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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Emily Luxton from Emily Luxton Travels.

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Current city: Weymouth, UK. I’m in between trips at the moment so I am taking a rare opportunity to visit family in my lovely seaside hometown of Weymouth!

Age: 28

Total countries visited: 22

What makes you interesting: I think being a full time travel blogger makes me pretty interesting! As a traveler, my passion and enthusiasm make me a fun and interesting person to be around. I’m also a cake enthusiast, have a photography degree, and have a surprisingly in-depth knowledge of Harry Potter trivia.

What brands do you love: I love Hotels.com because it has a great loyalty program that’s saved me a ton of money over the years!

What’s your favorite passport stamp: Colombia because it’s the most interesting and incredible country I’ve been to, really. It was also the first stop on my first backpacking trip, so it’s kind of the place where I fell in love with travel.

If you’re asking about the actual stamps in terms of design, the coolest one I have is an unofficial stamp from the floating islands on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. It has a map of the lake printed in the centre, and it’s just a cool stamp because it has nothing to do with border crossings!

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Actually, travel! In my early days of travel I used to take the cheapest journey possible, which was usually a horrible overnight bus ride. These days, I’ll always pay extra for a shorter or more comfortable journey if I can!

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: In Cartagena, I took a bath in a mud volcano. Essentially, it was a big hill made of mud and the inside was a sort of bath of wet clay. It was very bizarre! The mud was so thick you can’t sink in it, which meant that I also couldn’t control my body at all. Trying to get into an upright position from lying on my back was a particularly messy, slimy challenge. It’s definitely one of the unique things I’ve ever done!

What motivates you to travel: I just find that the thrill of doing new and especially scary activities is a drug and I can’t seem to go back to the “real world” anymore. What’s new and different seems so much more fascinating to me than the familiar. I love exploring the world, and trying to understand and get to know it better through it’s different people, cultures and food.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has changed me in more ways than I even realize. I used to be a shy, dependent person who was afraid of everything and who never did anything on her own. Travel has made me stronger, more confident, and generally more aware of myself and what I want. A few weeks ago, I went by myself to do a bungee jump in India. Just last year, there’s no way I’d have been able to do the jump, let alone without a friend there to hold my hand, but I did it last month and I was so proud of myself. Travel has given me such a huge gift, in that it’s allowed me to become the very best version of myself.

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: Drink lots of water and try to eat very healthily for the days around the flight. Staying hydrated really helps!

Next travel destination: Guatemala and Belize!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Ashray and Zara from Backpack Me.

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Current city: Rome, Italy.

Age: Ashray 29 and Zara 33.

Total countries visited: Together we’ve been to 36 countries. Apart from those we’ve been to a bunch of others individually.

What makes you interesting: We’re from India (Ashray) and Portugal (Zara). Our travel blog offers a multicultural perspective on travel. We experience things differently because of our distinct backgrounds and the world sees us differently too. This reflects on the way we go around the world and share travel stories.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: It’s always hard to pick just one answer for this type of question. Andy, a British guy we met while road tripping in Patagonia, was indeed interesting. He started traveling around the world solo with his bike 7 years ago. We had been all over the place and had plenty of stories to tell. Funny enough, we kept on bumping into him each other at different petrol pumps as we were all road tripping around the same areas.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Years from now you’ll have someone to reminisce on your travels with you. Just like the quote from Into The Wild, “Happiness is real only when shared”.

What brands do you love: When you travel you can’t be too particular about brands or products you may or may not be able to get where you are. A couple of brands we’re pretty loyal to, even though not travel related, would be Nintendo and Converse.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: A “travel towel”. We were naive to spend any money on such a thing over 4 years ago. Now, we pack a regular towel. Keeping it light is key!

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Our feet! Not that we travel far on foot but once we are in a given place walking around is always the best method to soak up the local vibes!

Best thing you have bought during your travels: We don’t buy much stuff to carry around with us. So the best things we’ve bought during our travels are probably meals in certain countries. A few meals we’ve had in Mexico, India and Thailand have achieved legendary status in our lives.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means expanding our horizons and never stagnating.

Next travel destination: After a few weeks exploring the South of Italy, we’ll be heading to Jordan to visit Petra and do a road-trip around the country.

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