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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.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Richelle Gamlam from Adventures Around Asia!

Current city: Ben Lomond, NSW, Australia

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 33

What makes you interesting: I lived in China for five years, and I’m fluent in Mandarin Chinese! 

What brands do you love: REI, Osprey, Pacsafe, Eagle Creek, Context Tours, Tinggly, Skyscanner, Lost Plate 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Travel taught me how much I can do on my own. Traveling solo and living abroad has really forced me to rely on myself in a way I just didn’t have to when I was back home in the US. I had to solve problems and deal with “disasters” and tough situations all on my own. It was a great lesson in what I’m truly capable of, and it’s shown me that most of the time, travel disasters aren’t actually as a big of a deal as you might think!

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Get lost! Spend a day wandering around the city, or take a motorbike around your town or island. You’ll never imagine what incredible things you can see if you just get off the beaten path.

Most magical place on earth: I’m a little in love with the island of Siargao in the Philippines. While this island is known for surfing (and I’m not a huge surfer), there are plenty of other things to do. Rent a motorbike and ride around the island, go scuba diving, swim in rock pools, touch stingless jellyfish in a lagoon, explore the mangroves, and have BBQ with friendly locals.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I think Taiwan fits my personality most out of any country. Taiwan is such a fun, friendly and welcoming country full of outdoor experiences and incredible (and cheap) food, night markets, beaches, mountains and more. I’d love to live in the cosmopolitan city of Taipei and spent my time hiking, swimming, diving, and stuffing my face with cheap Chinese food and fresh fruit. I love Chinese culture, and after five years in Mainland China, I think Taiwan is a much better fit for my personality.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: The first travel experience I can actually remember is a trip I took to France and Italy with my parents when I was in 4th grade. This trip was actually a bit of a fluke- we gave up seats on a flight and ended up with enough miles to almost get us to Europe! This trip really taught my family that travel isn’t as expensive as you might think, and inspired many more trips throughout my childhood.

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: Take a small nap and then get out and explore! If you keep yourself busy, you won’t fall into a pattern of sleeping at the wrong times.

Next travel destination: Kenya and Tanzania! I’ll be heading home to the US for just over a month to see my family, but after that, I’ll be heading to Africa. 

Twipper of the Month – January 2018

Twipper of the Month – January 2018: Tony Giles from Tony the Traveller!

16-bungee jumps, 3 skydives, and a near-death experience in the rivers of Zambia aren’t the only things that make Tony interesting and our Twipper of the Month for January 2018What makes him remarkable is the way he chooses to live life with no excuses.  His inabilities to neither see nor hear are not an excuse for him to go after his dreams and travel the world.  Since the age of 19 he began writing about my journeys and publishing two books, Seeing The World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way,  and one version in Polish. He also has his own travel show documentary on BBC and interviewed for many publications. At 39 and 125 countries later, Tony is determined to visit every country in the world and maybe even the moon. He’s a reminder that with the right mindset we can go anywhere we dream about.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Edward Rivera from Roving Rivera!

Current city: Beijing, China

Age: 32

Total countries visited: 35

What makes you interesting: Well, I guess one thing is that I have lived in 4 different countries for over 1 year.

What brands do you love:  I love Canon cameras, they are my go-to brand for sure.

What motivates you to travel:  Culture, languages, and constant adventure.

#1 thing you must do when traveling:  Eat local cuisine definitely.  Learn some of the languages.

What is your favorite travel memory:  There are many, but I guess I would say my favorite memory was when I first left the U.S.A study in Italy. I remember waking up, opening the window seeing rolling hills and finally realizing I was beginning my dream career in travel.

Describe yourself in three words:  Driven, Open, eclectic

What’s your favorite passport stamp: South Korea, I lived there for 4 years.  It really brought me a lot of opportunities.

Who is the most interesting person you have met and why: I’ve come across a lot of interesting people but I guess I would say I met an American guy on a beach in Phuket Thailand.  He sold all his businesses bought a bamboo hut and placed it on a beach.  He lived the simple life on a beach in a bamboo hut.  He would literally wake up walk out his hut swim in the sea come back and just talk about how he decided to settle on a beach alone.

Next travel destination: Borneo, Thailand, Vietnam

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Gunnar Garfors from The Garfors Globe!

Current city: Oslo, Norway – I’m at home between travels

Age: 42

Total countries visited: All

What makes you interesting: I am not all that interesting, but I love sharing travel experiences with others and getting to know locals and fellow travelers, so I am not the worst company for a coffee. I think.

What brands do you love: Any company that can get me from A to B. SAS, Lufthansa and the other airlines of Star Alliance do so brilliantly most of the time.

Best travel advice: Travel with hand luggage only. It is faster, more flexible, makes you seem less like a tourist and is friendlier to the environment. And it is far from impossible, bring washing powder and buy new clothes wherever you go, that is often cheaper than at home anyway. And you get more original clothes.

What destinations are on your bucket list: The most exotic countries of the world. I am currently writing a book about them so I will return to the top 20 of them in the next few months. Let me just say that both São Tomé, Príncipe and the Marshall Islands are among them.

How do you do to stay healthy when you travel: I go running several times a week. It helps me keep fit, and it is a great way of exploring a new neighborhood. You’ll also be surprised how many smiles you see when you run abroad.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: There are hundreds of episodes to pick from, many of which I have written about in my first book “How I Ran Out of Countries”, but what my sister Kjersti and I experienced in Lesotho made me laugh. We were stamped out of Lesotho in the border police shack on the edge of the infamous and feared Sani Pass, on the border between Lesotho and South Africa. The police officers giggled when they saw our tiny rented Fiat, although we didn’t quite understand why. The road there hadn’t been all that bad, despite a lack of pavement and an overdose of goats. It was when we started driving down from the top that we realized what the giggling had been about. As we would have known had we read about Sani Pass on Wikipedia. “It is a notoriously dangerous road, which requires the use of a 4×4 vehicle. This pass lies between the border controls of both countries and is approximately 9 km in length and requires above average driving experience. It has occasional remains of vehicles that did not succeed in navigating its steep gradients and poor traction surfaces, and has a catalog of frightening stories of failed attempts at ascending the path over the Northern Lesotho Mountains.” In Lesotho I was proposed to by a girl from one of the mud hut villages. We were stopped in the mountains, a mother and her two adult daughters were hitchhiking. We drove them to Linakeng, almost an hour away. They told us about farming and tough conditions in the cold mountains. We were however also told that the mother’s husband was the chief of the village. They were grateful for the ride. I got a big hug from the mom, who used the occasion to propose to me on behalf of one of her daughters. The prettiest one, even. A future as chief son in law in the middle of Lesotho was tempting. I would presumably tale over the chief title when my potential father in law would call it a night. The average life expectancy is only 48 years, so a transition of power could happen relatively soon. I showed some interest for the offer. My sister wasn’t equally impressed, and we left without .

Describe the last time you tried something new: I never say no to new opportunities or to try new things. Life is too short for that. It’s not too long since I tried orienteering for the first time. A great way to see and feel the nature, enjoy the fresh air while having to navigate and run or walk at the same time. I am not at all a pro, but I loved it!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Never to forget that everyone sees their own hometown and home country as the center of the universe. That is something every traveler should keep in mind. It should help keep any arrogance at bay. Travelling has also given me more input an knowledge about people, places and myself than anything else. Not to travel would be a grave insult to my mind and my intellect.

Next travel destination: I’m off to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) in a week. That was the last new country I visited, number 198 of 198, so it will always have a special place in my heart.

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