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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!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Jane and Duncan from To Travel Too!

Current city: Sydney, Australia

Age: Jane is 60 and Duncan is 61

Total countries visited: 55 countries

What makes you interesting: We both gave up the corporate world, sold up everything, in our 50’s to travel continuously until we cannot travel anymore. We travel the world (including flights and insurance) on AUD92 per day – this is in line with the Australian Aged Pension, although we are not at that age yet.  We are inspiring those considering their transition to retirement or already in their retirement to ‘chase time, not money’ and that ‘age is no barrier when it comes to travel’.

What brands do you love: We travel with Osprey carry-on luggage and Osprey Daypacks for our technology. Over the last 18 months on the road, they have done us proud.  For technology our laptops are Apple, Jane’s phone is an Apple, Duncan enjoys his Samsung phone and we use a Panasonic Lumix camera.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel is a freedom that brings new experiences and adventures every day of your life.

What item will you never leave home without and why: Our power board for our technology, Jane’s laptop, and phone. Needless to say our Australian Passports.

Describe the last time you tried something new: In November 2017 we traveled to Kerala and Goa in India and had an amazing overnight houseboat journey on the backwaters of Kerala. Such a peaceful experience, the only ones on board, and the food were incredible.  A memorable experience for us both.

What is your best and worst travel memory:

Our worst travel memory: would be having our passports and credit cards stolen in Quito Ecuador.  We were on our way to Otavalo, a 2-hour bus journey, to visit the largest market in South America. It took us 3 months to have our passports, visas and credit cards issued.

Our best memory: we can’t decide between trekking Machu Picchu and our very first hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Most magical place on earth and why: A tough question this one!

Jane: My most magical place on earth would be – Tikal National Park at sunrise, hearing the jungle waking up around as we wait for the mist to clear over the temples and the sun to rise.

Duncan: Macchu Pichhu and entering the sacred valley after our four day Inca Trek.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go and why:

Jane: I would love to be able to chill for a week on a small island in the Maldives, with lots of books to read and enjoy time off from ‘blogging’.

Duncan: To visit the Northern Lights and ride on a toboggan driven by dogs to an ice retreat.

Next travel destination: We are off to Brisbane and Noosa in Australia for 2 weeks. Part of the trip is to present at a conference, catch up with some friends and revisit these 2 cities which we haven’t done for quite a while.

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH – October 2016

Twippers of the Month – October 2016: Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road.

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“We are here to inspire you to create a happier life for yourself.” Nick and Dariece are the Goats, a Canadian travel team dedicated to teaching all how to finance their trips around the world, and how travel blogging is a reliable source of income. One of their goals is to inspire others to travel the way they have. The Goats embody the idea that material possessions weigh us down. They financed their first trip by selling their house and using the money they had saved up over the years. Once they started traveling, they knew it was going to be how they would spend the rest of their lives. They worked for a year in Canada and soon after they taught English in China. With these jobs and free accommodations from being paid to house sit, they are proud of their success as travel bloggers.

Since their first journey in 2008, they have been to 46 countries in 5 continents and have also seen five out of seven wonders of the world. Their goal is to say they’ve seen the world. With a working knowledge of finance, determination, and a solid support system, these two are on their way to achieve just that, and it’s why we are naming them our Twippers of the Month for October 2016.

Oh, and why are they called the Goats? Because no matter where we travel in the world, there seems to be goats roaming the roads!

Gillian Morris: The Great Mind Behind ‘Hitlist’

“Help you travel more for less” is exactly what CEO of Hitlist, Gillian Morris, has set out to do – and accomplished – by helping travelers find the best deals for their next flight. In addition to being recognized as one of the 35 young leaders in the travel industry, Gillian has received many awards in the tech field, like Audience Choice at Women 2.0. She is passionate about all things tech and travel since her college years at Harvard. Her experience traveling abroad has helped her learn that by taking risks, there comes rewards, which has led her to her biggest reward to date, Hitlist. Read about Gillian’s journey creating Hitlist and the life as a CEO in travel tech.

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Who is the ideal customer for Hitlist?

Hitlist is made for everyone, but especially for the nomads: those who have more stamps in their passport than pairs of shoes, who trust that venturing into the unknown holds more promise than a ‘just OK’ routine, and who love and respect the world’s diversity. We want to make it easy for you to travel more by highlighting the best flight deals.

Hitlist has been recognized by The New York Times, CNBC and TechCrunch. What makes this travel app different from others apps in the industry?

We’re rethinking the travel planning and booking process from the ground up. The leading flight search engines of today are all pretty similar: you ask them how much it costs to fly to a particular destination on a given day. If you’re flexible, you’ll have to do hundreds of searches to understand all your options – and of course the prices are changing constantly. At Hitlist, we think a lot of people are at least somewhat flexible on where and when they’re traveling: they might want to go to Europe this summer, but are interested in a number of different destinations, or they might want to visit their friend in Chicago, but willing to go almost any weekend. So we ask people to create alerts for trips – however defined or flexible they may be – and we alert them when there are cheap fares so they can book.

What experience did you have that made you come up with the idea of Hitlist?

I worked in a number of developing countries in the Middle East and Central Asia as a journalist and risk analyst. I saw firsthand how transformative travel was for both the local communities and people who traveled to more off the beaten track places. I also personally experienced the frustration of trying to book travel when I was flexible about destinations and dates. I felt like there had to be a better way, so I started experimenting with ideas at hackathons and startup weekends until we came up with Hitlist.

