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Twippers of the Week: Mike and Anne from HoneyTrek

Mike and Ann

Current city:  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Age: Anne: 33, Mike 38

Total countries visited: 57

What makes you interesting:  We quit our New York City jobs in 2011 to embark on what turned out to be the World’s Longest Honeymoon and we’ve been traveling the world as digital nomads ever since. As we approach our four year anniversary on the road, HoneyTrek is firing on all cylinders, funding our continued exploration of this amazing world, and allowing us to share all our travel hacks and tips with our Trip Coach Courses: one-on-one workshops for affordable, safe, and epic long-term travel. 

What brands do you love: SteriPEN water purifier for keeping us from consuming a single plastic water bottle in four years, Southwest Airlines for their incredible frequent flyer program and amazing employees and MovingWorlds.org “experteering” programs that allow more professionals to use their skills to make a difference around the world.

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thankful you packed:Our Leatherman multi-tool (it is one thing with a dozen uses. Is that cheating?).  To see everything we packed for our 675-day journey around the world visit RTW Packing List

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited:
 Antarctica, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cuba, Micronesia and The Moon…and someplace local where no human foot has yet to step.

What motivates you to travel:The human connection that occurs when you travel slowly, keep an open mind and let new adventures unfold.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: Passing through the village of Achoma, we got pulled over. Not by a cop but a band of dancing elderly Peruvians. A cute old lady comes to our window and says, “Ven aqui. Vamos a bailar!” Essentially, get out and dance. Before you know it, Mike and I had a pint of homebrew in our hand and we are doing the South American Hava Nagila. For some reason they kept telling us to drink faster, just thinking they wanted to get us completely trashed but then we realized there was only one glass for the entire group (germaphobes, try not to think about it) and we were hogging our turn with our cautious sips. Down the hatch it went. Then the ancient shot master comes up to us, he insists on having corn liquor shooters with him. So within the hour we were properly tipsy, rocking out to this strange triangular harp-guitar with our 30 new amigos. Classic. Click to see a photo from this adventure. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling:There are many ways to find success and be happy. That definition plays out very differently around the world and it never seems to correlate with how much money you have. Love, health, and a positive outlook seem to be the secret to the good life.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: We love rolling into to local hangouts and sparking up conversations. Like this lively corner store (aka the bar) in Harbour Island, Bahamas last month, we struck up some chatter with a group there, next thing you know we hung out for three hours, laughing, dancing, and hugging it out. They said they, “had never had tourists hang out like that.” We like to break the stereotype of tourist, connect with people and do as the locals do.

Next travel destination: Jordan, Portugal, Georgia, Costa Rica, Greenland, or Antarctica.


Twippers of the Week: Rob and Nat from Love & Road.

Rob and Nat

Current city: Bangkok, Thailand.

Age: Rob is 35 and Nat is 32.

What makes you interesting: The fact that we are in our 30’s, (Rob in his mid 30’s) and we still party a lot. To have an idea, our honeymoon was a 14-day electronic music festival in Ukraine.  We are a nomad couple that traded babies and a mortgage for exploring the world and having fun.

What is the best part about having a travel partner?: To have someone to blame when you take the wrong way. LOL! No, I’m joking, the best part about a travel partner is the opportunity to share unique moments in beautiful corners around the world. It also makes it easy to tackle planning and decide where we should head next

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Some toiletries, books, a set of clothes in case our checked luggage is delayed or disappears, and the most important item: our computers! If we have any spare time we work on articles or researching the next travel destination.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Our first morning in Marrakesh was quite a challenge. On the way to find our hostel we passed some alleys where elderly people were sleeping on the dirty floor and mums putting their babies in the middle of the street to beg.  We are from Brazil and are used to dealing with poverty but the images of babies lying in the middle of the street were too strong. It took us a few days to get used with this kind of begging in Morocco.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Ibiza!!! We are party animals and between September and October the closing parties in Ibiza are epic. We visited the party island twice and Ibiza is included in our travel plans for 2016 next summer. Hope to see you there!

What motivates you to travel: The new. This is related to people, places, culture, food; We love to meet new people, learn about new cultures, discover new places and try new foods. The world is too wonderful to stay in only one place. We feel an urge to go and explore it!

What was your best and worst travel experience: Our best moment was when we started our travels. The feeling of following our dream was amazing. We discovered that when you do something with all your heart the universe conspires in your favor. The worst moment happened when we were in Milan on August 2014. Back home in Brazil our cat passed away. Some people might find it silly, but we loved our cat so much! Also this made us realize that we were far from home and our grandpa, grandma and parents are growing old.

Next travel destination: Langkawi, Malaysia.



Twippers of the Week: Mike and Luci from  The Fighting Couple.

Luci and Mike

Total countries visited:  40

Current city:  Boise, Idaho.

Age:  Gen Xers

What is your Travanality: Luci is a Culturist and Mike is an Altruist.

What makes you interesting: We are the Fighting Couple!  We encourage couples to leave the kids at grandma’s house and get out and see the world together.  We are convinced that investing in time as a couple is essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant relationship.  We share relationship ideas, travel destinations and the details of our many fights on our blog.

What brands do you love:  In terms of travel, we are fans of Canon cameras, all things Apple, ScotteVest jackets, Tripadvisor, Clarks shoes and Delsey luggage.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling:  That is a great question.  We met an innkeeper in Swaziland that is simply incredible.  She hires employees from the local area that are going through difficult times, pays them well and trains them in valuable skills.  This kind woman made a difference in the lives of so many.  Our time with her was short, but the impression she made on us was huge.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: The best part of traveling with someone that you love is sharing experiences.  One of Mike’s favorite parts of traveling with Luci is watching her discover a new culture, food or vista.  Travel is an investment that makes you a better person today, tomorrow and forever.

