More About The Founder
Derek is a late 20-something traveler whom loves adventure and doing different and unique things every day. He slaved away in the cubicle life for several years but after a three-month taste of freedom in Japan during 2008, his days of four walls were done. Ever since he has been treading his own path and living day-by-day in the hope of inspiring you to do the same.
Derek "gets his jollies" by going places where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, as well as places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo (supposedly its healthier and more efficient).
If leaving women at foreign airports were an Olympic event, he would surely win the gold. "Why can't I find a good single woman that likes to travel?"
The Most Interesting Man In The Universe once named Mr Feal as his successor...until he realized that Derek did not possess the smooth, narrative voice the job required.
He once drove over 2,100 miles in under 32 hours by himself and has countless stories from the road that he is unable to publish until the statute of limitations passes.
Last year we informed Derek that he is a little eccentric and you know what? He was shocked and in total disbelief. But then again, does anyone actually realize when they cross that fine line into eccentricity? Regardless, his heart is true, his writing is entertaining, and his Twitter followers are some of the best and most loyal around.
What Has Derek Completed On His Bucket List Already?See an active volcano. Hawaii, and yes it is even more spectacular than you can imagine.
Bicycle down a volcano, preferrably not an active one. Haleakala on Maui
Work on a marijuana farm in California.
Drive from the West Coast of USA to the East Coast, and then back. 32 states covered.
Injest unknown hallucinogens with locals in a foreign country. Mexico; DMT.
Get raped by a woman -- or at least drunk and taken advantage of. By a cougar in Dallas, Texas
Smuggle something very illegal into (or out of) a foreign country. Wait...Before I write about this, which countries have a statute of limitations and which do not?
Spend a full summer following a band or traveling to different music festivals.
Move abroad. Japan, 2008 -- that is what originally started my adult travels.
See all those normal sights that people put on their bucket lists with each destination I visit, thus leaving my bucket list free for random adventures.
Get interviewed and on the evening news. Tennessee, because of Bonnaroo.
Try living in the middle of nowhere with no electricity and no running water. Philippines. Made me appreciate all we have in America a lot more!
Stay in a multi-million-dollar penthouse overlooking Central Park. NYC is only fun on top.
Get arrested in a foreign country. Mexico. We were young, cops liked our bling. I learned a lot.
Be blacklisted from ever returning to a country. Err...kind of. Let me explain:
"Due to certain activities that were written about on my blog before it evolved into this site, I have been notified that it is in my best interests that I never set foot in this particular country again. While the lengthy memorandum went on to inform me of all the offenses committed and that my name has been placed on some sort of immigration watchlist, it was written by an employee of the state and not a lawyer; therefore, I doubt its authority. As a matter-of-fact, to me this is nothing more than a challenge to get back into that country and then say "Haha I'm back!" All that and more in 2013!" ~Derek Freal
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As you may have guessed from that list, Derek is an adventurous traveler. He prefers the path less taken and only rarely can be spotted at the tourist hotspots like the Eiffel Tower or Stonehenge.
However he is still new to travel blogging/writing; Only at the beginning of 2012 did he decide that non-stop travel is all he wants to do with his life. Now the only hard part is finding time to write about the adventures.