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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Robert Michael Poole from RMP

Current city: Okinawa

Age: 38

Total countries visited: 127

What makes you interesting: I’m from the UK but lived in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Japan, before recently becoming a full digital nomad sharing images via @robertmichaelpoole.

What brands do you love: Ted Baker and Paul Smith

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Hopefully all remaining other countries on earth! I plan to tour the Pacific Islands next and then South America.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I think the greatest lesson anyone can learn is that you are who you are because of where and when you are born. Your morals, thinking processes, values, ambitions, and desires, are all a product of the society you grew up in. It’s important to understand how different you’d be if you were by chance born somewhere else, and so it’s good to try to step out of your bubble because until you do, you’ll never truly know who you really are.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Fortunately, in my life, every day brings something new, since I had no base and no routine. Yesterday I tried an incredible spa relay course in Okinawa, 14 spa pools each different to each other, offering different ways to relax the body. Tomorrow I’ll head to China to experience a helicopter ride over the Great Wall of China, which should give me an incredible perceptive of this mammoth structure. I do feel the need to try new things every day, though most are much smaller in scale, from new food combinations to new conversations with new people I’ve crossed paths with.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Probably the Dalai Lama, though I’m a firm believer in the fact that everyone you meet has some knowledge and experience that you don’t, and it’s up to you to discover this in each person. Some people may be interesting up-front, but everyone has something interesting to share, and the fun is in discovering them.

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? Smile and use hand signals. I don’t think any languages are really so obscure once you have some experience traveling, all world languages are connected to each other in some ways and have imported words from each other.

What are your travel pet peeves: Encountering people who are only capable of viewing another culture from their own perspective, and thus pass judgment on others rather than finding value in understanding the variety of this world.

Next travel destination: China.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

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!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Sabina Trojanova from Girl vs. Globe!

Current city: Vienna, Austria

Age: 23

Total countries visited: 40

What makes you interesting: Being a full-time blogger is an interesting job in its own right, but I know bloggers are a dime a dozen these days! What makes me unique is my perspective. I’ve recently committed to living more responsibly which has completely changed the way I think about travel. Despite being 23 I’m also not new to exploring the world. I first moved abroad with my family when I was 13 and on my own at the age of 17. I’ve lived in five countries so far and speak five languages, which makes having really authentic local experiences much  easier.

What brands do you love: I love brands that take time to think about the world we live in. I don’t want to name any particular names here, but would like to urge everyone to look at how their favorite companies operate.

Where are you the most authentic you: Anywhere, as long as I feel comfortable. That usually depends on the people I’m with rather than the location.

What is your most favorite travel memory: I’ve hitchhiked through France dressed as a nun, spent hours at a Russian police station and went on a sunset mountain hike in Iceland. In other words, I’ve had my fair share of hilarious and memorable travel experiences. But my favorite memories are always times spent with local families. Staying with a Berber family in Morocco, making dumplings with a Chinese family in Beijing or learning about authentic Italian recipes from an elderly couple in Tivoli – those are the kinds of things that really stick with you!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Antarctica! Cruises aren’t exactly my thing but this would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has taught me a very valuable lesson. The people you meet on your travels may look different, sound different and lead vastly different lives, but at our core, we’re all very similar. We all love to laugh, spend time with our loved ones and enjoy life to the fullest. I believe that’s the most important lesson we can learn in today’s world, filled with so much hate and fear mongering by the media and politicians.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I spent a month living in Beijing and studying Mandarin. This was the only time in my life I’ve truly experienced culture shock. Going forward I want to turn my focus to places outside of Europe and North America and be pushed outside my comfort zone again. It’s exhilarating, not to mention eye-opening.

Describe yourself in three words: I’m curious, ambitious and a little bit crazy. You have to be to do this job!

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Syria, Somalia and a handful of other countries where violent conflict has finally subsided. That’s my biggest wish.

Next travel destination: I’m going on a nature and wildlife trip to Wales in the United Kingdom. I’ll be hiking, sea kayaking and hanging out with seals, puffins and dolphins. I’m beyond excited!

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH – October 2016

Twippers of the Month – October 2016: Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road.

