Twipper of the Week: Eric Lucchesi.

TwipperCurrent City:  Havana! I am loving Cuba and should be on the top of everyone’s travel list.  When I am not on the road I call Denver, Colorado my home.

Age:  30

Total Countries Visited:  54

What makes you interesting:  Growing up in California I spent as much time outdoors as possible.  You would most likely find me in the mountains or at the beach seeking out an adventure.  This love for the outdoors and adventure has influenced my approach to travel and has led to some great outdoor adventures such as climbing in the Indian Himalayas, skiing down an active volcano in Patagonia, diving in Honduras, exploring the backcountry of Denali, hiking the hill stations of Burma, surfing in Indonesia, mountain biking from the Andes down to the Amazon rainforest, backpacking in the desert canyons of Jordan, and kayaking down the Mekong River in Laos!

What brands do you love:  Patagonia. I love the products and the values of the company.   I am also a big fan of Lonely Planet.  I am not much for planning ahead for my trips so reading through a Lonely Planet on the flight to the destination lets me hit the ground running!

If you were given a trip tomorrow, where would you go:  Bhutan would be an amazing cultural experience because the country’s approach to tourism focuses on protecting their culture, traditions, and natural environment.  I would love to do the Snow Leopard trek in the Bhutan Himalayas and hike to Paro Taktsang, the Cliffside Buddhist Monastery.

What item will you never leave home without:  Well if I have my passport and my bankcard the main thing I would want would be my iPhone.  It has made traveling so easy!  So many impromptu roadtrips were planned out while on the road thanks to my iPhone.

What is your favorite travel memory:  I had always dreamed of going on a safari one day, but this seems like a trip I would have to do when I  retire.  Fortunately, I was able to travel to South Africa the summer of 2013 and do a safari there.  The experience was surreal!  It was so amazing to see all of these huge wild animals.  I was so happy and excited the whole time.  The photo above I think depicts that quite well because even with a rhino charging me I could not wipe that smile off my face!

I enjoyed the safari experience so much that I have traveled back to Africa and have done more safaris in Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.  These safari experiences were amazing especially the gorilla trek in Rwanda, but I do not think anything will surpass the joy I had with my first safari experience in South Africa.  That’s why it’s my favorite travel memory!

Best travel advice:  People overthink and overstress about the obstacles preventing them from traveling. Whether it be money, time off, or you are scared to travel alone. Don’t let these limitations or others stop you. You’ll discover traveling is easier, cheaper, and safer than you thought.  The most difficult part is motivating yourself to get out there and do it!

Travel doesn’t have to be far away or exotic.  You can even travel within your hometown. Just have a willingness, wherever you go, to explore new places and experiences.  If you do, you’ll find beauty and adventure anywhere in the world!

Next travel destination:  Morocco!  I can’t wait to go on a camel safari in the Sahara desert, surf along the coast of the Taghazout region, and explore the bazaars of Marrakesh.