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Twippers of the Month – January 2017

Twippers of the Month – January 2017: Rob and Chris from 2 Travel Dads.

It’s hard enough planning a trip for two people, but add two children under the age of 10 and that’s a challenge. For Rob and Chris, they tackle this challenge with ease. Living just outside of Seattle, Washington, Rob and Chris plan about 4 big trips per year, but going to Yellowstone National Park is one of the family favorites. Bringing their sons on these adventures gives them a broader view of the world by teaching them the value of culture, education and experiencing the outdoors. TWIP couldn’t agree more! This couple is bringing inspiration to the parents in the LBGT community with their bravery by traveling the world with their children. “It’s how life has to be and we’re working to normalize families like ours out in the world,” said Rob. Having been featured by GaysWithKids, Gay Star News, Yonderbound and being listed as one of the “World’s Top Male Travel Bloggers” by the Huffington Post, it’s no wonder we named Rob and Chris our Twippers of the Month for January 2017! This family has so much of the world to see and we can’t wait to read all about the new adventures they encounter this year.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Rob and Chris from 2 Travel Dads.

Current city: Seattle, Washington

Age: 34 and 38

Total countries visited: 15

What makes you interesting: What makes us interesting is the same thing that we don’t want to just be known for – We’re gay dads who travel to all kinds of places where we’re clearly out of place but we want to show our kids the world so we go anyway.  Other two-dad or two-mom families send us messages all the time saying how brave we are for traveling with the kids, but it’s just how life has to be and we’re working to normalize families like ours out in the world.

What brands do you love:  When it comes to travel, our preferred hotels are Kimpton Hotels (w/o kids) and Marriott (w/ kids).  For flying, we prefer Alaska Airlines for our West Coast trips and love that they partner with Delta to get us everywhere else.  When it comes to destinations, America’s National Parks are where we find ourselves most frequently. They’re such amazing, beautiful and unique places full of adventures for kids.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling:  If “be prepared” wasn’t so cliche we’d say that, but instead we’ll go with “Never give up on a place before you go there.”  There have been so many towns and destinations that we’ve heard weren’t amazing and then we’ve made the trek to be absolutely wowed.

Most magical place on earth:  The mountains of China – Never have mountains been so strange and amazing.

What is your most favorite travel memory:  Driving into Yellowstone National Park for the first time with our kids – We’d been to Yellowstone plenty of times over the years, growing up, as adults, and going back for the first time as parents. Watching the kids’ reactions was priceless.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels:  No matter how much of a pain long travel days can be, we’re always going to feel that they’re worth it.  The journey is really part of the experience and the trials you face to conquer a long day on the road only make us closer as a family.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go:  Indonesia – From the beaches, waterfalls and temples to the orangutans of Borneo, there is so much that all four of us would love to see and experience.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience:  We were hiking in Glacier National Park and were faced with the decision to hike forward towards a big-horned ram, turn around and head towards two bull moose in the pond below us or stay in place while a mama grizzly and her two cubs came down the hill at us.  We picked the two bull moose.

Next travel destination:  A snowy escape to the Cascade Mountains of Washington State for some skiing, playing in the snow and great food!

TWIPPERS OF THE YEAR 2016

Twippers of the Year 2016: Stefan and Sebastien from The Nomadic Boys!

“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with,” writer and illustrator Charles Schulz knew this, but Stefan and Sebastien made it a reality. Their blog has turned into a guide for LGBT communities by interviewing gay individuals around the world, so their followers can understand restrictions or complications that can arise by being gay in different countries. Forging a network for a worldwide connection among the gay community isn’t easy, especially when some countries aren’t as accepting as others. For these two though, nothing can stop them on their path to a better way of living. It’s because of this consistent drive to self educate about different cultures through travel, that we choose The Nomadic Boys as our Twippers of the Year for 2016!

With humble but comfortable beginnings in a London flat with normal jobs and stable lives, Stefan and Sebastien decided they needed a dramatic change.Their comfortable lifestyle was fine, until it lost its shine. Boredom of the everyday grind had set in. The Nomadic Boys left London in 2014 to begin their adventure around the world. Now, Stefan and Sebastien explore the world together. As their travels bring them closer together, their followers are reminded that love really can, conquer all. From swimming like mermaids to hosting luxury Galapagos cruises, these boys dive into new culinary experiences and inspires romance in a way that draws people to them in droves, particularly in the gay community.

Traveling the world as a gay couple, brings perspective to their way of life. Largely supportive of LGBT businesses, The Nomadic Boys bring support where it’s sorely needed in countries with anti-gay laws, restrictions or social structures. “We started to collaborate with hotel brands, tourism boards and speak at conferences to promote gay travel,” said The Nomadic Boys. There are some places in the world that wouldn’t be safe for a gay couple, and in some cases be downright hostile, but that doesn’t stop these men. Spreading the love is the only way to win, and The Nomadic Boys are well on their way to victory. Congratulations to The Nomadic Boys for being our 2016 Twippers of the Year for 2016! TWIP on our friends, TWIP on!

Read on for Stefan and Sebastien’s travel update for 2016.

