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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Jill from Reading the Book!

Current city: Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Age: 43

Total countries visited: 56, with another three lined up for next month!

What makes you interesting: I love to be culture-shocked and the more so the better! Any situation where I’m seeing a life that’s totally different from my own makes me very happy.

What brands do you love: I’m not really a brands girl, to be honest. All of my money goes on travel so I tend to buy cheap! But I’m definitely a sucker for anything Apple or Nikon, or travel-related gear like Trespass or Rohan.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has made me much more aware of how small my place is in the world and how many more ways there are to live successfully than just the culture I’ve grown up in. I hope it’s made me a lot more tolerant and open-minded.

Best travel advice: Buy your mosquito repellent when you get to the destination. The brand that’s popular there will be the one that works on their mosquitos!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Antarctica. It’s a dream, but just so expensive.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: That a small amount of money to me can be a fortune to someone else. It’s never worth haggling over a few pence. Decide what the item is worth to you and then stop there. You would have spent that extra money on a beer, but the stallholder will use it to feed his children.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Walking. I’m normally pretty sedentary at home but I can walk for miles and miles when I travel. You also can’t beat a tuktuk for a fun way to get around!

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Singapore, 2008, on a metro train. Not for any particular reason other than this was the first time I was ever the only Caucasian in my environment. I looked around and noticed everyone else in the carriage was another ethnicity, and that, with good reason, I was the outsider. Having grown up in Europe, it was an eyeopener, but also really cool.

Next travel destination: Central Asia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I can’t wait!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Chandni Sehgal and Simone Pardiwalla from Grab Your Globe!

Current city: Mumbai, India

Age: Simone and Chandni and 27-years-old.

Total countries visited: 22 and counting!

What makes you interesting: There are thousands of travel bloggers all over the world, and we like to think we bring our own brand of zany to this genre. We noticed a lot of the successful bloggers are people who gave up their day jobs and went traveling full-time. That got us thinking – how can we pursue successful careers while continuing to travel? That’s how we came up with GYG’s tagline – work hard, trip harder. It’s not feasible for everyone to drop their everyday lives and get on the road, so we try to lead by example and balance the two.

What brands do you love: Ray-Ban – whether visiting beaches, mountains or cities, they’re our constant companions. Timberland, Converse and Doc Marten for their super resilient boots. Zara and H&M for their easy breezy all kind-off weather wear.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: First, it’s important to acknowledge cultural differences and embrace them. You’d be surprised at what you’ll learn from someone else’s way of life. Immerse yourself in travel. Don’t visit a place by doing a fly-by-tourist drop, instead, live in the place you seek to discover. Second, welcome change with open arms. Traveling is all about new and sometimes scary experiences that’ll often alter the way you think. Embrace it.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: There are several things beyond the most basic essentials.

  1. A multi-currency travel card is always useful.
  2. Multiple copies of your passport in case of unforeseen emergencies, like getting drunk and subsequently losing your stuff in a foreign country.
  3. DSLR for those gorgeous shots.
  4. Travel Insurance.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Two 20-something year old girls in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil who live in the back of beyond, studying dolphin behavior and isolated from the rest of the world.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Japan, inspired by Murakami‘s eccentric descriptions of the place. Corsica, for what used to be its raw, untouched beauty. Giza, for the pyramids. The arctic regions for the Northern Lights.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Climbing Machu Picchu was an unforgettable experience as was scuba diving in the beautiful waters of Bali. Also, eating a gigantic roasted ant in the Amazon!

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: Sign language, and Google Maps and Translate.

Next travel destination: Borneo! The largest island in Asia.

Twipper of the Month – July 2017

Twipper of the Month – July 2017: Dave Anderson from Jones Around The World!

