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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Carol Perehudoff from Wandering Carol

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Current City: I live in Toronto but right now am in France.

Age: Not a chance.

Total countries visited: I’ve lost count.

What makes you interesting: I always say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing and go the wrong way, but I do this with enthusiasm. I’m also passionate about good hotels, flat cycling trails in beautiful regions and thermal water spas.

What brands do you love:  I love Valentino shoes, Fairmont Hotels and my Mac Air.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: 5-star hotels, but I always search frantically for the best price.

What are your travel rituals: Regretting the things I didn’t pack, reading all tourism and hotel literature I can find as soon as I arrive somewhere and walking.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: As much as I can stuff in. I’ve had way too much luggage go astray, so I like to have a change of clothes, a beach bag with flip flops and bathing suit, my computer, a book and as much skincare and makeup as I can stuff into the plastic airline bag for liquids.

What is your favorite app to use during your travels: Truthfully I don’t use many, but I’m obsessed with Instagram.

Is there anywhere you will not travel to: I won’t travel anywhere if it’s at the end of a bungee cord.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: It certainly has made me realize that my home is not the universe, and that I should be grateful for what I have and for being able to travel when so many people the world over aren’t able to.

Next travel destination: A hotel barge cruise on called Athos. We’ll be cruising on the Canal du Midi in France!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Benjamin from Benjamin J Travel.

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Current city: Dallas, Texas

Age: 31

Total countries visited: 18 countries.

What makes you interesting: I’m travel geek but a knowledge sponge and travel is no exception. My family teases me about this sometimes based on the quirky things I remember or memorize. I spend a lot of my spare time doing a lot of travel research: maps, languages, reviews, and airline rules. I think this knowledge becomes invaluable when I travel and I love sharing my knowledge with my readers.

What brands do you love: American Airlines, Patagonia, Timbuk2, Airbnb

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’m very good with directions, it’s hard for me to get lost. I rely on body language, hand gestures, my iPhone, and a bit of Google Translate. I always advise my friends to download the offline versions of TripAdvisor and Google Maps in case they don’t have mobile service.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has become more accessible today. Flights are cheaper. Information is everywhere online. The world is more global. The world might seem scary if you watch the news but once you actually get out there, meet people and see the world first hand, you learn how much everyone on this planet has in common!

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Probably one of our tour guides in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was one of the most genuine, quirky, and knowledgeable guides I’ve ever met. He wore a kilt and drove a van shaped like a cow!

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: Baby wipes! I like to have clean hands. Tied with my iPhone of course!

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: There’s no “cure” for jet lag. I like to have a glass of red wine on red-eye flights to maximize sleep to be rested for arrival. Do your best to avoid naps and if all else fails, grab a cup of coffee!

Best travel advice: Don’t be intimidated by travel. Whether it’s a foreign language, an unfamiliar city, or weird food, you have to take on a sense of adventure. Don’t let the small stuff stress you out. Flight delays or a missed train may seem like a huge deal at the moment but you’ll quickly learn they are part of your story. Chat with strangers, try new foods, make yourself wake up early to watch the sunrise and take lots of photos. The memories are invaluable.

Next travel destination: London

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Alyson Long and family from the World Travel Family.

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Current city: We no longer have a fixed home, but London and Port Douglas Australia are our main bases.

Age: I’m 49, my husband 39, and the children are 12 and 10.

Total countries visited: Over 50. I’d have to write them all down to count!

What makes you interesting: We’ve been traveling full time with the children for the last three years. This year we took them to Everest, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Greece, London and Romania. It’s all about their education and these days, they tell us where they want to go!

What brands do you love: Can I say Marks and Spencer? In the travel sector, Air Asia, Skyscanner and Lowe Alpine are the three brands we always use.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: We never break the bank. We’re smart with our money and finding great deals, but I always say, don’t scrimp! Spend as much as you need to fully enjoy your trip. We will spend more on expensive admissions, good food or a few drinks. Things we don’t really care about, like accommodation, we save money on.

What is the best part about having travel partners: I’ve got my three best friends with me all the time. It’s great when we meet up with other families for the kids or when I find a kindred spirit to chat to.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: It hasn’t changed me, I’ve always been the same, fascinated by the world and cultures and ready to try anything. I’ve been traveling all my life, but the last three years are just a little more unusual. Travel certainly helps to narrow down what a person really wants out of life.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I’ve only experienced culture shock as an expat in Australia. As a tourist or traveler we don’t feel it. It’s only when you settle and try to fit in that you notice the deep differences.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Standing at Tengboche Monastery, Nepal, looking at Mount Everest on a cloudless day with my 11 year old son. It was magic. We both felt we could take on anything after nailing that climb. That was just few months ago, but I have many other “favorites.”

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Public bus or train. I like to meet locals and fellow travelers, and public transport throws everyone together for a while. I’m over budget airlines these days though, I miss the days of full-service carriers.

Next travel destination: Not sure right now, possibly London, Africa or USA and Central America.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Sharon Mendelaoui from Dream Travel Magazine

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Current city: Toronto

Age: 45

Total countries visited: I have to count these?

