Twipper of the Week: Gareth Leonard from Tourist 2 Townie
Current city: Tokyo, Japan
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.
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.