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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.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Raphael Schöni form Being Foreign!
Current city: Wil, Switzerland
Age: 22
Total countries visited: 26
What makes you interesting: Hm I don’t really think of myself as interesting but I like to think that having traveled solo through 10 countries doesn’t make me the least interesting person. 
What brands do you love: I wouldn’t say I really “love” a particular brand but I do really like the bags from Osprey and the cameras from Canon.
How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I think travel has made me a (little) bit more open. I am quite introverted and not particularly fond of that but when you travel alone you just have to get out of your comfort zone and approach people. And it gets easier the more you do it. 
Describe the last time you tried something new: Two weeks ago I decided to explore my home country a bit more since I’ve never actually traveled much around here. Traveling solo at home is certainly different than abroad!
What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: Probably Belize. Not because it was my favorite country I’ve ever been to but because the stamp is round and looks better than all the others.
If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why: Iceland. While I’m more of a fan of warmer climates I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. The landscape looks unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I hope I’ll make it up there sometime soon!
What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels and why: Eating local cuisine. I love food and I like to try out new things. I think the food is such a big part of a country or culture that you visit and you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to try something you don’t know.
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: I’ll try to smile and be friendly and communicate with hand signals. Usually it’s easier than you might think.
Next travel destination: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Andrew Kearns!

Current city: Laie, Hawaii

Age: 25

Total countries visited: 6

What makes you interesting: I always have a camera with me and travel more often than not.

What brands do you love: Canon, Leica, Value Village, and Arcteryx.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Experiencing other cultures and capturing it with my camera.

Describe yourself in three words: I’m never content

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: My surfboard! I have to have some fun somehow.

What destinations are on your bucket list and why: Norway because the landscape looks amazing! Cuba because it would be fun to photograph and Guatemala because I’d love to go back and shoot there again.

What item will you never leave home without: My camera. I love taking photos all the time.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Norway, Cuba, Guatemala and New Zealand – I always said I would get there.

Next travel destination: All the Islands around Hawaii.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Elona from Elona The Explorer!

Current cityNew York City

Age:24

Total countries visited: 39

What makes you interesting:I would say how busy I am. I sometimes surprise myself with how much I have on my plate: a full time job, a charity, a jewelry business, and a blog … and I try to squeeze in a full time travel itinerary in between!

What brands do you love: I’ll have to be a bit biased here and say NULA Jewelry, a travel themed chic an affordable jewelry line which I launched last summer. I also love MelanieAudrey bracelets. In the hospitality world I am loyal to the Ritz-Carlton and the Shangri-La.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: I always had this generic thought that traveling would “help me find myself.” But the reality is that traveling helped me create myself rather find myself – basic human interaction with individuals around the world who come from various backgrounds made me kinder, more compassionate, more understanding, and more open minded. Every time I travel, I invest in myself by injecting a multitude of experiences (both good and bad) which shape me into a better and better human over time. I will never be perfect, but I get better and better every time I am abroad and exposed to more experiences and interactions.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Definitely food. [And wine.] I try not to spend money on anything except for food!

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: I always have a handheld facial frequency device, which helps reduce puffiness especially after a long flight and lack of rest. I always have my camera and a mini tri-pod when I travel solo and most importantly gym clothes!

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: Google Translate with offline mode would be my first step. Next step is to find the nearest hotel (surely someone has to speak English), third would be finding WiFi, downloading a map offline with all local attractions and just winging it on my own.

Describe the last time you tried something new: This past November in Singapore, I tried jelly fish – I know it might not sound that crazy but that was a big step for me! Wasn’t too bad either.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Walk around – I don’t care where I am or how the weather is, I love to walk around and get a feel for what the destination is like. I love to walk into small mom & pop shops and cafés and chat with locals – it’s really the only way to get immersed in a foreign place.

Next travel destination: Milan this week!

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