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Twipper of the Week: Anne Maclver

Current city:  Barrington, Illinois, USA

Age:  48

Total countries visited:  23

What makes you interesting:  I’m a lawyer-screenwriter-mother-editor who loves languages, travels light, and took four international vacations in the first five months of 2017. I also like anchovies.

What brands do you love:  Revolve, Houzz, Duolingo, Songkick

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why:  Chile from April 2017. I went to watch my son play team handball for the USA Men’s Youth national team in the Pan-American Championships. Since team handball is barely even a thing in the U.S. and half his teammates are European dual citizens, it was the ultimate global experience!

If you get washed up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: I was instinctively going to say toothpaste, but then I remembered deodorant. Clearly, they need a single product that dispenses toothpaste out of one end, deodorant out of the other. And also talks to you and keeps you company.

What motivates you to travel:  New cultures, new people, new languages, new adventures and new bakeries! Primarily I enjoy immersing myself in another culture and impersonating locals. Travel is the ultimate antidote to stagnation.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels:  I have learned that I am much more independent and spontaneous than my daily life would suggest. I have an irrepressible sense of adventure, and a whole other self I need to indulge that is totally separate from my home and family and Chicago life. I’m a hot mess if I don’t get both.

What item will you never leave home without and why:  My iPhone Kindle app. It helps me handle any delays, inconveniences, or disruptions and remain calm—even blissful!

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels:  Pure, revelatory freedom. The freedom to wander, to not wear a watch, to stop to talk, to change direction, to meet people you wouldn’t, and to try things you shouldn’t. Mostly I enjoy walking cities because you miss too much taking public transportation.

Next travel destination:  Might have to be Norway. I am deep into Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series and have started learning Norwegian on Duolingo for no reason whatsoever. If I visit Norway, I can pretend that was my plan all along.


Twippers of the Week: Matt and Holly from Far From Home!

Current city: Vienna, Austria

Age: 28 and 23

Total countries visited: Matt has visited 54 and Holly has visited 42.  We were both big travelers before we met, however together we have visited 25 countries.

What makes you interesting: We are both very open minded, we like to try new things and go to new places that we haven’t been before. We are very spontaneous with our travels, once we talk something we make it happen. We are always on the move!

What brands do you love: We love Landrover, hence our vehicle the Defender! Kathmandu is another one that has definitely been very helpful along our travels! We love things made by a Master Craftsman!

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means a new experience, a new culture, new people – a shock to the senses.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: It’s exciting getting to talk about our travels afterwards, we reminisce a lot, we get pumped for new adventures by talking them through with each other. We have made so many incredible memories together and it has brought us so much closer together!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Madagascar – right now we are in Austria and its freezing! We love tropical beaches, any beach actually.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Be spontaneous, loose and open. The best memories are made from things you didn’t plan!

What’s your favorite passport stamp: The Machu Picchu stamp, it’s the only stamp in our passports thats not from a border.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: The Amazon jungle – we had the opportunity a few years ago to camp in the rainforest with native people and shamans. It was an unforgettable and life changing experience. Not long after we got home we sold everything we had and left New Zealand to see the world.

Next travel destination: At the moment we are in Austria where we will be spending the winter close to the Alps. The goal is to try to not die, go snowboarding and have fun!

The 9 Best New Year’s Eve Parties on the Planet

By: Natalie Austin, TWIP

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the most anticipated nights of the year and New York isn’t the only city that knows how to do it right. Cities around the globe offer experiences unique to their location and can provide for some of the year’s most unforgettable moments. Here are the top New Year’s celebrations around the globe.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbor

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Situated on a gorgeous harbor, Sydney offers a New Year’s Eve for those who are looking to spend it nautically. As one of the first capital cities to ring in the New Year, Sydney does this holiday the best. Complete with waterfront restaurants for lavish dinners, lighted boat parades, and yacht parties, to view a most spectacular fireworks show.

Bratislava, Slovakia


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If you’re looking for an unpretentious and quaint affair, Bratislava, Slovakia is the perfect party destination for New Year’s. The soiree hosts around 10,000 people each year with open air dance parties, a fireworks show over the Danube River, and local bands and dance groups to entertain. Old Town is divided into a “concert zone” and a “party zone” so goers can choose their desired atmosphere, or get a taste of both.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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Bringing the Carnival flavor with traditional costumes and dance performances, New Year’s Eve comes in as a close second in Brazil’s most vibrant city. Each year the Copacabana Beach is lined with music installations and drum spectaculars, with patrons decked out in white, symbolizing luck in the coming year. At the end of the evening, it is traditional for locals to cleanse themselves in the ocean and cast flowers into the water with the belief that if they don’t return, your wishes for the new year will be granted.

Berlin, Germany


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With the reputation as one best nightlife cities in Europe, it is no wonder why Berlin makes this list. Countless clubs throughout the city host parties lasting through the night, some lasting for over 12 hours. Over one million people flock to Berlin to fill “party mile” through the city, lined with food and drink tents, music stages and of course a breathtaking fireworks show.

