Twipper of the Week: Dave from Dave’s Travel Corner!

Dave-Machu-Picchu

Total countries visited: I stopped counting after 100 – Currently, I am somewhere around 130 countries and territories. I plan to reach 150 in the next two to three years.

Current city: California

Age: 41

Next travel destination: Saskatoon, Canada

What makes you interesting: I have a rounded perspective on the globe based on extensive travels, and a diversity of interests and contacts in various industries. My interest is in sharing this information and contacts where it can benefit others.

I am also working on a unique and intense project in Napa Valley, California, called The Napa Wine Project. I have visited, tasted and written reviews of more than 800 Napa wineries and producers.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I’ve always been drawn to Los Angeles for a number of reasons that mirror my own interests; the “can-do” attitude, inspiring creativity for passionate artists and housing cutting edge work of brilliant scientists and engineers. There is a unique cultural diversity where you often have a large population living away from their native countries. Los Angeles is classy, has a lot of character and the weather is generally mild year round.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: The freedom of being on the road, visiting new parts of the world and letting my travels develop as they happen in the moment (rather than planning all the details).

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I prefer traveling with someone to share experiences rather than traveling solo.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: “Road Warriors” who are well traveled and have the gritty stories to prove it. They are not tied down and live day-to-day with few material possessions.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Any memory that involves shared experiences with friends over the hardships and rewards of climbing tall and visually inspiring mountains. When you are fortunate enough to wake up and watch the sun rise over jagged peaks somewhere among the world’s greatest mountain ranges (the Himalayas or the Andes). There is a feeling of unique accomplishment combined with scenery unsurpassed by any other and these moments are fueled by adrenaline. There’s no other feeling like it.