“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” (Mother Teresa)

Hello, I am Derek. After nearly 20 years working in the commercial real estate field spanning successful stints in Investment Banking, Equity and Sales brokerage, I decided to follow my passion. Travel, Futures/Forex Trading and be an entrepreneur. Having been blessed over my life to travel to more than 25 countries by the age of 40, I always cherished immersing myself in other cultures and being humbled by how anyone even in the poorest of countries were smiling, happy and seemingly enjoying the fact that I was interacting with them.

With all that I have experienced and understanding that life is about more than accumulation of material things, I decided to sell 90% of all of my possessions and just travel. My plan is to navigate the world for 18 months on a budget of $30,000 updating my expenses weekly for others to see how anyone can travel extensively on a modest budget. Along my journey I plan to create, design, build a brand and bring people from all walks of life together. This entrepreneurial venture will evolve throughout 2017 with a goal of launching in late 2017. So stay tuned and follow me along the way.