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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Mike Shubic from Mike’s Road Trip

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Current city: Phoenix, Arizona

Age: 42

Total countries visited: 42

What makes you interesting: My vast archive of experiences, which has lead to an abundance of stories that I can share and use to connect with people.

What brands do you love: Keen, REI, Apple, GoPro, Whole Foods, NetFlix, Amazon, YouTube, and Maui Jim off the top of my head.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: Looks wise, most are pretty much the same. Interesting, the Canadian stamp from Quebec is different from the other provinces and might be the best looking out of the others around the world. I’ll say the China’s stamp was the toughest to obtain.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has molded me into a well-rounded individual and has been my greatest educator. I have learned a great deal about cultures, geography, history, food and architecture. I’ve also enjoyed learning about America and Americans from an outsiders perspective. I find travel a great connector of people. As a fairly introverted person, but well traveled, I can just ask someone where they are from and there is a good chance I’ve been there, which helps get the conversational ball rolling.

What are your travel pet peeves: Delayed flights and the weight limit on luggage. I travel with a lot of camera gear and I’m almost always over the 50lb limit.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: To not sweat the little stuff; it’s all part of the overall experience. Travel delays can lead to some extraordinary experiences, if you let yourself be open to it, which end up making the best stories.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: iPad with lots of music, movies and books to entertain myself on those long overseas flights, snacks, neck pillow. The typical, boring stuff.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: My first real travel experience was not until I was an adult, around the age of 22. I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Next travel destination: Newfoundland and Labrador, which will be my sixth Canadian Province. I then head to Indonesia and the Philippines.

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.

Five Reasons Why You Should Join TWIP and HireNurses.com in Montreal!

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Travel With Interesting People is all about…well…meeting interesting travelers! We are excited to partner with HireNurses.com and curate a Canadian getaway in Montreal, a cultural hub and major Metropolitan city. We have 5 reasons why would should join us in our Food and Wine Getaway!

We will have you convinced to check out further details and book!

1. Experience French-Canadian Culture.

Montreal is not only the 8th largest city in North America, but it is also the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris! it is true that the popular downtown area is filled with bilingual civilians, but we will venture into Old Town Montreal and search for the local experience.

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2. Foodie Heaven!

Fact: Montreal has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America (after New York City). That is a TON of options! Taste  traditional French cuisine or dabble in the multicultural cuisines of this diverse city. This trip offers a feast of gourmet tastes and portions fit for the Prime Minister at a local Dunham Winery surrounded with views fit for a coffee table book.

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3.  Get Your Wine Snob On.

TWIP will have your wine knowledge fluent by the end of this trip with a wine tasting class in the Eastern Township’s wine country. Quebec has an cool climate that is perfect for making ice wines and late harvest wines. These Canadian specialties contain a higher sugar content that are enjoyed as an aperitif or with dessert.

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4. Shop Till You Drop!

Did you know that Montreal has a city underneath the city? The Underground City is a maze of tunnels and shops that covers more than 18 miles. You can enjoy meandering in small boutiques or indulge in high-end designer brands.

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5. Festivals of All Kinds.

Montreal is well-known for hosting a plethora of electric festivals including international events filled with beer, jazz, and fireworks. We will take you the stunning Botanical Gardens for the “Gardens of Light” and “Lanterns Festival!” Wander with friends in the Japanese gardens and marvel at the colors and contrasts of authentic lanterns. You also have a chance to go to The Tam-Tams! The Tam-Tams a party in the park complete with dancing hippies, drum circles, and wide-eyed vendors on Mont-Royal every Sunday afternoon.

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