What was the best trip that you went on in 2016: Our gay luxury cruise to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador with some of our readers, which we’re really excited to repeat next year.

What is your most favorite travel memory of 2016: Playing with the Galapagos sea lion pups while snorkelling just off the coast of Española Islands. They are so curious and extremely cute.

Who was the most interesting person that you met during your travels in 2016: Our queer tango teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, Rodrigo.

What motivates you to travel: Meeting gay locals and learning what it’s like growing up as gay in their country, and about each different gay scene in each new destination. This is extremely fascinating and most eye opening thing when we travel, particularly across Asia where it’s illegal or very taboo to be gay in most places.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Ecuadorian food! It’s so varied with influences from the jungle, Amazon and the mountains all mixed in one to create some delicious, exotic flavours.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: Travelling has made our relationship stronger and we’ve learnt a great deal about each other. For example, when Sebastien is tired and/or hungry, Stefan must keep a safe distance to maintain the peace.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start traveling: Just do it! You’ll never look back on your life and say “Boy I wish I spent more time in the office!”

Where are you traveling in 2017: Latin America, particularly in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia.

TWIPPERS OF THE MONTH – July 2016

Twippers of the Month – July 2016: Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys.

27 Spa lovers ritual at The Four Seasons, Langkawi island in Malaysia, July 2015

May it be trekking in the Himalayas or swimming like mermaids in Boracay, the world is only so beautiful when you share it with your significant other. Ever since Stefan and Sebastien fell for each other in London a few years ago, an adventure has been waiting for them. Later, they became the Nomadic Boys and started exploring the wonders of the world together in 2014. Their stories drew immediate attention as they constantly attempt to unveil the countless fantasies on earth together as a loving gay couple, proudly showing off their deepest affections towards the places they go, views they enjoy and the people they acquaint.

Today, they are named our Twippers of the Month for July 2016. Not only did they blog their way through their travel destinations, but also paid relentless effort into supporting LGBT minority groups everywhere they went. Regardless of what the anti-gay regions of the world might have against them, they are still willing to go around and tell the world their stories, their discoveries and their latest adventures. It is only a matter of time how their journeys will impact the world.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys

02 Nomadic Boys as mermaids, Boracay, the Philippines, June 2015

Current city: Stefan is in London and Sebastien is in Lyon.

Age: Stefan is 33 and Sebastien is 34.

Total countries visited: Stefan has visited 66 and Seb has visited 47.

What makes you interesting: We are a gay couple and have been traveling the world together since 2014 after leaving our lives in London. We created our blog as a platform to record our romantic adventures, write about the different gay scenes and of course, our culinary discoveries. For every place we visit, we like to make local gay friends to experience the culture and gay scene from their perspective. We also try wherever possible to seek out and support local LGBT businesses, which is particularly important in countries with anti-gay laws in place. As a result, over the past two years, our blog gained a great deal of popularity, particularly in the gay community. We started to collaborate with hotel brands, tourism boards and speak at conferences to promote gay travel. Nomadic Boys has now evolved to become our full time job More than that, it has become our life: our baby!

What brands do you love: ES for speedos. Osprey for backpacks and for IT, Apple Mac (for Stefan) and Samsung (for Sebastien).

What’s your favorite scenic destination: Our favourite scenic destination during our travels was Mongolia and Nepal. The Gobi Desert in Mongolia was truly remarkable. It was like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Trekking at altitudes over 5,000 metres (16,404 feet) in the Himalayas in Nepal is an experience that will test you to your limits and those views will just blow your mind. Another one has to be learning to swim like mermaids in Boracay in the Philippines.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: China. It’s a beautiful printed picture of the Great Wall in the background. This was also one of the most difficult passports we’ve ever had to get. The Chinese Government makes it hard for foreigners to visit, requiring evidence of a round trip (hard when you’re on a one way adventure, so you’re forced to make use of “fake” or refundable flight bookings) and wants you to produce a document showing what you’re doing every day and where you’re staying. A nightmare when you’re there for a few months, but definitely worth the hard work.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: We got into an excellent habit of working out almost every morning either by going for a run or doing a circuit of body weights. It’s the best way to start the day and allows you to keep in shape whilst on the road. It also justifies our excessive eating habits!

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: That moment we first came out of the train station in Delhi. Our first moment in the streets of India was a culture shock and huge assault to every sense. Our India trip was in November 2014 and like most travellers we had a strong love/hate relationship with the country. India will blow your mind with some of the best food and stunning temples, palaces you’ll ever encounter, but the extreme poverty will also affect you.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: There’s always a solution to every problem. Nothing is impossible. Also we’ve learnt more about each other and our different temperaments, which has made our relationship stronger and brought us closer together.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Traveling alone definitely has its advantages, least of all because of the sheer number of friends you will make along the way. We’ve done a lot of solo traveling before we met in 2009. Loneliness can hit when traveling alone and having that special someone to share those magical moments makes it more romantic and certainly more memorable.

Next travel destination: Latin America starting with Argentina in September and then leading our very own gay cruise to the Galapagos Islands!

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