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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Geraldine DeRuiter from The Everywhereist!

Current city: Seattle. I’m actually home for a little bit, which means that I’ve become a recluse and spend most days in my pajamas. It’s wonderful!

Age: 36

Total countries visited: Unlike my age, this number is somewhere in the mid-20s. 

What makes you interesting: My tendency to scream “I AM INTERESTING” in quiet public libraries. Also, the fact that I’ve been banned from a lot of public libraries. Just kidding! I’ve only been banned from two. Oh, and I had brain surgery a while back, which people seem to find interesting, but honestly just feels like weird little antidote. My husband proposed to me on TV and we met Oprah, but I don’t think that those things make *me* interesting. They’re just interesting things that happened in close proximity to me.

What brands do you love: Patagonia donated all of their Black Friday sales to grassroots organizations dedicated to saving the planet. So that’s pretty neat.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I’d like to think it’s made me a more empathetic, mindful, caring person who realizes that we as humans are all in this together. Also, I can pee anywhere now. The facilities do not need to be fancy. They barely need to be more than a hole in the ground. I have, in fact, peed in holes in the ground.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Cyborg Jeff Goldblum’s robot burlesque show. The Grumpy Cat Presidential Library. The recently-discovered 8th continent (est: 2046).

Best thing you have bought during your travels: Food! I particularly like heading to convenience stores and supermarkets, and buying all local iterations of junk food. When I was in Iceland I bought this awful candy bar that had puffed rice and chunks of black licorice in it. It was utterly terrible. I then bought four more and ate all of them in two days.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Snacks, my laptop, various reading materials, some medication, a toothbrush, and ALL of my travel anxiety! I also pack a few extra pairs of socks and underwear. In the event that my suitcase goes missing, I’ll have fresh underwear for days. I never actually check luggage, so this precaution is a rather unnecessary one.   

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: Wandering a city and people watching. I like to find a nice little cafe (preferably one with a variety of fancy desserts) and just sit and try to get a feel for a city. I also spend an alarming amount of time in museums.

What do people say when they travel with you: “Seriously, how have you survived to adulthood?”

Next travel destination: I’m off to New York in a few days to meet with my publisher and discuss my book, All Over the Place, which will be out this May. I also have plans to head to Japan later this year, for the very first time. I’m very excited.

Twippers of the Month – March 2017

Twippers of the Month – March 2017: Rosemary and Claire from Authentic Food Quest!

Some people travel to relax on a beach while others are looking for an adrenaline rush, but for Rosemary and Claire it’s all about connecting with locals through food. These partners in life and business started their travel journey in 2015 with the goal to inspire other travelers to travel deeper through authentic food. Claire a native to France and Rosemary a native of Kenya, both decided to move to the United States to pursue their careers in engineering and advertising. After several years in the business world, Claire and Rosemary decided to pack their bags, and live a more purposeful and “authentic” life. After spending 2015 in South America and 2016 in Southeast Asia, their travels have brought them to wander Europe and reconnect with family and friends. Authentic Food Quest Argentina is their first guide book with descriptions of the traditional foods, and overview of the farmers markets, local stores, restaurants, wineries and local producers worth visiting. With all the traveling and knowledge this pair has acquired so far, it’s no wonder TWIP has named these ladies our Twippers of the Month! As Claire and Rosemary would say, “Life is too short, not to be enjoyed fully!”

Get Your Passport to Adventure With Nicholas Woodhams, Founder of Adventure Pass

Renting sport equipment can be a hassle and expensive. Your only other option would be to bring your own equipment, but who wants to bring a surfboard or a bike on a plane? Nicholas Woodhams, Founder of Adventure Pass, faced that same issue. Luckily, we now have a better option. He set out to create an alternate way that gets you affordable rental equipment without the hassle of lugging it around from place to place, and fits in your back pocket! As Nicholas would say, Adventure Pass is your passport to adventure by providing member-only discounts on gear around the world. As a member of the British army, he’s no stranger to adventure that awaits around every corner and has now made it easily accessible to everyone.

What is Adventure Pass?

An Adventure Pass gets you discounts from 25 -100 percent on sports equipment rental and tuition around the world for an annual fee. You can buy it online or at one of our partner rental shops. Having these discounts at your fingertips helps to turn your travels into adventures.

How is Adventure Pass different from owning or renting sporting equipment?

If you own equipment you and want to travel you will have to pay most airlines to carry it for you. Then you have the hassle of transporting your gear from the airport to your hotel. However, with our passes it’s a lot cheaper to simply forgo those hassles and costs and rent in all the places you are traveling.

Where did the idea of Adventure pass come about?

It was two things really. I toured Iraq and Afghanistan with the  British army and I would be given a large amount of leave. I always took off kitesurfing for 5-6 weeks and was very bored of dragging all my gear around the place but rental costs were prohibitively high for that length of time. Secondly, we’re lucky in the army to be given lots of adventurous training for free. The idea is you push soldiers out of their comfort zone so they understand how to deal with fear. I think this is great for personal development whether you’re a soldier or not. So, I set out to make trying adventurous sports cheaper for everyone not just the wealthy and military. I realized if I could get the buying power of a lot people like me and partner with outward bound charities I would be able to arrange sizable discounts on gear rental.

