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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Sheila Berrios-Nazario from Golden Age Trips!

Current city: Lakewood Ranch, FL

Age: 28

Total countries visited: 7

What makes you interesting: I am a science major who edits life sciences and medical research papers, and who is now also working as a Travel Agent and blogger.

What brands do you love: Under Armour sneakers, Herschel backpacks, and Supergoop! sunblock.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: Iceland, because it has been the most incredible travel experience up to date.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Definitely food. I also enjoy a good night sleep and don’t like to compromise too much on accommodations.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: It had put numerous things in perspective. Especially how much there is to see and learn, and how we as humans don’t have that time available to us because of all our responsibilities and bills.

What are your travel pet peeves: I’m scared of doing something that offends locals. Crying babies and loud talkers are also not my favorite things in the world.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I tried Soda Bread for the first time, drove on the left side of the road, and hung out with hawks and owls just this last week.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: This is a difficult one… but during a summer internship at the University of Iowa I met a group of peers from different backgrounds who had gone through so much to be where they were. We all had our challenges and struggles but were trying to be the best version of ourselves and ‘save the world’. I would say that as of today most of them are actually doing something meaningful and helping their communities in their own way.

Next travel destination: Probably Portugal or Norway.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Jennifer and Sean Evans from Venturists!

Current city: Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Age: Beyond millennial, before retirement.

Total countries visited: 45, which sounds like a small number given the fact that we traveled quite a bit before we left our home three years ago and embarked on a life of full-time travel. We really love to travel slowly. That allows us to really get to know a destination and to avoid travel burn-out. Very few people would enjoy living out of a suitcase an extended period of time.

What makes you interesting: The fact that we have found a way to adjust our lifestyle and find a way to slowly travel the world while still earning an income online isn’t unique, but it is a lot of fun.

What brands do you love: We love our eBags 21″ Mother Lode bags which have been with us since day one of traveling. That said, Sean has his eye on a Tule backpack. Sean is a Mac guy, but I still love my Lenovo Yoga.

Describe your unique or funniest travel experience: Try getting a haircut in a place where you don’t know the language. I searched Google Translate for the right words, practiced and stressed ahead of time, and then forgot everything when I sat in the chair. At the end, I just mimed cutting, and left it up to fate.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: We have gotten a lot better at understanding the difference between what we want and what we need. They’re not the same thing at all.

What are your travel pet peeves: Please don’t recline your seat on airplanes unless you are trying to sleep on a long-haul flight! Just don’t.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: New Zealand is on the radar!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: People, the world over, are pretty normal. Despite what you see on the news about all the dangerous places and people in the world, the vast majority of people just want to make a living, spend time with their families, and live their lives.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Same thing as having a perfect life partner. Having that support during times of stress, someone to share in celebrations and to experience all life has to offer is immeasurably rewarding. Relationships are work, but also provide the very best and most important rewards.

Next travel destination: Back to Europe – Spain, Portugal and then Ireland!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates from Farsighted Fly Girl

Current city: Chicago, Illnois

Age: Ha! Ageless.

Total countries visited: I don’t count countries, I like to focus on the experiences. I’ve filled two passports so I guess it’s quite a few!

What makes you interesting: I think my perspective as an  African American writer and traveler makes me interesting. My heritage and profession informs most of what I do. I  regularly experience so many enlightening things, from interviewing musical icons to wearing an abaya to enter a Dubai mosque. This makes my outlook on life broad and hopeful.

What brands do you love: I’m not into brands but I appreciate artisan products and try to support independent producers whenever I can.