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“We are here to inspire you to create a happier life for yourself.” Nick and Dariece are the Goats, a Canadian travel team dedicated to teaching all how to finance their trips around the world, and how travel blogging is a reliable source of income. One of their goals is to inspire others to travel the way they have. The Goats embody the idea that material possessions weigh us down. They financed their first trip by selling their house and using the money they had saved up over the years. Once they started traveling, they knew it was going to be how they would spend the rest of their lives. They worked for a year in Canada and soon after they taught English in China. With these jobs and free accommodations from being paid to house sit, they are proud of their success as travel bloggers.

Since their first journey in 2008, they have been to 46 countries in 5 continents and have also seen five out of seven wonders of the world. Their goal is to say they’ve seen the world. With a working knowledge of finance, determination, and a solid support system, these two are on their way to achieve just that, and it’s why we are naming them our Twippers of the Month for October 2016.

Oh, and why are they called the Goats? Because no matter where we travel in the world, there seems to be goats roaming the roads!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Roel and Eugénie from Take Us Anywhere

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Current city: Groningen, Netherlands. This is where we have been living for the past 30 years.

Age: Eugénie just turned 47 and Roel is 50.

Total countries visited: About 76.

What makes you interesting: It’s not something we’ve ever given any thought to. We’re rather unpretentious people, so others should be the judge of that. What we hear from other people is that they’re amazed by how many countries we’ve visited despite having full time jobs. We try different styles of travel (we even went on a cruise) and are not solely sticking to the beaten path but always mix in some surprising, less visited places. We just started our own blog Take Us Anywhere in January to share our travel stories and pictures which many seem to enjoy.

What brands do you love: We choose what appeals to us, and what fits our needs and tastes which change over the years. The best purchases in the past year have been our Sony A7 camera, GoPro 4 silver and Samsung S6, all giving a boost to documenting our trips.

What’s your Travanality: The culturist probably describes us both most, but with many of the other Travanality types mixed in to certain degrees. We like our trips to be about seeing the incredible things human hands have created over many centuries, but also enjoy being amazed by wonders of nature, relax at tropical beaches, street art or visit a local sports venue. Roel definitely is somewhat of a victor and maverick too, much to the dismay of Eugénie sometimes.

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed:

Eugénie: prescription sunglasses because without them I would not be able to see Roel and I would be squinting all the time because of the sun (we’re talking about a sunny island, right?).

Roel: sun block because I burn easily (I’m on the same sunny island as Eugénie, right?). 

What is the furthest northern, southern, eastern, and western point you have traveled: Furthest north would be Iceland, on a short stopover on the way to New York. We’re not really into colder climates. Furthest south is Santiago de Chile. Strangely enough in over 20 years of traveling together we only crossed the equator two times, in 2013 and last year. Furthest east is Japan. Southeast Asia is our favorite part of the world. Furthest west is Oahu, Hawaii. Furthest away from it all is Easter Island.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: To always have a like-minded person with you to share travel experiences and to be able to lean on each other when things aren’t going as planned (who takes care of you when you get sick, for example). This only gets better when this travel partner is a significant other. Being on the road you have the opportunity to grow even closer. We can’t imagine a life traveling without each other. On a more practical note, things get cheaper when you travel together.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: First and foremost we travel because our world is such an amazing and diverse place. We love to experience countries as a whole – cities, nature, people, food culture, music et cetera – and try to immerse ourselves as much as possible. For us this means traveling by public transport if we can (nothing beats the microcosmos of an Indian train), eating street food at road side diners, walking through local villages, staying at local guesthouses and watching people going about their daily lives.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: We’re not easily shocked. During our travels we’ve seen a lot of poverty and seen things that through western eyes may seem atrocious. We always travel with an open mind and try to see it through local eyes. What often surprises us is how much happier people in poorer countries often seem to be compared to our western world where consumerism is king. We’ve experienced most of what many people consider shocking: Filthy pit toilets, people spitting food on the floor in a train, lewd grabbing hands, livestock being butchered at markets, open air cremations, beggars covered in rags, following a blood trail to find treatment at a flyblown hospital and obscenely huge meals in the U.S., to name just a few. Our most absurd memory was the hotels in Tibet refusing to wash our socks and underwear.

Next travel destination:  Berlin in July, Edinburgh in September and 4.5 weeks to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho in October-November.

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