Twipper of the Week: Gareth Leonard from Tourist 2 Townie

Current city: Tokyo, Japan

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 45

What makes you interesting:  My passion to “Travel Deeper” and truly understand a place through the people and culture that define it.

What brands do you love: Anyone with an appreciation for “micro influencers” haha!

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Bhutan, because very few people have even heard of this incredible country.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Make friends.

What are your travel pet peeves: People that don’t respect local culture / expect the same environment as home.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be and why: Rio de Janeiro – On the surface I seem a certain way, but if you look closer there are many different layers and stories.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: The Philippines, India, Ghana, Mars.

Describe your first travel experience and at what age: I studied abroad in London when I was a Junior in college. It shaped the way I travel now because I didn’t leave my comfort zone and have regretted it ever since. I stuck with the other Americans in the program and didn’t make an effort to meet or interact with locals. It’s safe to say that, that has all changed.

Next travel destination: Trekking the Dolomites in Northern Italy.