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Twipper of the Month – July 2017

Twipper of the Month – July 2017: Dave Anderson from Jones Around The World!

This California native has been on the move since 2011 in search of beaches, music festivals and cold beer, but one thing is for sure, you will never find Dave without his camera. After his first trip to Europe, Dave knew he found his life’s passion. After a semester abroad in Rome, he became an international travel guide in Europe, lived in the Netherlands and Asia while acquiring his master’s degree online, and then spent a year Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. Dave is back to a Nomadic lifestyle and photographing music festivals wherever he goes. What makes this traveler interesting? He has lived in 6 countries by the age of 28 and loves learning new languages. If you ask him what travel has learned from traveling, he would say, “Money isn’t everything, and you should never give up on your dreams.” It’s his dream and passion for travel and music which makes Dave out Twipper of the Month for July.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Elizabeth Raflowitz from ER: Where to Next?

Current city: Boston, MA

Age: 32

Total countries visited: 52 countries/territories, 7 continents.

What makes you interesting: No to sound too nerdy, but I love learning all the anthropologic elements of other countries – the culture, language, architecture, and of corse the food. I love embracing their traditions and trying to pick up a few words in their native tongue.

What brands do you love: Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and Lacoste are my faves, but while abroad I always look for Bershka and Zara (it’s better than U.S. Zara).

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Acceptance of other people’s cultures. Every country has a unique history, and the point of traveling is to expand your outlook on people and the world.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: When I was in college I studied abroad on Semester at Sea. I spent 100 days on a small cruise ship and traveled around the world beginning in the Bahamas, traveling through South America, across the Atlantic to Africa, Asia, across the Pacific and docking in San Diego. We visited 9 countries, and it was the most eye-opening experience and was where I met some of my closest friends.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: My favorite passport stamp is definitely my one from Antarctica. It was such an achievement to be able to visit my 7th continent, but my coolest passport stamp is from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales – the longest town name in the world!

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Just one? I really love to live in the moment when traveling but food and unique home decor are things you have to do right. No one makes that place’s food better than the locals, so I be sure to take it all in. For home decor, I like to bring a piece of the country back home with me, whether a piece of art or decoration. It’s always a talking point when people are at my condo.

What is your most favorite travel memory: One of my favorite trips was spending Christmas in the Malaysian rainforest with my family. We spent the holiday in a treehouse hotel, hiking through the rainforest, and seeing Santa in a bathing suit!

What item will you never leave home without: My passport! But sadly, it’s probably my cell phone because it sometimes acts as my camera, my boarding pass, and my way to pass the time on flights.

Next travel destination: I just booked a very spontaneous trip to Oslo, Norway for Labor Day Weekend with my two friends from Semester at Sea. We found great deals on flights, so how could we not book?! We’re still figuring out the details, but possibly also heading to Bergen on the west coast to see the fjords while we are there!

Joyous December: Celebrating a Season of Enchanting Festivals

 

Photo courtesy of www.scotsman.com

Photo courtesy of www.scotsman.com

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, Christmas markets and New Year resolutions. There is no  better way to take in the holiday spirit than by traveling during the month of December which can be one of the most magical and enchanting experiences. These festivals are the perfect addition to your travel itinerary.

Klausjagen, Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland, Dec. 5th  

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Photo courtesy of http://jalenpixs.cf/christmas-traditions-in-switzerland/

Klaus procession is one of the most impressive St. Nicholas traditions in Europe. On the Eve of St. Nicholas Day in Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland, locals celebrate a mix of ancient pagan rites of chasing away evil spirits and blessing the arrival of the season of St Nicholas. A procession with around 200 Iffele (illuminated ornaments), followed by St. Nicholas and archaic noise from over 1,000 chasers is watched every year by up to 20,000 spectators. The streets echo with the ringing of heavy bells, the sound of horns and above all by strange triad rhythms of the brass music. This is definitely not your average Christmas celebration.

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, Dec. 12th

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Photo courtesy of http://winterfestparade.com/

Staged on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade. Private boats, giant showboats and corporate megayachts adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and other exciting entries are viewed by over one million spectators. Not only is the parade the largest, one-day, live audience of any event in Florida, but also the seventh largest one-day spectator event in the country! Other Winterfest events include the Black Tie Ball, Grand Marshall Experience and White Party.

