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What Noise Do Dogs Make Around The World?

Dogs around the world make different noises

“What the hell is that? Is that a dog?!” I asked incredulously. Turns out it was. Apparently the dogs in this country make different noises than the traditional “bark bark” I grew up hearing. The more countries I traveled, the more I realized that dogs around the world make different noises in different countries. It … Read More

Life In An Immigration Detention Center

Derek Freal is locked up abroad

Recently I happened to find myself locked up abroad in Indonesia for 16 days all because of a tweet. (Yes, a tweet…a deleted one at that!) Now let me show you around my cell at the immigration detention center, my new (and hopefully temporary) home.   This post was written while I was locked up … Read More

Top Culinary Achievements Of 2014 + Photos & Videos

Derek Freal's top culinary achievements of 2014

2014 has been a fun-filled and food-filled year but not one without it’s share of trials and tribulations (case in point getting locked up abroad for 16 days and eventually deported because of a tweet). But through it all I’ve kept on the hunt for more tasty foods to try, whether strange or taboo or … Read More

Derek Drives That! Strange Vehicles, Exotic Locations And Unparalleled Mischief

Derek Drives That! is part of the new HoliDaze travel video series

I love trying out new and strange forms of transportation while traveling but one thing is even more fun: actually driving them! From jeepneys in the Philippines to chicken buses in Guatemala and ojeks in Indonesia, there is no method of transportation I won’t try and no vehicle I cannot drive. And now I’m turning … Read More

Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Many people love Vietnam. Many others, particularly long-term travelers, don’t care for it and feel that one trip was more than enough. After all no matter how much or how little you travel, there is always that one place you like the least. Some countries just rub you the wrong way, for whatever arcane reason. … Read More

46 Countries, 46 Travel Ideas To Inspire You

Postcards from Berlin, Germany

I am not someone who is on a quest to visit every country in the world, ticking them off a travel ‘to do’ list. I’m someone who is on a quest to explore as much of the world as I can, learn about and appreciate diverse cultures and meet and interact with different people. But … Read More

How Long-Term Travel Changes People Forever

Yunnan Ethnic Village in China

Last week I celebrated my ten year nomadiversary of quitting my job to travel the world. Ten years of long-term travel have taught me more than I learned in the 24 years prior to that. The knowledge gained, unforgettable experiences, and amazing people I’ve encountered over the years have changed my life forever, in ways … Read More