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Am I not Prepping Enough? 60 Days until my trip to Thailand!

“I saw your Instagram photo about your savings. You’re almost at the goal, are you excited?” a co-worker said to me tonight at the restaurant. Suddenly butterflies filled my stomach, and I laughed out loud. “What? What’s funny?” She asked. “I’m sorry, I just suddenly got goosebumps all over my body and butterflies in my stomach when you asked that. I couldn’t help it.“ And then I proceeded to put two fists in the air and announce, “Hell yes, SO excited!“ The next adventure is coming, and it won’t be… Read More

Memoirs of a Lost Boy

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text][dropcap]L[/dropcap]ife is short. Time is precious. I know this all too well. Before I became self-aware of the things that haunted me, the things I allowed myself to be consumed by, and the destructive nature I had embodied, I was depressed and on the verge of taking my own life. I thought the world was against me and that I was a failure for not living up to someone else’s standards. I was… Read More

The Day I was Disowned for wanting to Travel (with Video)

I had expectations of what that moment would be like. The moment where I reveal to my brother I would be leaving the United States for a year. I would be selling off all of my possessions, quitting my job, and leaving. I thought it would go something like this: “Hey Derrick, I have something to tell you. I decided to move to New Zealand for a year, and I’ve already got my ticket.” “What the fuck?! That is so stupid. That is possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard”… Read More

Gnarliest Travel Articles: August 4th-10th

Welcome to your weekly travel digest. Just like a young chap in the early 1900’s, I will be playing the role of town cryer telling you all of the best travel articles hot of the (word)press. Each week I will be posting up my favorite blog reads that catch my terribly low attention span. No, I will not be in overalls and a golf cap like this dapper young lad on the left. When I’m not wandering around the world, I’m reading about it, so I want to collect some… Read More

How to Travel the World When You Have Lost Everything.

  I know death well. Like some damned Divine Comedy, I’ve been through Hell. That dark, fiery, sulfur stinking, lifeless place. And for a long time it seemed like the fate of myself would be that of my parents; self-induced, or by the powers that be who deemed me unworthy to truly live. I’ve met despair, who caressed my face in a shadowy comfort, enticing me to a darkness of a black hole like existence in which no light would be allowed. It is much easier to give up all… Read More

How I am Preparing For Thailand. And Failing.

After revealing that I took the plunge and bought my ticket to Thailand, and proceeded to show you my über happy dance, you might think I am spending every waking moment scouring the interwebs about Thailand. And that hasn’t happened. Has the excitement of leaving again died? Hell no.  I look at this countdown every day. Then why haven’t I memorized the city layout of Bangkok by heart, made Thailand the background of my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook Pro. Why don’t I know Thai phrases yet, which shots to get,… Read More

Help My #Adventure4Life Challenge to Support Cancer Fighters!

Life is a precious, but always fleeting thing. And for some, fleeting much faster. Though I have never experienced the hardships of being diagnosed, and fighting, a terminal disease, I know just how precious this time we are given is. There was a time when I was in the darkest dark. A never-ending fog where I couldn’t see ahead, and felt I could never escape. As you may know from my blog posts, at a very young age I lost both of my parents to the side-effects of a drug… Read More

In Photos: Inspirational Smiles from Haiti

A smile. It is simple, yet so profound. Filled with a thousand words, meanings, and emotions. So I’ve compiled smiles from Haiti for you, and some inspirational quotes, to inspire a cheesy grin to form on your face. Because I freakin’ love to smile! Smiling…that subtle reaction that happens when the electric neuronal signals tickle the oldest part of your cortex, making your brain giggle with joy, which stimulates your smile muscles causing that cheesy grin to form. The fact that we HAVE smile muscles should make you smile. However… Read More

Featured in Travel Longer Magazine – My Wild New Zealand Adventure!

  I am super freakin’ excited to announce the April Issue of Travel Longer Magazine featuring yours truly, and a way YOU can get a subscription for free! Badass, I know. Free things make us all want to do a little happy jig. Articles have been few and far between for the past month on this blog, and as much as it bums me out, it was for good reason. A 2,500 word good reason.   Excerpt: “It seems like just yesterday I was sitting by a fire playing my… Read More

To Haiti, With Love…to Film a Documentary.

You’ve seen Haiti all over news networks and website for years as the face of disaster, suffering, and government corruption. I’m going to be straight forward with you — I’m sick of seeing this. The Haitian people I know are sick of seeing this. It’s journalism exploitation at it’s finest and we are going to flip this trend right on it’s damn face. Yes, The country has faced numerous natural disasters and political corruption that has crippled the economy and repressed it’s people. But the citizens of Haiti are still… Read More

Video Message from the Dead: Start Living Today.

Here is a very VERY personal video message that I recorder while visiting my Father’s gravestone this December on his birthday. I recorded this video after writing a letter to him of things I never got to say to him before he passed. While writing this, I was struck with a sudden sense of understanding about my own life, what I want to get out of it, and how precious ever second of every day is. I’m sharing this with you today because I feel it may offer you some… Read More

Live Gnarly Everyday: Don’t Trust your Gut.

The wind whips through your hair as you stand at the edge of a platform 150 feet in the air. Far below, sapphire waves slap against grey rock; a bright yellow dingy with the safety crew bobs about like a rubber ducky in a bathtub. You look down. Suddenly your stomach retreats into your ribcage, wrenched tight as a knot. There is that feeling; that gut feeling of impending doom. The primal reaction all humans have in the face of imminent danger or in a nervous situations that makes you… Read More

My 5 Biggest Travel Regrets of 2012.

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets” -Arthur Miller In life, I try to live with as little regrets as possible. My motto Live Gnarly stems directly from this practice — To wake each day and embrace the possibilities, to take every opportunity presented to do something epic, and to overall lead an awesome existence. But it doesn’t always pan out that way; especially with travel, and especially when you are a complete travel noob. Trust me, mis-adventures made up the majority of… Read More

Buying My First Canon DSLR for Travel Photography

I have done it! Finally I took the dive into the semi-professional photography camera pool and purchased my first ever DSLR camera! What shooter did I go for? Behold, my new creative black stallion: The new Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR with an additional 18-55mm lens. It’s a beaut, huh? Really. I can’t tell you how freakin’ excited I am to start shooting with this camera. I’m literally gushing with anticipation as I wait for Amazon to ship my order and for it to arrive Tuesday…. Read More

Apocalypse FAIL! How to Live like it was the End.

Chalk another one up beside Y2k for epic prophecy FAILS of our time! Or just mass idiocy. There was no fire and brimstone for Bruce Willis to prevent. No aliens invading for Will Smith to punchasize in the forehead. And no zombies for a sexy leather clad Milla Jovovich to fight off In 13 sequels. And I’m as tired of hearing about the “Mayan Prophecy” as much as the next person. But lets just play “what if” for a minute… What if there had been an actual apocalypse? What if… Read More

Death: My Travel Inspiration.

Your life can change in an instant. Sometimes that phrase is difficult to grasp since we get caught up in our daily lives and don’t realize when things pass us by — for example: life. But just like a lightbulb, it can burn out without a hint of notice, leaving the faintest remnant of that light clinging on to the last minutes of what once was before fizzing out forever. I know this all too well. It started just as any day starts out. The daily routine of being startled… Read More