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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Xanilyn Red 

Current city: Edison, NJ

Age: 24

Total countries visited:13 and counting! My goal is to hit 30 countries under 30.

What makes you interesting? I just got a puppy, does that make me interesting?

What brands do you love? I’m not really big on brands- like if it’s functional and cute, I’m a sucker for it. But recently, I got my first luggage from CalPak and I’m obsessed with it. It’s made traveling and packing a lot easier and more organized.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling? Food! Nothing is more authentic about a country than having cuisine that was curated by years of history and by the hands of locals. When I went to Italy, I traveled with a bunch of my cheap Filipino relatives. The first place we ended up eating was a Filipino restaurant because they gave a great deal on food. My soul was cringing.. eating Filipino food in Italy. Like their hospitality was great, but I’m craving some pasta or pizza.

What motivates you to travel: I work as an ICU nurse, so the population of patients I work with is usually older, on the sicker side, with the conversation of dying openly on the table. It’s a privilege to hear people’s stories of when they were younger, how they met their spouses of 50+ years, and to form connections with other family members. Having these interactions is always a reminder of how short life is, and how there is so much life waiting to be lived and explored. I once had a patient who had the thickest Italian accent, and it turned out he was born and raised in Naples. I had just traveled to Italy at the time, and we both started to laugh over how trash the pizza in NJ is compared to Italy. Traveling enriches you as a person, and allows you to connect with people on a deeper level- it’s addicting, and I can’t get enough of it.

What are your travel pet peeves: People who are close-minded and are disrespectful of the culture of the country they’re visiting. Just because you’re a tourist doesn’t mean you’re entitled to be catered to. You are a guest in this country, you should be open to what the country has to offer you. Having the right mentality in a new place makes or breaks the experience you have.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Cliff jumping! So I’ve jumped off cliffs that were like 10-15 ft, which now seems like large rocks rather than cliffs haha. But in Jamaica, there’s this place called Rick’s cafe where they have a 35-foot cliff people jump off of. I was so NERVOUS if you didn’t jump far out enough, you’d hit the rocks on the side. I just had to keep telling myself, like “hey you came all the way here to do the damn thing.” and boom. Also the beers I had prior to jumping may have built up my courage lol. * do not recommend jumping off cliffs and drinking tho *** 

If your personality were a city or country, which one would it be? My personality is a lot like New York City– very fast paced and ambitious. Whenever I’m in a new place, I always notice that I’m walking waaaaaaaay too fast compared to the people around me. I always laugh to myself like “chill Xanilyn, we’re not back home. Take it down a notch”.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age? My first time traveling was when I was 4 years old. I went to the Philippines for the first time to meet my grandparents.

Next Destination: I’m heading to France next month!

 

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Jeremy Albelda from World or Bust!

Current city: Mexico City

Age: 30

Total countries visited: 51

What makes you interesting: I’ve been a travel and motorcycle influencer for about 7 years now and I just opened an English Pub in Mexico City

What brands do you love: Harley Davidson, Timberland, Calvin Klein, Samsonite

Best travel advice: Don’t wait for other people. If you want to go somewhere or do something, just do it! The only thing you can’t buy is more time.

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Mexico because it’s my favorite country!

What destinations are on your bucket list and why: Armenia not many people have been there and it has amazing history and nature.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Philippines the infrastructure is very old and getting around or getting anything done is a major chore.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: I was in a Romanian music video once pretending play guitar on the beach.

What is the longest period of time that you have been away from home and tell us about that experience: I slow traveled without a base for almost 2 years. It was an amazing experience because I feel like I grew a lot in that time.

Next travel destination: Brazil!

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Twipper of the Week: Richelle Gamlam from Adventures Around Asia!

Current city: Ben Lomond, NSW, Australia

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 33

What makes you interesting: I lived in China for five years, and I’m fluent in Mandarin Chinese! 

What brands do you love: REI, Osprey, Pacsafe, Eagle Creek, Context Tours, Tinggly, Skyscanner, Lost Plate 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Travel taught me how much I can do on my own. Traveling solo and living abroad has really forced me to rely on myself in a way I just didn’t have to when I was back home in the US. I had to solve problems and deal with “disasters” and tough situations all on my own. It was a great lesson in what I’m truly capable of, and it’s shown me that most of the time, travel disasters aren’t actually as a big of a deal as you might think!

