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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.

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!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dev from FootLoose Dev

Twipper of the Week: Footloose Dev

 

Current city: New Delhi, India


Age: 28 years old (27/Mar/1990)


Total countries visited: 18

What makes you interesting: The fact that I always go for local experiences rather than redoing a well-marked tourist trail, is what people adore about footlooseDev. I stay with local families everywhere I go, trek in the Himalayas and create my own trails, hitchhike and make friends on the road. For example, I stayed with a local family in Germany helping them in their horse farm, and in return, learning a bit of Horse Riding — the German style. Then I stayed with another family in Italy, near Rome, and helped them look after their garden. Such local experiences make travelling a more enriching experience.

What brands do you love: I particularly like Lowepro for their camera bags, Deuter for their rucksacks and I use Quechua for travel shoes.

What motivates you to travel: It’s the freedom and learning part that inspires me the most to travel. When you’re travelling (particularly solo) you learn more about yourself and different communities around you. You learn to fit in! Before I started travelling I was more of a team player and not a leader. I wasn’t confident about myself as I am now. My decisions would wait for others. But now that I’ve travelled enough, having no one but myself to rely on, I’ve learned the art of decision making. I have learned learn to resolve.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where?  I happened to eat a traditional dish called JADOH in a tribal area in the Northeastern part of India. So these indigenous tribe called Khasi believes that when you kill an animal it’s more humane if you at least consume it entirely and not throw any part of the animal in waste. Sticking to that belief, their traditional dish JADOH includes pig’s intestine and brain as curry, served with rice cooked in pig’s blood. I think it was interesting and intense for me, at the same time.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels? I’ve learned that I am stronger than I ever thought I was, in every way.

Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, unworried, globetrotter.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be? and why?: I think Thimpu (the capital city of Bhutan) because it is both modern and traditional at the same time. It is one of those cities in the world that is comfortable to live, has access to everything local you can imagine, yet doesn’t grow mad on you. You can spend years in Thimpu and not feel that you need to move. It’s easy going, and beautiful.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Make friends. Because travelling is not just about visiting new places, a part of it is about making friends as relations as well.

Next travel destination: Tokyo. And because of the same reason. Tokyo is one of the craziest cities, yet the way it has protected its culture is amazing. I’d like to know how they did it, while most other cities in the world lost their culture as globalization hit the world.

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