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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Zach Boyette from Zach_Boyette

Current city: Chicago – but flying to Iceland tomorrow, and I’ll be tumbleweeding around Europe all summer.
I spent the last 3 months in the US, living for a week or two in each location.

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 31

What makes you interesting: I run my own fully-remote company, which allows me to travel full-time. I’m never in one place for longer than a month. I spent the last year traveling the world with Remote Year, living across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. I’m passionate about travel photography, and pugs. I want to own 4000 pugs in the future and open a giant pug ranch. Only halfway kidding.

What brands do you love:  Allbirds shoes, Away luggage, Bird Dog shorts, Wool & Prince t-shirts and button downs Lululemon workout gear, Sony A7RII camera, DJI Mavic Air drone, Apple computer / phone / headphones, Osprey backpack, Bluffworks chino pants. That’s basically my entire suitcase!

What motivates you to travel: Traveling is much more than vacation to me – it’s a type of lifestyle. I love the freedom of being anywhere, anytime. I love the people and stories you collect on the road, the weird stuff you eat, the strange places you find yourself. It’s truly living.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, tech-nerd, on-the-road

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age? My first job out of college was with a multinational company, and they flew me business class on a trip to Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, and Paris. I was 22, and I’d never left the country. I got robbed in Barcelona but still had the time of my life, my entire hostel jumped to the rescue to help me out!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go? I really, really want to go to Antarctica. Some homies in my Remote Year group went and met all the baby penguins and it made me jealous. Antarctica represents the last great terrestrial adventure to me – it’s so alien, and foreign, and hostile. I want to conquer it.

Is there anywhere you will not travel to and where: After experiencing Varna, Bulgaria, I’ve decided I’ll avoid the kitschy tourist resort towns, because they’re basically the same thing everywhere 🙂

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you? Travel has shown me that cultures are incredibly different, but people are the same. We all care about the same things – family, friends, health, happiness. I’ve been humbled to learn how similar we all are, and that’s an important lesson in humanizing countries that you may only see in the news.

Next travel destination: I’m flying to Iceland tomorrow with my little brother. He’s a professional videographer and we’re going to drive the entire ring loop around the Icelandic island. Can’t wait!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tessa Juliette from Where To Next?

Current city: Based out of Brooklyn NY

Age: 28

Total countries visited: 34

What makes you interesting: I regularly travel alone but also with people I have just met because I think those are the best experiences!

What brands do you love: Free People, Urban Outfitters, Malai Swimwear

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: Problem-solving alone is so much harder but also SO much more rewarding.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: My personality is a bit like London. Hard and cold on the outside but full of so much charm once you get to know it.

What is your favorite and worst travel memory:

Favorite memory: Taking an overnight camel ride to the middle of the Sahara on the outskirts of Morocco. I was with a tour group of about 15 people, all from different backgrounds and countries. Americans, Europeans, South Africans, Moroccans – we all got along so well. That night we had no wifi – again we were in the middle of the Sahara and almost no life except for a fire. Our guides played the drums and one of the guests had brought her violin with her. She started playing with them and we all were singing and they passed more drums out for us to use. It was a moment you dream about when you travel. 10+ different cultures, ethnicities, and diverse group of people just having a great night. Laughing, singing, and living in the moment.

Worst memory: It was actually the next morning. We all woke up and heading back to civilization. We stopped at a coffee shop and finally got the signal on our phones back. The TV in the coffee shop had a news station on and we learned what had happened during our amazing night in the desert: The deadly Paris attacks. The mood immediately changed to one of fear and sadness as our phones began exploding with missed calls, voicemails, and text messages.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels and why: Meeting locals and asking them about what life is like where they live. What their favorite spot in the city is and why.

Describe yourself in three words: Positive, energetic, and flexible.

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: I’m easy going and enjoy simply wandering a city or searching for waterfalls.

Next travel destination: Jamaica!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dave Anderson from Jones Around The World!

Current city:  Rome, Italy

Age:  28

Total countries visited:  45

What makes you interesting:  I’ve been living and working abroad since 2011.  I’ve been an international travel guide in Europe, spent 18 months in Asia while earning a master’s degree online, and then moved to Australia for a year on a Working Holiday Visa.

