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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.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tirthankar Bose from The Poor Nomad!

Current city: New Delhi (India)

Age: 30

Total countries visited: 13

What makes you interesting: I am good at starting conversations and making it lively as well as I have a lot of experiences and stories to share. However, I am a good listener too.

What brands do you love: I mostly prefer three brands for all my travel needs: Northface, Wildcraft, and Quechua.

What does “Travel” mean to you: You cannot define travel as everyone has their own definitions. Some like to travel for freedom, some just for fun, some travel with friends and so on. To me travel is exploring new cultures, food, meeting new people, knowing their style of living and decoding some untouched lands. However, travel always empower me with freedom and discover that how everyone is wrong about other countries.

What is your most favorite travel memory:  My favorite travel memory is my first solo backpacking trip, which I did in the year 2006. When I had no idea how to travel still I went for the trip with little and no money and after some huge goof-ups, I finally completed it. But that trip gave me a lot of confidence that I am still carrying with me even now.
For more, you may check out the story of my first backpacking trip:My First Solo BackPacking Trip To Yumthang Valley – How It All Started

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Being a solo traveler, sometimes it’s very hard to keep your travel under budget, getting information and knowing all the do’s and don’ts about the destination. So the best way to tackle all these is to start a conversation with a local. I always try this trick to get ideas on how to travel and where to stay and all. As most of the times, the locals have more idea about that place than Google. The best way to do break the ice: “Hi, I’m from [insert home country or city] and I’m here for a week, do you know any good hotels here or any good place to visit?”

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go:  I would go to Pakistan. Being an Indian, unfortunately, we were always told how vulnerable Pakistan is. But I would like to crack this myth and would love to show the world that even the local Pakistanis are peace loving people and are hospitable too. However, Pakistan has its share of some amazing places but most of us have no idea about this.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: I don’t know whether it can be termed as unique or funny but there is one experience which I would really like to share.
I was in Udaipur with two other travelers from France and Spain. We went to a local bar and ordered a beer each, after an hour or two we were all out and toxicated. And I promptly had a ‘micro sleep’ on one of the tables. After 15 minutes when I woke up, there were smashed glasses, broken chairs and tables everywhere. Apparently, one of my mates told me that 5 minutes after my nap two groups started fighting after a heated discussion and the best part was that all this was happening just 5metres from me. Glasses, chairs, and tables flying everywhere, and I just slept through it all completely unscathed. When I woke up, one of my friend was covered in bits of glass and I didn’t have a clue what had happened… haha!

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I would say, it would be Nepal. I love backpacking and exploring new cultures with a pinch of adventure. And Nepal has it all. It is a haven for backpackers and for people who love adventure.

Next travel destination: Nepal

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Shubham Mansingka from Travel Shoe Bum!

Current city: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Age: 32

Total countries visited: 4

What makes you interesting: I believe that the best stories on the road are the unexpected ones. We realize that the world is amazing and most people are good when we travel. Unexpected love makes me feel good, I try and give myself a fair chance of receiving the same and hence ‘the goodness of strangers.’

What brands do you love: Brands that have long stayed true to their word. I love Adidas and Apple products.

What motivates you to travel: Travel has made me realize the world is a wonderful place and there is so much goodness everywhere. From natural beauty to culture, local food, crafts, folklore, architecture, there is a whole lot to explore. Travel has taught me to live in the moment and not worry about what’s gonna come next.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: When I am fulfilling a dream adventure in the mountains!

Describe the last time you tried something new: I recently tried skiing on a long slope for the first time.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Among the greatest memories for my entire life, the solo trek to Zanskar will most probably be an experience that I will be forever proud of : https://travelshoebum.com/2016/05/11/doing-the-unthinkable-solo-trekking-to-zanskar/

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Once on a long journey in India, I met a young bloke who was roaming on his bike for more than four months. We travelled together for a bit and also did a trek together. I really enjoyed his company.

What item will you never leave home without: Himalaya Lipbalm

Next travel destination: Kerala.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Jane and Duncan from To Travel Too!

Current city: Sydney, Australia

Age: Jane is 60 and Duncan is 61

Total countries visited: 55 countries

What makes you interesting: We both gave up the corporate world, sold up everything, in our 50’s to travel continuously until we cannot travel anymore. We travel the world (including flights and insurance) on AUD92 per day – this is in line with the Australian Aged Pension, although we are not at that age yet.  We are inspiring those considering their transition to retirement or already in their retirement to ‘chase time, not money’ and that ‘age is no barrier when it comes to travel’.

