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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 Month – January 2018

Twipper of the Month – January 2018: Tony Giles from Tony the Traveller!

16-bungee jumps, 3 skydives, and a near-death experience in the rivers of Zambia aren’t the only things that make Tony interesting and our Twipper of the Month for January 2018What makes him remarkable is the way he chooses to live life with no excuses.  His inabilities to neither see nor hear are not an excuse for him to go after his dreams and travel the world.  Since the age of 19 he began writing about my journeys and publishing two books, Seeing The World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way,  and one version in Polish. He also has his own travel show documentary on BBC and interviewed for many publications. At 39 and 125 countries later, Tony is determined to visit every country in the world and maybe even the moon. He’s a reminder that with the right mindset we can go anywhere we dream about.

TWIPPERS OF THE YEAR 2017

Twippers of the Year 2017: Charlotte and Josh from The Spindrifters!

“It’s incredibly exciting to learn more about the world we live in and the amazing people that occupy it,” says Josh and Charlotte from The Spindrifters. Through their community service efforts, Josh and Charlotte immerse themselves into the local’s lifestyle to get a better understanding and knowledge. This traveling duo is always conscious of how they make an impact for local communities. It’s because of their need for helping others wherever their wanderlust takes them that we choose The Spindrifters as our Twippers of the Year 2017!

Long before meeting at Groupon HQ in London, Josh and Charlotte both shared a passion for travel. After two years of working corporate jobs in the “city of fog,” they couldn’t resist the need to “just go” and start a new journey in 2015, and after thinking of a great blog name. What is a Spindrifter? Well, a spindrift is the spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind. Just like this spray, Charlotte and Josh wanted to drift to dream locations, meet new people and take advantage of every opportunity they found along the way. And so they did!

Their favorite opportunities are when they have the chance to help locals in their communities. From working at Non Governmental Organization on a tropical Island in Borneo, to teaching in the slums of Mumbai, to working in countless hostels, they are the true meaning of an Altruist. There traveling isn’t all work without play. Josh and Charlotte always take some time for themselves to explore and experience the breathtaking sights at each destination, and share their adventures with their followers.

Read on for Charlotte and Josh’s travel update for 2017:

What was the best trip that you went on in 2017: We were still on our worldwide adventure in 2017 which lasted 16 months before returning home for a couple of months to see our friends and family!

What is your most favorite travel memory of 2017: We had so many it’s hard to narrow it down! Camping in the Thar Desert after trekking through the sand dunes on camels and eating under the stars by campfire was pretty awesome!

Where has been your favorite destination to volunteer: We volunteered on a desert island in Borneo for 2 months which was absolutely incredible. Working for an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) to help the island develop a sustainable living environment and educating them on waste management was really fulfilling, and it just so happened our bedroom door opened onto the beach!

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means, opening ourselves to new opportunities and experiencing amazing cultures, countries and people every single day. It’s eye opening and tough, but also incredibly fulfilling and exciting!

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Definitely India. Every day to day activity and interaction is completely different to anything you will experience anywhere else. Landing in Delhi and walking around Old Delhi on our first day was definitely something to remember!

What advice would you give someone who wants to start traveling: Start! I don’t think we have ever met anyone who has regretted going travelling. It changes you in so many ways and allows you to experience life in a completely different way than you would in the normal 9 to 5!

Where are you traveling in 2018: We are living in Sri Lanka for the foreseeable future attempting to start a business related to travelling so watch this space!

Twipper of the Month – December 2017

Twipper of the Month – December 2017: Tracey Coleman from Brooklyn Travel Addict

Tracey is not your average traveler. Besides being a Travel Writer and having an obsession for popcorn, Tracey is also a Humanitarian. With Tracey’s extensive travel experience and her will to make a difference for people around the world, like in Jamaica and Kenya, we have named her our Twipper of the Month for December 2017!

Tracey has been traveling since the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since. She travels to sunny locations with very little internet to escape the cold winters in New York. Her travel stories have been featured in numerous publications, including Ebony.com, Travel Noire and Parlour Magazine. Tracey has also been named one of Essence’s “9 Travel Instagrams You Should Follow,” and one of Clutch Magazine’s “9 Women Inspiring Us to Travel.” When Tracey isn’t traveling, you can find her on stage at some pretty cool conferences, including Blavity’s Empower her Conference and the Nomadness Tribe ALTERnative Travel Conference.

What makes Tracey a truly interesting and inspiring individual is her nonprofit organization called Purpose Driven Passports. This community of travelers are dedicated to improving the lives of local citizens in the countries they visit. Their vision, “is a world where families are fed, babies are held, homes are built, kids are inspired, and people around the world are empowered and supported by those who vacation in their communities.” You can help support 3-5 projects they choose every year to provide financial resources, supplies, and people needed on the ground. If you are looking for ideas for community service on your next trip, they also connect travelers with places they can make a big difference in only a few hours on vacation.

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