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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Zach Boyette from Zach_Boyette

Current city: Chicago – but flying to Iceland tomorrow, and I’ll be tumbleweeding around Europe all summer.
I spent the last 3 months in the US, living for a week or two in each location.

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 31

What makes you interesting: I run my own fully-remote company, which allows me to travel full-time. I’m never in one place for longer than a month. I spent the last year traveling the world with Remote Year, living across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. I’m passionate about travel photography, and pugs. I want to own 4000 pugs in the future and open a giant pug ranch. Only halfway kidding.

What brands do you love:  Allbirds shoes, Away luggage, Bird Dog shorts, Wool & Prince t-shirts and button downs Lululemon workout gear, Sony A7RII camera, DJI Mavic Air drone, Apple computer / phone / headphones, Osprey backpack, Bluffworks chino pants. That’s basically my entire suitcase!

What motivates you to travel: Traveling is much more than vacation to me – it’s a type of lifestyle. I love the freedom of being anywhere, anytime. I love the people and stories you collect on the road, the weird stuff you eat, the strange places you find yourself. It’s truly living.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, tech-nerd, on-the-road

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age? My first job out of college was with a multinational company, and they flew me business class on a trip to Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, and Paris. I was 22, and I’d never left the country. I got robbed in Barcelona but still had the time of my life, my entire hostel jumped to the rescue to help me out!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go? I really, really want to go to Antarctica. Some homies in my Remote Year group went and met all the baby penguins and it made me jealous. Antarctica represents the last great terrestrial adventure to me – it’s so alien, and foreign, and hostile. I want to conquer it.

Is there anywhere you will not travel to and where: After experiencing Varna, Bulgaria, I’ve decided I’ll avoid the kitschy tourist resort towns, because they’re basically the same thing everywhere 🙂

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you? Travel has shown me that cultures are incredibly different, but people are the same. We all care about the same things – family, friends, health, happiness. I’ve been humbled to learn how similar we all are, and that’s an important lesson in humanizing countries that you may only see in the news.

Next travel destination: I’m flying to Iceland tomorrow with my little brother. He’s a professional videographer and we’re going to drive the entire ring loop around the Icelandic island. Can’t wait!

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Twipper of the Week: Jeremy Albelda from World or Bust!

Current city: Mexico City

Age: 30

Total countries visited: 51

What makes you interesting: I’ve been a travel and motorcycle influencer for about 7 years now and I just opened an English Pub in Mexico City

What brands do you love: Harley Davidson, Timberland, Calvin Klein, Samsonite

Best travel advice: Don’t wait for other people. If you want to go somewhere or do something, just do it! The only thing you can’t buy is more time.

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Mexico because it’s my favorite country!

What destinations are on your bucket list and why: Armenia not many people have been there and it has amazing history and nature.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Philippines the infrastructure is very old and getting around or getting anything done is a major chore.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: I was in a Romanian music video once pretending play guitar on the beach.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home and tell us about that experience: I slow traveled without a base for almost 2 years. It was an amazing experience because I feel like I grew a lot in that time.

Next travel destination: Brazil!

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Twipper of the Week: Dev from FootLoose Dev

Twipper of the Week: Footloose Dev

 

Current city: New Delhi, India


Age: 28 years old (27/Mar/1990)


Total countries visited: 18

What makes you interesting: The fact that I always go for local experiences rather than redoing a well-marked tourist trail, is what people adore about footlooseDev. I stay with local families everywhere I go, trek in the Himalayas and create my own trails, hitchhike and make friends on the road. For example, I stayed with a local family in Germany helping them in their horse farm, and in return, learning a bit of Horse Riding — the German style. Then I stayed with another family in Italy, near Rome, and helped them look after their garden. Such local experiences make travelling a more enriching experience.

What brands do you love: I particularly like Lowepro for their camera bags, Deuter for their rucksacks and I use Quechua for travel shoes.

What motivates you to travel: It’s the freedom and learning part that inspires me the most to travel. When you’re travelling (particularly solo) you learn more about yourself and different communities around you. You learn to fit in! Before I started travelling I was more of a team player and not a leader. I wasn’t confident about myself as I am now. My decisions would wait for others. But now that I’ve travelled enough, having no one but myself to rely on, I’ve learned the art of decision making. I have learned learn to resolve.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where?  I happened to eat a traditional dish called JADOH in a tribal area in the Northeastern part of India. So these indigenous tribe called Khasi believes that when you kill an animal it’s more humane if you at least consume it entirely and not throw any part of the animal in waste. Sticking to that belief, their traditional dish JADOH includes pig’s intestine and brain as curry, served with rice cooked in pig’s blood. I think it was interesting and intense for me, at the same time.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels? I’ve learned that I am stronger than I ever thought I was, in every way.

Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, unworried, globetrotter.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be? and why?: I think Thimpu (the capital city of Bhutan) because it is both modern and traditional at the same time. It is one of those cities in the world that is comfortable to live, has access to everything local you can imagine, yet doesn’t grow mad on you. You can spend years in Thimpu and not feel that you need to move. It’s easy going, and beautiful.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Make friends. Because travelling is not just about visiting new places, a part of it is about making friends as relations as well.

Next travel destination: Tokyo. And because of the same reason. Tokyo is one of the craziest cities, yet the way it has protected its culture is amazing. I’d like to know how they did it, while most other cities in the world lost their culture as globalization hit the world.

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Twipper of the Week: Raphael Schöni form Being Foreign!
Current city: Wil, Switzerland
Age: 22
Total countries visited: 26
What makes you interesting: Hm I don’t really think of myself as interesting but I like to think that having traveled solo through 10 countries doesn’t make me the least interesting person. 
What brands do you love: I wouldn’t say I really “love” a particular brand but I do really like the bags from Osprey and the cameras from Canon.
How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I think travel has made me a (little) bit more open. I am quite introverted and not particularly fond of that but when you travel alone you just have to get out of your comfort zone and approach people. And it gets easier the more you do it. 
Describe the last time you tried something new: Two weeks ago I decided to explore my home country a bit more since I’ve never actually traveled much around here. Traveling solo at home is certainly different than abroad!
What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Probably Belize. Not because it was my favorite country I’ve ever been to but because the stamp is round and looks better than all the others.
If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why: Iceland. While I’m more of a fan of warmer climates I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. The landscape looks unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I hope I’ll make it up there sometime soon!
What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels and why: Eating local cuisine. I love food and I like to try out new things. I think the food is such a big part of a country or culture that you visit and you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to try something you don’t know.
It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: I’ll try to smile and be friendly and communicate with hand signals. Usually it’s easier than you might think.
Next travel destination: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

TWIPPERS OF THE MONTH

Twippers of the Month: Marta and Michal from WanderIT

 

Did someone say couple goals? Because we might have just found them in Marta and Michal, our May Twippers of the Month. A passion for photography and love for travel can definitely take you places literally! At 26 years old, this travel couple has experienced 22 countries together and they’re just getting started. Next year, Marta and Michal will go on a round-the-world trip and will continue capturing the beauty each destination has to offer. If you think their amazing photo skills are the only thing that makes them worth following, then you should also check out the duo’s website which seeks to inspire and help out travelers and aspiring travelers.

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