What brands do you love:  I’m personally in love with Apple.  I’m on my MacBook Pro and iPhone a lot, and just think it’s the best brand out there.  Super user-friendly, and great for people who work online.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: Well my very first international trip was to Cancun with my family around the age of 10. After that though, I would consider Paris to be my first destination abroad when I was 19.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Tough decision, but that would have to be spending a month backpacking in the Philippines. It was such an amazing trip, and I’ll never forget it! Palawan was so beautiful!

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: That money isn’t everything, and you should never give up on your dreams.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home: I spent 26 months away from California in the past 2+ years.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Well I’m not sure if it was the last time, but skydiving for my first time was one of the coolest new experiences. I’m looking to get my solo-jumper’s certification now! It’s an adrenaline rush that I would recommend to everyone.

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: Probably not the most logical answer, but for the sake of having an interesting response, I’d say my portable music player. I’m always listening to music, and wouldn’t like the idea of not having some tunes to enjoy on a deserted island.

Next travel destination:  I’m traveling around Europe for the summer, and I’ll be heading up to Florence soon!  I used to live there, so I’m very excited to get back!

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: Casie Tennin from A Wandering Casiedilla.

Current city: Granada, Spain

Age: 25

Total countries visited: I’ve been to 21 countries and counting!

What makes you interesting: Well, here’s a few interesting fun facts about me. Despite my non-latina background, I have an irrational love for everything latin, from the food, the dancing, the language and the men! I have a fear of living in the same city for more than one year, I can eat a spoonful of wasabi without blinking an eye, and I have two different sized feet.

What brands do you love: I’m not a brands kind of girl. If it looks pretty and I have enough money in my wallet, I’ll take it! Although, I’m addicted to Skyscanner and check daily cheap flights everyday. Sometimes multiple times a day.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: Before I started traveling, I had a fear of being alone. Eating in a restaurant alone, going to the movies alone, getting ice cream alone. Once I took that first leap and started traveling solo, I realized that I actually love being alone! There’s nothing like exploring a new city by yourself. When I’m wandering on my own, I absorb my surroundings more; from the architecture and storefronts, to the people, sounds and smells. Secondly, I’ve also realized I really prefer life without a smartphone! When I travel, I generally don’t get an international data plan. When there’s wifi, cool, but when there’s none, it’s just me, myself and the world. No Facebook notifications, no Whatsapp dings, and no “I should really be Snapchatting this” feelings. Just me and my surroundings!

What item will you never leave home without: Necklaces! I have a small compartment in my suitcase dedicated solely to my necklace collection. My secret to travel fashion: You can wear the same shirt 5 days in a row, but it’ll look completely different every day with a different necklace! That everyday black sweater just got a lot more exciting.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: I drank coffee in a cave with Senegalese cave men in Granada. Granada has a cave “barrio”, or neighborhood, where an entire community of Senegalese immigrants reside. I was hiking through the cave barrio, and started talking with one of the Senegalese men. He seemed really nice, and well, thanks to my spirit of adventure (sorry mom) I accepted his offer into his cave. It was me, an Estonian guy from my hostel, and 8 Senegalese cavemen drinking coffee made from a clay pot.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I’m currently writing to you from Germany. Today, I was cooked deer at a German friend’s house, and well, I had to eat it.

What are your travel rituals: Well, first thing I do when I arrive to a city is wander without a map. I like to see where the streets take me, what kind of people I observe, what kind of eateries I pass. The next morning, I like to do a free-walking tour to get a little deeper perspective on the city and see what neighborhoods I want to re-visit on my own. Once back on my own, I stop in as many little stores, restaurants and cafes to talk with the store owners and the locals. They always have the best insight into the city! And sometimes, they’ll even invite you around with them.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Food! Some might call me a “culinary tourist.” My way to get to know a city is by eating my way through it! While I generally stay in low budget hostels, search for the cheapest flight and always ride public transportation, I will never hesitate to splurge on a good meal. This doesn’t mean I seek out the “fancy” places. Rather, I like to find the most local, authentic, non-touristy places to get a real foodie “experience.”  

Next travel destination: Paris!

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