What are the biggest hurdles being a woman entrepreneur in the travel tech space?

I face the same hurdles every entrepreneur faces: acquiring users economically, getting investors and hires to believe in what we’re building, and facing a steep learning curve doing something I’ve never done before.

If you could start over creating Hitlist, what you would you do differently?

So many things! I would have concentrated my fundraising efforts on stage-appropriate investors (angels for the first round, not wasting time with seed firms who were happy to talk but would never place a bet so early). I would form an advisory board earlier on. I would fire underperforming members of the team earlier. It’s natural to have a bit of hit and miss as you try and build your team. I like to think I’m getting better at finding people who not only bring the right skills but have the right attitude.

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You recently moved Hitlist from New York to San Francisco. Why do you believe this was a strategic business move for the company?

The depth of experience in consumer-facing mobile apps in San Francisco is unparalleled. We miss New York, and Hitlist was very much formed in NYC, but as we began to scale we found ourselves over in SF more and more often meeting with investors and advisors who have helped companies like us break out from a couple hundred thousand users to millions.

On the Hitlist site you have Wandertab. What is this feature and how did you come up with the idea?

Wandertab, our Chrome extension, shows a beautiful picture of a destination and how much it costs to go there every time you open a new tab. I originally conceived of the idea with a friend named Max Izmaylov, CEO of Roomstorm, who I met at a hackathon. We wanted to feed the sense of wanderlust most people have and help them realize that their dream destinations don’t have to be so expensive.

You went to Harvard for Government and Medieval Studies. How did you enter into the travel and technology industry?

I was lucky enough to be at Harvard when Facebook was just getting off the ground, and I had a number of friends start tech companies. I was always intrigued by the idea of ‘getting into tech’, but wanted to live abroad and work in international development. After a couple of years, I kept on returning to the idea of applying what I’d learned on the road to making a more efficient and user-friendly travel app.

You have received many awards including Audience Choice at Women 2.0, winner of THack SFO in 2012 and 2013, as well as being recognized as one of the 35 young leaders in the travel industry in 2013. Is there an accomplishment that you are the most proud of?

I’m most proud of building Hitlist to over half a million users worldwide and facilitating tens of thousands of trips (and many more to come!).

Describe your English teaching experience in China and traveling through Mongolia, Russia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, and Turkey for five years after college. What did you learn from this experience? 

I didn’t plan anything, so there wasn’t a unifying theme to my travels. The number one  thing I learned from moving around like that was that the world is, on the whole, a very friendly and peaceful place. If you respect the local culture in places you visit, and are working on constructive things, people open up to you and better things than you ever imagined can happen. I’d say every risk I’ve taken has been rewarded – and that’s given me the courage to take the biggest risk of all and start this company.  

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What valuable information about the travel tech space would you give other women who wanted to become an entrepreneur?

Make sure you’re building something that has a real market, not just something for you and your friends. Validate through surveys, pilots, and studying other companies that have tried to do similar things.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Please download Hitlist!

More facts about Gillian:

Personal Mantra: “We can!”
De-Stress Technique: Overnight trains never fail to put me to sleep.
Latest Gadget: None – I try to have as few as possible. Computer and phone are the only electronics I own.
Favorite App: Hitlist
Favorite Travel Brand: Hitlist. If I have to choose another one, Instagram.
Next Vacation Destination: Hong Kong

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Ahmet Seckin Yilmaz. 

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Current city: A two thousand year-old, small fishermen’s town by the Aegean Sea called Foca (Phocaea), Izmir, Turkey.

Age: 40.

Total countries visited: 38 countries in 88 different trips. I did not sleep on my bed for 447 nights to be precise.

What makes you interesting: Photography is an important part of my travels. I always have my camera with me – no matter where I am. The world is a beautiful place and I want to see as much of it as possible and share the beauty of it with as many people as I can through my photographs.

What brands do you love: I love every single Apple product and my Nikon camera and lenses.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Saint Augustine once said “The world is a book, and those who do not tavel read only one page.” One of the gratest lines I have ever heard. I learned not one but many lessons: Appreciate the simple things in your life… Around the world, most people are good… It’s the people you meet who make your travels worthwile… A smile and a wave makes a big difference anywhere in the world. The best part of travelling though, is coming home with great memories you made.

Most magical place on earth: Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). It is truly another world. Strolling through more than two thousand temples, watching the sunset on top of them and finally ballooning over them at sunrise. Words can not describe the experience. It’s an absolutely breathtaking place.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: I had three childhood travel dreams. Number one was to see the Northern lights, number two was to visit Machu Picchu in Peru and number three was to see the Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. I was so lucky to see the Northern lights back in 2006 in the Finnish Lapland. I was in Machu Picchu on my birthday back in 2009. I was so close to go to Easter Island back in 2014, but my wife Ozlem gave birth to our beautiful daughter Yaz. So, I wouldn’t say no to a free trip to Easter Island.

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: I’m a good company, very easygoing, I have lots of funny/scary/amazing travel stories to tell: How we got in trouble on the Peruvian-Bolivian border with my wife, why you should wear a sticker in a Burmese airport, how I got the chance to take a photo with Tom Cruise and many more. Oh and I have thousands of travel photos to show you.

Is there anywhere you will not travel to: As long as I have good travel partner, I would go anywhere.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: Prague. I was 25 years old.

Next travel destination: Indoneisa for a nine-day photography tour with a friend of mine. Very excited about it!

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