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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dessislava Rumenova from Tales from Earth

 

 

Current City: Sydney, Australia

Age:35

Total countries visited:60

What makes you interesting: I would say the way I travel. I always say I’m more a traveler than a tourist. I try to avoid hostels/hotels as much as I can since I love staying with locals. It is an amazing way to really experience the culture and to understand the country. I have stayed with locals all over the world, from Rapa Nuis in Easter Island to amazing Persian families in Iran. From Bedouins in the Sahara desert to a Yapese family in the small island of Yap, Micronesia. These and many other experiences have enriched me so much and have made me have a better understanding of the world we live in.

What brands do you love? Not sure on what subjects the question is referring to but, for example for photography, I’m totally a Nikon girl. I also love analog photography and I have a few cameras that I adore, like the Diana F+ of Lomography, and the Fuji Instax Mini, Fuji.

In terms of fashion clothes, my favorites will be Forever21, H&M, ASOSand CottonOn. When it’s about traveling and sport, I’m a Quechua(Decathlon) and North Face fan.

#1 thing you must do when traveling. taking pictures. I’m a photography lover and even though I’m still learning, it has become a passion. I love street photography the most. Capturing the streets, full of life, and the people doing living their lives is amazing.

If your personality was a city or a country, which one would it be?  Australia. I love the Australian way of life. The country is beautiful and they are used to do so many outdoor activities: surf, BBQs yoga on the beach, etc. I also really like how much they care of their environment and the nature.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels?  I learned to love myself the way I am and to have trust and confidence in myself. Usually, girls are very insecure of their bodies and so I was. But I learned that everybody is unique and beautiful the way it is and if I don’t love and take care of myself, who is going to do it.

I also learned that I’m capable of doing anything that I desire. You just need to trust in yourself and work, and keep working and believing in yourself even when you are going to rough times.

Describe the last time you have tried something new. Recently I tried the van life for 2 weeks. I lived and travelled in a self made van around the South of Australia for 2 weeks. It was such a great experience that in the next 2-3 years I’m planning to buy a bus, reconvert it and live there on a permanent basis.

What is your favourite passport stamp. the one I got on Easter island. Is not an official stamp since the island is part of the Chilean territory, but you could stamp your passport on the arrival to the island, so I did.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried? I tried rat meat in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. I was impressed at how delicious it was and I recommend to everybody to try it.

Next Destination: Fiji Islands. Can’t wait!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Jane and Duncan from To Travel Too!

Current city: Sydney, Australia

Age: Jane is 60 and Duncan is 61

Total countries visited: 55 countries

What makes you interesting: We both gave up the corporate world, sold up everything, in our 50’s to travel continuously until we cannot travel anymore. We travel the world (including flights and insurance) on AUD92 per day – this is in line with the Australian Aged Pension, although we are not at that age yet.  We are inspiring those considering their transition to retirement or already in their retirement to ‘chase time, not money’ and that ‘age is no barrier when it comes to travel’.

What brands do you love: We travel with Osprey carry-on luggage and Osprey Daypacks for our technology. Over the last 18 months on the road, they have done us proud.  For technology our laptops are Apple, Jane’s phone is an Apple, Duncan enjoys his Samsung phone and we use a Panasonic Lumix camera.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel is a freedom that brings new experiences and adventures every day of your life.

What item will you never leave home without and why: Our power board for our technology, Jane’s laptop, and phone. Needless to say our Australian Passports.

Describe the last time you tried something new: In November 2017 we traveled to Kerala and Goa in India and had an amazing overnight houseboat journey on the backwaters of Kerala. Such a peaceful experience, the only ones on board, and the food were incredible.  A memorable experience for us both.

What is your best and worst travel memory:

Our worst travel memory: would be having our passports and credit cards stolen in Quito Ecuador.  We were on our way to Otavalo, a 2-hour bus journey, to visit the largest market in South America. It took us 3 months to have our passports, visas and credit cards issued.

Our best memory: we can’t decide between trekking Machu Picchu and our very first hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Most magical place on earth and why: A tough question this one!

Jane: My most magical place on earth would be – Tikal National Park at sunrise, hearing the jungle waking up around as we wait for the mist to clear over the temples and the sun to rise.

Duncan: Macchu Pichhu and entering the sacred valley after our four day Inca Trek.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why:

Jane: I would love to be able to chill for a week on a small island in the Maldives, with lots of books to read and enjoy time off from ‘blogging’.

Duncan: To visit the Northern Lights and ride on a toboggan driven by dogs to an ice retreat.

Next travel destination: We are off to Brisbane and Noosa in Australia for 2 weeks. Part of the trip is to present at a conference, catch up with some friends and revisit these 2 cities which we haven’t done for quite a while.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Richelle Gamlam from Adventures Around Asia!

Current city: Ben Lomond, NSW, Australia

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 33

What makes you interesting: I lived in China for five years, and I’m fluent in Mandarin Chinese! 

