Twipper of the Week: Jerry from Jetlag Jerry

Current city: New York, NY

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 20

What makes you interesting: I’m incredibly particular!  I do immense planning for even minor trips and always work to find quality items at low prices.  It allows me to travel more because I not only save money, but I’m extremely efficient with my time. What I can see and do in one day, some people will in five days. My itineraries look professionally done but are also somewhat embarrassing.  I try not to be to intense or exhaustive, but also stay open to changing plans. It’s something I’m always working on.

What brands do you love: I’m not a huge brand name guy.  I do what’s comfortable, cost effective & efficient.  However, the one travel item I’m obsessed with is the Cabeau Evolution Pillow.  I bought it during a long layover in London and has really changed my flight experience. I also love my Apple products.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: For better or worse, I’m certainly a New Yorker. I’d like to be a “Spain” someday.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: My first time on a plane was to Florida on my way to Disney when I was 6.  My first international travel was when I was 10 when I went to London and Paris.

What is your favorite app to use during your travels: Google Maps hands down! Since they instituted the offline feature, it can’t be beat.  The app really allows me to plan a day so perfectly and fit in as much as possible.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: Travelling alone turns you from a tourist to a traveller. I was always independent, but when I started travelling alone I realized I can do almost anything without needing someone else.  I was terrified my first time going at it alone, but you learn to tackle all things that come your way. You have to commit to being yourself and through this experience I really met so many great people.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: I used to be a terrible packer!  When I was little I would stuff my bag with stuffed animals, toys and five books for a one week stay.  Now I can go away for a month and just bring a small carry on.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: Shockingly, only a month.  I always like to come back to my base for a little to cool down.

Next travel destination: Poland and Denmark in April!