Adventure Pass is launching in September 2017. Who will be the first travelers that are eligible to get this card?

The first people to receive our club pass, which is our 25 percent discount pass, will be disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK who have completed one of the outward-bound courses that our amazing charity partners run. We have four other cards too. Three sport specific passes (green for mountain biking, blue for watersports & silver for snow sports) they give holders free rental for a year of all the equipment specific to those sports. They are aimed at people who have recently taken up a sport and want to try different gear out. Finally, we have the Premier Pass which gets you free rental of all gear and that’s aimed at the long-term travelers, people taking gap years, sabbaticals, career breaks, etc.

Currently, Adventure Pass is in tech development. What has been the biggest hurdle and how was it overcome?

It’s foolish to build tech before you have customers, I think you have find your customers and work out what they need then try and find tech that can deliver and match it to the information you want to get. So, the biggest hurdle is trying not build something because you’re itching to and you know it’s much easier to sell something that exists.

How does the app and website assist with Adventure Pass?

It’s a great interface, it tells you where your nearest shop is, what other users think of that shop, lets you book your gear in advance and look at your history. Also allows you to review the gear you’ve hired and send that feedback to equipment manufacturers. In the future you’ll get snow reports, wave reports weather reports and maps.

You have also been a Business Development Adviser for Advntur and Co-Founder of KiteShare.org. How has these businesses help prepare you for Adventure Pass?

All those businesses were in the same industry and in their own way were solving the same issue, which is that action sports equipment is expensive to buy, expensive to travel with and expensive to rent. Going through the process of customer acquisition taught me about getting the lowest barrier to entry and about making sure you have a singular, clear message/vision for your customers to get behind.

How was the experience being the British army and how has it made you into the traveler you are today?

With the Army, I traveled a lot and saw parts of the world you simply can’t go to. Some of these places are breathtakingly beautiful with the most wonderful warm hearted people trying to eke out very basic lives. I wish we could all visit them because we would not be so quick to advocate violet action against them. So, I travel now because I think that, as Mark Twain said “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”

What are some of the main goals you most want to accomplish in professional career?

The big one is to grow a company that does some good in the world. To get there I’d like to use the leadership skills I gained in the military to grow a strong, happy, inspired team that can execute that goal.

When you are having a stressful day at the office, how do you like to unwind?

If I’m in California, I’ll go surfing. If I’m back in Scotland, I’ll go Kitesurfing or catch a film. I love the escapism of a cinema.

What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I speak a dialect of Farsi called Dari.

More about Nicholas:

Personal Mantra: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch
De-Stress Technique: Imagining myself back on a beach in Egypt with my younger self next to me telling me it’ll be OK.
Latest Gadget: Thin collapsible USB wall plug.
Favorite App: Skyscanner
Favorite Travel Brand: The Adventurists
Next Vacation Destination: Oman

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

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!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tausha from The Globe Getter!

Current city: New York, NY

Age: 31

Total countries visited: 34 and counting!

What makes you interesting: Besides having a silent ‘u’ in my name and my penchant for slipping into what I like to think of as a pretty spot on British accent, I’m someone who has combined my professional background with my personal passion. I’m a communicator who has worked in the media industry and higher education, and now I’ve navigated my career into the travel industry in addition to running my travel blog on the side. It’s nonstop travel, and I love it! I’m also very passionate about helping people travel the world while still working full-time and I’m always happy to share tips on how to do this.

What brands do you love: I’m in love and addicted to my iPhone and MacBook Air. I’m also a big fan of Canon and Sony cameras. When I’m on the road, I like having KIND Bars to take with me.

Best travel advice: It’s not so much advice as it is a saying – “If you’re a curious person, the world is always unfolding.” To me this means being curious and take time to notice the small things. There’s beauty in watching a bird soar into the sky or the way flowers bloom by the ocean. When you notice the small things, you realize how truly incredible the world can be.

Most magical place on earth: Besides Disney, I continue to be obsessed with South Africa. It’s an incredible, complicated, at times uncomfortable and absolutely stunning country. I first visited in 2014 spending time in Johannesburg, Kruger, Blyde River Canyon and Cape Town. I look forward to returning there one day soon.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: London. Busy but not hectic, reserved and with pockets of serenity -– just like me. Also, I’m often told how calm I am, particularly when things get crazy. I’m pretty good at the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ thing.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Capture the moment (but remember to also just enjoy the moment). Some things I know I’ll remember for years to come, but some things I need to document so I can look back on them later and reminisce.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Travel rarely goes as planned, but that’s part of the experience. Embrace it, handle it, enjoy it if you can and learn from it.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Does a round-the-world trip count? If not, I’m going to go with Chile and Argentina, two places that are very high on my bucket list.

Next travel destination: Still up in the air, but I’m looking to head to Cuba and Japan in the next few months. We shall see!

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