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TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Rob and Chris from 2 Travel Dads.

Current city: Seattle, Washington

Age: 34 and 38

Total countries visited: 15

What makes you interesting: What makes us interesting is the same thing that we don’t want to just be known for – We’re gay dads who travel to all kinds of places where we’re clearly out of place but we want to show our kids the world so we go anyway.  Other two-dad or two-mom families send us messages all the time saying how brave we are for traveling with the kids, but it’s just how life has to be and we’re working to normalize families like ours out in the world.

What brands do you love:  When it comes to travel, our preferred hotels are Kimpton Hotels (w/o kids) and Marriott (w/ kids).  For flying, we prefer Alaska Airlines for our West Coast trips and love that they partner with Delta to get us everywhere else.  When it comes to destinations, America’s National Parks are where we find ourselves most frequently. They’re such amazing, beautiful and unique places full of adventures for kids.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling:  If “be prepared” wasn’t so cliche we’d say that, but instead we’ll go with “Never give up on a place before you go there.”  There have been so many towns and destinations that we’ve heard weren’t amazing and then we’ve made the trek to be absolutely wowed.

Most magical place on earth:  The mountains of China – Never have mountains been so strange and amazing.

What is your most favorite travel memory:  Driving into Yellowstone National Park for the first time with our kids – We’d been to Yellowstone plenty of times over the years, growing up, as adults, and going back for the first time as parents. Watching the kids’ reactions was priceless.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels:  No matter how much of a pain long travel days can be, we’re always going to feel that they’re worth it.  The journey is really part of the experience and the trials you face to conquer a long day on the road only make us closer as a family.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go:  Indonesia – From the beaches, waterfalls and temples to the orangutans of Borneo, there is so much that all four of us would love to see and experience.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience:  We were hiking in Glacier National Park and were faced with the decision to hike forward towards a big-horned ram, turn around and head towards two bull moose in the pond below us or stay in place while a mama grizzly and her two cubs came down the hill at us.  We picked the two bull moose.

Next travel destination:  A snowy escape to the Cascade Mountains of Washington State for some skiing, playing in the snow and great food!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Kris and Tom from Travel Past 50. 

Kris and Tom

Current city: We’re currently in Budapest, Hungary.

Age: We’re both in our early sixties.

Total countries visited: 59

What makes you interesting: What makes us interesting? We travel a lot and we read a lot. We know lots of things.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: The most interesting person we’ve met is Dan Buettner. He’s the creator of Blue Zones, the story of the healthiest and happiest places on earth and what makes them that way. http://bluezones.com

What is the best part about having a travel partner: The best part about having a travel partner is just having an interesting person to talk to who has similar interests.

What brands do you love: Travel Smith, Nikon, ExOfficio, and REI.

What does “Travel” mean to you: To us, travel means learning new things; satisfying our persistent curiosity.

What is your most favorite travel memory: My favorite travel memory is completing the Camino de Santiago, seeing the Cathedral of Santiago from the opposite hill.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Seeing cheerleaders at a baseball game in Japan.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: We don’t really do it often, but now and then a nice bed in a nice hotel is worth it. Maybe a massage before bed.

Next travel destination: We’re going on a music tour of the USA which included New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville.

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH

Twipper of the Month – January 2016: Jonathan from Life Part 2. 

Jonathan

This world is filled with people who complain about wishing they traveled when they were young. Many of those people assume the window for unapologetic, all-consuming travel has long been shut. But if those with forgotten travel dreams look to Jonathan from Life Part 2, they would realize that they too, can seize an adventure out of the ordinary.

Twipper of the Month, Jonathan Look began his travel blog in 2011 after working twenty five years as a air traffic controller. Never satisfied with dismal vacation days, Jonn took the opportunity for early retirement and has been living long-year stints in places like Mexico, Cambodia and Thailand. Unique to his blogging style is his ability to implement all kinds of travel in order to illustrate that every travel experience is unique to the next, and none better than the other. John doesn’t seek out one kind of adventure, but is open to any.

John also offers his readers an exemplary portfolio of dramatic photographs of local villagers, massive temples and breathtaking terrain. See images of Buddhist Lent in Laos, street markets in Hong Kong  and Temples of Bagan in Myanmar. Even if you’re not interested in traveling to Asia, John’s images may surely change your mind.

