How to Enjoy Local Travel Experiences – The 5-Minute Rule

You want local travel experiences. You start researching destinations. You discover that so many cities are considered overrun with tourists. You hear about countries that appear to be so touristy, others say they’re not worth visiting. It’s true. There’s a lot of destinations in the world that have a lot of tourists/travelers in them. So, if you prefer to stay away from mass tourism, it can seem like a real challenge to find an ideal destination to visit. But…think about…

What It’s Like to Travel to East Timor

Wandering Earl As time goes on, it takes more and more for me to get excited about a destination. Yes, after 18 years of constant travel, I have seen a great deal. And just like anything we do over and over again, travel has just become the norm. So, to combat this, I need to head beyond every now and then, I need to cross borders that for one reason or another, feel a little different. This was the case with Yemen and even with the Seychelles…

The Top 197 Countries in the World You Should Visit

Wandering Earl Ah, lists. When it comes to online travel information, there’s no shortage. Top 5, Top 10, Top 20…lists, lists and more lists. Lists telling us exactly which countries in the world we need to visit right now, what to do when we get there, where to stay, what we should see, where we should eat and so on. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing Top 10 lists that list the best Top 10 travel lists. (Does it already exist?) With such…

2016: A Most Fascinating and Unexpected Journey

Wandering Earl The year 2016 really was a fascinating and unexpected journey for me. It was an extremely happy journey, to say the least. Okay, maybe I had a similarly brilliant year when I was 9 (after all, that’s when Krissy accepted the bracelet I gave her in the elementary school playground) but my memory is somewhat foggy at this point to know for sure. As far as my…

18 Days in a Super Beautiful, Remote Part of Mexico

Wandering Earl Last month, I spent 18 days in a secluded, remote part of Mexico. A friend and I were covering another friend’s housesitting assignment while he and his wife were away. The house we took care of was quite isolated. On one side was an endless, empty white sand beach and gorgeous water for as far as you could see. On the other side was an immense span of jungle stretching all the way to Alaska, or so it seemed. Nothing else at all for the most part. A potholed dirt …

Making Friends While Traveling Is A Crazy, Wild Ride

Wandering Earl Right now I’m sitting on the balcony of an apartment that I’ve rented in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In front of me, across the street, is a football field with some basketball courts nearby. The night time breeze is coming in from the beach, straight across that field, and it keeps me cool despite the hot and humid weather. When I look out at this football field, it instantly reminds me …

Why I Always Trust My Traveler Instinct

Wandering Earl During the three days I spent in Istanbul earlier this month, something didn’t feel right. Sure, I followed the general routine that I usually follow, and have enjoyed greatly, during my earlier travels to this city. I booked a private room at the friendly Cheers Hostel, I returned to my favorite eateries scattered around the back streets and lanes …

Why I Made a List of Memorable Life Experiences This Morning

Wandering Earl Have you ever created a list of the first 50 or so most memorable life experiences that pop into your head when you think back over your years? I woke up this morning and felt the urge to do just that. This is what I came up with… Taking a shower in a…

My Robot-Like Approach to Travel and Life

Wandering Earl If you dare me to do something, I’ll do it, whatever it involves. I might not like it but I’ll show zero emotion whatsoever, pretend that nothing could possibly bother me at all and I’ll face the challenge at hand. If you told me I won a two month …

Why I’m Concerned About Travel Blogging

Wandering Earl I’m a travel blogger. Wait. No I’m not. As I like to say, I’m just a blogger. I happen to be traveling most of the time so I write about travel most of the time too. Maybe that makes me a travel blogger, I don’t know. I also write about other stuff as well, including the tough times I face, and the occasional, yet very…

What The Worst Golf Shot Teaches Us About Travel

Wandering Earl Stepping up to the tee, I was mighty nervous. I was shaking, I couldn’t think straight at all. It was the first time that the coach of my high school golf team put me in the starting lineup. I was finally playing in a tournament between our school and the high school team of a neighboring town. No longer was I just a member …

The Greatest Lesson I’ve Learned From Travel

Wandering Earl I know nothing. That’s the greatest lesson I’ve learned during all these years of travel. Sure, I can tell you where to snorkel in Bali or give you a great route for a road trip around Romania or explain where to find a unique spa experience in Kyrgyzstan, but when I really think about all of the issues and situations that the world faces these days, I really know …

The Most Important Travel Rule

Wandering Earl It was simply stunning. The sun was rising over the holy Ganges River, with the gentle foothills of the Himalayas off in the distance, the town slowly awakening into a soft pink glow. The atmosphere so peaceful, so serene. I stood there enjoying this sunrise for quite some time, watching the monkeys hop around the rooftops in front of me, smiling at the first sounds of chanting and music flowing out of the ashrams nearby. I could not have been happier. About fifteen minutes prior…

When We Can’t Afford to Fail, We Succeed

Wandering Earl Four months ago, I received an email from a customer who had purchased one of the eBooks that I have written. The email said… “I can’t download your eBook. Every time I go to the download page, I get a message stating that you haven’t been notified of my payment yet and to check back later. But my payment already went through.” That’s …