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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Elise Goodhoofd

Current city: Toronto, Canada

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 19

What makes you interesting: I am constantly pushing my creativity to the limits – I’ve been told I bleed rainbows. I’m obsessed with color – but I am a chalk artist. I live for new experiences and want to see as much of the world as possible in my lifetime.

What brands do you love: Apple, Nike, Kit & Ace, Tim Horton’s and Sharpie.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I braved taking the tube in London, without GPS on my phone. It was surprisingly easy – I just followed the same coloured signs.

What is your most favorite travel memory: I don’t have a favourite memory – every new place gave me something unique. But, most recently – I stood up for my friend, as she married her man in St. Peter’s Basilica (The Vatican) in Rome Italy – such an unreal experience. Also, last year, sailing for 8 days from Dubrovnik to Split, Croatia with new friends on a 60 foot sailboat.

Describe yourself in three words: Crazy. Colourful. Ambitious.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: In 2005, my older sister was studying in Belfast for a few months. My mom and I visited her and road-tripped around Northern Ireland. We ended up at a random sheep auction, saw Giant’s Causeway and toured a few castles. I love traveling with my family.

What people say when they travel with you: “Is the GoPro necessary at all times, Elise?” (They find it annoying – until they see my trip videos!) “Wait up, e!” (I have long legs and there is a lot to see!) “Where do you get all of your energy?” (I’ll sleep when I’m dead! Too much to see.)

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Canada – I’m friendly, clean, smart, one of the best and there is always something new you’ll learn about me.

Next travel destination: New York & Brazil for Carnival next year!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Layla from LA Travel Girl!

Current city: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Age: 31 

Total countries visited: 30

What makes you interesting: I’m a registered nurse, a twin sister, and I’ve only ever had long distance relationships because I travel so much and fall in love with the people I meet!

What brands do you love: I love GoPro, Canon, Apple, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Victoria Secret Pink, Urban Outfitters, Trader Joe’s, and many others! There’s so many I’d take the entire page up. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: You never know what people are going through from looking at their exterior so don’t assume. Cultures are different and people express themselves differently than your own culture. Be open and observant. 

What are your travel rituals: I like making a list to get me excited. This list includes tech supplies I’ll be using on my trip and what outfits to wear. Also,  getting carry on sized toiletries from Rite Aid. Lastly, getting to the airport super early and finding a lounge to relax in.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: I would say the most interesting would be a grilled beef heart at LA Food Fest, or buffalo meatloaf in Mammoth Mountain, California

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: I have been away over five months a couple times. I stay abroad for minimum one month to really get the feel for the region and travel to many destinations around the region!  

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: I put my iPhone, camera, computer, makeup bag, socks to get cozy in on the plane and external batteries for my phone. I’ve also been traveling with a green camo bag since 2012 and it goes everywhere with me. 

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I love interacting with locals, looking at historical sites & architecture, taking photos/vlogs, and  trying local cuisine. I see food a huge cultural experience. 

Next travel destination: My next travel destination will be Oahu, Hawaii, USA! I’m so excited my second visit since last time I was there was over 15 years ago! 

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Wayne Seto from Tao West Adventures

Current city: Bangkok, Thailand

Age: 47

Total countries visited: 15

What makes you interesting: I don’t really think that I’m all that interesting. I do have a willingness to share my experiences in an honest way that reveal not only the good moments but also the bad, embarrassing and not so pretty moments of my life. In that sense some people do find me interesting.

What brands do you love: Nike! I’m a sucker for their commercials.

What motivates you to travel: Being stagnant in one place for so long tends to force me to the other end of the spectrum where I want to see what’s outside of my own world.

Describe the last time you tried something new: On my year abroad last year, I tried to learn computer coding on my own. While effectively failing at it, I did manage to create 6 WordPress Websites for my own and friends’ projects. While not being a real computer programmer, I have to at least give myself a pat on the back for trying.

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: Toilet paper. You don’t realize how valuable it is until you really need it.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: Last year, I was traveling abroad for 13 months in Asia. I spent the majority of it in Thailand, but also included stretches in India, China and Malaysia. While not necessarily feeling home sick, I did go through periods of listlessness. While this may sound odd, I found it did take time to adjust to go from a structured life style of a punch clock job to complete days free of anything to do. The upside is that within a few weeks, I completely lost track of what day of the week it was

What item will you never leave home without: For practical reasons, my passport and my smartphone. Passport for obvious reasons and the smartphone acts like my Swiss Army knife for staying connected while on the road. On a sentimental note, I always pack this UV protective t-shirt that I bought for my first solo trip eight years ago. It’s like a comfortable old blanket you just don’t want to get rid of.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: I’m a very small cog in a much bigger wheel.

Next travel destination: Had plans for Myanmar and Vietnam last year but plans fell through. Would love to visit sooner than later.

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Twipper of the Week: Evelien Langeveld from Eef Explores.

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Current city: Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Age: 30

Total countries visited: 26 and counting.

What makes you interesting: That’s a hard question to answer since I don’t really like to brag about myself. I think what makes me interesting is that I’m a very positive, honest person. I’ll always tell you how I feel and what I think. The glass is always half full and, I believe nearly everything is possible as long as you believe and you set your mind to it.

What brands do you love: I’m not a particular big brand lover, but if I have to pick a favorite it would definitely be Nike. I have a big collection of Nike sneakers at home and I do miss strolling around the canals of Amsterdam in them. But of course I brought my favorite pair to explore the world with me.

What item will you never leave home without: I would never leave home without my iPhone. This sounds very superficial, but everyday I try to capture all the beautiful things I see in pictures, and often my iPhone helps me find the way.

What is your favorite app to use during your travels: There are actually three apps I use very often during my travels. The first one is  Google Maps. I’m not good at directions and without Google Maps I would’ve gotten lost a hundred times. The second one is WhatsApp because it keeps me connected to my loved ones at home and my boyfriend. The third app would be Instagram because I absolutely love sharing pictures of my adventures to inspire my followers from all over the world.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: New York City! Busy, bustling and always something going on, but if you’re looking for something more relaxed you can go to the hipster Williamsburg or chill in a Central Park. I’m like that: busy, all over the place and very active, or calm, relaxed and enjoying some time by myself.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I have learned that being on my own at the other side of the world is easier than I thought. It’s so wonderful to meet people from all over the globe, share new experiences with them and even indulge in new friendships you know will last for a lifetime. I never thought I was the person to sleep in dorms and discover new places on my own, but I absolutely love it and I’m convinced everyone can do it!

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: I think I’m quite boring when it comes to this. Since I’ve been a vegetarian for my whole life I’ve never eaten meat, so trying something like fried cockroaches on Khao San Road is not something you’d see me do. I do love exploring new cultures by tasting their local delicacies, as long as it’s vegetarian.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Probably the first time I went to South East Asia in 2009, to Bali. Right now South East Asia is by far my favorite travel destination in the world because of its authenticity, but back then I was quite amazed by how different Asia was compared to the western world back home. Of course that only lasted for a few hours and then I fell in love with the culture and the people.

Next travel destination: Fiji and Samoa! The plan is to stay in Bondi for a few months to work and save some money. After that my boyfriend and I want to visit Fiji and Samoa. Then we’ll go back to Australia again to see some highlights of the east coast, explore Uluru and make sure we don’t miss out on the west coast. So excited!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

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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