seriously!! Looking forward to hopefully meeting up again as well…

  24. Jennifer Barry September 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Aww thanks Earl! I certainly didn’t expect a shout out as one of your “long time” visitors. I keep mentioning your posts because you are an excellent writer. 🙂

    I’ve been meaning to contact you about the ebook thing but I’ve been having some real life drama here (husband broke his ankle). I will shoot you an email now.

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Hey Jennifer – You’ve definitely been visiting this site and leaving excellent comments for a while 🙂 And thanks so much for mentioning me in your Round-Up this week!

      Sorry to hear about your husband’s broken ankle. Definitely take care of that situation first!!

  25. Adventurous Kate September 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Earl, you know why I love your blog so much? Because in addition to posting high-quality pieces, you seem like SUCH A NICE GUY!! It shows in everything you write. (And I feel the same way as you about comments!)

    Congrats on your newfound success as an eBook author! 😀

    • Earl September 14, 2010 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Kate! And there’s a chance I may end up in Boston at some point over the next couple of weeks, so if you’re still there, perhaps we can meet up? (in the Berklee area of course!)

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