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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tara Donaldson from Living With The Travel Bug!

Current city: New York City, New York, USA

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 36

What makes you interesting: I think being interesting has a lot to do with the different experiences you’ve had and the different cultures, people and places you’ve been exposed to. Travel makes you well-rounded and full of unique stories. I guess I have a lot of those!

What brands do you love: Flight001 for travel stuff and Paravel, which is new on the scene but making a lot of cool vintage inspired travel gear.

What motivates you to travel: Everything! I like to travel when I’m happy, when I’m sad, for fun and for work, with family/friends and solo. I love travel so much just about anything motivates me to do it.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: Eating, exploring and shopping!

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: A bathing suit. Definitely a bathing suit.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: This is a hard one because so many interesting and odd things happen when you travel! I’d have to say getting to walk on The Great Pyramids of Giza and then climbing inside to see the tomb. Those Pyramids are such an incredible feat and to see up close. It’s amazing that thousands of years ago, people were able to build them to be perfectly shaped pyramids when you see them from afar. That was easily one of the best travel moments I’ve ever had.

What are your travel pet peeves: Rude travelers and people who aren’t open to the culture, or the ways of the destination they’re visiting. If you think home is so much better than where you are and you’re constantly making that known, maybe traveling isn’t for you.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why: India. I’ve been obsessed with India forever. I just think it’s so majestic. I’d want to see the temples, the markets, eat the food, interact with the people, buy fabric, do yoga and watch the sunset.

Next travel destination: Probably Trinidad & Tobago. The place where my family is from and I call home. Tobago is the sweetest little Caribbean island ever.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Geraldine DeRuiter from The Everywhereist!

Current city: Seattle. I’m actually home for a little bit, which means that I’ve become a recluse and spend most days in my pajamas. It’s wonderful!

Age: 36

Total countries visited: Unlike my age, this number is somewhere in the mid-20s. 

What makes you interesting: My tendency to scream “I AM INTERESTING” in quiet public libraries. Also, the fact that I’ve been banned from a lot of public libraries. Just kidding! I’ve only been banned from two. Oh, and I had brain surgery a while back, which people seem to find interesting, but honestly just feels like weird little antidote. My husband proposed to me on TV and we met Oprah, but I don’t think that those things make *me* interesting. They’re just interesting things that happened in close proximity to me.

What brands do you love: Patagonia donated all of their Black Friday sales to grassroots organizations dedicated to saving the planet. So that’s pretty neat.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I’d like to think it’s made me a more empathetic, mindful, caring person who realizes that we as humans are all in this together. Also, I can pee anywhere now. The facilities do not need to be fancy. They barely need to be more than a hole in the ground. I have, in fact, peed in holes in the ground.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Cyborg Jeff Goldblum’s robot burlesque show. The Grumpy Cat Presidential Library. The recently-discovered 8th continent (est: 2046).

Best thing you have bought during your travels: Food! I particularly like heading to convenience stores and supermarkets, and buying all local iterations of junk food. When I was in Iceland I bought this awful candy bar that had puffed rice and chunks of black licorice in it. It was utterly terrible. I then bought four more and ate all of them in two days.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Snacks, my laptop, various reading materials, some medication, a toothbrush, and ALL of my travel anxiety! I also pack a few extra pairs of socks and underwear. In the event that my suitcase goes missing, I’ll have fresh underwear for days. I never actually check luggage, so this precaution is a rather unnecessary one.   

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: Wandering a city and people watching. I like to find a nice little cafe (preferably one with a variety of fancy desserts) and just sit and try to get a feel for a city. I also spend an alarming amount of time in museums.

What do people say when they travel with you: “Seriously, how have you survived to adulthood?”

Next travel destination: I’m off to New York in a few days to meet with my publisher and discuss my book, All Over the Place, which will be out this May. I also have plans to head to Japan later this year, for the very first time. I’m very excited.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Jerry from Jetlag Jerry

Current city: New York, NY

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 20

What makes you interesting: I’m incredibly particular!  I do immense planning for even minor trips and always work to find quality items at low prices.  It allows me to travel more because I not only save money, but I’m extremely efficient with my time. What I can see and do in one day, some people will in five days. My itineraries look professionally done but are also somewhat embarrassing.  I try not to be to intense or exhaustive, but also stay open to changing plans. It’s something I’m always working on.

What brands do you love: I’m not a huge brand name guy.  I do what’s comfortable, cost effective & efficient.  However, the one travel item I’m obsessed with is the Cabeau Evolution Pillow.  I bought it during a long layover in London and has really changed my flight experience. I also love my Apple products.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: For better or worse, I’m certainly a New Yorker. I’d like to be a “Spain” someday.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: My first time on a plane was to Florida on my way to Disney when I was 6.  My first international travel was when I was 10 when I went to London and Paris.

