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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Joe Looker from Joe Travel Blogs!

 

Current city: Reading, United Kingdom

Age: 21

Total countries visited: I really can’t remember but roughly 15! I think I am doing quite well considering I didn’t start travelling until I was 18 years old.

What makes you interesting: I always travel on a budget as cheaply as possible, so I can maximize the countries I go to. I always stay in hostels or with friends abroad, it means I can see so much more of the world.

What brands do you love: National Geographic because their work is incredible and constantly inspires me and Osprey for there rugged travelling bags.

What destinations are on your bucket list and why: Japan was the biggest thing on my bucket list for years. But I ticked that one off in January which was incredible after dreaming about going for so long. Now I would say highest on my bucket list is Norway or Canada! If you want to see more, my full bucket list is actually on my blog.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: When I traveled to Peru I tried Cuy which is wild guinea pig. I was in the Sacred Valley and it was cooked on a spit. However it was a bit boney, I am not really in a rush to try it again.

What was your best and worst travel experience: My best travel experience was going to the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand because we trekked the whole glacier and even got a helicopter ride to the top. It is also something that is becoming harder and harder to do now because of glaciers melting. So I’m really glad I did it when I had the chance.

My worst experience was at the Bolivian border. I was on a long haul sleeper bus and we just had to get off the bus and hand in our passports, get a new stamp and go. But my entry card had fallen out of my passport, which was unknown to me. It was so confusing because they were talking Spanish really quickly and I was only understanding parts of the conversation. Then I got taken into a different room and he said for 5 sol he could make me a dodgy new one but to keep it quite. It was all very sketchy. Then about 5 minutes later I got back on the bus and into Bolivia.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: I think in 2050 I will be really proud to have visited Cuba before it was turned into a tourist hot spot. I believe it will change hugely soon because of how the country is trying to come out of communism and change to capitalism. The government also drives tourism massively with it being there biggest and most profitable sector.

What people say when they travel with you: Wow he never spends money! Haha

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Money is only a number and is worthless compared to experiences and memories.

Next travel destination: Italy because I have never been before and it is only in Europe so it is very close to me in the UK! I love the food and culture of the people. I really can’t believe I have never been before.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: David and Veronica from The GypsyNesters!

Current city:  Ventura, California

Age:  David 58, Veronica 54

Total countries visited: Our current count is 54,and we are always looking to add to that total.

What makes you interesting:  Hmm, can’t say we have been asked that before. We have had quite a life, married for 35 years, living in Nashville, St. Croix, New York, and now Southern California, and having dozens of different jobs through the years, along with all of the stories from our explorations. It’s all in our book GOING GYPSY: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All.

What brands do you love: We love our iPhone, can’t imagine traveling without it. As for travel companies, we love Backroads, Viking Cruises, Road Scholar, Discover Corps., Country Walkers, and VBT for amazing adventures that are well planned and cater to folks like us that want to be more than just tourists. When we visit a destination, we want to do more than just take a quick look.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you:  There is great quote from Mark Twain:  ”Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” We have found this to be very true. Our greatest discovery in our GypsyNester journey has been that people all over the world are basically good and decent, friendly and welcoming.

What destinations are on your bucket list and why: There are still a few. We call ourselves “greedy travelers” because the more we see, the more we want to see. Antarctica would have to be near the top of our list since it would make all seven continents visited for us, but there are plenty of others as well. We’d love to see New Zealand, Scotland, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the South Pacific, or almost anywhere else that we haven’t been.

What are your travel pet peeves:  The fact that we are both sitting here trying to think of something must mean that there really aren’t any big ones. There are always little things, but we have become quite good at letting them slide.

Describe the last time you tried something new:  It wasn’t the last time, but certainly the worst. Eating silkworms in China certainly stands out, but not in a good way.  Of all the crazy things we’ve eaten (and it is quite a few, we have a whole category on our website) it is by far the nastiest. Thoroughly disgusting, but we found the humor in it, even at the time.

What is the best part about having a travel partner:  We discovered that by trying and experiencing so many new things together we really reconnected as a couple and found those crazy kids that fell in love decades ago.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited and why:  One thing we really like is visiting places that were not allowed back in our younger days. Russia, China, Cuba, Poland, Czech, Estonia, Slovenia, and Hungary, were all forbidden so were extremely interesting to see. But that wouldn’t be our proudest, that would have to be our voluntourism experiences. We have had the chance to help while traveling in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and right here in the states, and hopefully by 2050 will have added significantly to that list.

