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TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Charlotte and Josh from The Spindrifters!

 Current city: Gili Islands, Lombok

Age: Charlotte is 27 and Josh is 28

Total countries visited: In total, we have visited 30 countries between the both of us.

What makes you interesting: We’re a travel couple who volunteer all over the world. We have worked for an NGO on a tropical Island in Borneo, been teachers in the slums of Mumbai and worked in countless hostels in India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

What brands do you love: We love brands that associate themselves with developing communities and promoting responsible tourism. We think it’s important while traveling to recognize how brands and tourism can impact the local community and help to support them while promoting specific brands.

What motivates you to travel: An insatiable thirst for experiencing and discovering new and exciting places. We travel relatively slowly so that we can delve deeper into how people in that country/community live and learn as much about different cultures as possible. We think that you learn so much more from traveling the world than anything else. Traveling challenges you every day in a completely different way and you should constantly be ready for the unexpected. We also think it’s incredibly exciting to learn more about the world we live in and the amazing people that occupy it!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: The best part about being a couple on the road is that you get to share all of the best, and worst, moments with someone! We have both traveled independently before but now traveling together we realize how special it is being able to have incredible shared experiences and being able to push each other’s travel boundaries to the max!

What was your best and worst travel experience: Our best travel moment is tough as there has honestly been so many but we can narrow it down to a couple of standout experiences:

  1. Sunrise at the Taj Mahal – Something we had both always wanted to experience and it didn’t disappoint! We were lucky that there weren’t many people and there was an amazing low fog surrounding the base of the Taj that faded as the orange sun rose above it. It was special.
  2. While volunteering in Borneo we were having a bonfire on the beach on an incredibly clear night. We were sitting with some guests and while gazing up at the perfectly clear Milky Way above us, luminescent plankton started lighting up on the shore of the sea. Magical!

Our fist worst travel moment was when we traveled the length of India from Jaipur to Goa in two days flat and ended up spending one very uncomfortable night sleeping amongst the rats and cockroaches on the floor of one of Mumbai’s very busy train stations. Safe to say we didn’t sleep for almost three days.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: China, Japan, Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Nepal and Iran.

What is your favorite app to use during your travels: Hands down our favorite and most used app is Maps.me.  It’s an absolute life saver and safe to say we use it every day without fail.

Best travel advice: First, always be open minded, go out of your comfort zone and push your limits to the max.  You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve! Second, just smile. This is the easiest piece of advice to give and sometimes the most important.  What a smile can bring is truly amazing. A smile can cross language, cultural barriers and turn an awkward situation into a friendship.

Next travel destination: We will be heading to New Zealand after a brief stint back at home in London catching up with friends and family!

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Twippers of the Week: John and Laurel from A Road To Travel!

Current city: Podgorica, Montenegro from Prizren, Kosovo

Age: John is 65 and Laurel is 66.

Total countries visited:  48 and counting!

What makes you interesting: We are in our third year of our non-stop travel journey and we’re going  to keep going until our bodies say stop. We like to think we take fabulous photographs. We talk about the places we visit and what it takes to travel full time. We’re always trying to get others to get off the couch and do some traveling, even if it is near their home.

What brands do you love: Nikon

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: You got to be flexible and be able to go with the flow. You will definitely enjoy traveling and life-in-general that way.

What are your travel rituals: We find the best deals on flights with Skyscannerkiwi.com or Rome2Rio. Check the weather, visa requirements, and any special customs requirements to help us get prepared.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: It’s having a travel partner. Someone to share the amazingly good times, the hysterically funny times, the quiet and beautiful moments, and the horrifically bad times. If you both have a sense of humor and are able to laugh at yourself, you are miles ahead of the game.

Describe the last time you tried something new: We went Paragliding in Nepal in 2016.

What is your most favorite travel memory: When arriving in Varanasi, India, the cab took us through the city on the way to our hotel. The surroundings were a shock to us; dirty, dusty, cows in the streets, and enormous crowds of people. As we drove, the areas became worse and worse until the driver stopped the cab and said we had to walk the rest of the way. We were taken down increasingly smaller and incredibly dirty alleyways where people and animals relieved themselves in the gutters. Just when we looked at each other with panic, wondering what we had gotten ourselves into, the driver banged on a large metal door.  When opened, it revealed the most beautiful hotel with a garden, open spaces and smiling people. We both swear we heard a choir of angels singing.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Eating the local cuisines, and trying almost everything.

