Road Trips Make Me Lose My Mind (in a good way)

Wandering Earl Road trips. There’s something about the idea of a road trip that makes many people, including myself, go nuts from intense excitement. Just the thought of a road trip triggers such giddiness and ecstasy that I immediately start dreaming of all kinds of magical road trip scenarios. And I can get lost in such thought for hours. Usually, what makes me so enthusiastic about a road trip has nothing to …

A California Road Trip with Lost Campers

Wandering Earl I shall introduce you to “Caitlin”. Now I don’t know the story behind the name but that was the mini-campervan my girlfriend and I were given for our California road trip when we went to pick up our rental from Lost Campers USA in Los Angeles. Clean and ready when we arrived, we were given a ‘tour’ of the vehicle, signed…

5 Weeks in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (A New Experiment)

Wandering Earl On the wall is some graffiti that I can’t make much sense of. I think there are small round robots buzzing about, working on computers and talking on the phone. The table where I sit is long and white. There are four of us sitting here, laptops open, yet eight seats still remain empty. Inside this space it feels modern and industrial, yet welcoming enough, with wires hanging form the ceiling, a minimalist design and a front door that opens with the use of an app. Outside plastered on the wall across the street is an advertisement for …

Highlights From 12 Countries in Europe That I Visited This Year

Wandering Earl On October 26th, I’ll be leaving Gran Canaria and making my way to India. And with that trip, I shall say a big goodbye to all the countries in Europe as I won’t be back before the end of the year. I’ve actually spent a decent amount of time traveling…

Small Hotels in Prague – Hotel Anna (A Review)

Wandering Earl Two weeks ago, we were in Prague for a 5 night stay. It’s a popular city of course, with that impressive Baroque architecture, imposing castles and Gothic churches and an Old Town that everyone in the world seems eager to explore these days. As a result, it should’ve been no surprise when we ran into some difficultly finding accommodation. I’ll admit, we started looking for a room a little late, about a month before our arrival, but …

The Best Worst Museum in the World

Wandering Earl We pushed open a massive wooden door and found ourselves in a small, dark room. A middle-aged man was sound asleep in a plastic chair behind a dusty wooden desk. He woke up to the creak of the door as it closed and without hesitation grumpily blurted out, “Tickets here”. He told us that two tickets cost 16000 TSH ($8 USD), which seemed to be an arbitrary number. The tickets themselves had no price on them…

My 2 Week Trip to Zanzibar (beach huts, local food, activities and more)

Wandering Earl A trip to Zanzibar…that exotic, mysterious land. Never did I think I would make it to this island off the coast of mainland Tanzania but somehow, like most of my travels, it just happened. After bouncing around Kenya and Tanzania for a while, it was time to take it easy and catch up on work, and Zanzibar seemed like a…

Short Guide to Mauritius – A Laid-Back, Tropical Island

Wandering Earl A guide to Mauritius for those looking for a different kind of travel experience… For 3 weeks we stayed on this island. We spent one week in the small beach town of Flic en Flac and then we rented an apartment for two weeks in the smaller beach town of Trou aux Biches, towards the north. This marked the fourth Indian Ocean destination we’ve visited since the end of last year. And each one – Maldives, Zanzibar, Seychelles and Mauritius – certainly had its own unique flavor. The impressive Maldives is the …

Seychelles: My Affordable Trip to Paradise (it’s possible!)

Wandering Earl In March, as many of you might have known from my recent blog and social media posts, I traveled to my dream destination for my 40th birthday. That dream destination was the Seychelles, a tiny nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of 115 islands and home to only 89,000 people. I’ll come right out and say it…if …

I’m Off to My Dream Destination for My 40th. Guess and Win!

Wandering Earl On March 31st, I shall turn 40 years old. And tomorrow I’m off to my dream destination. When it comes to turning 40, I’m all good. Of course, there’s always a chance that the clock will strike midnight on that day and I’ll have a breakdown, then head off to Ibiza, pluck the first few gray hairs from my head, rent a Harley and cruise up and down the main strip, trying to feel as…

Masai Mara Safari: How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Trip

Wandering Earl Our Masai Mara safari… …it was a safari like no other, way off in the middle of nowhere Kenya, in the low season with few other travelers around, and with plenty of wildlife to spot out in the hills, in the open savannas, in the ponds and rivers and hidden among the low, thick trees. For three days and two nights our Masai Mara safari lasted and by the end of it, I can state that it was a definite success in every way possible. (Although, as I mentioned in my …

How To Ruin An Epic Travel Experience

Wandering Earl There I am. I’m sitting on the balcony of a beautiful wood cabin, staring out into the wilderness, listening to the sound of elephants roaring somewhere at the foot of the nearby hill. Flashes of lions and giraffes and cheetahs and black rhinos and warthogs appear in my head. Flashes of massive green mountains and never-…

Best Budget Hotel in Nairobi: Khweza Bed and Breakfast

Wandering Earl When I started looking at accommodation for my week long stay in Kenya’s capital, I was indeed somewhat surprised. Even hotels with poor reviews were way more expensive than I ever would have imagined here. Good hotels were even pricier of course. Finding a good budget hotel in Nairobi seemed impossible and the hostels either did not look appealing or were in inconvenient locations. I looked at Airbnb too …

The One Reason You Should Visit Nairobi, Kenya

Wandering Earl I’m in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a strange place, at least for a traveler, or more specifically, at least for me. From what I’ve gathered, most travelers visit Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, for one or two days, maybe three at most, either before or after their safari experience in other parts …