Next travel destination: Taiwan


Twippers of the Week: Nikki and Dusty from Two For The Road.

Nikky Dusty

Current city: Austin

Age: We’re both 42 years young.

Total countries visited: 6 continents (can’t wait to hit Australia!) 32 countries and counting.

What makes you interesting: We spend 24/7 with each other and we haven’t killed each other yet! Nik was the first traveler ever to make chicha with the ladies of the community in the Amazon. If you’re not familiar, it’s a process that involves a little bit of spit swapping. Yep! Spit swapping. You should check it out. Dusty has done the polar plunge in Antarctica, Alaska, and Lake Titicaca.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Wow, that’s a hard one. There isn’t one person in particular. There are people everywhere that stick out in our minds. One of the most interesting experiences was living with a Huaorani tribe in the Peruvian Amazon. Fascinating people!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Sharing amazing adventures all over the world with your favorite person. Getting to experience it for yourself, but also see the joy in your partner’s eyes as well.

What brands do you love: Mountainsmith, Keen, Canon, and GoPro.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: Honestly this is a tough one for us, because we just can’t seem to think of one. We travel lightly anywhere we go – but still, our bags are absolutely jam-packed with camera gear, mics, cables, computers, hard drives, of course all our clothes and toiletries and all the standard travel-ly stuff. So we really can’t afford to spare the space to bring along something impractical. Not much fun we know, but unfortunately true.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: It really depends on where we are in the world, but we love all forms of transport. Particularly trains. There’s just something about kicking back in a seat, feeling the gentle motion as the cars roll down the track, and watching the world pass by outside the window. In fact we’re in China right now and just took our first trip on a bullet train, which was just too stinkin’ cool! Truth be told, whatever gets us from point A to point B safely and (relatively) on time is our favorite.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: 

Nik; Bracelets. I love buying bracelets all over the world, almost always in local markets or from local artists. My wrists are full of bracelets and I have a story for each one. Good stuff!

Dusty: I’d have to say the blow dart gun I bought from a local family in a Huaorani village deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s just the coolest thing.

 What does “Travel” mean to you: Okay. Not to get too deep here, but… travel is our love, our passion, our addiction. To us, travel represents real freedom. It means adventure. It means exploring new horizons. It means living life to its absolute fullest. Travel will open your eyes, your mind and your heart to new places, new cultures and new experiences. And it will force you to break free from everything you thought you knew about the world and make you start learning again from scratch. Without question travel has transformed us, the way we live, the way we think about life, the way we think about money, and the way we look at the world. And we hope through our videos, photos and blogs to share the gospel of travel with anyone and everyone.
Next travel destination: Southeast Asia.


Twippers of the Week: Betsy and Pete from Passing Thru.

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Current city: Bangkok

Ages: 61 and 59

Total countries visited: 22

What makes you interesting: As digital nomads go, we might be among the elders. Most people who travel full time at our age are retired. We actively work our online businesses, which provide multiple income streams to offset our expenses. As well, we work with destinations and accommodations partners to review, promote and inspire other travelers through our writing and photography.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Oh, we’ve met so many interesting people that it’s hard to choose just one. Our most meaningful encounters recently have been in remote villages halfway around the world from each other. One was Lukomir, in the mountains above Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There we met 90-year-old Nura, who lives on her own in the old ways with her neighbors, who are semi-nomadic herders and farmers. Another memorable stop was here in Thailand, among the Kui people. Their heritage is a mix of Thai, Laotian and Khmer, and they are known for silk production, weaving and dyeing. Sometimes it’s almost better when you can’t speak each other’s language. It is then that you revert to the universal languages of kindness and interest in each other.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Aside from the sense of security you have with someone, is companionship. There’s the flavor that you get from your partner’s interests, priorities and opinions. We each have our strengths and weaknesses and those are generally complementary, so the teamwork is an aspect. There are many experiences each of us might not have thought to have on our own, but the other person initiated them which created deeper memories.

What brands do you love: We’re Apple fans – we travel with our MacBooks (Pete has a Pro, Betsy has an Air), iPads and iPhones. We love Starwood Preferred Guest hotels – particularly the Westin brand and their Luxury Collection with whom we’ve enjoyed amazing stays. Wyndham, Choice and Hilton hotel points programs have been great too. We have timeshare exchanges with Marriott and Interval International whose redemption options have allowed us to book free air travel and had us staying in off-the-beaten-path destinations.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: Pete would say our Apple TV box on his end, (although I got caught up on House of Cards in Australia using it). I would say tote bags are my downfall. We’ve always got too many because I tell myself we might need them. We never do.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: We’re partial to train travel. We just love it. You constantly glimpse daily life both on board and out the windows, as opposed to having to deal with airports, airplanes and air passengers.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: We don’t buy a lot of things because we’re nomadic. I got a full year’s wear out of a pair of slippas, (flip flops) which cost me $6 Fiji dollars, (about $3USD). They went all around the world and then back to Fiji. I tried to replace them with exact duplicates when we got back to Sigatoka, but the pair I thought was closest isn’t lasting me as well.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means opportunity and freedom: opportunity to vividly experience life in a variety of settings and meet a constantly fascinating array of individuals. We’re free to go where we want, when we want and stay however long we want. We think this is about as good as it gets.

Next travel destination: We’ll be in SE Asia (Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) and then China!

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