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Name: Derek
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Location: Nottingham, England, UK
Join Date: June 19, 2007
Contributions: derekbilldaly has written about 113 places, shared 4,300 photos, left 2,600 comments, and smiled 2,411 times.
Interested in: meeting new people, meeting other people to travel with, showing people around my hometown, sharing travel tips and blogs
Travel Plans
Morocco
dream destination
Casablanca, snake charmers, the Atlas mountains and did I mention Casablanca?? Play it again Sam....
Paris, France
dream destination
Until the day I die, a little piece of me will always live in this great city...
Nepal
dream destination
I am going try to find my way to Nepal so I can help out in an orphanage with the Umbrella Foundation for 6 months... I also heard there is some big mountain around there
» see all 33 future travel and dream destinations
Countries I've Traveled To
Languages Spoken
English, Irish, some limited French and a very limited understanding of Spanish & Portuguese. I hope to improve these and to of course learn many more some day
Interests
Books you might find in my backpack
Music you might find me listening to while waiting for my plane
Most Memorable Travel Experience
-Trekking the Amazon with a new found German friend and a guide for 20 days without food or supplies
-Snorkeling around Zanzibar
-Never finding a shop or bar that myself and Bryan could not drink out of savanna dry!
-Climbing inside the pyramids
-Being homeless in Barcelona
-Having a shaman try to cure my broken foot and when we refused to pay he cursed us (later that day my friend fell off a pier!!)
-Travelling to Israel to meet a friend whom I met years before in Brazil
-Swimming on to "The Beach" in Thailand...
-Watching the fireworks on Bastille Day at the Eiffel Tower
-Meeting the really cool TBers that were over in Paris for Lori's birthday
-Helping to build someone's house with Habitat for Humanity in Kyrgyzstan
-Working with Pretoma looking after turtles in the glorious Punta Banco
-Going to the Gili Islands and snorkelling every morning from deserted beaches and meeting my beautiful Gemma there
-Crashing in the Outback an being stuck there for about 20 hours until being rescued by some of the nicest people ever!
-Becoming apart of Hannah's family for Christmas
-Almost everything I did in New Zealand
-Flying to Vancouver to hang out with Lori again and her family & friends
-Going to Iceland with Gemma & friends then proposing to her under the Northern Lights... she said yes...
-But above all else, its all the people that I've met on my travels (sorry if that sounds too corny)
Profile
I'm in my 30's with my college years firmly behind me so its goodbye to 3 months off every summer. After the recession hit Ireland and my contract came to an end, I set off travelling the world and letting the road take me where I need to be.

A few weeks into this trip, I found the happiness behind a strangers smile across a bar, I had met Gemma, who I is now my wife. The whirlwind that was my life since led me to live in Auckland (it owns a place in my heart right next to Paris), and eventually moved to the home of Robin Hood in Nottingham, England to live with Gemma, the rest is as they say, history waiting to be written...

I simply cannot wait to pick up my backpack again and see what awaits me on the other side of that next flight, boat, train or bus... with Gemma by my side...
spocklogic says:
HBD!
Posted on: Mar 05, 2017
spocklogic says:
With Christmas just a week away, thought I would take time to wish you Happy Holidays!

Merry★* 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★Christmas★ 。* 。
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And a Happy New Year 2017
•˚ *★...~ ~˚ *★ ˚ *★
Posted on: Dec 17, 2016
marksreynolds says:
Happy Birthday!!
Posted on: Mar 05, 2015
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derekbilldaly's Travel Blogs

Arabian Nights
Apr 17, 2013
One last big trip before we start facing reality that I somewhere along the way I have become an adult and now in the buying a …
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Brusselicous Brussels
Apr 07, 2012 – Apr 08, 2012
A nice bank holiday weekend calls out for a trip somewhere, and flights to Brussels ended up being just right.
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Venice
Aug 19, 2011
Venice is a city that is on everyone's list of places to see,sometimes it is just waiting for that special moment for it to fee…
Overview 272 words 132 4 44
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derekbilldaly's Travel Reviews

Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Vancouver, Canada
I love my pasta as much as the next man, well preferably not if the next man comes from a long l…
Cheap "Hostels" in Auckland, New Zealand
Frienz Backpackers has a reputation of almost being the Ryanair of hostels in New Zealand. This …
Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Auckland, New Zealand
Rangitoto Island rises 870 feet out of the Hauraki Gulf measuring 5.5 km wide of pure danger all…