Most magical place on earth: The most magical place that I’ve visited so far is Brazil.  The beauty of the people, land and culture is stunningly rich. There’s no place like it.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I was the most culture shocked probably in Macau. It’s such an unexpected blend of China and Portugal. On the one hand, you feel like you’re in China with masses of people and Chinese dialects, but then you walk down tiled Portuguese streets where they’re selling Portuguese tarts. It’s really quirky and threw me a little.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I enjoy meeting locals, and learning about their lives and traditions. There’s nothing like seeing a place from the perspective of someone who calls it home.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: The most useful thing I’ve brought on a trip was probably a Portuguese dictionary in Portugal. It really helped me speak with locals and they were impressed that I was trying.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: If I were given a free trip tomorrow I would go to Senegal. I love the food, music and fashion. I have been dying to go to see it in person.

Best travel advice: Best travel advice that I’ve received is to not be afraid to get lost. Instead of sticking to maps and itineraries, wandering can reveal some wonderful things that you’ll never see otherwise.

Next travel destination: For 2017, my travel plans so far include Nicaragua, Grenada, Vancouver and Cuba!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Toccara & Sam from Forget Someday

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Current City: We just spent a month in England housesitting and we’re now heading to Spain and Portugal for a few weeks of fun in the sun!

Age: We’re both 34.

Total countries visited (26): Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, North America, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. Drove through: Luxembourg, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

What makes you interesting: First, my name: Toccara. There aren’t too many of us out there! I was named after an Avon perfume that was only made available for a year or two in the 80s. It’s didn’t smell so great, but the name is lovely! Second, we’ve actually known each other since pre-school (3 years old). I had a little crush on Sam in pre-school, but come elementary school we went to different schools, only to be reunited again in middle school. We’ve always been friends, but lived in other places, and dated other people, until life kept bringing us back together again! We started dating in our mid-twenties and after a short courtship and even shorter engagement; we were married on New Year’s Eve 2010.

What brands do you love: What we can say, we’re suckers for awesome camera gear! We love our GoProNikon DSLR and lenses, and we’re hoping to get a drone here in the near future. We’re not honestly big on name brands, but rather what works for us and our budget!  

Describe the last time you tried something new: With nonstop travel, I feel like we try something new every day! We’re in a new place, seeing new things, trying new foods. We really enjoy trying local cuisine as we travel to really get a taste for the culture and traditional eats!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Two heads are better than one; we plan and figure stuff out together. We keep each other balanced. If one of us gets stressed out over something that isn’t going according to plan or we’re just having one of those rare bad days, the other is there to reassure that everything will be OK. Plus, it’s pretty awesome spending 24/7 with your best friend!   

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I’ve never really been materialistic, but traveling full-time has taught me that I can be a minimalist!

Is there anywhere you will not travel to: There are countries we have no desire to visit – mostly those experiencing political unrest or war-torn. We want to be vigilant and travel to places where we feel safe. Though violence sadly can happen anywhere, we prefer to not purposely put ourselves in dangerous situations if we can avoid it. We also prefer to visit small towns and villages and only visit large cities on occasion.

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: Whenever visiting a new place, we really do our best to learn a few key phrases. We occasionally have a pocket-sized language book, and when all else fails our Google Translate App usually saves the day!

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: Even though we love sampling the local cuisine in a new place, we’re not super adventurous when it comes to trying bizarre foods. For example, we did NOT sample fermented shark while in Iceland and avoided eating bugs on a stick in Thailand. Though not necessarily ‘interesting’, we were recently in Ireland in a seaside town famous for its mussels. Neither of us had ever tried mussels, because to be honest we had never had the desire to, but the local tavern owner insisted we try them. Much to our surprise, we loved them! So, while we’re not keen on sampling outrageous food for the sake of adventure, we will try new foods in new places that may help us feel connected with the locals and their traditional eats.

Next travel destination: As mentioned, we’re going to Spain and Portugal for a few weeks, then to Sweden for a Travel Bloggers conference.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Frank and Lissette from The Travels of BBQboy and Spanky.

