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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dessislava Rumenova from Tales from Earth

 

 

Current City: Sydney, Australia

Age: 35
Total countries visited: 60
What makes you interesting: I would say the way I travel. I always say I’m more a traveller than a tourist. I try to avoid hostels/hotels as much as I can since I love staying with locals. It is an amazing way to really experience the culture and to understand the country. I have stayed with locals all over the world, from Rapa Nuis in Easter island to amazing Persian families in Iran. From Bedouins in the Sahara desert to a Yapese family in the small island of Yap, Micronesia. These and many other experiences have enriched me so much and have made me have a better understanding of the world we live in.
What brands do you love. Not sure on what subjects the question is referring to but, for example for photography, I’m totally a Nikon girl. I also love analogue photography and I have a few cameras that I adore, like the Diana F+ of Lomography, and the Fuji Instax Mini, of Fuji.
In terms of fashion clothes my favourites will be Forever21, H&M, ASOS and CottonOn. When it’s about traveling and sport, I’m a Qechua (Decathlon) and North Face fan.
 #1 thing you must do when travelling. taking pictures. I’m a photography lover and even though I’m still learning, it has become a passion. I love street photography the most. Capturing the streets, full of life, and the people doing living their lives, is amazing.
If your personality was a city or a country, which one would it be?  Australia. I love the Australian way of life. The country is beautiful and they are use to do so many outdoor activities: surf, bbqs, yoga on the beach, etc. I also really like how much they care of their environment and the nature.
What have you learned about yourself during your travels?  I learned to love myself the way I am and to have trust and confidence in myself. Usually girls are very insecure of their bodies and so I was. But I learned that everybody is unique and beautiful the way it is and if I don’t love and take care of myself, who is going to do it?
I also learned that I’m capable of doing anything that I desire. You just need to trust in yourself and work, and keep working and believing in yourself even when you are going to rough times.
 Describe the last time you have tried something new. Recently I tried the van life for 2 weeks. I lived and travelled in a self made van around the South of Australia for 2 weeks. It was such a great experience that in the next 2-3 years I’m planning to buy a bus, reconvert it and live there on a permanent basis.
What is your favourite passport stamp. the one I got on Easter island. Is not an official stamp since the island is part of the Chilean territory, but you could stamp your passport on the arrival to the island, so I did.
What is the most interesting food you have ever tried? I tried rat meat in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Iwas impressed at how delicious it was and I recommend to everybody to try it.
Next Destination: Fiji Islands. Can’t wait!

 

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: James and Susan from The Savvy Backpacker

Current city: New York City

nycAge: 34

Total countries visited: 17

What makes you interesting? I’m not very interesting that’s why I like to make the destinations I visit be the hero. That’s the interesting thing.

What brands do you love? Apple, Google, Osprey, Patagonia, Nike, New Balance.

What’s your favorite passport stamp? Every passport stamp is awesome. My favorite thing is my passport is my French work visa.

What motivates you to travel: Simply seeing the world, trying new food, and doing something out of the ordinary are motivating. But keeping up with our blog and motivating other people to travel also motivates me to travel.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: We rented Vespa scooters and spend the day riding through the small roads through rural Tuscany. Still look back at that day and smile.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling?Chill out. Don’t try to see everything. So many people try to cram in so much and end up burning out. And don’t fight with your travel partner. It’s easier said than done but remember that you’re a team.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be? That’s a tough one… maybe Amsterdam. It’s a such a laid-back city that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where?My favorite meal was in Florence. It was a pumpkin ravioli that I still remember even though it was like two years ago. I’ve never had anything so good.

Next travel destination: We really want to visit Tokyo.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Zach Boyette from Zach_Boyette

Current city: Chicago – but flying to Iceland tomorrow, and I’ll be tumbleweeding around Europe all summer.
I spent the last 3 months in the US, living for a week or two in each location.

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 31

What makes you interesting: I run my own fully-remote company, which allows me to travel full-time. I’m never in one place for longer than a month. I spent the last year traveling the world with Remote Year, living across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. I’m passionate about travel photography, and pugs. I want to own 4000 pugs in the future and open a giant pug ranch. Only halfway kidding.