What is your favorite app to use during your travels: Google Maps hands down! Since they instituted the offline feature, it can’t be beat.  The app really allows me to plan a day so perfectly and fit in as much as possible.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: Travelling alone turns you from a tourist to a traveller. I was always independent, but when I started travelling alone I realized I can do almost anything without needing someone else.  I was terrified my first time going at it alone, but you learn to tackle all things that come your way. You have to commit to being yourself and through this experience I really met so many great people.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: I used to be a terrible packer!  When I was little I would stuff my bag with stuffed animals, toys and five books for a one week stay.  Now I can go away for a month and just bring a small carry on.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: Shockingly, only a month.  I always like to come back to my base for a little to cool down.

Next travel destination: Poland and Denmark in April!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tausha from The Globe Getter!

Current city: New York, NY

Age: 31

Total countries visited: 34 and counting!

What makes you interesting: Besides having a silent ‘u’ in my name and my penchant for slipping into what I like to think of as a pretty spot on British accent, I’m someone who has combined my professional background with my personal passion. I’m a communicator who has worked in the media industry and higher education, and now I’ve navigated my career into the travel industry in addition to running my travel blog on the side. It’s nonstop travel, and I love it! I’m also very passionate about helping people travel the world while still working full-time and I’m always happy to share tips on how to do this.

What brands do you love: I’m in love and addicted to my iPhone and MacBook Air. I’m also a big fan of Canon and Sony cameras. When I’m on the road, I like having KIND Bars to take with me.

Best travel advice: It’s not so much advice as it is a saying – “If you’re a curious person, the world is always unfolding.” To me this means being curious and take time to notice the small things. There’s beauty in watching a bird soar into the sky or the way flowers bloom by the ocean. When you notice the small things, you realize how truly incredible the world can be.

Most magical place on earth: Besides Disney, I continue to be obsessed with South Africa. It’s an incredible, complicated, at times uncomfortable and absolutely stunning country. I first visited in 2014 spending time in Johannesburg, Kruger, Blyde River Canyon and Cape Town. I look forward to returning there one day soon.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: London. Busy but not hectic, reserved and with pockets of serenity -– just like me. Also, I’m often told how calm I am, particularly when things get crazy. I’m pretty good at the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ thing.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Capture the moment (but remember to also just enjoy the moment). Some things I know I’ll remember for years to come, but some things I need to document so I can look back on them later and reminisce.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Travel rarely goes as planned, but that’s part of the experience. Embrace it, handle it, enjoy it if you can and learn from it.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Does a round-the-world trip count? If not, I’m going to go with Chile and Argentina, two places that are very high on my bucket list.

Next travel destination: Still up in the air, but I’m looking to head to Cuba and Japan in the next few months. We shall see!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Jeremy Foster from Travel Freak.

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Current city: Paris but not for long!

Age: 30

Total countries visited: I’ve been to 30 countries in my lifetime. For me, it’s not about the number of countries so much as it is about the experiences you have.

What makes you interesting: That’s a great question! l’ve worked in some of the best cocktail bars around the world in major cities like New York, Beijing, and Melbourne. I have a wealth of knowledge on the subject, and a passion for exciting nightlife, captivating company, and exquisite drinks. I live for the adventure of the daytime and the mystery of the nighttime. I’ve always been a nightcrawler—it’s when I do my best work.

What brands do you love: TWIP, of course! I also really love HostelWorld for hostels, TransferWise for sending money internationally and World Nomads for travel insurance. Those are my staples, but I’ve also put together a resource of more than 50 tools and brands I love and use when I’m traveling. If you’re researching or booking a trip in the near future, it might serve as a valuable resource.

What’s your Travanality: I really love this concept of Travanality. I can relate to almost all of them in some way, but through and through I am the Maverick. I live for the adventure, the adrenaline and the crazy stories. From skydiving to naked bungee jumping to hiking volcanoesI never travel with a guidebook because I’m constantly writing my own.

It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: Body language! I love the challenge of communicating with people that you can’t understand. Finding new ways to get a message across is a bonding experience in itself and brings so much more to the experience of being in a new place. The fact is, we communicate in so many more ways than just words. Body language and expressions play a big role in communication—we just have to be persistent and maybe a bit intuitive. I’m pretty good with languages, and even if I don’t speak one, I can usually guess what’s going on just by the context of the conversation. In the end, the challenge of trying to communicate becomes a shared experience that both people can bond over—one that usually ends with big smiles and laughter.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has changed me in so many ways. Through travel, I have come to terms with some of the darkest parts of myself, and I have learned to accept them. I have developed a filter for what really matters in life, and I’ve learned to stop stressing about where I’m going to end up—there is so much more joy in the experience of now. It also helped me to learn responsibility, something I lacked much of before I took off.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: I bought a big fluffy hat on the border of Tibet. You can see me here, wearing it in Times Square.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: My foray into Asia began in China. I was seriously overwhelmed. Even more overwhelming, though, was coming home after 3.5 years abroad. Reverse culture shock is worse than regular culture shock!

Best travel advice: Skip your Lonely Planet—talk to bartenders and taxi drivers. Nobody knows a city quite like they do.

Next travel destination: Unknown at the moment but that’s just how I like it! 

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