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Current city: Rovinj, Croatia

Age: 49

Total countries visited: 45

What makes you interesting: We don’t just travel full-time, we live in different places for extended periods of time. Earlier this year, for example, we were in South Africa for three months where we hiked Table Mountain, paraglided over Cape Town, and bungeed from the highest bridge jump in the world, Bloukrans Bridge. We met the friendliest people there and fell in love with the place. The opportunity to be somewhere for a longer period of time gives us insight on places that we would never have as tourists on a two week vacation. We’ve spent extended periods of time in Budapest, Prague, as well as in Brasov (Romania) and have become huge fans of Eastern Europe which I think is an area often misunderstood. We’re now in Croatia for three months, another of our favorite places. One of the things we started doing after our first year of travel was to join gyms everywhere we go. The idea was to get back in shape but it’s ended up being a great way to meet people and get to really know a place. It fits in perfectly with the way we travel.

What brands do you love: We’re not into brands. We have a Canon camera we’re happy with and just bought a GoPro. Quality shoes are always important so we make sure to buy the best.

What’s your Travanality? Frank is somewhere between a Maverick and a Purist: nature is what gives him the most peace and he feels happy hiking and being outdoors. Lissette is both an Urbanite and Soulager: she loves the vibe of a city (she’s originally from New York) but she’s also into yoga, meditation and is much more insightful on matters of the soul than Frank is. We’re also both Epicurean – we love good food and wine and believe both are a huge part of experiencing a different culture.

Describe your unique or funniest travel experience: There’s been a few. We hiked the rim of the crater of Lake Maninjau (in Sumatra) to arrive in a small village where some kind of party was going on. There were children with pellet guns and they started shooting at us, thinking it was damn funny. We got out of there pretty fast. Another time we took a bus from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic and we got dropped off on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere in the dark. Youths in motorcycles came up to us and I thought we were in trouble. No, they were just offering a ride across the mountains to our final destination. Another time we met a drunk German (a police officer from Stuttgart) on a train in Thailand who insisted on drinking with us while pulling out and displaying every souvenir he had collected from his travels through China and Vietnam. We also drank with ladyboys in Thailand and made friends with a pack of soldiers in Colombia. We seem to meet really interesting and/or crazy people everywhere we go.

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: We’re adventurous, fun and enjoy talking to people. In the end those are the ingredients that lead to interesting encounters.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: The biggest thing is having someone to share experiences with. We’re also different and because of that both of us are exposed to things we probably wouldn’t do traveling on our own like going on yoga retreats and taken cooking lessons (these are things Lissette likes). On the other hand, we’ve hiked and had more adventurous-type experiences because that’s what turns Frank craves.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Frank has had a few experiences with culture shock in his life. When he was 9 he moved from rural Quebec to Lusaka, Zambia where he lived a few years. He was one of the few Caucasian children in the class and he barely spoke English. That was a big culture shock. He went to Morocco in his teens and was shocked by the aggressive beggars, some with leprosy, others with bulging white eyes (some kind of disease). He was afraid to leave the hotel. It was like being in a bad zombie movie. As an adult, he experienced culture shock in Sumatra where people weren’t used to seeing Caucasian foreigners. Everyone wanted to take a photo or talk with him. He felt like it was very invasive. All cases of culture shock but each very different.

Best travel advice: Keep your mind open and allow yourself time. We love our way of travel (what people refer to as “slow travel”) because we integrate ourselves into our destinations. We’ll lived in the suburbs of Prague, in the middle of Romania, and in small-town Thailand. All very foreign places where very little English was spoken yet we ended up making each home for a few months. Each place holds memories we’ll never forget. So don’t rush a place. The other thing about slow travel is that it’s less expensive and sustainable. We’ve been traveling full-time now for two years and are saving money at the same time, it’s something I occasionally write about on the blog. We love the way we travel.

Next travel destination: We want to explore Spain, Portugal and Morocco after our three months in Croatia, followed by Japan in November. We’ve never been to Japan and look forward to it. That will be followed by some more travels in Asia (most likely Malaysia) and then our return to Africa in February where we hope to see Lesotho, Mozambique and Zambia.

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