The HoliDaze Unique & Offbeat Travel

This is the story about a boy named Derek

Fuck this shit, I'm out on holidaze

He had a fancy corporate career but worked too hard and suffered a quarter-life crisis in his early 20’s.

So Derek gave it all up and began traveling.

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Male Travel Bloggers

Huffington Post

Member of PTBA, the Professional Travel Blogger Association

Top 7 Travel YouTubers
To Follow in 2016

What Doesn’t Suck

Derek Eats That!

Delicious and disgusting foods around the world

Rants & Rambles

About traveling — the good, bad, ugly and strange


Don’t Do What Derek Does….please, just don’t

Unique + Offbeat

Sights, activities and adventures around the world

Travel Different.

The HoliDaze unique and offbeat travel guides to cool, quirky and overlooked sights, activities and adventures in popular destinations around the globe. Adventure. Food. Culture. Nightlife. History. It’s all there. And it’s more rewarding because you are getting off the beaten path! Travel different. Add some “holidaze” to your holidays.

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Derek Freal

Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel. Cultural enthusiast and perpetual nomad since 2008, blogging before it was cool. Now producing travel videos and eating strange or taboo foods — sometimes both at the same time. ǝʌıʇɔǝdsɹǝd ɹǝɥʇouɐ ɯoɹɟ sƃuıɥʇ ǝǝs oʇ ǝʌol ı

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Adventure Travel Guides

Have you heard of this new drug all the cool kids are doing? It’s called adventure! Adrenaline not required — adventure comes in all shapes and all forms, even all price ranges. New activities, new foods, new experiences! The trick is to embrace the moment and go with the flow 😉

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been there, done that:

Countless Destinations

Cover the earth before it covers you. There is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done. Sure, you cannot do it all — but the sooner you start, the more you can do. Just pick a destination and go for it! Don’t waste time or time will waste you

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