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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Sally Elbassir from Passport and Plates.

Current city: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 26

What makes you interesting: I’m the only Arab-American Muslim solo female travel blogger out there! With my travels, I hope to help break stereotypes about my culture and religion, while simultaneously inspiring young Muslim women to get out there and explore.  

What brands do you love: Apple for most electronics, Lush for all-natural skincare and Lonely Planet for travel books.

What motivates you to travel: When I was ten days old, my parents boarded a plane with me to attend my first wedding. I’ve been traveling (and attending weddings!) ever since. After spending 6 months traveling post college graduation in 2012, I remember stumbling upon this concept of “digital nomads.” I vowed that one day I’d figure out how to be location independent because I knew that I couldn’t miss out on all the places I wanted to visit due to having an office job. A couple of years later, my quarter-life crisis was in full swing and my lack of success in finding my dream job led me to create it. Now as a blogger and social media manager, I get to dictate how and where to live my life, which is amazing! I’ve always been intrigued by how drastically different life could be in other places and I’m addicted to learning more about other cultures.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: When I was traveling in Indonesia, a friend’s coworker offered to be in charge of booking some friends and I a weekend stay at one of the nearby Thousand Islands near Jakarta. Somehow, we ended up being transported on a cargo ship, stayed in an apartment with no running water, and had to share three people to a bed! Needless to say, our little island getaway wasn’t quite so relaxing, although we all laugh about it now.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: I’d have to say one of the worst “interesting” things I’ve eaten is balut (duck embryo), a popular street food in the Philippines that is served throughout Southeast Asia. I actually tried it in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Los Angeles. Once was more than enough.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: 10 days after I was born in Ireland, my parents took me to Egypt for my aunt’s wedding. One could say I was a traveler from the start! However, my first international experience that I actually remember was when I was 14. I spent the summer visiting my family in Cairo, Alexandria, and Sharm-el-Sheik and have been traveling consistently since then.  

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I’d have to say Valencia, Spain. It’s a little off the beaten path and by no means a popular tourist destination, but once you dig deep and really explore, you’ll discover a tremendous variety of things to do, people to meet, and food to eat. I’m a bit of an introvert, but once you get to know me I’m vivacious, curious, sassy and always down for an adventure.  

What’s your favorite beverage to start the day with while on vacation: I’m a self-proclaimed caffeine addict, so coffee is always my go-to! Unless of course, it’s instant coffee. In that case, tea is an excellent alternative.  

Next travel destination: I’m traveling with my sister for the first time in ages! We’re headed to Italy mid-January before I make my way to Egypt.

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH – October 2016

Twippers of the Month – October 2016: Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road.

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“We are here to inspire you to create a happier life for yourself.” Nick and Dariece are the Goats, a Canadian travel team dedicated to teaching all how to finance their trips around the world, and how travel blogging is a reliable source of income. One of their goals is to inspire others to travel the way they have. The Goats embody the idea that material possessions weigh us down. They financed their first trip by selling their house and using the money they had saved up over the years. Once they started traveling, they knew it was going to be how they would spend the rest of their lives. They worked for a year in Canada and soon after they taught English in China. With these jobs and free accommodations from being paid to house sit, they are proud of their success as travel bloggers.

Since their first journey in 2008, they have been to 46 countries in 5 continents and have also seen five out of seven wonders of the world. Their goal is to say they’ve seen the world. With a working knowledge of finance, determination, and a solid support system, these two are on their way to achieve just that, and it’s why we are naming them our Twippers of the Month for October 2016.

Oh, and why are they called the Goats? Because no matter where we travel in the world, there seems to be goats roaming the roads!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Christine Amorose from C’est Christine Blog

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Current city: Brooklyn, New York

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 33

What makes you interesting: I’m not afraid to take a risk. I’ve moved to new countries and cities without knowing a soul, traveled solo through many countries, skydived and bungee jumped, and gone canyoning. I think that my love of doing new things, especially when people say that it might be scary, has made for an interesting life so far.

