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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Donna Hull from My Itchy Travel Feet!

Current city: Stevensville, Montana

Age: 67

Total countries visited: I’ve never counted how many countries that I visit, or states, either, but it’s a lot. I’m more focused on quality travel experiences than numbers. However, I have visited all seven continents.

What makes you interesting:  My willingness to try new things makes me interesting, especially as an older traveler, which probably makes me unique for my age. And hopefully, my boomer travel adventures will inspire other baby boomers and seniors. The activities I try are not necessarily hard or dangerous but they do take a willingness to experience something new.

What brands do you love: As a luxury traveler, I’m big on companies that provide that extra touch of personal service. When it comes to cruising, Silversea and Seabourn are experts at the personal touch. So is Ritz-Carlton. And I love visiting properties where they’ve thought of everything before I have. Triple Creek Guest Ranch in Darby, Montana, is a perfect example.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: When traveling, I especially enjoy going somewhere new to me, trying a new activity or discovering an off-the-beaten destination that I return to again and again. Bonus points if the destination includes fantastic scenery and abundant wildlife.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Put me on a small ship luxury cruise and I’m a happy traveler. I know that cruises sometimes get a bad rap, but small ship cruising allows me to travel to lesser-known places. I consider it an introduction to a destination to decide if I should follow up with a land adventure. Plus I only have to pack and unpack once.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: Egypt. I traveled to the country when circumstances were still a bit unsteady. The people were kind, hospitable and so happy to see a traveler exploring their country.

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: I’m an easy traveler who doesn’t become ruffled when flights are delayed or other problems arise. My husband, Alan (and partner at My Itchy Travel Feet), tells me that I’m the most patient traveler that he’s ever seen.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Oh, that’s a hard one so I asked Alan. He says my warm, sunny personality reminds him of the islands in French Polynesia. I’m good with that.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I believe that travel changes all of us. For me, travel has changed the way I approach life. I’m more open to trying new activities, even if they’re hard, like that time I learned to paddleboard in Maui. I ended up sitting on the board more than standing but the exhilaration of trying something new far outweighed the fact that I wasn’t good at it. And I’ve learned to slow down. I tend to be a person who is busy all the time but I’ve learned that seeing or experiencing everything a destination has to offer isn’t necessary or desirable. Taking my time to observe and listen gives me a new appreciation of the world and the people in it.

Next travel destination: I’m traveling on a 42-day cruise to Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea and back across the Pacific to Alaska. I’m looking forward to an interesting combination of travel experiences.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Santa and Daniel from lets_do_this.de

 

Current city:  Dobele – a small little village located in Latvia– it´s Santas hometown and we visit her family after our trip through Asia. Santa lived here during her childhood and never thought about going around the world. Latvia seems so big when you are a child. But later she moved to Germanyto work and then she met Daniel. We both came from a communist system and our parents were not able to travel a lot. We both discovered our passion to travel and so it all begun.

Age: Santa was born 1987 and Daniel 1978.

Total countries visited: 18 in total – 13 during the last year.

What makes you interesting:We quit our jobs to travel Asia for one year – Santa after a difficult heart surgery and Daniel after 20 years in the same office. Daniel came home and proposed the crazy idea of a trip around the world to Santa – after a bit of thinking she said: LET´S DO THIS!  https://instagram.com/lets_do_this.de That´s how we came up with our name.

What brands do you love: We don´t have a favorite one but for cameras, we like Sonyand GoProand for software, we love Adobe– although we never had a drone we like the work of DJIand are always impressed of their achievements. Most of the time we buy what we love and what works but don’t care too much about the name on it. We are more focused on function and usability than on names.

What is the best part about having a travel partner?First of all, you are never alone and can share all the memories and adventures during and after travel. Your friends at home can´t relate to what you did our where you have been and what you´ve seen. Your travel partner knows exactly what you´re talking about and can add little details to your story. Also, you share costs and don´t have to sleep in a dorm. You keep pushing each other to break new boundaries but also have someone to take care of you.

What does “Travel” mean to you?Freedom – not knowing what happens tomorrow and still be able to figure a way to make it the best day ever. The best travel experience happens when you travel without a plan. Locals are the best resource and push you in the right direction – learn to trust them and find new undiscovered places.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels?Explore new places and see things that you only know from history or television – to meet people from different cultures and religions – talk to new friends about their travel goals and destinations – we found many places that we visited due to these conversations. We also enjoyed to just listening to the stories of local peoples life.

What are your travel pet peeves: When people see you as a walking ATM just because you´re white. Also finding good places to sleep was not always easy. If you have a lower budget it will get even harder. Pillows are hard, rooms smell or are dirty, mosquito nets are missing or broken and sometimes planes flying through your room. As a vegetarian, it is also a problem to accept that some countries see chicken as a vegetable.

