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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Sankara from Be On The Road.

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Current city: Bangalore, India

Age: 34

Total countries visited: I don’t count the number of countries or cities. I live for the moment.

What makes you interesting: I am living my dream of experiencing our beautiful planet, and I have made this my active money-making career.

What brands do you love: I am not particular about brands. Anything that helps me meet my purpose with a bit of oomph makes the cut for me.

Best travel advice: It’s a gorgeous world out there. Snap out of your dream and experience it in reality.

What does “Travel” mean to you: It defines who I am.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: I have learned that I have many hidden talents and I am stronger than I think I am. I found out I was a good teacher when I went on volunteering to schools across the world. I found out that I was tougher than I thought as I could easily overcome all the hardships I faced on my travels (accidents, surgeries, losing passport, being stuck in a war zone), etc.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: Stinky Tofu in Taiwan. I would definitely eat Stinky Tofu again. It is so stinky that people standing half a kilometer away have to close their noses, but if you somehow manage to eat it, you will realize that the taste is nothing like the smell. Rather, it tastes delicious. Something similar is the Durian fruit from Malaysia.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Stay with a local in a local district and try to live like them even if only for a couple of days.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Iceland because I love raw nature, volcanoes, stunning landscapes and insane amounts of remoteness.

Next travel destination: Tajikistan

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH – March 2016

Twipper of the Month – March 2016: Cheryl Howard from Cherylhoward.com

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It’s never too late to start an adventure. Forget what you did, what you had, and take on a different life journey to somewhere you have yet to explore. A trip filled with passion, excitement and sincerity is worth a lesson. It will show you the spectacles of the world, link your soul to Mother Nature, and more importantly, warm your heart with the beauties of humanity. As Cheryl Howard, our Twipper of the Month, would say, “Travel has changed me for the better as I’ve become more open-minded and appreciative of what I have. It motivated me to make a concerted effort to help others.”

An aspiring travel blogger, Cheryl Howard moved to Berlin a few years ago. Although a complete stranger to the city, she had some of her most amazing experiences in Europe. From the “darkest caves underneath Budapest” to the “Italian Alps,” she fully explored a fascinating life existed nowhere else. Although, apart from the grandiose landscapes and the fervent locals, she also sees some different sides of the world that still need support and attention. Now, working on a project to document the stories of the refugees in Berlin, she truly elevates the spirit embedded in traveling and tells us the responsibilities that come with being both an excellent traveler and an exceptional individual. Cheryl’s wonderful journeys not only built up a colorful life experience of her own, but also those who she has helped along the way. Let her be your next travel inspiration.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Carmen Edelson from Carmen’s Luxury Travel.

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Current city: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Age: 50

Total countries visited: I have visited 14 countries in total, including seven trips to Cuba and multiple trips to Spain.

What makes you interesting: I see travel from the perspective of someone who doesn’t take it for granted. I only started traveling in my 30s. Also, I write about Tenerife and Cuba as someone who is reconnecting with family and discovering my familial homeland or “roots,” as we used to say. 

What brands do you love:  I can’t live without my Apple devices and almost everything Louis Vuitton makes me smile.  

What’s your travanality? Urbanite.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I think we all go through waves of change. At first, I was thrilled to see the world’s great sites. Now, I am more into the cultures and food of the destinations and how the concept of luxury is translated at each destination.  A fine London hotel should feel very different from one in Paris, Venice or NYC. The interesting thing is how they do it.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Paying for Internet access so I can stay in touch with my readers and family.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Bali has always been a dream destination of mine. I have always been fascinated with its many temples, the rich culture and their “Eat, Pray, Love” vibes.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: An insulated rain jacket when I went to Alaska.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I enjoy local spots. I try to be a temporary local and avoid the touristy places.

Next travel destination: Cuba.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Ashray and Zara from Backpack Me.

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Current city: Rome, Italy.

Age: Ashray 29 and Zara 33.

Total countries visited: Together we’ve been to 36 countries. Apart from those we’ve been to a bunch of others individually.

What makes you interesting: We’re from India (Ashray) and Portugal (Zara). Our travel blog offers a multicultural perspective on travel. We experience things differently because of our distinct backgrounds and the world sees us differently too. This reflects on the way we go around the world and share travel stories.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: It’s always hard to pick just one answer for this type of question. Andy, a British guy we met while road tripping in Patagonia, was indeed interesting. He started traveling around the world solo with his bike 7 years ago. We had been all over the place and had plenty of stories to tell. Funny enough, we kept on bumping into him each other at different petrol pumps as we were all road tripping around the same areas.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Years from now you’ll have someone to reminisce on your travels with you. Just like the quote from Into The Wild, “Happiness is real only when shared”.

What brands do you love: When you travel you can’t be too particular about brands or products you may or may not be able to get where you are. A couple of brands we’re pretty loyal to, even though not travel related, would be Nintendo and Converse.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: A “travel towel”. We were naive to spend any money on such a thing over 4 years ago. Now, we pack a regular towel. Keeping it light is key!

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Our feet! Not that we travel far on foot but once we are in a given place walking around is always the best method to soak up the local vibes!

Best thing you have bought during your travels: We don’t buy much stuff to carry around with us. So the best things we’ve bought during our travels are probably meals in certain countries. A few meals we’ve had in Mexico, India and Thailand have achieved legendary status in our lives.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means expanding our horizons and never stagnating.

Next travel destination: After a few weeks exploring the South of Italy, we’ll be heading to Jordan to visit Petra and do a road-trip around the country.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dave and Deb from The Planet D.

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Current city: Woodstock, Canada

Age: 43 and 44

What makes you interesting: We’ve been together for 23 years. For the past 6 years we’ve been together every single day. We’ve travelled together to over 80 countries on 7 continents and we still love each other. Heck, we even like each other and enjoy being together!

Total countries visited: 80+

Most magical place on Earth: Antarctica. But we left our heart in Africa. Kenya to be exact.

Best travel advice: Shop and go local. When you hire a local guide, eat locally, visit local markets and stay in small guest houses run by locals, you will have an authentic and wonderful experience without breaking the bank.

What people say when they travel with you: Good question. I have no idea.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Try something new, step out of your comfort zone and scare yourself a little.

Next travel destination: Mexico, Ireland and Greece!

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