Most of you will have been directed here by me - if so, thanks for coming. If not, thanks for coming anyway.
I am Derek - a Kiwi who in June 2007, set off on a 4 1/2 month sortie around Europe via the USA, and set up this blog so that friends, family and randoms could keep track of where I had been to, and of the shenanigans I inevitably got up to.
The trip inspired me to keep travelling and directly following it, I spent the next seven years living in London, which was a fantastic base from which to continue my travels and thus the travelling continued unabated; as did the growing of this blog after I decided to keep it going - which is now a bit of a monster!
What also continued to grow, was my list of places around the world that I had to visit. It soon became apparent that public holidays and twenty-five days of annual leave wasn't going to cut it - so I decided to pack it all in and went on a two year journey around the world in an attempt to tick everything off my list.
Before setting off, I spent some time back home in New Zealand, travelled around South Africa for a couple of months, went back to London for a month and then lived in Spain for three months.
Once I did eventually set off, I spent eight months in Latin America, followed by five-and-a-half months in Europe and then finally, a year in Asia. From Chile to China, Moldova to Myanmar, India to Indonesia, and just about everywhere in between, it was the journey of a lifetime - and it is all documented right here!
Believe it or not however, all that travelling and not having a proper home for more than three years does get old after a while and I ended up yearning for a normal life (and money) again so thus I decided it was about time to set down some roots (for a little while anyway) once I had completed my sojourn.
Which is how I have found myself in Berlin, Germany, where I am currently living and working.
Despite my best efforts, I never did complete my list of places to go (I guess I had to leave some places for later!) so there will definitely be more trips to be made from here in Berlin.
All of my stories are arranged in reverse-chronological order, so my most recent travels are directly below.
I have organised the blog entries into "trips" as well, which are underneath the map on the right of this page (if you are on your laptop browser) or near the bottom of the page (if you are on your phone). Navigating the "trips" will make it easier for you to browse the blog entries I have written in the past.
The first "trip" consists of the first 32 blog entries covering my initial Euro-trip and the second "trip" covers the following 91 trips I did from London. The next four "trips" cover a quick visit to Australia, my time in South Africa, a couple of random stops to/from the UK and a couple of short breaks from Spain.
You are then able to read through my sojourn around the world, which has been split into three "trips"; "Latin America 2015-2016", "Europe 2016" and "Asia 2016-2017". My current trip "Excursions From Berlin" covers all the trips I have done since I have started living in the German capital.
The blog is primarily for me - so I can remember the places I've been, the people I've met and the experiences I've had.
But if you can take something from reading them, be it travel advice, inspiration to travel, or just a plain good read (haha) - then that's awesome.