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag? Our most important tip is to travel slowly. Don´t travel long distances – travel in shorter ranges like 6 to 10 hours. We never did a jetlag flight – and we never will. Most of the time we traveled from one country to the next and stayed a month until we get to the next one. Otherwise just sleep, sleep, sleep.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling? In every country, we met interesting people with great stories but the most inspiring where Bethanne and Dough – a 75 years old couple that lives on a ship since 40 years and travel around the world with it. They raised two children on the ship and had so many stories to tell – best thing: we traveled 7 days together with them on the ship through the Andaman sea of Thailand. Our deepest respect to them.

Next travel destination: Germany – we traveled for one year without a break and want to come back for a while to work on our blog and write some stories down. During our travel, we had no time to do so because we wanted to enjoy our journey 100% without wasting too much of it on the computer.

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH: JUNE 2018

June Twipper of the Month: Dev from FootlooseDev

 

“Traveling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends” (Cesare Pavese) but traveling will also help you discover new friends and  yourself. Our Twipper of the Month for June Dev from FootlooseDev, has learned a thing or two about self discovery during his journey to learning cultures. Before traveling, Dev was more of a follower rather than a leader but that has changed since he started traveling. Today, he is an accomplished blogger/photographer seeking to share his learnings and inspire others to travel.

 

 

 

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dessislava Rumenova from Tales from Earth

 

 

Current City: Sydney, Australia

Age:35

Total countries visited:60

What makes you interesting: I would say the way I travel. I always say I’m more a traveler than a tourist. I try to avoid hostels/hotels as much as I can since I love staying with locals. It is an amazing way to really experience the culture and to understand the country. I have stayed with locals all over the world, from Rapa Nuis in Easter Island to amazing Persian families in Iran. From Bedouins in the Sahara desert to a Yapese family in the small island of Yap, Micronesia. These and many other experiences have enriched me so much and have made me have a better understanding of the world we live in.

What brands do you love? Not sure on what subjects the question is referring to but, for example for photography, I’m totally a Nikon girl. I also love analog photography and I have a few cameras that I adore, like the Diana F+ of Lomography, and the Fuji Instax Mini, Fuji.

In terms of fashion clothes, my favorites will be Forever21, H&M, ASOSand CottonOn. When it’s about traveling and sport, I’m a Quechua(Decathlon) and North Face fan.

#1 thing you must do when traveling. taking pictures. I’m a photography lover and even though I’m still learning, it has become a passion. I love street photography the most. Capturing the streets, full of life, and the people doing living their lives is amazing.

If your personality was a city or a country, which one would it be?  Australia. I love the Australian way of life. The country is beautiful and they are used to do so many outdoor activities: surf, BBQs yoga on the beach, etc. I also really like how much they care of their environment and the nature.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels?  I learned to love myself the way I am and to have trust and confidence in myself. Usually, girls are very insecure of their bodies and so I was. But I learned that everybody is unique and beautiful the way it is and if I don’t love and take care of myself, who is going to do it.

I also learned that I’m capable of doing anything that I desire. You just need to trust in yourself and work, and keep working and believing in yourself even when you are going to rough times.

Describe the last time you have tried something new. Recently I tried the van life for 2 weeks. I lived and travelled in a self made van around the South of Australia for 2 weeks. It was such a great experience that in the next 2-3 years I’m planning to buy a bus, reconvert it and live there on a permanent basis.

What is your favourite passport stamp. the one I got on Easter island. Is not an official stamp since the island is part of the Chilean territory, but you could stamp your passport on the arrival to the island, so I did.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried? I tried rat meat in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. I was impressed at how delicious it was and I recommend to everybody to try it.

Next Destination: Fiji Islands. Can’t wait!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: James and Susan from The Savvy Backpacker

Current city: New York City

Age: 34

Total countries visited: 17

What makes you interesting? I’m not very interesting that’s why I like to make the destinations I visit to be the hero. That’s the interesting thing.

What brands do you love? Apple, Google, Osprey, Patagonia, Nike, New Balance.

What’s your favorite passport stamp? Every passport stamp is awesome. My favorite thing is my passport is my French work visa.

What motivates you to travel: Simply seeing the world, trying new food, and doing something out of the ordinary are motivating. But keeping up with our blog and motivating other people to travel also motivates me to travel.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: We rented Vespa scooters and spend the day riding through the small roads through rural Tuscany. Still look back at that day and smile.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling? Chill out. Don’t try to see everything. So many people try to cram in so much and end up burning out. And don’t fight with your travel partner. It’s easier said than done but remember that you’re a team. 

If your personality were a city or country, which one would it be? That’s a tough one… maybe Amsterdam. It’s such a laid-back city that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where? My favorite meal was in Florence. It was pumpkin ravioli that I still remember even though it was like two years ago. I’ve never had anything so good.

Next travel destination: We really want to visit Tokyo.

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