What brands do you love: We travel with Osprey carry-on luggage and Osprey Daypacks for our technology. Over the last 18 months on the road, they have done us proud.  For technology our laptops are Apple, Jane’s phone is an Apple, Duncan enjoys his Samsung phone and we use a Panasonic Lumix camera.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel is a freedom that brings new experiences and adventures every day of your life.

What item will you never leave home without and why: Our power board for our technology, Jane’s laptop, and phone. Needless to say our Australian Passports.

Describe the last time you tried something new: In November 2017 we traveled to Kerala and Goa in India and had an amazing overnight houseboat journey on the backwaters of Kerala. Such a peaceful experience, the only ones on board, and the food were incredible.  A memorable experience for us both.

What is your best and worst travel memory:

Our worst travel memory: would be having our passports and credit cards stolen in Quito Ecuador.  We were on our way to Otavalo, a 2-hour bus journey, to visit the largest market in South America. It took us 3 months to have our passports, visas and credit cards issued.

Our best memory: we can’t decide between trekking Machu Picchu and our very first hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Most magical place on earth and why: A tough question this one!

Jane: My most magical place on earth would be – Tikal National Park at sunrise, hearing the jungle waking up around as we wait for the mist to clear over the temples and the sun to rise.

Duncan: Macchu Pichhu and entering the sacred valley after our four day Inca Trek.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why:

Jane: I would love to be able to chill for a week on a small island in the Maldives, with lots of books to read and enjoy time off from ‘blogging’.

Duncan: To visit the Northern Lights and ride on a toboggan driven by dogs to an ice retreat.

Next travel destination: We are off to Brisbane and Noosa in Australia for 2 weeks. Part of the trip is to present at a conference, catch up with some friends and revisit these 2 cities which we haven’t done for quite a while.

TWIPPERS OF THE YEAR 2017

Twippers of the Year 2017: Charlotte and Josh from The Spindrifters!

“It’s incredibly exciting to learn more about the world we live in and the amazing people that occupy it,” says Josh and Charlotte from The Spindrifters. Through their community service efforts, Josh and Charlotte immerse themselves into the local’s lifestyle to get a better understanding and knowledge. This traveling duo is always conscious of how they make an impact for local communities. It’s because of their need for helping others wherever their wanderlust takes them that we choose The Spindrifters as our Twippers of the Year 2017!

Long before meeting at Groupon HQ in London, Josh and Charlotte both shared a passion for travel. After two years of working corporate jobs in the “city of fog,” they couldn’t resist the need to “just go” and start a new journey in 2015, and after thinking of a great blog name. What is a Spindrifter? Well, a spindrift is the spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind. Just like this spray, Charlotte and Josh wanted to drift to dream locations, meet new people and take advantage of every opportunity they found along the way. And so they did!

Their favorite opportunities are when they have the chance to help locals in their communities. From working at Non Governmental Organization on a tropical Island in Borneo, to teaching in the slums of Mumbai, to working in countless hostels, they are the true meaning of an Altruist. There traveling isn’t all work without play. Josh and Charlotte always take some time for themselves to explore and experience the breathtaking sights at each destination, and share their adventures with their followers.

Read on for Charlotte and Josh’s travel update for 2017:

What was the best trip that you went on in 2017: We were still on our worldwide adventure in 2017 which lasted 16 months before returning home for a couple of months to see our friends and family!

What is your most favorite travel memory of 2017: We had so many it’s hard to narrow it down! Camping in the Thar Desert after trekking through the sand dunes on camels and eating under the stars by campfire was pretty awesome!

Where has been your favorite destination to volunteer: We volunteered on a desert island in Borneo for 2 months which was absolutely incredible. Working for an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) to help the island develop a sustainable living environment and educating them on waste management was really fulfilling, and it just so happened our bedroom door opened onto the beach!

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means, opening ourselves to new opportunities and experiencing amazing cultures, countries and people every single day. It’s eye opening and tough, but also incredibly fulfilling and exciting!

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Definitely India. Every day to day activity and interaction is completely different to anything you will experience anywhere else. Landing in Delhi and walking around Old Delhi on our first day was definitely something to remember!

What advice would you give someone who wants to start traveling: Start! I don’t think we have ever met anyone who has regretted going travelling. It changes you in so many ways and allows you to experience life in a completely different way than you would in the normal 9 to 5!

Where are you traveling in 2018: We are living in Sri Lanka for the foreseeable future attempting to start a business related to travelling so watch this space!

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