Next travel destination: From Montenegro, we head to Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.

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Twippers of the Week: Jessica and Garrett from The Bucket List Family.

Current city: We just spent the last few weeks pretending to live Oregon.  

Age: Jessica is 30 and Garrett is “25.”

Total countries visited: As a family 16, but we’ve both been to a whole lot more than that. Garrett grew up traveling all over the world with his mom who is also a travel journalist.  

What makes you interesting: A few years ago Garrett sold a company to Snapchat for a large sum of money but we decided to set it aside. We sold all of our belongings to fund an adventure around the world with our two kids, Dorothy & Manilla.  

What brands do you love: We love Nike because we’re huge sport, health and fitness enthusiasts.  Apple because we are techies, and Disney because it’s Disney.

What’s your Travanality: Victor / Purist

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: We bring a blender with us everywhere.  One small suitcase is filled with proteins and supplements for daily, healthy smoothies. And of course a camera!

What is the best part about having travel partners: There is nothing better than exploring the world with those you love! Sure, it gets a little tough with such young kids, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are so grateful to be able to give our kids these experiences at such a young age. Even if they don’t remember it, our family has been strengthened by traveling together.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Tonga was one of our very first stops. We woke up very early in the morning and were just walking down the empty streets trying to find a grocery store. People there were beyond friendly, but I think because Tonga was just our first foreign stop, and we were not in a hotel, it was confusing to us.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: It’s not that interesting, but in Tonga we had dinner with a bunch of locals and they placed a roasted pig on the table. I sat there and ate pork as I looked into the eyes of this pig. It was intense.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: We’ve learned that although languages, religions and cultures are the different, we are all humans and desire the same things – family, love and happiness. I’ve learned that my greatest goal in life is to teach my children that despite any differences someone has, we are all God’s children and should help, serve and love one another.

Next travel destination: Next stops on the itinerary are Japan, Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Czech Republic and Croatia!

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Twippers of the Week: Alyson Long and family from the World Travel Family.

world-travel-family

Current city: We no longer have a fixed home, but London and Port Douglas Australia are our main bases.

Age: I’m 49, my husband 39, and the children are 12 and 10.

Total countries visited: Over 50. I’d have to write them all down to count!

What makes you interesting: We’ve been traveling full time with the children for the last three years. This year we took them to Everest, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Greece, London and Romania. It’s all about their education and these days, they tell us where they want to go!

What brands do you love: Can I say Marks and Spencer? In the travel sector, Air Asia, Skyscanner and Lowe Alpine are the three brands we always use.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: We never break the bank. We’re smart with our money and finding great deals, but I always say, don’t scrimp! Spend as much as you need to fully enjoy your trip. We will spend more on expensive admissions, good food or a few drinks. Things we don’t really care about, like accommodation, we save money on.

What is the best part about having travel partners: I’ve got my three best friends with me all the time. It’s great when we meet up with other families for the kids or when I find a kindred spirit to chat to.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: It hasn’t changed me, I’ve always been the same, fascinated by the world and cultures and ready to try anything. I’ve been traveling all my life, but the last three years are just a little more unusual. Travel certainly helps to narrow down what a person really wants out of life.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I’ve only experienced culture shock as an expat in Australia. As a tourist or traveler we don’t feel it. It’s only when you settle and try to fit in that you notice the deep differences.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Standing at Tengboche Monastery, Nepal, looking at Mount Everest on a cloudless day with my 11 year old son. It was magic. We both felt we could take on anything after nailing that climb. That was just few months ago, but I have many other “favorites.”

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Public bus or train. I like to meet locals and fellow travelers, and public transport throws everyone together for a while. I’m over budget airlines these days though, I miss the days of full-service carriers.

Next travel destination: Not sure right now, possibly London, Africa or USA and Central America.

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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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