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: Edward Rivera from Roving Rivera!
Current city: Beijing, China
Total countries visited: 35
What makes you interesting: Well, I guess one thing is that I have lived in 4 different countries for over 1 year.
What brands do you love: I love Canon cameras, they are my go-to brand for sure.
What motivates you to travel: Culture, languages, and constant adventure.
#1 thing you must do when traveling: Eat local cuisine definitely. Learn some of the languages.
What is your favorite travel memory: There are many, but I guess I would say my favorite memory was when I first left the U.S.A study in Italy. I remember waking up, opening the window seeing rolling hills and finally realizing I was beginning my dream career in travel.
Describe yourself in three words: Driven, Open, eclectic
What’s your favorite passport stamp: South Korea, I lived there for 4 years. It really brought me a lot of opportunities.
Who is the most interesting person you have met and why: I’ve come across a lot of interesting people but I guess I would say I met an American guy on a beach in Phuket Thailand. He sold all his businesses bought a bamboo hut and placed it on a beach. He lived the simple life on a beach in a bamboo hut. He would literally wake up walk out his hut swim in the sea come back and just talk about how he decided to settle on a beach alone.
Twipper of the Week: Layla from LA Travel Girl!
Current city: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Total countries visited: 30
What makes you interesting: I’m a registered nurse, a twin sister, and I’ve only ever had long distance relationships because I travel so much and fall in love with the people I meet!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: You never know what people are going through from looking at their exterior so don’t assume. Cultures are different and people express themselves differently than your own culture. Be open and observant.
What are your travel rituals: I like making a list to get me excited. This list includes tech supplies I’ll be using on my trip and what outfits to wear. Also, getting carry on sized toiletries from Rite Aid. Lastly, getting to the airport super early and finding a lounge to relax in.
What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: I have been away over five months a couple times. I stay abroad for minimum one month to really get the feel for the region and travel to many destinations around the region!
What do you put in your carry-on baggage: I put my iPhone, camera, computer, makeup bag, socks to get cozy in on the plane and external batteries for my phone. I’ve also been traveling with a green camo bag since 2012 and it goes everywhere with me.
What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I love interacting with locals, looking at historical sites & architecture, taking photos/vlogs, and trying local cuisine. I see food a huge cultural experience.
Next travel destination: My next travel destination will be Oahu, Hawaii, USA! I’m so excited my second visit since last time I was there was over 15 years ago!
Twipper of the Week: Tausha from The Globe Getter!
Current city: New York, NY
Total countries visited: 34 and counting!
What makes you interesting: Besides having a silent ‘u’ in my name and my penchant for slipping into what I like to think of as a pretty spot on British accent, I’m someone who has combined my professional background with my personal passion. I’m a communicator who has worked in the media industry and higher education, and now I’ve navigated my career into the travel industry in addition to running my travel blog on the side. It’s nonstop travel, and I love it! I’m also very passionate about helping people travel the world while still working full-time and I’m always happy to share tips on how to do this.
Best travel advice: It’s not so much advice as it is a saying – “If you’re a curious person, the world is always unfolding.” To me this means being curious and take time to notice the small things. There’s beauty in watching a bird soar into the sky or the way flowers bloom by the ocean. When you notice the small things, you realize how truly incredible the world can be.
Most magical place on earth: Besides Disney, I continue to be obsessed with South Africa. It’s an incredible, complicated, at times uncomfortable and absolutely stunning country. I first visited in 2014 spending time in Johannesburg, Kruger, Blyde River Canyon and Cape Town. I look forward to returning there one day soon.
If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: London. Busy but not hectic, reserved and with pockets of serenity -– just like me. Also, I’m often told how calm I am, particularly when things get crazy. I’m pretty good at the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ thing.
#1 thing you must do when traveling: Capture the moment (but remember to also just enjoy the moment). Some things I know I’ll remember for years to come, but some things I need to document so I can look back on them later and reminisce.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Travel rarely goes as planned, but that’s part of the experience. Embrace it, handle it, enjoy it if you can and learn from it.