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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!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Tirthankar Bose from The Poor Nomad!

Current city: New Delhi (India)

Age: 30

Total countries visited: 13

What makes you interesting: I am good at starting conversations and making it lively as well as I have a lot of experiences and stories to share. However, I am a good listener too.

What brands do you love: I mostly prefer three brands for all my travel needs: Northface, Wildcraft, and Quechua.

What does “Travel” mean to you: You cannot define travel as everyone has their own definitions. Some like to travel for freedom, some just for fun, some travel with friends and so on. To me travel is exploring new cultures, food, meeting new people, knowing their style of living and decoding some untouched lands. However, travel always empower me with freedom and discover that how everyone is wrong about other countries.

What is your most favorite travel memory:  My favorite travel memory is my first solo backpacking trip, which I did in the year 2006. When I had no idea how to travel still I went for the trip with little and no money and after some huge goof-ups, I finally completed it. But that trip gave me a lot of confidence that I am still carrying with me even now.
For more, you may check out the story of my first backpacking trip:My First Solo BackPacking Trip To Yumthang Valley – How It All Started

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Being a solo traveler, sometimes it’s very hard to keep your travel under budget, getting information and knowing all the do’s and don’ts about the destination. So the best way to tackle all these is to start a conversation with a local. I always try this trick to get ideas on how to travel and where to stay and all. As most of the times, the locals have more idea about that place than Google. The best way to do break the ice: “Hi, I’m from [insert home country or city] and I’m here for a week, do you know any good hotels here or any good place to visit?”

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go:  I would go to Pakistan. Being an Indian, unfortunately, we were always told how vulnerable Pakistan is. But I would like to crack this myth and would love to show the world that even the local Pakistanis are peace loving people and are hospitable too. However, Pakistan has its share of some amazing places but most of us have no idea about this.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: I don’t know whether it can be termed as unique or funny but there is one experience which I would really like to share.
I was in Udaipur with two other travelers from France and Spain. We went to a local bar and ordered a beer each, after an hour or two we were all out and toxicated. And I promptly had a ‘micro sleep’ on one of the tables. After 15 minutes when I woke up, there were smashed glasses, broken chairs and tables everywhere. Apparently, one of my mates told me that 5 minutes after my nap two groups started fighting after a heated discussion and the best part was that all this was happening just 5metres from me. Glasses, chairs, and tables flying everywhere, and I just slept through it all completely unscathed. When I woke up, one of my friend was covered in bits of glass and I didn’t have a clue what had happened… haha!

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I would say, it would be Nepal. I love backpacking and exploring new cultures with a pinch of adventure. And Nepal has it all. It is a haven for backpackers and for people who love adventure.

Next travel destination: Nepal

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Marta and Michal from WanderIT

Current City: We currently live in Chester, United Kingdom

Age: We’re both 26

Total countries visited: 30

What makes you interesting:  What makes us interesting is probably what we experienced throughout our travels, and the hard work and effort we make to be able to afford seeing the world.
What brands do you love: Our favorite brands that compliment our travels are Faithfull, The Brand, Douchebags, Nikon, Sony and DJI.
Most magical place on earth: Bali and Santorini. We consider Bali our second home because of the its incredible nature, endless waterfalls, sunsets and the most friendly people we’ve met when traveling. Floating in infinity pools and listening to the sound of jungle is one of the most magical and relaxing experience I could think of. Santorini is a pure magic too- the blues and whites combine the most beautiful landscapes one can ever imagine. It’s surely one of those places that leave you absolutely speachless.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: For both of us, the most unique travel experience we’ve had so far was swinging over the Balinese jungle.

Describe the last time you tried something new: We’ve recently started a new chapter as content creators which is making videos.
What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: We love waking up early in the morning to travel to most dreamy locations and enjoying them before the crowds arrive. We hardly ever relax trying to make the most of the time we spend in a certain country. As we travel, we love taking pictures and shooting video content for our blog and social media which has lately became our biggest passion.
What item will you never leave home without and why: Most probably we would not leave home without our phones. Since we’ve started travel blogging, we constantly stay in touch with brands we collaborate with, and other content creators that we’ve met via social media.
Best travel advice: Do not plan too much and be spontaneous- in this way you’ll make some good memories. I used to have every trip of mine planned in details from the first till the last day and since I’ve learned to improvise I felt its so much more fun.  Take a risk, get lost, always be respectful, open minded and ready to try new things that you did not read about beforehand.
Next travel destination: This year we will explore Morocco, Kenya, Seychelles, Abu Dhabi, Zanzibar and the magical land of Cappadocia!

Twipper of the Month

Twipper of the Month – April 2018: Janice and George Mucalov from Sand In My Suitcase

 

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

 

Career did not let Janice and George, April’s Twipper of the Month, deter them from living their best life. From briefcase to suitcase the former lawyers have spent the past five years traveling and discovering the world as well as the underworld while writing articles for publications like Islands.com, TravelAge West, NUVO.com, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, Taste of Life and Interval World.

These luxury travel bloggers like to enjoy the finer things in life – fancy 5-star hotels and cruise ships – but are also down to venture off the beaten path and “losing [themselves] in long conversations with local guides and people.” But what makes the Mucolov’s adventures even more fullfilling is they know how to give back by simply writing and promoting businesses that support good causes and donating to a charity that helps out countries in need.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Penny Sadler from Adventures of a Carry-On!

Current city: Napa, CA

Age: I’m a woman of “ a certain age”

Total countries visited: 8 with at least 10 trips to Italy and even more to Mexico

What makes you interesting: I’ve just blown up my career as a professional makeup artist for 25+ years and moved to Napa Valley to learn the wine business. Most people eligible for AARP discounts do not do this! I’m still curious, still interested in adventures and trying new things. I think that makes for an interesting person.

What brands do you love: I guess it depends what you are referring to? As a professional makeup artist I love Dior and other luxury cosmetic brands but rarely purchase them. In the wine world I love any brand that offers high quality to value wine. Alsace varietals have my heart. 

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: My favorite stamp is the one I got when I went on my first media trip to Italy in 2013. I felt like I’d really arrived traveling to Italy all expenses paid.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: When traveling I have no problem spending money on unique local experiences. Hot air balloon rides, and private tour guides are totally worth it!

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has made me tolerant, patient (which I’m definitely not!) and adaptable. It’s also honed my creativity and my appreciation for just about everything in life: food, wine, art, culture.

What are your travel pet peeves: I think my biggest pet peeve is people who work in travel and tourism but dislike tourists.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I try something new almost every day. Especially as a new resident in California There’s always something to do, see and try.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: I’ve met many many interesting people while traveling, it’s truly hard to narrow that down. I think the most interesting people are the ones who are curious about others, willing to share and listen too. That said, I once met a rather famous Italian author while sitting in a Piazza in Pavia. I didn’t know it at the time because he really didn’t speak very much English and I don’t speak much Italian. He invited me for a tour the next day but somehow I missed the connection. Che casino!

Next travel destination: I’ve just taken a 9  – 5 job which does limit my travel options quite a bit. However, I’m determined to go back to Italy this year. And hopefully Alsace too. I’ll definitely be exploring more of beautiful Northern California.

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