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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.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Samantha from Worth the Jet Lag.

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Current city: Toronto, ON, Canada

Age: 23

Total countries visited: 14

What makes you interesting: I refuse to live vicariously through others. All I have to do is mention that I want to go somewhere or want to do something and my friends and family look at me like I’ve already booked a ticket. I know time passes too quickly and I willing to take any opportunity that crosses my path to try and see something new.

What does “travel” mean to you: Travel is a huge part of my life. I truly feel as though you become the person you are meant to be once you see how others live around the world. Travel is not a hobby, or something I like to do. It’s a necessity in my life and I plan to always have a next destination.

Most magical place on Earth: Cape Town, South Africa is the most magical and beautiful place I have seen thus far. I have quite the journey still in order to answer where the most magical place on earth is! Ask me in 10 years! lol

What is the furthest northern, eastern, western, and southern point you have traveled: Northern – O’ Canada, Eastern – Bali, Indonesia, Western – Hawaii, and Southern – South Africa

What was your worst travel experience: Every experience bad or good is one to learn from.

What is your most favorite travel memory: I think I’ve re-written this answer over half a dozen times. I have been to a number of countries and I can’t just pick one! From climbing Pyramids in Egypt, to dining at the worlds only 7 star hotel in Dubai, to bungy jumping off the tallest commercial bridge in South Africa, to back packing through Thailand and Bali… I just can’t pick one!

Next travel destination: When I’m asked where I want to go next I can never give one simple answer. I don’t even have a list anymore. Off the top of my head, next top three destinations: Israel, Croatia and Japan!

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