Next travel destination:  We are off to Hawaii, which will mean that we both have visited all 50 states.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Renuka Walter from Voyager For Life!

Current city: Mumbai

Age: 37

Total countries visited: 5 (including India)

What makes you interesting: I follow my heart. I have created a new definition of success – “You are a success if you are living the kind of life that you really like.”

What brands do you love: Airbnb, TripAdvisor

What does “Travel” mean to you: A better way to live. If I have money I think I won’t be home!

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels and why: I mostly like wandering, taking in the vibe of a place, taking lots of photographs and then settling for a cup of good coffee.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: My first travel experience was way back when I was a child – perhaps 8 or 9… it was in the rural part of Uttarakhand (North India), which is also my birth place. My very first remembrances of my travel are the mountains of Uttarakhand – our long walks (my siblings and cousins).

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be and why: I think it would be Udaipur (Rajasthan, western India) because I think Udaipur is calm, beautiful, relaxed, laidback and a dreamer like me.

Best travel advice: Travel as much as possible. It’s one thing you will never regret.

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: Sleep as much as you need to and for the sake of it.

Next travel destination: I’m anticipating traveling to a few destinations, but nothing is sure as of now.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Janice and George Mucalov from Sand In My Suitcase

Current City: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 Age: Are you supposed to ask that of anyone over age 50? We’re young for ours.

Total countries visited: We’ve not kept count, but many – everywhere from Panama to Estonia to Mozambique. Between us, we’ve explored all 7 continents, including Antarctica.

What makes you interesting: Who says office romances don’t work! We’re both lawyers who met at a firm. Janice then tried writing a romance novel, getting many rejection letters before following her true passion – travel writing. George? His lucky escapes range from a circling tiger shark (while scuba diving) to a toppling out-of-control motorcycle to a horse intent on rolling over him.

What brands do you love: Four Seasons always get it right with their sense of arrival – to reach their private island resort in Bora Bora, you take a 15-minute boat ride through the popsicle-blue lagoon. Viking Ocean Cruises is a new favorite; the chairman famously said Viking passengers would “rather have free laundry” (found on every deck) than a casino (not found on any ship). UnCruise Adventures is great for anti-cruisers. And you can’t beat Windstar Cruises’ sailing-style, tall-ship yachts for romance on the high seas!

What are your travel rituals: We love a good glass of wine and fine meal at the end of a day. And then we try to figure out how to work that off the next. Hiking? Snorkeling? Maybe stand-up paddleboarding (Janice) or “fall-down” paddleboarding (George)?

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Namibia. We needed a Namibian stamp to check into the “Zambezi Queen” safari riverboat. We had to cross the Chobe River in a small boat from Botswana to the Namibian side, where we trudged up the river bank through ankle-deep sand to a wooden border shack. But the immigration officer wasn’t inside – he was sleeping under a tree out back. We woke him up so he could stamp our passports. Then we got back into the put-put boat which ferried us to the “Zambezi Queen.”

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: On our river cruise in Myanmar, we started chatting with an elegant, silver-haired woman working quietly on her tablet at the WiFi hotspot. She told us why boat guides continuously plunge wooden measuring poles into the water of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, barely six-and-a-half feet deep in places. Turns out the river’s sandy bottom is constantly shifting, and no one wants to get stuck! Later, we discovered she was Mrs. Sherwood. Her husband founded the fabled Orient-Express (now Belmond) group of luxury hotels, trains and river cruises – so it was “her” riverboat.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling and why: Taking along the perfect shoes (Janice) – flats for walking, strappy sandals for the pool, runners for the gym, heels for dinner… George: He says he never breaks the bank . Though there was that irresistible Turkish carpet – a treasured reminder of Istanbul.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: Time away from the computer and Internet. Of course we take our laptops and phone with us. But we make a conscious effort to immerse ourselves in the travel experience and be in the “here and now,” staying away as much as possible from social media and emails.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: We’ve loved the many different cultures and people we’ve met. We hope our travels will continue to give us a broader perspective on the world to share with our readers.

Next travel destination: Sri Lanka.

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.

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