What brands do you love: REI, Osprey, Pacsafe, Eagle Creek, Context Tours, Tinggly, Skyscanner, Lost Plate 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Travel taught me how much I can do on my own. Traveling solo and living abroad has really forced me to rely on myself in a way I just didn’t have to when I was back home in the US. I had to solve problems and deal with “disasters” and tough situations all on my own. It was a great lesson in what I’m truly capable of, and it’s shown me that most of the time, travel disasters aren’t actually as a big of a deal as you might think!

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Get lost! Spend a day wandering around the city, or take a motorbike around your town or island. You’ll never imagine what incredible things you can see if you just get off the beaten path.

Most magical place on earth: I’m a little in love with the island of Siargao in the Philippines. While this island is known for surfing (and I’m not a huge surfer), there are plenty of other things to do. Rent a motorbike and ride around the island, go scuba diving, swim in rock pools, touch stingless jellyfish in a lagoon, explore the mangroves, and have BBQ with friendly locals.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I think Taiwan fits my personality most out of any country. Taiwan is such a fun, friendly and welcoming country full of outdoor experiences and incredible (and cheap) food, night markets, beaches, mountains and more. I’d love to live in the cosmopolitan city of Taipei and spent my time hiking, swimming, diving, and stuffing my face with cheap Chinese food and fresh fruit. I love Chinese culture, and after five years in Mainland China, I think Taiwan is a much better fit for my personality.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: The first travel experience I can actually remember is a trip I took to France and Italy with my parents when I was in 4th grade. This trip was actually a bit of a fluke- we gave up seats on a flight and ended up with enough miles to almost get us to Europe! This trip really taught my family that travel isn’t as expensive as you might think, and inspired many more trips throughout my childhood.

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: Take a small nap and then get out and explore! If you keep yourself busy, you won’t fall into a pattern of sleeping at the wrong times.

Next travel destination: Kenya and Tanzania! I’ll be heading home to the US for just over a month to see my family, but after that, I’ll be heading to Africa. 

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Paula and Gordon from Contented Traveller!

Current city: Wollongong, Australia. This is our home by the beach, and we love it. We are only here a few months of each year now that we work as professional travel bloggers. When we are here, we feel as if we are on holiday. Its 8 am in the morning and we will walk across to the beach for coffee. Gordy will go for a surf and I will work on our website in a little café.

Age: 60 and 61.

Total countries visited: 51 (though Math is not my strong suit).

What makes you interesting: For some reason, in an interview we were referred to as ‘Seniorpreneurs.’ We both come from corporate careers and became travel bloggers. Many people want to be like us, ‘when they grow up.’  We love people, and we are good at communicating with them. This transfers when writing for our blog which has won many awards  by keeping our readers informed, and amused at the same time. We ‘keep it real!’

What brands do you love: Merrell, North Face and Icebreaker, because we both love to ski. Apple anything and everything. I was going to name our apartment the iApartment. Panasonic for our camera equipment.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel is all about serendipity, and it’s those random events you cannot plan for. Meeting local people, eating local food, and trying to immerse in the culture, mostly through watching people go about their daily lives. What Gordon sees, and I see, and how we interpret these things can be vastly different, and that’s a good thing.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Walk around a lot, people watch and eat!

What destinations are on your bucket list: South America, as we haven’t been there yet. Chile because our friend comes from there, and Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador are all appealing.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: From a work perspective, it is great because we can balance out the blog with two of us working on it. Also, Gordon does all the adrenaline stuff, like diving, etc. On the flip side, I have a habit of picking up people, and these end up being great stories …well Gordon wasn’t very happy when I picked up a man who had just been released from jail, but there is always a story in a story. Apparently, he is/was a world-renowned videographer. Also, we actually really like one another. Ok, we may get divorced a few times a trip, but we make up quickly.

What is your most favorite travel memory: I’m like a child when I travel. I get so excited seeing new things. Maybe staying on a houseboat on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam, where people thought we were locals, and waved to us. Also, I had a broken leg from skiing and it was nice to wave my crutches at them. I adore Amsterdam.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: I want to say back to Amsterdam, or Ireland, but perhaps to South America, and the Galápagos Island.

Next travel destination: Skiing in Nozawa Onsen in Japan, our home away from home, via Bali.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tony Giles from Tony the Traveller!

Current city: I live in Devon

Age: 39

Total countries visited: 125

What makes you interesting: I’m totally blind, severely deaf, yet traveling the world alone!

What brands do you love: no brands!

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I’ve learned humility, self-confidence, respect for others and become more open-minded.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: Cammel in Alice Springs, Australia!

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: If I were a city it would be Manchester, England: funny,
positive, active, lively, optimistic! If a country, possibly South Africa, diverse, progressive, emotional, active, forward thinking in many areas!!

Describe what has been the most magical place on earth so far: Antarctica, the open silent spaces, the penguins, seals, whales, the cold and the wind, touching whale bones, glaciers, icebergs etc.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I tried Luging in New Zealand, basically an open board on wheels with two seats, one behind the other and handlebars. You descend a hilly track at speed – wicked!

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Every world country including both Poles, and maybe the Moon!

Next travel destination: Lebanon and Iraq

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