Twipper of the Week: Mike Shubic from Mike’s Road Trip

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Current city: Phoenix, Arizona

Age: 42

Total countries visited: 42

What makes you interesting: My vast archive of experiences, which has lead to an abundance of stories that I can share and use to connect with people.

What brands do you love: Keen, REI, Apple, GoPro, Whole Foods, NetFlix, Amazon, YouTube, and Maui Jim off the top of my head.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: Looks wise, most are pretty much the same. Interesting, the Canadian stamp from Quebec is different from the other provinces and might be the best looking out of the others around the world. I’ll say the China’s stamp was the toughest to obtain.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has molded me into a well-rounded individual and has been my greatest educator. I have learned a great deal about cultures, geography, history, food and architecture. I’ve also enjoyed learning about America and Americans from an outsiders perspective. I find travel a great connector of people. As a fairly introverted person, but well traveled, I can just ask someone where they are from and there is a good chance I’ve been there, which helps get the conversational ball rolling.

What are your travel pet peeves: Delayed flights and the weight limit on luggage. I travel with a lot of camera gear and I’m almost always over the 50lb limit.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: To not sweat the little stuff; it’s all part of the overall experience. Travel delays can lead to some extraordinary experiences, if you let yourself be open to it, which end up making the best stories.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: iPad with lots of music, movies and books to entertain myself on those long overseas flights, snacks, neck pillow. The typical, boring stuff.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: My first real travel experience was not until I was an adult, around the age of 22. I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Next travel destination: Newfoundland and Labrador, which will be my sixth Canadian Province. I then head to Indonesia and the Philippines.