Testimonials

What a trip of a lifetime for all…..truly outstanding and we owe it all to your preparation and easy going manner.
Albert R.
India
The Wander Across Mexico Tour was amazing and I loved every minute of it. Earl was a superb leader and chose amazing places to visit. The accommodation was beyond expectations…the tour was just the right pace with some busy days exploring, and some slower days to relax and enjoy the locations. It seemed like the value for money was too good to be true.
Alison S. (Australia)
Mexico
I’ve never been on a group tour before, but I would definitely join one of your tours again. It was a perfect mix of city/town and nature, and Masha made it all the more special. She always knew what we needed and wanted. She was able to answer all our questions whether it was Kyrgyz culture, soviet history and everything in between. If you ever branch further into the Stans, Central Asia or the Middle East I will definitely be booking a place on a tour!
Amy M. (Ireland)
Kyrgyzstan
Sakai was knowledgeable, hardworking, resourceful and the best part: caring… All of which made for a unique and enjoyable tour. I found him full of spontaneity and surprises which I thought made things more fun and less touristy.
Anne T. (USA)
Thailand & Cambodia
I honestly don’t believe I could have asked for a better taste of India and keep recommending you as the "Ultimate" guide for anyone who wants a group tour. You somehow managed to ensure we saw so much and yet found the balance for freedom and relaxation…I really cannot thank you enough for facilitating this amazing opportunity for me as I certainly would not have done it were it not for you.
Annie M. (UK)
India
Thank you for putting together an OUTSTANDING tour! Not only are you the best tour guide on planet earth, but you’re also a great person and really watched out for everyone. I’m lucky I got the chance to meet you and can call you my friend.
Daphne L. (USA)
India
It was such an amazing and positive experience! First time using a tour guide and I was glad I did. I was very impressed with how you made our trip smooth as possible and if I had planned this trip on my own, I don’t think i would have seen those places we went to…fascinating places I had never heard about before. I also loved meeting new people and connecting with everyone!
Felinda A. (USA)
India
I enjoyed myself immensely and am looking forward to the next one. I have done three Wandering Earl tours so far, two led by Sakai. Sakai has an improbable collection of skill sets and knowledge that makes him an ideal tour leader. He speaks more languages than I can count on both hands, including Thai, Khmer, Arabic and I don’t know what all. His knowledge also runs to the more practical side of things, such as: which taxi cabs are least likely to rip you off in Hanoi, Vietnam (the green and white ‘Mai Lin’ taxis), what is the best 1940s bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia (Ms. Wong’s on Pub Street) and which leach protectors you should wear when tramping through the jungle. Anything he doesn’t know, he knows how to find out.
Gordon H. (USA)
Vietnam
It was so much more than I expected. Although I usually travel alone, and I was not sure initially if I could fit into this kind of travel, I now know that that was the best way to go. Masha….she is a guide extraordinaire! Her encyclopedic knowledge and her fluency in the Russian language was particularly invaluable, plus her constant enthusiasm, sense of fun and boundless energy…just awe-inspiring!
Kae Chee W. (Singapore)
Kyrgyzstan
Our trip exceeded our expectations on almost all levels. We were instantly comfortable as Sakai instantly put us under his fun and knowledgable wings and the adventure began… One of the most amazing parts of the trip was each destination had such different nuances and joys to be witnessed. We soaked in each of these and left each destination with sadness that we didn’t have more time to explore and immerse a bit further. The trip was planned perfectly as each new place seemed to more familiar and more fascinating. A South/North trip was definitely the way to see Vietnam. We have been forever changed by this trip and sincerely thank you for making it easy and a reality for us. We learned so much and have a love for Southeast Asia that I fear will not be extinguished.
Katie L. (USA)
Vietnam
We really enjoyed traveling with you as it felt more like traveling with friends than being stuck in a tour group. Every element of our time was thoughtfully planned, I never felt overwhelmed by our itinerary or underwhelmed by the sights we visited. It was really nice to have a say in what we did each day and feel that the tour was customized to us. To enjoy our experiences with such a small group was a pleasure!
Kelsey & TJ (USA)
Tour Size
I took a Wandering Earl trip to India. IT WAS AWESOME!! If you’re on the fence, go for it!
Matt D. (USA)
India
Traveling with Earl was everything I thought it would be and more! His genuine enthusiasm was contagious, and he went above and beyond to submerse the whole group in as much culture as he could. He quickly became not only my tour guide but my friend, and I’m already planning on traveling again with him in the near future!
Michelle M. (USA)
Mexico
Wandering through Romania was an incredible trip in every way: great sights, great people, and everything was very well-organized. Earl did a great job of planning an excellent trip in which we got to visit many beautiful places (both well-known and off the beaten path) all while in the company of a small, cohesive group of like-minded travelers. I’ve traveled to 40+ countries and this trip still stands out in my mind as one of the best I’ve been on. I would highly recommend Wandering Earl tours!
