Top 5 Countries to Spend Quality Time with Derek Baron (aka Wandering Earl)

Do you ever wish you could just slow down?

Today I am joined by a long-time digital nomad and founder of Wandering Earl Tours, Derek “Earl” Baron to dive into the best countries to settle in and spend quality time.

Derek set off for his first trip in December of 1999 and has been traveling the world non-stop since. Having visited over 100 countries, totaling nearly 8000 days on the road (at the time of this interview) he has the unique perspective of someone who has spent over 2 decades living, working, and building relationships abroad. 

If you are in the midst of making travel plans for the coming year, you will definitely want to tune into today’s episode. Derek shares how to find the right place to spend quality time, tips for finding good housing abroad, the best country to make friends, advice for building relationships on the road, and so much more.

Where is the last place you spent quality time? I’d love to hear what they are and hope you will share them by sending me an audio message.

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Tune In To Learn:

  • How to balance and honor shifting values when traveling long-term
  • What being stuck in Bali for 7 months taught Derek about burnout
  • Takeaways from watching the digital nomad lifestyle grow in popularity
  • What it was like to be a digital nomad in the 90s 
  • Key differences between being part of a local community vs. a travel community
  • What it means to spend “quality time” in a new place
  • Tips and tricks for finding housing abroad
  • Advice for building meaningful relationships while traveling
  • The best place to easily make friends with locals
  • Upcoming small group trips hosted by Wandering Earl Tours
  • How Derek “turns on” as an introvert when leading a travel adventure
  • What it was like to be an American traveling through Iraq
  • The experience of coming back to the U.S. as an ex-pat
  • And so much more


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