What makes you interesting: I guess I’m a goofy girl at heart. I love life and want to focus on the fun and good in life. Definitely a glass half full girl!

What brands do you love: I love my Heys luggage. I travel with it everywhere. I’m also a fan of Lug bags. They are super organized with all these awesome pockets inside!  

What’s your Travanality: I would say I am a culturist. When I visit a place I like to take it all in. The food, the art, history, music, the people – I just want to try it all!

What are your travel pet peeves: On Airplanes I don’t like people who don’t follow the carry-on restrictions, people who wear perfume (it’s stinky, especially on a plane), people who bring smelly food on the plane, and loud talkers. Travel in general I can’t deal with people who don’t respect the culture or people they meet during their vacations. Sometimes I shake my head at tourists who think they are entitled when they visit another country. They are ignorant to the laws, cultural practices and just have a general disregard for the place they are visiting. Respect!

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: I used to love that feeling on the plane when you take off. Lately I dread airline travel. They have just made it so complicated with luggage restrictions, overbooking flights and all their rules about carry-on luggage. Now I love road trips in the car. Turning up the tunes and just driving and stopping when you see something interesting just because you can. There is less of a strict timeline with road trip travel.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel has changed my life. When I started Dream Travel Magazine, I was just a girl sitting in front of her computer dreaming about all the places I wanted to go. When I took a trip I would share my photos and do some writing and my friends would read it. But then things started to change. I was asked to go on my first press trip and I had a moment on a tree-top trekking experience where I couldn’t complete the activity. I was very overweight and it was just too strenuous. It was a humbling, humiliating and invigorating experience all at once. I realized as I was being repelled down a tree that this was what I was meant to be doing. I had a unique story about getting rescued out of a tree! On one side I was devastated but on the other I was never happier than in that very moment!

In the month’s after this trip I realized I didn’t want to be restricted by my weight again. I dedicated myself to building Dream Travel Magazine into a site that inspired women to get out there and travel and I started a more clean and healthy lifestyle. I find ways to travel all the time. Travel is not just big vacations! It’s getting on the subway and walking around in Downtown Toronto, or getting in a car with a bunch of girlfriends and driving to a dot on a map for a day. For me Travel is discovering cultures, art, food, music well it’s all around us.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: That would have to be staying at the Tent Hostel in Munich when I did my Backpacking through Europe university trip. It was a huge circus tent in the middle of nowhere and we were all given a foam pad and a blanket and just told to find a spot under the tent. I remember the hard floor, the line up the shower and hearing people screech in different languages while in line. Then when it was finally my turn – the water was ice cold but that is not what people were screeching about, there were frogs in the shower! The amazing thing about it was they had a campfire at night just outside the tent and I remember all these people from all over the world that spoke different languages suddenly start to sing beatles songs around the campfire. Music was one language and I never felt more connected to a group of people I couldn’t communicate with than in that moment.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Australia. It has been on my dream list since I was in my 20s I’ve wanted to go on school exchange programs and I’m always dreaming up ways to get there. It’s only a matter of time before I make this trip happen.

Next travel destination: Currently I’m planning a trip to Croatia. Also always driving around the province of Ontario and have some plans to head out to Quebec before year’s end too.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Elaine Masters from Trip Wellness.

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Current city: San Diego, California

Age: Boomer

Total countries visited: 20+

What makes you interesting: I’d like to think it’s my life experience and my endless curiosity. I’ve had several careers: Graphic designer, Radio Drama Producer, Actress, podcast host, Author, Yoga teacher and have always written, privately and publicly. I’ve called 13 cities my home along the U.S. west coast, from SE Alaska to San Diego, California!

What brands do you love: I’m not really brand oriented but experience aligned.

What’s your Travanality: Imaginavo matches the best.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Good, local food or drinks and a decent night’s sleep.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Extra underwear, shirt, socks and all my tech & chargers for easy access, camera, any meds or herbs that I don’t want to travel without, makeup minimals, hand oil, my travel pillow and a big shawl as blanket or accessory.

Describe your unique or funniest travel experience: Funniest experience was the time we flew out to Tenakee Hot Springs on the last weekend flight with only a room reserved on the remote island, Pier Hotel. All the restaurants and stores were closed for the holiday weekend. We had no food supplies and the airplane wasn’t returning for three days! I was bereft and left my boyfriend to go soak during the ladies bath house hours. Two girls, who I had only met in passing back in Juneau, were bemoaning that their friends wouldn’t be coming for the weekend and they didn’t know what to do with all the food. Couldn’t help but speak up about our predicament and we all spent the next few days at their beautiful cabin with music, parties and bonfires on the beach. A serendipitous turn around!

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: I’m endlessly curious about the world and people. As I’ve traveled whenever possible throughout my life, I’ve learned to drop my long self-conscious, shy ways and connect with others simply as I am. This has led to some wonderful connections and experiences. I’m a visual person as well and constantly trying to find interesting details to study and photograph.

Next travel destination: I’m passionate about our underwater world, diving and the health of the oceans. I’m going diving around Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines with my underwater photographer boyfriend.

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