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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Kiara Gallop from Gallop Around the Globe

Current City: Shrewsbury – a large medieval town in central England, whose claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of Charles Darwin!

Age: 42.  Although I still think I’m 24 most of the time!

Total countries visited: I actually had to check this, as the last time I counted was when I arrived in Bolivia (country number 34) in 2004! I had a vague aim to visit at least 40 countries by the time I was 40 and I think I made it! I’m now on 44.

What makes you interesting? This is probably a question I should be asking my friends! It’s really difficult to know how other people see you! I’d like to think I’m interesting because I’m curious, quirky, enthusiastic, intuitive, positive, intelligent (although my boyfriend will tell you that what I have in intelligence I lack in common sense!) determined, and independent.  I’ll also happily talk to you for hours about travel, blogging, photography, music, books, and food.

What brands do you love: I use a lot of brands, but I’m not sure I know too much about the people behind the brands and their business ethics / personal morals.  But based on the fact that they offer great products or services, Booking, Airbnb and Skyscanner when it comes to travel planning, Dr. Martens and All Saints when it comes to fashion, Cotswold Outdoor for outdoor and hiking gear and Lush for beauty products.

What’s your favorite passport stamp? Ahhh, that’s so difficult to answer! But I’ll probably have to say the first one! As I’m from the UK, we don’t get passport stamps when we travel to EU countries (at least, not at the moment; with Brexit looming, things may change) so the first passport stamp I got was the first time I traveled outside the EU.  It was 2002 and I went to Thailand.  It was the beginning of a very long love affair with the country.

What does “Travel” mean to you? So much! The anticipation of travel lights a fire in my soul. Travel satisfies my hunger for new experiences – new sights, new sounds, and new flavors.  Each day brings with it a new discovery, a new adventure.  The people, landscapes and situations I encounter are an endless source of inspiration to me, and constantly provide me with knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of a country which is often so very different to my own.  I have a favorite quote about travel which you’ll find in my “about me” section of my blog and it pretty much sums up what travel means to me – “Travel is not a reward for working; it’s education for living.”

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: Jees, these questions are getting harder and harder!! I think in a way all travel experiences are unique.  Even if we visit the same places and follow the same paths as others, we all take something very different from our experiences.  However, I can think of a couple of funny stories from Southeast Asia involving monks.  Neither was funny for me at the time (one was awkward and the other was embarrassing), but they make amusing tales to tell.  The first was the time a monk tried to seduce me at a deserted temple in Savannakhet, Laos.  He lured me in with the well-versed line about helping him to practice his English, but once inside his study he kept wanting to hold my hand, touch my leg and hug me.  He subsequently became rather ‘aroused’ – which is a bit difficult to hide under loose saffron-colored robes! I promptly made my excuses and ran! The second was when I got on to a crowded bus in northern Thailand. I did as I normally do when I get on a bus – sat down in the first available seat I could see.  My bottom had barely touched the seat and EVERYONE on the bus lurched towards me, a mixture of horror and shock on their faces, and removed me from my seat.  I’d only gone and sat next to a monk.  As a woman, this is not just frowned upon; it’s considered hugely disrespectful.  One of the ladies on the bus took me to one side and kindly explained my mistake.  It’s one I never made again! I also feel I should mention that the first incident happened AFTER the second.  If it had been the other way around, I think I would’ve avoided sitting next to a monk anywhere!!

Is there anywhere you will not travel to and why? Although I do love to travel to off the beaten path destinations, I always check the Foreign Safety Advice for the country I’m planning to travel to on the gov.uk website, and if they advise that it’s not safe to travel there then I won’t.  I’m not prepared to risk my life for the sake of travel so I will avoid countries or regions where there is social, political or religious unrest. Other than that though, I’m open to traveling pretty much anywhere!

What are your travel rituals: My travel rituals? If you mean something I always like to do regardless of where I travel to then I love to browse local produce markets.  They’re always so vibrant and colorful and can teach us a lot about a country’s food and culture.  Trying a few of the local delicacies is obviously a necessity too.  Something I also love to do when I first arrive in a new place is head to a high point in order to gaze down upon the city/town/village below.  It helps me get my bearings and to orientate myself with my home for the next few days.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be? Wow! Um…can I pass on this one? I think it would have to be a city of contrasts.  I love the great outdoors but I’m just as happy snuggled up indoors in front of an open fire with a bowl of hot soup and a good book, I’m an introvert but I love nothing better than a great night out with friends, and I love the energy of cities as much as I love the quietness and solitude of the mountains.

Next travel destination: At the end of this month I leave for a 10-day adventure around the Puglia region of Italy.  My boyfriend and I have got a few days in the cave city of Matera and then we pick up a couple of bikes for the remaining week.  We’ll be staying in a traditional Truli house in Alberobello and subsequently cycling along the coast of the heel of Italy, visiting Ostuni, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, and Lecce.

 

 

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.

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.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Zach Boyette from Zach_Boyette

Current city: Chicago – but flying to Iceland tomorrow, and I’ll be tumbleweeding around Europe all summer.
I spent the last 3 months in the US, living for a week or two in each location.

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 31

What makes you interesting: I run my own fully-remote company, which allows me to travel full-time. I’m never in one place for longer than a month. I spent the last year traveling the world with Remote Year, living across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. I’m passionate about travel photography, and pugs. I want to own 4000 pugs in the future and open a giant pug ranch. Only halfway kidding.

What brands do you love:  Allbirds shoes, Away luggage, Bird Dog shorts, Wool & Prince t-shirts and button downs Lululemon workout gear, Sony A7RII camera, DJI Mavic Air drone, Apple computer / phone / headphones, Osprey backpack, Bluffworks chino pants. That’s basically my entire suitcase!

What motivates you to travel: Traveling is much more than vacation to me – it’s a type of lifestyle. I love the freedom of being anywhere, anytime. I love the people and stories you collect on the road, the weird stuff you eat, the strange places you find yourself. It’s truly living.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, tech-nerd, on-the-road

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age? My first job out of college was with a multinational company, and they flew me business class on a trip to Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, and Paris. I was 22, and I’d never left the country. I got robbed in Barcelona but still had the time of my life, my entire hostel jumped to the rescue to help me out!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go? I really, really want to go to Antarctica. Some homies in my Remote Year group went and met all the baby penguins and it made me jealous. Antarctica represents the last great terrestrial adventure to me – it’s so alien, and foreign, and hostile. I want to conquer it.

Is there anywhere you will not travel to and where: After experiencing Varna, Bulgaria, I’ve decided I’ll avoid the kitschy tourist resort towns, because they’re basically the same thing everywhere 🙂

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you? Travel has shown me that cultures are incredibly different, but people are the same. We all care about the same things – family, friends, health, happiness. I’ve been humbled to learn how similar we all are, and that’s an important lesson in humanizing countries that you may only see in the news.

Next travel destination: I’m flying to Iceland tomorrow with my little brother. He’s a professional videographer and we’re going to drive the entire ring loop around the Icelandic island. Can’t wait!

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