Twipper of the Month – March 2018: Doreen Pendgracs from Chocolatour!
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Mix wanderlust and a love for chocolate, and you have Doreen “The Chocolate Queen” who’s looking to pave the way for a new type of traveling; Chocolatourism. Starting from a love of chocolate, Chocolatour has evolved into a personalized brand of hosted chocolate dinners, chocolate and wine pairing events, chocolate tours, and chocolate chats with Doreen as your host. And while most of us can only use a word or two to describe chocolate, Doreen wrote an award winning book, Chocolatour: A Quest For The World’s Best Chocolate. The Chocolatour mission, “to educate, entertain, and inspire chocolate lovers to gain greater knowledge of the world of chocolate through travel,” and she does just that. Through her travels she has learned to appreciate cultural differences and personalities, but nothing has stopped her sweet tooth and to appreciate the best chocolates the world has to offer. Furthermore, she proves that there is more to chocolate than just its sinful goodness. Doreen’s unique and sweet (literally) way of traveling makes her Twipper of the Month for March.
Twipper of the Month – February 2018: Jane and Duncan from To Travel Too!
Oscar Wilde once said, “to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” It’s a cynical statement that holds a lot of truth for most of us. Not for Jane and Duncan who are February’s Twippers of the Month! This Baby Boomer couple believes it’s never too late to truly live rather than to merely exist. With their bucket list and wanderlust in check, they set out for a ‘gap year’ inspired by their son which turned into a decade of unforgettable memories and new adventures. After checking off 55 countries on their list, Jane and Duncan are still ready for more! “Travel is a freedom that brings new experiences and adventures every day of your life,” says Jane and Duncan. They’re an inspiration to baby boomers by showing it’s never too late to go on that ‘gap year’ you once planned and that age is just a number.
Twipper of the Month – January 2018: Tony Giles from Tony the Traveller!
16-bungee jumps, 3 skydives, and a near-death experience in the rivers of Zambia aren’t the only things that make Tony interesting and our Twipper of the Month for January 2018! What makes him remarkable is the way he chooses to live life with no excuses. His inabilities to neither see nor hear are not an excuse for him to go after his dreams and travel the world. Since the age of 19 he began writing about my journeys and publishing two books, Seeing The World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way, and one version in Polish. He also has his own travel show documentary on BBC and interviewed for many publications. At 39 and 125 countries later, Tony is determined to visit every country in the world and maybe even the moon. He’s a reminder that with the right mindset we can go anywhere we dream about.
Twipper of the Month – December 2017: Tracey Coleman from Brooklyn Travel Addict!
Tracey is not your average traveler. Besides being a Travel Writer and having an obsession for popcorn, Tracey is also a Humanitarian. With Tracey’s extensive travel experience and her will to make a difference for people around the world, like in Jamaica and Kenya, we have named her our Twipper of the Month for December 2017!
Tracey has been traveling since the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since. She travels to sunny locations with very little internet to escape the cold winters in New York. Her travel stories have been featured in numerous publications, including Ebony.com, Travel Noire and Parlour Magazine. Tracey has also been named one of Essence’s “9 Travel Instagrams You Should Follow,” and one of Clutch Magazine’s “9 Women Inspiring Us to Travel.” When Tracey isn’t traveling, you can find her on stage at some pretty cool conferences, including Blavity’s Empower her Conference and the Nomadness Tribe ALTERnative Travel Conference.
What makes Tracey a truly interesting and inspiring individual is her nonprofit organization called Purpose Driven Passports. This community of travelers are dedicated to improving the lives of local citizens in the countries they visit. Their vision, “is a world where families are fed, babies are held, homes are built, kids are inspired, and people around the world are empowered and supported by those who vacation in their communities.” You can help support 3-5 projects they choose every year to provide financial resources, supplies, and people needed on the ground. If you are looking for ideas for community service on your next trip, they also connect travelers with places they can make a big difference in only a few hours on vacation.
Twipper of the Month – November 2017: Tara Donaldson from Living With The Travel Bug!
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt
These are words Tara Donaldson, our Twipper of the Month for November, lives by. This Brooklyn-based travel writer and editor has been a contributing writer since 2012, and gets her motivation and inspiration from everything. You may have read some of her articles in Conde Nast, Huffington Post Travel and CNN Travel covering topics about Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago , finding the coolest town in South America, and packing your carry-on like a pro. What makes Tara interesting? It’s not just the places she has traveled to but the stories she shares about some of the most magical destinations, people and cultures she has experienced. Her favorite destination thus far has been the Great Pyramids of Giza. “Those Pyramids are such an incredible feat to see up close…That was easily one of the best travel moments I’ve ever had,” says Tara. She has no plans of slowing down anytime soon and hopes to visit India in the near future. For now, Tara is going to return to a location she calls home; Trinidad & Tobago.