What’s Trek with Derk?
This post is going to go beyond what my “About” page is about. This is going to be my chance to really express my goal as a travel blogger. While my goals are to share stories that can help inspire you to go out and interact with locals or to give you detailed tips on how to make friends in specific places, Trek with Derk started with a passion of mine. Yes, of course, my passion is to travel around the world and meet new people. But, everyone has their own twist in every story.
People travel on their own terms. You choose what will fulfill your wants and needs when traveling, you choose where you want to go. Whatever makes you happy, you do it.
So, I did exactly that. However, it begs the question for all of us, “What really makes us happy when traveling?”
Is it the picturesque scenery? The incredible, luxury hotels? Or, is it the desire to try foreign food? You have the ability to make your own travel experience, and you have the capability to make it the best experience ever.
My passion?: local immersion.
Meeting new people and interacting with the locals really made me happy inside. It made me feel warm and complete. People had their own story to share, whether it was funny or sad. The people are what make every city unique.
Laughing and smiling with people makes every experience much more memorable. Connecting with the community makes you become a local too, instead of the tourist that you are. It puts you on a different level that numerous people don’t reach. But, if there’s one thing that I can tell you is:
It’s 100% worth it, and you won’t regret any of it.
Additionally, learning from a teenager, like me, is probably the best! LOL, I’m surrounded by thousands of people at my school, and honestly, it’s just as hard to make friends in a new school like it is abroad.
It’s crazy because my friends were always surprised how easy it was to become friends with me. Until this day, I seriously don’t understand what makes it so easy to talk to me. I feel like I’m so ordinary; nothing is unique about me.
They were amazed how many friends I had in such a short amount of time that I attended their school.
Then it just reinforced my desire to make friends around the world. No matter where you are in life, having support from anyone is just enough for you to get through anything. It’s good to know that you are never alone in this world.
So, after I chose my passion in traveling, I wanted to share with the world how I approach locals around the world. I wanted to help those who want to take their travels to another experience. From tips to stories, I always implement useful content that can help you learn how to make friends abroad.