Burning the Clocks, Brighton, England, Dec. 21st

Burning the Clocks is a unique festival of light and art that brings the city of Brighton, England together to mark the Winter Solstice. The festival was created in 1994 by the award-winning community arts charity, Same Sky, as a way to celebrate the holiday spirit regardless of people’s religious beliefs. Leading up to the event, people are encouraged to create their own unique lanterns made from willow canes or bamboo and white tissue paper. After carrying them through the city in a lantern parade, they pass them into the fire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end.  A dazzling fire show is set in motion, in which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays and fireworks light up the sky!

Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 30th – Jan 1st

Hogmanay is the biggest street party in all of Scotland. Highlighted as one of the ‘Top 100 things to do before you die’ and recently the only festival to appear in the ‘Discovery Channel – Top 25 World Travel Experiences,’ Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party is one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations. Festivities begin with the Torchlight Procession where participants carrying flaming torches in Viking attire, head along the Royal Mile and onto Calton Hill, where a replica Viking longship is set alight. Following the next day with the Street Party, The Old Town Ceilidh, live music at the Concert in the Gardens, and Candlelit Concert at St. Giles’ Cathedral all leading up to Midnight Moment. Consisting of four fireworks displays every hour starting at 9 p.m., these displays light up the skies above the capital from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill.

The Scots don’t end there! The next day, thousands of people take part in the breathtaking Stoats Loony Dook at South Queensferry – the annual dip in the freezing River Forth which lies in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Bridges. The three-day event ends with “The Final Fling.” This closing event includes music, dancing and Ceilidh Callers from Edinburgh’s top ceilidh outfit, the Portobello Ceilidh Band.  

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Charli and Ben from Wanderlusters.

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Current city: Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies.

Age: 28 and 34.

Total countries visited: 18

What makes you interesting: We have been travelling the world and house sitting for the last four and a half years. During this time, we have lived rent-free in 10 different countries.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Having your best friend along for the ride means there’s always someone by your side with whom to enjoy the journey.

What is your favorite travel memory: Learning to scuba dive in Costa Rica. We spent three months in training and have enabled us to dive in locations all over the world.

Where and when were you the most travel shocked: When we checked in for our flight to Australia and were told that we needed a visa. New regulations had just been put in place and we looked like travel newbies because we had just assumed we didn’t need a visa and would be welcomed with open arms.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Headphones, laptops, camera, scuba regulators, diving watches, sleep mask, toothbrush, and lots of snacks.

Where did you go for your first travel experience: We rented an SUV in Las Vegas and spent three months road tripping across the west coast of the USA.

Next travel destination: For the first time in our lives we actually haven’t decided yet! Normally we plan three or four months in advance but at the moment we are just flying by the seat of our pants.

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Megan and Henry from The Borderless Project.

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Current city: Los Angeles, CA

Age: Megan is 23 and Henry is 27

Total countries visited: We’ve visited 26 countries, 9 of them together.

What makes you interesting: We have so many differences and such different backgrounds; it’s like traveling even when we aren’t. We’re always learning something new about each other’s culture and background, which definitely keeps it interesting for us and we hope for those who follow our blog as well.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Cuba in a heartbeat!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Being able to experience a new destination through our very different perspectives. One of us is from Peru and the other is from the US, and with totally different life histories, we can see these destinations through a million different lenses. Sharing this is one of the coolest things of having any travel partner! And having a shoulder to sleep on when the bus rides get too long.

#1 thing you must do when traveling:  Eat. Find a local, ask them what their favorite dish is, and where they get it- then go! If we’re lucky, they’ll join us.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: Definitely our wedding present for Henry’s brother that we found in the Amazon. In the Peruvian Amazon you can find all of these herbal alcohols that have very bold claims as Aphrodisiacs (along with outrageous names). We went to the Belen market in Iquitos and we chose, “Siete Vezes Sin Sacarlo” (we’ll let you translate that). The woman selling this drink at the market cautioned us that it was very powerful, wrapped it in gold paper and we brought it back for their wedding gift. They’re a family with a great sense of humor and it was one of the few souvenirs you find that can’t be bought anywhere else.

What is your most favorite travel memory: We’ve been lucky to travel so many places over the last year together, it’s hard to choose, but we narrowed it down to two. 1) Visiting the Amazon. It was one of the most incredible places either of us have been, and nothing can compare to falling asleep in our hut with the Amazonian rain pounding on the roof after a day of holding wild animals, visiting our guide’s village and family in the middle of nowhere, and swimming at sunset alongside piranhas and pink dolphins. 2) Meeting at the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. It was a bucket list item for both of us, and without this there wouldn’t be The Borderless Project!

Next travel destination:  Road tripping the West Coast of the US (trying to go from the Mexican border to Seattle, WA!) and then Southeast Asia.

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