What brands do you love: I gravitate toward brands with a simple aesthetic that focus on doing one or two things really well instead of trying to master everything like Everlane, Cuyana and In & Out Burger. In the travel space, I’m super dedicated to JetBlue.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Machu Picchu in Peru, the Greek islands, the pyramids in Egypt and hopefully all of the islands in the Caribbean!

What motivates you to travel: I love trying new foods and new activities, but honestly, I love taking photos of new places and I’m most inspired when I’m somewhere unfamiliar.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I can’t control everything and that’s okay. Traveling constantly reminds me to focus on what I can control, like my attitude, and let go of worrying about everything else.

What item will you never leave home without: I’ve recently become addicted to traveling with my Bose noise-canceling headphones. They are a total life-saver on long flights.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: No matter where I am, my favorite thing to do is take a long walk at sunrise.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: New York City! I always have a million things going on at once and I’m always looking forward to the next big thing.

Next travel destination: Quebec City!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Lala Rebelo from Lala Rebelo Travel Blog.

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Current city: Panama City

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 50

What makes you interesting: My capacity to bring to my readers only the positive side of the trips.  I am usually told that my happiness and optimism are contagious to other people, and they feel the energy I put into every post and picture.

What brands do you love: Benefit cosmetics, Farm Brazilian clothes, Triangl bikinis, Kartell, Apple, Kate Spade, and W Hotels.

Describe the last time you tried something new: The last one I most remember is the Cambodian BBQ.  I ate a dish that included more than ten kinds of meat, soup with noodles, and all of this was cooked on the same grill.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I believe that a world with more travelers would be better.  The phrase may seem cliché but makes complete sense. Travelling amplifies the soul by making us see our surroundings with different eyes.  Even a luxury trip always brings me out of our comfort zone and makes me more flexible and adaptable.  The best part, travel leaves me with no opinion about everything.  In the end, we figure out we are all the same.

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: I learned from my father, who has travelled the world speaking only Portuguese, the “FD Tactic”: Finger and Dollar!  You try to communicate, but in the case it’s impossible, just point and pay!

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: The main reason is because I don’t like to be put in a “category” of traveler.  I go on trips where I stay in luxury hotels, but I will also stay in a wooden hut on a deserted island.  I go to obvious places, but also, take exotic trips such as my honeymoon in India or vacations in Cambodia or Egypt.  I had dinner in a 3 Star Michelin restaurant in Paris but had an amazing experience by having a free lunch sitting on the street consisting of rice from monks in a Bangkok temple.  For me, what’s most important is to live unique moments, enjoy a destination to the maximum and learn a lot from the experience.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: Our tripod!  It’s perfect for a romantic trip so we can take pictures for both of us, without bothering our dinners.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: First is to learn from what is different.  New cultures, history, people, food, places and everything that is not part of my knowledge attracts me more.  Second is to take as many beautiful pictures as possible, so I can always travel back when I am at home.

Next travel destination: Costa Rica

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Chris from Amateur Traveler.

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Current city: San Jose, CA, USA

Age: 54

What makes you interesting: The podcast I do, Amateur Traveler, is used to teach English at Oxford University and to test for English comprehension in the Germany and Canadian schools systems as well as by the Thailand Foreign Ministry.

Total countries visited: 44 with 2 more planned for this week

Most magical place on Earth: Isn’t that Disneyland? Probably one of the most memorable trips for me was to Egypt. Not that Egypt, even then, didn’t have challenges, but the depth of history in that place is amazing.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: : I have learned to be more comfortable with being unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with different situations or different cultures. I have yet to find a place so remote or so foreign that I could not find something familiar.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Silicon Valley, where I live, not only fits my personality but perhaps describes it. Casual, hard working and not a little bit nerdy.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: I learned to travel with my parents. We would take long road trips pulling a small trailer around much of western USA and Canada. I watched the men first walk on the moon from a travel trailer park in Victoria, British Columbia.

What item will you never leave home without: My iPhone. It has my podcasts, contacts, passwords, internet, and social networks.

Next travel destination: I leave for Thailand Thursday on a press trip.

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