Twipper of the Week: Benjamin from Benjamin J Travel.
Current city: Dallas, Texas
Total countries visited: 18 countries.
What makes you interesting: I’m travel geek but a knowledge sponge and travel is no exception. My family teases me about this sometimes based on the quirky things I remember or memorize. I spend a lot of my spare time doing a lot of travel research: maps, languages, reviews, and airline rules. I think this knowledge becomes invaluable when I travel and I love sharing my knowledge with my readers.
It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: I’m very good with directions, it’s hard for me to get lost. I rely on body language, hand gestures, my iPhone, and a bit of Google Translate. I always advise my friends to download the offline versions of TripAdvisor and Google Maps in case they don’t have mobile service.
How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has become more accessible today. Flights are cheaper. Information is everywhere online. The world is more global. The world might seem scary if you watch the news but once you actually get out there, meet people and see the world first hand, you learn how much everyone on this planet has in common!
Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Probably one of our tour guides in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was one of the most genuine, quirky, and knowledgeable guides I’ve ever met. He wore a kilt and drove a van shaped like a cow!
What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: Baby wipes! I like to have clean hands. Tied with my iPhone of course!
Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: There’s no “cure” for jet lag. I like to have a glass of red wine on red-eye flights to maximize sleep to be rested for arrival. Do your best to avoid naps and if all else fails, grab a cup of coffee!
Best travel advice: Don’t be intimidated by travel. Whether it’s a foreign language, an unfamiliar city, or weird food, you have to take on a sense of adventure. Don’t let the small stuff stress you out. Flight delays or a missed train may seem like a huge deal at the moment but you’ll quickly learn they are part of your story. Chat with strangers, try new foods, make yourself wake up early to watch the sunrise and take lots of photos. The memories are invaluable.
Next travel destination: London