Nadia A. (USA)
Romania
I was extremely happy with Sakai! He knew so much, not only about Cambodia and Thailand but was a fountain of knowledge about everything it seemed. His ability to speak the local languages also seemed to come in handy. He was very fun, caring and passionate about what he did…such a brilliant guide!
Nadia R. (UK)
Thailand & Cambodia
I had always been hesitant to go on an organized tour; I hated the idea of being herded from one place to another without time to really see or enjoy anything. This was certainly not the case with our tour! I felt that the pace was perfect, with enough activities planned to keep our days full, but with enough free time to relax and do our own thing. Although we had a schedule to keep I never felt rushed, we always had plenty of time to explore. Earl took the time to get to know us, and went out of his way to make sure we were having a great time. I absolutely would not hesitate to go on another of Earl’s tours, and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a wonderful travel experience.
Patty P. (USA)
Romania
Awe. Some. Enough said. Sakai knows his stuff (local languages; best places away from the super frequented ones). He entertains. He’s helpful. And just overall a good guy. I consider myself lucky to have met him. Does not happen often.
Paul H. (Luxembourg)
Thailand & Cambodia
The Mexico tour itself was in one word: Amazing. As I write this, I cannot believe that I’ve seen and done so much in two weeks. Our itinerary crafted a beautifully varied, and well-paced tour. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone and especially someone who wants to start venturing out on their own for the first time. I think the most powerful testimony I can give is this: I already paid my deposit for the India tour for October this year!
Queenie (USA)
Mexico
Awesome! Good stays, cool driver, best guide, very "local" and not only sightseeing, overall a unique experience!
Reto V. (Switzerland)
Kyrgyzstan
Thank you for an awesome trip in Mexico. Now that I’ve digested it, it was really a life experience…it seemed like you covered stuff that wasn’t even on the itinerary and you really are good at what you do.
Ryan M. (USA)
Mexico
We’ve never done a tour because we essentially don’t really consider ourselves the kind of travelers that like tours. However, reading your blog and knowing that the group will be small, we went, and haven’t regretted the decision one minute. The things I’d hate about tours (and actually observed in a hotel with another tour group), is the sense of being herded and hustled. I do realize there’s a schedule to keep but beyond that, I loved the sense of freedom we had to do our own thing if we chose. There was no stigma to going off alone or choosing not to share in an activity. Loved that. We also realized that we would never have done all the things we did on our own, so the tour was well worth it.
Tina and Ron O. (USA)
Vietnam
Sakai is awesome! Speaks the languages and has a lot of connections, knows big time about history and culture of the area. Also super fun and flexible, but makes sure everything is done, I didn’t worry at all during the whole trip.
Vanessa R. (Mexico)
Thailand & Cambodia
My boyfriend organised a NY tour with Jessie as a surprise. Probably one of the best surprises I’ve had. Jessie was an amazing guide, so knowledgeable and easy going that it felt like we were walking around the city with a friend. A skill that definitely sets her ahead of the pack is that she is an incredible photographer and takes photos you and all the places you visit, which for us was extremely handy because we don’t take my photos and we don’t always ask people to take them of us. This was the best way to see NY, Jessie knew all the best places to visit, eat and drink and even gave us a list of places to visit during the remainder of our stay. I couldn’t recommend anyone more, she made us feel so comfortable and we genuinely had a great time with her taking us around the city (a stop over in the bar also helped our feet after 6 hours)!
Alice
NYC
It didn't feel like a tour - it felt like Jessie and I had a mutual friend who had set us up to hang out so she could show me around the city. It was relaxed, casual and personal. Not only did Jessie take me to some cool places - artisan chocolate, cheese and coffee places, a record store, vintage stores, not to mention all the street art - but gave me loads of recommendations to use during my trip. Having the day captured by a professional photographer was the icing on the cake. Thank you Jessie!
Erin
NYC
Thank you Derek for your kindness, patience, thoughtfulness and for generally just being a really wonderful person and I do hope we meet again.
Laetitia P.
Guides
Thanks, to you and Ismail, for an excellent and amazing experience in Morocco!
Luke P.
Morocco
Thanks for putting together a very memorable tour; I will definitely return to Morocco. And I’m looking forward to the Wander Across India tour in 2018!
Steven P.
Morocco
I visited NYC last summer. Jessica was my tour guide. She was utterly marvelous! Flexible, helpful, considerate...I saw everything I wanted to see. As she knows the city inside out, there was no way we could get lost. I highly recommend Jessica as a tour guide. Simply excellent!
Tailor S.
