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TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Alyson Long and family from the World Travel Family.

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Current city: We no longer have a fixed home, but London and Port Douglas Australia are our main bases.

Age: I’m 49, my husband 39, and the children are 12 and 10.

Total countries visited: Over 50. I’d have to write them all down to count!

What makes you interesting: We’ve been traveling full time with the children for the last three years. This year we took them to Everest, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Greece, London and Romania. It’s all about their education and these days, they tell us where they want to go!

What brands do you love: Can I say Marks and Spencer? In the travel sector, Air Asia, Skyscanner and Lowe Alpine are the three brands we always use.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: We never break the bank. We’re smart with our money and finding great deals, but I always say, don’t scrimp! Spend as much as you need to fully enjoy your trip. We will spend more on expensive admissions, good food or a few drinks. Things we don’t really care about, like accommodation, we save money on.

What is the best part about having travel partners: I’ve got my three best friends with me all the time. It’s great when we meet up with other families for the kids or when I find a kindred spirit to chat to.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: It hasn’t changed me, I’ve always been the same, fascinated by the world and cultures and ready to try anything. I’ve been traveling all my life, but the last three years are just a little more unusual. Travel certainly helps to narrow down what a person really wants out of life.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I’ve only experienced culture shock as an expat in Australia. As a tourist or traveler we don’t feel it. It’s only when you settle and try to fit in that you notice the deep differences.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Standing at Tengboche Monastery, Nepal, looking at Mount Everest on a cloudless day with my 11 year old son. It was magic. We both felt we could take on anything after nailing that climb. That was just few months ago, but I have many other “favorites.”

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Public bus or train. I like to meet locals and fellow travelers, and public transport throws everyone together for a while. I’m over budget airlines these days though, I miss the days of full-service carriers.

Next travel destination: Not sure right now, possibly London, Africa or USA and Central America.

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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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Twippers of the Week: Kate O’Malley and Mark Williams from Vagrants of the World.

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Current city: Bucharest, Romania, and about to jump on a cruise to Budapest, Hungary. We have no base so we are somewhere different all the time.

Age: Kate is 44 and Mark is 53.

Total countries visited: We think somewhere in the region of 30+ countries.

What makes you interesting: We are the most boring people we know. The experiences and people we meet on our travels are interesting.

What brands do you love: Apple and Nikon. Our camera gear and tech stuff are pretty vital to us. Mark loves Sanuk shoes. Other than that, we have very little stuff so we don’t get attached to too much.

What’s your Travanality: I think we would be a mix of Culturist, Solager, Urbanite with heavy dashes of Purist and Epicurean. Every place brings something different out in you. That’s the beauty of travel.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: Our little stove top espresso maker. It might seem like a strange thing to travel with but it’s small and light.  The quality of coffee varies too much around the world to take any chances with our morning brew.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: We consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to travel as much as we have. By 2050, we will be proud if we can remember the places we have been!

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: We have spent months living in countries where the language is very difficult, even just to learn a few words to get by. Cue in Mark, the incredibly bad mime guy. When mime doesn’t work, his theory is, speaking louder will make one of you bilingual.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: There are so many answers here.  Obviously, having someone to share the experiences and memories with and having someone to talk to when you haven’t known the language for months on end. For Kate, it’s having someone to make her coffee each morning.

What was your worst travel experience: We don’t think we have had a “worst” experience. You have good days and you get your bad days when you travel. So far, touch wood, we haven’t had anything we can honestly remember as being all that bad.

Next travel destination:  We are in the Balkans for a few weeks, then Belgium, then back to the Balkans, then Cyprus and Venice. We haven’t planned past there.

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Twippers of the Week: Oksana and Max from Drink Tea & Travel.

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Current city: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Age: Oksana is 30 and Max is 29.

Total countries visited: Between the two of us we’ve stepped foot on all continents except Antarctica, visited 48 countries and have lived in 7 of them!

What makes you interesting: We come from very unique backgrounds and seem to be unable to sit still. Our passports say we are Canadian, but the truth is our upbringing was anything but typical. Max grew up in Costa Rica and Oksana in Ukraine. We have lived in many countries around the world, (Max in 4 and Oksana in 5) and we truly feel like world citizens. After leaving our last home base in Australia four months ago, we are now full time travelers and nomads, happy to call the globe our playground for the foreseeable future.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: While visiting Bucharest, Romania, we caught an Uber into town and discovered that our Uber driver, who was likely in his early 50’s, was a first-hand witness of the events of the Romanian Revolution in 1989.

Over the course of a 15-minute Uber ride to Old Town, he shared a play by play of the events that unfolded on that historic December evening, his personal involvement in the revolution and the ousting of Romania’s Communist President Nicolae Ceausescu. This was a surreal story you would expect from a historian and we were absolutely enthralled hearing it first-hand from our driver, Adrian. We actually took the long way into Old Town just to hear more of his stories. Fascinating individual!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: We love the fact when we travel as a couple. We’re always sharing our experiences with each other – good, bad or ugly. We think it’s always better to have someone to rely on in tough times and share the joys in those amazing, breathtaking moments.

What brands do you love: We can’t live without our Apple electronics, Sony cameras and Lipton tea!

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: Nothing! Honestly, after many years of traveling around the world we have a very tight packing list that contains nothing but essential items. We travel with only 10-12kgs each. There simply is no room for impractical items in our bags.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: We love getting around on a scooter. It gives us the flexibility to see off the beaten path sights and attractions and is often one of the cheapest ways to get around.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: We love shopping abroad. A few years ago, Max bought a pair of fake Nike Free running shoes that have lasted him for more than three years. Oksana just can’t get enough of those super comfy Aladdin pants.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means immersion. For us, it’s all about being able to immerse ourselves into a new culture and learn about the customs and traditions. Travel is about learning and constant personal growth. This is why we love to travel.

Next travel destination: In the last three months we’ve taken the long way to get from Australia to North America, stopping in a few countries in S.E.A, a couple in Eastern and Western Europe, and Northern Africa. Next on our itinerary is Costa Rica where we will be spending the rest of this year!

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Twipper of the Week: Beth from Travels in Translation.

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Current city: Chicago, IL

Age: 25

What makes you interesting: After getting my degree in East Asian Language and Culture, I moved to Asia. I’ve now been living abroad a total of three years trying to immerse myself even further and I’m loving every day of it! If you need recommendations regarding Asia, hit me up!

Total countries visited: 29

Most magical place on Earth: Isn’t that Disneyland? Honestly, while I do find anywhere Disney-related pretty magical, I must say Japan is actually deserving of that title! There’s just something so unique and alluring about Japan that keeps me going back. It’s truly a country unlike any other.

What does “travel” mean to you: To me travel is about understanding and accepting. I focus on assimilating with the local culture as much as I can when traveling in order to better understand their customs and traditions.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: This is a tough one! I think I’d head back to the Maldives. I could certainly use a trip to paradise right now!

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip:  I feel like I should have some crazy useful answer about something I brought on a trip that I Macgyvered into something useful, but unfortunately I don’t! I’m usually the one who forgets to pack crucial items like my toothbrush and extra socks.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I’ve honestly learned so much about myself when traveling. Most important I’ve learned to listen to my body and its needs (don’t let me go hungry or with little sleep!), but I’ve also learned how to be more patient and self-reliant.

Next travel destination: At the end of March I’ll be heading to Europe to explore Spain, Romania and Luxembourg before heading back to the US to explore three cities. It’ll be a crazy 4 weeks of non-stop travel, so make sure to follow along!

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