This California native has been on the move since 2011 in search of beaches, music festivals and cold beer, but one thing is for sure, you will never find Dave without his camera. After his first trip to Europe, Dave knew he found his life’s passion. After a semester abroad in Rome, he became an international travel guide in Europe, lived in the Netherlands and Asia while acquiring his master’s degree online, and then spent a year Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. Dave is back to a Nomadic lifestyle and photographing music festivals wherever he goes. What makes this traveler interesting? He has lived in 6 countries by the age of 28 and loves learning new languages. If you ask him what travel has learned from traveling, he would say, “Money isn’t everything, and you should never give up on your dreams.” It’s his dream and passion for travel and music which makes Dave out Twipper of the Month for July.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dave Anderson from Jones Around The World!

Current city:  Rome, Italy

Age:  28

Total countries visited:  45

What makes you interesting:  I’ve been living and working abroad since 2011.  I’ve been an international travel guide in Europe, spent 18 months in Asia while earning a master’s degree online, and then moved to Australia for a year on a Working Holiday Visa.

What brands do you love:  I’m personally in love with Apple.  I’m on my MacBook Pro and iPhone a lot, and just think it’s the best brand out there.  Super user-friendly, and great for people who work online.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: Well my very first international trip was to Cancun with my family around the age of 10. After that though, I would consider Paris to be my first destination abroad when I was 19.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Tough decision, but that would have to be spending a month backpacking in the Philippines. It was such an amazing trip, and I’ll never forget it! Palawan was so beautiful!

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: That money isn’t everything, and you should never give up on your dreams.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: I spent 26 months away from California in the past 2+ years.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Well I’m not sure if it was the last time, but skydiving for my first time was one of the coolest new experiences. I’m looking to get my solo-jumper’s certification now! It’s an adrenaline rush that I would recommend to everyone.

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: Probably not the most logical answer, but for the sake of having an interesting response, I’d say my portable music player. I’m always listening to music, and wouldn’t like the idea of not having some tunes to enjoy on a deserted island.

Next travel destination:  I’m traveling around Europe for the summer, and I’ll be heading up to Florence soon!  I used to live there, so I’m very excited to get back!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Elizabeth Raflowitz from ER: Where to Next?

Current city: Boston, MA

Age: 32

Total countries visited: 52 countries/territories, 7 continents.

What makes you interesting: No to sound too nerdy, but I love learning all the anthropologic elements of other countries – the culture, language, architecture, and of corse the food. I love embracing their traditions and trying to pick up a few words in their native tongue.

What brands do you love: Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and Lacoste are my faves, but while abroad I always look for Bershka and Zara (it’s better than U.S. Zara).

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Acceptance of other people’s cultures. Every country has a unique history, and the point of traveling is to expand your outlook on people and the world.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: When I was in college I studied abroad on Semester at Sea. I spent 100 days on a small cruise ship and traveled around the world beginning in the Bahamas, traveling through South America, across the Atlantic to Africa, Asia, across the Pacific and docking in San Diego. We visited 9 countries, and it was the most eye-opening experience and was where I met some of my closest friends.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: My favorite passport stamp is definitely my one from Antarctica. It was such an achievement to be able to visit my 7th continent, but my coolest passport stamp is from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales – the longest town name in the world!

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Just one? I really love to live in the moment when traveling but food and unique home decor are things you have to do right. No one makes that place’s food better than the locals, so I be sure to take it all in. For home decor, I like to bring a piece of the country back home with me, whether a piece of art or decoration. It’s always a talking point when people are at my condo.

What is your most favorite travel memory: One of my favorite trips was spending Christmas in the Malaysian rainforest with my family. We spent the holiday in a treehouse hotel, hiking through the rainforest, and seeing Santa in a bathing suit!

What item will you never leave home without: My passport! But sadly, it’s probably my cell phone because it sometimes acts as my camera, my boarding pass, and my way to pass the time on flights.

Next travel destination: I just booked a very spontaneous trip to Oslo, Norway for Labor Day Weekend with my two friends from Semester at Sea. We found great deals on flights, so how could we not book?! We’re still figuring out the details, but possibly also heading to Bergen on the west coast to see the fjords while we are there!

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