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Get lost! Spend a day wandering around the city, or take a motorbike around your town or island. You’ll never imagine what incredible things you can see if you just get off the beaten path.

Most magical place on earth: I’m a little in love with the island of Siargao in the Philippines. While this island is known for surfing (and I’m not a huge surfer), there are plenty of other things to do. Rent a motorbike and ride around the island, go scuba diving, swim in rock pools, touch stingless jellyfish in a lagoon, explore the mangroves, and have BBQ with friendly locals.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I think Taiwan fits my personality most out of any country. Taiwan is such a fun, friendly and welcoming country full of outdoor experiences and incredible (and cheap) food, night markets, beaches, mountains and more. I’d love to live in the cosmopolitan city of Taipei and spent my time hiking, swimming, diving, and stuffing my face with cheap Chinese food and fresh fruit. I love Chinese culture, and after five years in Mainland China, I think Taiwan is a much better fit for my personality.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: The first travel experience I can actually remember is a trip I took to France and Italy with my parents when I was in 4th grade. This trip was actually a bit of a fluke- we gave up seats on a flight and ended up with enough miles to almost get us to Europe! This trip really taught my family that travel isn’t as expensive as you might think, and inspired many more trips throughout my childhood.

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: Take a small nap and then get out and explore! If you keep yourself busy, you won’t fall into a pattern of sleeping at the wrong times.

Next travel destination: Kenya and Tanzania! I’ll be heading home to the US for just over a month to see my family, but after that, I’ll be heading to Africa. 

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Twipper of the Week: Jenny Feng, contributing writer at The Outbound Collective.

Current city: Home is Calgary, Canada

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 23

What makes you interesting: The diverse life experiences I have accumulated. I grew up and spent my childhood in China and lived in Canada since my early teens. I built a career in corporate banking in the last five years which I’m extremely proud of. I recently left banking to work on a new project (in stealth mode). Instagram has been a wonderful creative outlet for me the last year. I have traveled to five different continents (6th in 2 weeks!). I’m an adrenaline junkie and have done everything from skydiving in Dubai to cage diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa. I love house music. I love geopolitics. I love meeting new people from all walks of life. I ran a full marathon in Spain in 2012. I have always believed in giving back to the community, making a difference, and have always been involved with different charity organizations since university. I live for new experiences!

What brands do you love: Google – I admire companies with such incredible innovation and creative capabilities, and their power to change and disrupt the world as we know it.

Where are you the most authentic you: Anywhere and everywhere – because why would you ever be someone else?!

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Egypt (check), Dubai (check), Philippines (check), Machu Picchu, Kenya, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Antarctica, and hopefully as close to 195 countries as possible!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Don’t take everything at face value, and don’t believe everything you see or hear. Go experience for yourself.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has made me more humble as a human being, more understanding of our differences, and more grateful for this interesting little journey we call life!

Next travel destination: Sydney and Cairns, Australia, and moving to Cairns this winter!

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Twipper of the Week: Gareth Leonard from Tourist 2 Townie

Current city: Tokyo, Japan

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 45

What makes you interesting:  My passion to “Travel Deeper” and truly understand a place through the people and culture that define it.

What brands do you love: Anyone with an appreciation for “micro influencers” haha!

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Bhutan, because very few people have even heard of this incredible country.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Make friends.

What are your travel pet peeves: People that don’t respect local culture / expect the same environment as home.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be and why: Rio de Janeiro – On the surface I seem a certain way, but if you look closer there are many different layers and stories.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: The Philippines, India, Ghana, Mars.

Describe your first travel experience and at what age: I studied abroad in London when I was a Junior in college. It shaped the way I travel now because I didn’t leave my comfort zone and have regretted it ever since. I stuck with the other Americans in the program and didn’t make an effort to meet or interact with locals. It’s safe to say that, that has all changed.

Next travel destination: Trekking the Dolomites in Northern Italy.

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