Hong Kong, China  

Hong Kong

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China is famous for some of the most unique and bizarre New Year’s traditions, which is why it is a perfect place to welcome the new year. With extravagant parties along the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon or bars in the Lan Kwai Fong district, Hong Kong knows just how to throw a NYE blowout. You can even watch a replica Times Square Ball Drop in the city center. Just like other New Year’s traditions, the firework show is a must-see and can be watched by boat in the Victoria Harbor.

Valparaiso, Chile


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One of the most extravagant New Year’s celebrations on the planet is no other than the cultural capital of Chile, Valparaiso. This three-day festival hosts a world renowned fireworks show, with fireworks launched from 17 different points along the coast.  Parties are hosted along the beach to take in the show and most of them go until the sun comes up.

Reykjavik, Iceland


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Another smaller scale NYE can be celebrated in the exotic Reykjavik, a large community party thrown by locals. Beginning at 6pm, bonfires are held throughout the city to symbolize the burning away of the year’s troubles. Gatherings a complete with heaving drinking, folk songs and people dressed as elves and trolls. The party goes through 5am, when locals line up for hotdogs and then head to the hot springs to warm up from an evening outside.  Despite being a frigid location, Reykjavik is the perfect destination to really party like a local this holiday.

Edinburgh, Scotland


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Edinburgh is hands down one of New Year Eve’s best destination as it is home to a remarkable three-day festival. The event kicks off with a torchlight procession, followed by city-wide festivities like outdoor concerts and a traditional Celtic party. While fireworks show is a standard NYE tradition, this display takes place with the magnificent Edinburgh Castle as its backdrop. On New Year’s day, Holyrood Park hosts a competitive dog sledding race and the River Forth hosts an ice-cold water plunge.

Vienna, Austria


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Vienna is home to both sophisticated events and smaller scale parties, providing a little something for everything on NYE. Those who love the finer things can attend one of its many balls where guests are dressed to the nines. For those who prefer a more local experience, head to the city center, Silvesterpfad for traditional hot mulled wine and toffee apples. Visitors can also opt for a dinner party cruise along the Danube River.


Twipper of the Week: Elise Goodhoofd

Current city: Toronto, Canada

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 19

What makes you interesting: I am constantly pushing my creativity to the limits – I’ve been told I bleed rainbows. I’m obsessed with color – but I am a chalk artist. I live for new experiences and want to see as much of the world as possible in my lifetime.

What brands do you love: Apple, Nike, Kit & Ace, Tim Horton’s and Sharpie.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I braved taking the tube in London, without GPS on my phone. It was surprisingly easy – I just followed the same coloured signs.

What is your most favorite travel memory: I don’t have a favourite memory – every new place gave me something unique. But, most recently – I stood up for my friend, as she married her man in St. Peter’s Basilica (The Vatican) in Rome Italy – such an unreal experience. Also, last year, sailing for 8 days from Dubrovnik to Split, Croatia with new friends on a 60 foot sailboat.

Describe yourself in three words: Crazy. Colourful. Ambitious.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: In 2005, my older sister was studying in Belfast for a few months. My mom and I visited her and road-tripped around Northern Ireland. We ended up at a random sheep auction, saw Giant’s Causeway and toured a few castles. I love traveling with my family.

What people say when they travel with you: “Is the GoPro necessary at all times, Elise?” (They find it annoying – until they see my trip videos!) “Wait up, e!” (I have long legs and there is a lot to see!) “Where do you get all of your energy?” (I’ll sleep when I’m dead! Too much to see.)

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Canada – I’m friendly, clean, smart, one of the best and there is always something new you’ll learn about me.

Next travel destination: New York & Brazil for Carnival next year!


Twipper of the Week: Tara Donaldson from Living With The Travel Bug!

Current city: New York City, New York, USA

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 36

What makes you interesting: I think being interesting has a lot to do with the different experiences you’ve had and the different cultures, people and places you’ve been exposed to. Travel makes you well-rounded and full of unique stories. I guess I have a lot of those!

What brands do you love: Flight001 for travel stuff and Paravel, which is new on the scene but making a lot of cool vintage inspired travel gear.

What motivates you to travel: Everything! I like to travel when I’m happy, when I’m sad, for fun and for work, with family/friends and solo. I love travel so much just about anything motivates me to do it.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: Eating, exploring and shopping!

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: A bathing suit. Definitely a bathing suit.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: This is a hard one because so many interesting and odd things happen when you travel! I’d have to say getting to walk on The Great Pyramids of Giza and then climbing inside to see the tomb. Those Pyramids are such an incredible feat and to see up close. It’s amazing that thousands of years ago, people were able to build them to be perfectly shaped pyramids when you see them from afar. That was easily one of the best travel moments I’ve ever had.

What are your travel pet peeves: Rude travelers and people who aren’t open to the culture, or the ways of the destination they’re visiting. If you think home is so much better than where you are and you’re constantly making that known, maybe traveling isn’t for you.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why: India. I’ve been obsessed with India forever. I just think it’s so majestic. I’d want to see the temples, the markets, eat the food, interact with the people, buy fabric, do yoga and watch the sunset.

Next travel destination: Probably Trinidad & Tobago. The place where my family is from and I call home. Tobago is the sweetest little Caribbean island ever.

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