What brands do you love:  Allbirds shoes, Away luggage, Bird Dog shorts, Wool & Prince t-shirts and button downs Lululemon workout gear, Sony A7RII camera, DJI Mavic Air drone, Apple computer / phone / headphones, Osprey backpack, Bluffworks chino pants. That’s basically my entire suitcase!

What motivates you to travel: Traveling is much more than vacation to me – it’s a type of lifestyle. I love the freedom of being anywhere, anytime. I love the people and stories you collect on the road, the weird stuff you eat, the strange places you find yourself. It’s truly living.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, tech-nerd, on-the-road

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age? My first job out of college was with a multinational company, and they flew me business class on a trip to Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, and Paris. I was 22, and I’d never left the country. I got robbed in Barcelona but still had the time of my life, my entire hostel jumped to the rescue to help me out!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go? I really, really want to go to Antarctica. Some homies in my Remote Year group went and met all the baby penguins and it made me jealous. Antarctica represents the last great terrestrial adventure to me – it’s so alien, and foreign, and hostile. I want to conquer it.

Is there anywhere you will not travel to and where: After experiencing Varna, Bulgaria, I’ve decided I’ll avoid the kitschy tourist resort towns, because they’re basically the same thing everywhere 🙂

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you? Travel has shown me that cultures are incredibly different, but people are the same. We all care about the same things – family, friends, health, happiness. I’ve been humbled to learn how similar we all are, and that’s an important lesson in humanizing countries that you may only see in the news.

Next travel destination: I’m flying to Iceland tomorrow with my little brother. He’s a professional videographer and we’re going to drive the entire ring loop around the Icelandic island. Can’t wait!

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!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Dev from FootLoose Dev

Twipper of the Week: Footloose Dev

 

Current city: New Delhi, India


Age: 28 years old (27/Mar/1990)


Total countries visited: 18

What makes you interesting: The fact that I always go for local experiences rather than redoing a well-marked tourist trail, is what people adore about footlooseDev. I stay with local families everywhere I go, trek in the Himalayas and create my own trails, hitchhike and make friends on the road. For example, I stayed with a local family in Germany helping them in their horse farm, and in return, learning a bit of Horse Riding — the German style. Then I stayed with another family in Italy, near Rome, and helped them look after their garden. Such local experiences make travelling a more enriching experience.

What brands do you love: I particularly like Lowepro for their camera bags, Deuter for their rucksacks and I use Quechua for travel shoes.

What motivates you to travel: It’s the freedom and learning part that inspires me the most to travel. When you’re travelling (particularly solo) you learn more about yourself and different communities around you. You learn to fit in! Before I started travelling I was more of a team player and not a leader. I wasn’t confident about myself as I am now. My decisions would wait for others. But now that I’ve travelled enough, having no one but myself to rely on, I’ve learned the art of decision making. I have learned learn to resolve.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where?  I happened to eat a traditional dish called JADOH in a tribal area in the Northeastern part of India. So these indigenous tribe called Khasi believes that when you kill an animal it’s more humane if you at least consume it entirely and not throw any part of the animal in waste. Sticking to that belief, their traditional dish JADOH includes pig’s intestine and brain as curry, served with rice cooked in pig’s blood. I think it was interesting and intense for me, at the same time.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels? I’ve learned that I am stronger than I ever thought I was, in every way.

Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, unworried, globetrotter.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be? and why?: I think Thimpu (the capital city of Bhutan) because it is both modern and traditional at the same time. It is one of those cities in the world that is comfortable to live, has access to everything local you can imagine, yet doesn’t grow mad on you. You can spend years in Thimpu and not feel that you need to move. It’s easy going, and beautiful.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Make friends. Because travelling is not just about visiting new places, a part of it is about making friends as relations as well.

Next travel destination: Tokyo. And because of the same reason. Tokyo is one of the craziest cities, yet the way it has protected its culture is amazing. I’d like to know how they did it, while most other cities in the world lost their culture as globalization hit the world.

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