NYC
I love the fact that the pace was relaxing and we had some time on our own, which is not like your typical tour that rushes you from one place to another. Yet, I felt that we did a lot and saw so much more than I ever expected! I liked that we did many things off the beaten track... which makes it extra special! The 4WD excursion was out of this world and the private camp in the desert! All the little surprises along the way...loved and appreciate all that...You are truly a great host and guide!
Dianne L.
Morocco
I loved it! All of it was amazing! I’m keen to go on the next adventure!! My favorites were the camel ride and glamping in the dunes, pool time at Riad Madu (honestly it was pretty sweet to have a view of the dunes poolside), and everything we did in the Dades Valley and Marrakech.
Erin W.
Morocco
The trip was amazing, on every level. Your experience and curiosity has created an amazing itinerary, and your willingness to accommodate the random wishes that came up was above and beyond. India is just endless fascination. The accommodations were great, and as someone that doesn’t really care about the food experience…it was great!! You are just the perfect host!!
Maxine H.
India
Morocco was beyond amazing!! Your trips have been spectacular on every level…can’t wait for the next one. I don’t know what expression of thank you really expresses the gratitude I have for these amazing experiences and memories, but i hope you realize how appreciated all of the energy you put into these trips is. Traveling with you has become my incentive to work more…lol!
Maxine H.
Morocco
10/10.  You were an excellent host... Loved the range of activities, number and length of breaks was great, never felt rushed, and I really felt like I experienced the “real” Romania... I really wouldn’t change a thing.
Sheri Z.
Romania
What a wild and exciting place India is. I see why you love it so much! I really can’t thank you enough for introducing me to India in the way you did. I’m so glad I saw what I did, and for your attentiveness to our questions and requests.
Rose M.
India
Overall, the trip was amazing. Usually, when I go on vacation, I plan everything. There is no way I could have planned a trip of this magnitude. Your experiences and the connections that you have made in India allowed me, and I am sure the others, to have the best time. It's an overwhelming country, intense and beautiful - thank you for being a great guide to help us navigate India!
Wendy C.
India
I can not say enough good things about the trip and there’s no way to express in words how grateful I am of the experience. You really paid attention to everyone's individual interests and genuinely wanted to make everyone happy. It felt so personalized. The service was concierge level! All the little details and surprises you put into the tour just made it so special… and you were able to answer everyones questions with your knowledge of the country!! The accommodations, drivers, and other guides were awesome too! I can go on forever. I only took away great memories and I look forward to doing another tour in the future!
Amanda W.
India
I march to the beat of my own drum. The odder, the crazier, the stranger, the better. I've yet to find a tour that truly allows you to the feel the soul and embrace the food of a culture. Until now. Derek's Morocco Tour is truly a fantastic ride, with opportunities to go off and explore on your own if you so desire. To get lost and find your own way through amazing markets, cities, and desert. If you want a truly unique experience, I highly suggest this tour.
Barret O.
Morocco
It was an amazing trip! A dream come true to visit these places. It was so much fun and great to see some old friends and make some new ones. As usual Masha just makes everything a dream!  I must say that next time a laminated itinerary might be useful. I joke obviously! One of my favourite things about your tours besides the destinations and of course Masha, is the laid back, relaxed atmosphere and not feeling like we're being herded from place to place!
Amy M.
Uzbekistan
It was an awesome experience, great guide, wonderful people in our group, magnificent scenery and good food. It is impossible to choose a "favorite" part. It was all so wonderfully overwhelming. 
Esther H.
Morocco
Every moment of my stay in East Africa was beyond my expectations. I loved the entire trip, from the activities to the game reserves to the accommodation and food. The trip was well planned, I really enjoyed the laid-back approach and it was awesome meeting so many local people in both countries. For me this was a once in a lifetime experience and it didn't disappoint! Highly recommended for those looking to travel to this region of the world.
Georgiana B.
East Africa
The tour was too wonderful for words. Every part of the tour was excellent. I enjoyed especially the unscheduled walks through local neighborhoods, peering into little shops, visiting the huge but organized markets, the desert yurt stay, the food in the local eateries and all the fun I had with my fellow travellers. We really had a blast. Thanks to Masha's unlimited energy and sense of fun. I came home revitalised, with a new understanding of Uzbekistan and awesome memories.
KC Wong
Uzbekistan
Thank you for organizing such a nice trip, I'm so glad I decided to join in the last minute. It meets every expectation I have...sometimes much more than that. I'm looking forward to join your India tour next time.
Li Ge
Morocco
Masha was an amazing guide and a lot of fun. My favorites included the dinner at Masha’s friend’s home, the silk making and the pottery making. The hotels were great, too. Overall, loved it and so glad I went!
Sheri Z.
Uzbekistan