Perhaps the most valuable lesson we can learn from John is the ability to be open to change at every stage in your life, for all the best memories come from stepping out of the ordinary.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Nikki and Dusty from Two For The Road.

Nikky Dusty

Current city: Austin

Age: We’re both 42 years young.

Total countries visited: 6 continents (can’t wait to hit Australia!) 32 countries and counting.

What makes you interesting: We spend 24/7 with each other and we haven’t killed each other yet! Nik was the first traveler ever to make chicha with the ladies of the community in the Amazon. If you’re not familiar, it’s a process that involves a little bit of spit swapping. Yep! Spit swapping. You should check it out. Dusty has done the polar plunge in Antarctica, Alaska, and Lake Titicaca.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Wow, that’s a hard one. There isn’t one person in particular. There are people everywhere that stick out in our minds. One of the most interesting experiences was living with a Huaorani tribe in the Peruvian Amazon. Fascinating people!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Sharing amazing adventures all over the world with your favorite person. Getting to experience it for yourself, but also see the joy in your partner’s eyes as well.

What brands do you love: Mountainsmith, Keen, Canon, and GoPro.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: Honestly this is a tough one for us, because we just can’t seem to think of one. We travel lightly anywhere we go – but still, our bags are absolutely jam-packed with camera gear, mics, cables, computers, hard drives, of course all our clothes and toiletries and all the standard travel-ly stuff. So we really can’t afford to spare the space to bring along something impractical. Not much fun we know, but unfortunately true.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: It really depends on where we are in the world, but we love all forms of transport. Particularly trains. There’s just something about kicking back in a seat, feeling the gentle motion as the cars roll down the track, and watching the world pass by outside the window. In fact we’re in China right now and just took our first trip on a bullet train, which was just too stinkin’ cool! Truth be told, whatever gets us from point A to point B safely and (relatively) on time is our favorite.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: 

Nik; Bracelets. I love buying bracelets all over the world, almost always in local markets or from local artists. My wrists are full of bracelets and I have a story for each one. Good stuff!

Dusty: I’d have to say the blow dart gun I bought from a local family in a Huaorani village deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s just the coolest thing.

 What does “Travel” mean to you: Okay. Not to get too deep here, but… travel is our love, our passion, our addiction. To us, travel represents real freedom. It means adventure. It means exploring new horizons. It means living life to its absolute fullest. Travel will open your eyes, your mind and your heart to new places, new cultures and new experiences. And it will force you to break free from everything you thought you knew about the world and make you start learning again from scratch. Without question travel has transformed us, the way we live, the way we think about life, the way we think about money, and the way we look at the world. And we hope through our videos, photos and blogs to share the gospel of travel with anyone and everyone.
Next travel destination: Southeast Asia.

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH

Twipper of the Month – November 2015: Eva from Travelle.

travelle

If you’re a young female professional looking for a little inspiration, look no further than Travelle founder, Eva Baczynska. As a businesswoman, globetrotter, entrepreneur and fashionista, Eva has learned to take the world by style, which is why she is our Twipper of the Month.

Eva began her nomadic lifestyle at a young age. Born in Poland with several month-long stints in Germany, France and England, Eva has always been influenced by the travel bug. After landing a career in international marketing and business development, Eva faced many challenges brought on by her working life. She constantly searched for a centralized source to help her incorporate beauty and wellness regimens into her demanding travel schedule.

In 2015, Eva decided to take matters into her own hands and launched Travelle, an online travel source combining beauty and wellness, style and travel intel. Through extensive research and consultation of travel experts, Eva provides comprehensive guides useful to business travel and summer vacations alike. Travelle is a source of inspiration for the ambitious woman seeking a balance of business and pleasure in the name of style.

What is most inspiring about Eva is her incorporation of effortless travel into a career, not in the industry itself. Unlike most travel bloggers, Eva found a way to make travel become apart of her working life even though her career isn’t in the travel industry itself. While splitting time between seven different cities and documenting her discoveries on the way, Eva has mastered the art of traveling with ambition and style.

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