Twippers of the Month: Marta and Michal from WanderIT
Did someone say couple goals? Because we might have just found them in Marta and Michal, our May Twippers of the Month. A passion for photography and love for travel can definitely take you places literally! At 26 years old, this travel couple has experienced 22 countries together and they’re just getting started. Next year, Marta and Michal will go on a round-the-world trip and will continue capturing the beauty each destination has to offer. If you think their amazing photo skills are the only thing that makes them worth following, then you should also check out the duo’s website which seeks to inspire and help out travelers and aspiring travelers.
Twipper of the Week: Andrew Kearns!
Current city: Laie, Hawaii
Total countries visited: 6
What makes you interesting: I always have a camera with me and travel more often than not.
What does “Travel” mean to you: Experiencing other cultures and capturing it with my camera.
Describe yourself in three words: I’m never content
If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: My surfboard! I have to have some fun somehow.
What destinations are on your bucket list and why: Norway because the landscape looks amazing! Cuba because it would be fun to photograph and Guatemala because I’d love to go back and shoot there again.
What item will you never leave home without: My camera. I love taking photos all the time.
Next travel destination: All the Islands around Hawaii.
Twipper of the Week: Elona from Elona The Explorer!
Current city: New York City
Total countries visited: 39
What makes you interesting:I would say how busy I am. I sometimes surprise myself with how much I have on my plate: a full time job, a charity, a jewelry business, and a blog … and I try to squeeze in a full time travel itinerary in between!
What brands do you love: I’ll have to be a bit biased here and say NULA Jewelry, a travel themed chic an affordable jewelry line which I launched last summer. I also love MelanieAudrey bracelets. In the hospitality world I am loyal to the Ritz-Carlton and the Shangri-La.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: I always had this generic thought that traveling would “help me find myself.” But the reality is that traveling helped me create myself rather find myself – basic human interaction with individuals around the world who come from various backgrounds made me kinder, more compassionate, more understanding, and more open minded. Every time I travel, I invest in myself by injecting a multitude of experiences (both good and bad) which shape me into a better and better human over time. I will never be perfect, but I get better and better every time I am abroad and exposed to more experiences and interactions.
What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Definitely food. [And wine.] I try not to spend money on anything except for food!
What do you put in your carry-on baggage: I always have a handheld facial frequency device, which helps reduce puffiness especially after a long flight and lack of rest. I always have my camera and a mini tri-pod when I travel solo and most importantly gym clothes!
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: Google Translate with offline mode would be my first step. Next step is to find the nearest hotel (surely someone has to speak English), third would be finding WiFi, downloading a map offline with all local attractions and just winging it on my own.
Describe the last time you tried something new: This past November in Singapore, I tried jelly fish – I know it might not sound that crazy but that was a big step for me! Wasn’t too bad either.
#1 thing you must do when traveling: Walk around – I don’t care where I am or how the weather is, I love to walk around and get a feel for what the destination is like. I love to walk into small mom & pop shops and cafés and chat with locals – it’s really the only way to get immersed in a foreign place.
Next travel destination: Milan this week!
Twipper of the Week: Tirthankar Bose from The Poor Nomad!
Current city: New Delhi (India)
Total countries visited: 13
What makes you interesting: I am good at starting conversations and making it lively as well as I have a lot of experiences and stories to share. However, I am a good listener too.
What does “Travel” mean to you: You cannot define travel as everyone has their own definitions. Some like to travel for freedom, some just for fun, some travel with friends and so on. To me travel is exploring new cultures, food, meeting new people, knowing their style of living and decoding some untouched lands. However, travel always empower me with freedom and discover that how everyone is wrong about other countries.
What is your most favorite travel memory: My favorite travel memory is my first solo backpacking trip, which I did in the year 2006. When I had no idea how to travel still I went for the trip with little and no money and after some huge goof-ups, I finally completed it. But that trip gave me a lot of confidence that I am still carrying with me even now.
For more, you may check out the story of my first backpacking trip:My First Solo BackPacking Trip To Yumthang Valley – How It All Started
#1 thing you must do when traveling: Being a solo traveler, sometimes it’s very hard to keep your travel under budget, getting information and knowing all the do’s and don’ts about the destination. So the best way to tackle all these is to start a conversation with a local. I always try this trick to get ideas on how to travel and where to stay and all. As most of the times, the locals have more idea about that place than Google. The best way to do break the ice: “Hi, I’m from [insert home country or city] and I’m here for a week, do you know any good hotels here or any good place to visit?”
If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: I would go to Pakistan. Being an Indian, unfortunately, we were always told how vulnerable Pakistan is. But I would like to crack this myth and would love to show the world that even the local Pakistanis are peace loving people and are hospitable too. However, Pakistan has its share of some amazing places but most of us have no idea about this.
Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: I don’t know whether it can be termed as unique or funny but there is one experience which I would really like to share.
I was in Udaipur with two other travelers from France and Spain. We went to a local bar and ordered a beer each, after an hour or two we were all out and toxicated. And I promptly had a ‘micro sleep’ on one of the tables. After 15 minutes when I woke up, there were smashed glasses, broken chairs and tables everywhere. Apparently, one of my mates told me that 5 minutes after my nap two groups started fighting after a heated discussion and the best part was that all this was happening just 5metres from me. Glasses, chairs, and tables flying everywhere, and I just slept through it all completely unscathed. When I woke up, one of my friend was covered in bits of glass and I didn’t have a clue what had happened… haha!
If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I would say, it would be Nepal. I love backpacking and exploring new cultures with a pinch of adventure. And Nepal has it all. It is a haven for backpackers and for people who love adventure.
Next travel destination: Nepal