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TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Rob and Nat from Love & Road.

Rob and Nat

Current city: Bangkok, Thailand.

Age: Rob is 35 and Nat is 32.

What makes you interesting: The fact that we are in our 30’s, (Rob in his mid 30’s) and we still party a lot. To have an idea, our honeymoon was a 14-day electronic music festival in Ukraine.  We are a nomad couple that traded babies and a mortgage for exploring the world and having fun.

What is the best part about having a travel partner?: To have someone to blame when you take the wrong way. LOL! No, I’m joking, the best part about a travel partner is the opportunity to share unique moments in beautiful corners around the world. It also makes it easy to tackle planning and decide where we should head next

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Some toiletries, books, a set of clothes in case our checked luggage is delayed or disappears, and the most important item: our computers! If we have any spare time we work on articles or researching the next travel destination.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: Our first morning in Marrakesh was quite a challenge. On the way to find our hostel we passed some alleys where elderly people were sleeping on the dirty floor and mums putting their babies in the middle of the street to beg.  We are from Brazil and are used to dealing with poverty but the images of babies lying in the middle of the street were too strong. It took us a few days to get used with this kind of begging in Morocco.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Ibiza!!! We are party animals and between September and October the closing parties in Ibiza are epic. We visited the party island twice and Ibiza is included in our travel plans for 2016 next summer. Hope to see you there!

What motivates you to travel: The new. This is related to people, places, culture, food; We love to meet new people, learn about new cultures, discover new places and try new foods. The world is too wonderful to stay in only one place. We feel an urge to go and explore it!

What was your best and worst travel experience: Our best moment was when we started our travels. The feeling of following our dream was amazing. We discovered that when you do something with all your heart the universe conspires in your favor. The worst moment happened when we were in Milan on August 2014. Back home in Brazil our cat passed away. Some people might find it silly, but we loved our cat so much! Also this made us realize that we were far from home and our grandpa, grandma and parents are growing old.

Next travel destination: Langkawi, Malaysia.

 

The 9 Best New Year’s Eve Parties on the Planet

By: Natalie Austin, TWIP

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the most anticipated nights of the year and New York isn’t the only city that knows how to do it right. Cities around the globe offer experiences unique to their location and can provide for some of the year’s most unforgettable moments. Here are the top New Year’s celebrations around the globe.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbor

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Situated on a gorgeous harbor, Sydney offers a New Year’s Eve for those who are looking to spend it nautically. As one of the first capital cities to ring in the New Year, Sydney does this holiday the best. Complete with waterfront restaurants for lavish dinners, lighted boat parades, and yacht parties, to view a most spectacular fireworks show.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia

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If you’re looking for an unpretentious and quaint affair, Bratislava, Slovakia is the perfect party destination for New Year’s. The soiree hosts around 10,000 people each year with open air dance parties, a fireworks show over the Danube River, and local bands and dance groups to entertain. Old Town is divided into a “concert zone” and a “party zone” so goers can choose their desired atmosphere, or get a taste of both.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio

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Bringing the Carnival flavor with traditional costumes and dance performances, New Year’s Eve comes in as a close second in Brazil’s most vibrant city. Each year the Copacabana Beach is lined with music installations and drum spectaculars, with patrons decked out in white, symbolizing luck in the coming year. At the end of the evening, it is traditional for locals to cleanse themselves in the ocean and cast flowers into the water with the belief that if they don’t return, your wishes for the new year will be granted.  

Berlin, Germany

Berlin

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With the reputation as one best nightlife cities in Europe, it is no wonder why Berlin makes this list. Countless clubs throughout the city host parties lasting through the night, some lasting for over 12 hours. Over one million people flock to Berlin to fill “party mile” through the city, lined with food and drink tents, music stages and of course a breathtaking fireworks show.

Hong Kong, China  

Hong Kong

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China is famous for some of the most unique and bizarre New Year’s traditions, which is why it is a perfect place to welcome the new year. With extravagant parties along the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon or bars in the Lan Kwai Fong district, Hong Kong knows just how to throw a NYE blowout. You can even watch a replica Times Square Ball Drop in the city center. Just like other New Year’s traditions, the firework show is a must-see and can be watched by boat in the Victoria Harbor.

Valparaiso, Chile

Chile

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One of the most extravagant New Year’s celebrations on the planet is no other than the cultural capital of Chile, Valparaiso. This three-day festival hosts a world renowned fireworks show, with fireworks launched from 17 different points along the coast.  Parties are hosted along the beach to take in the show and most of them go until the sun comes up.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland

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Another smaller scale NYE can be celebrated in the exotic Reykjavik, a large community party thrown by locals. Beginning at 6pm, bonfires are held throughout the city to symbolize the burning away of the year’s troubles. Gatherings a complete with heaving drinking, folk songs and people dressed as elves and trolls. The party goes through 5am, when locals line up for hotdogs and then head to the hot springs to warm up from an evening outside.  Despite being a frigid location, Reykjavik is the perfect destination to really party like a local this holiday.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland

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Edinburgh is hands down one of New Year Eve’s best destination as it is home to a remarkable three-day festival. The event kicks off with a torchlight procession, followed by city-wide festivities like outdoor concerts and a traditional Celtic party. While fireworks show is a standard NYE tradition, this display takes place with the magnificent Edinburgh Castle as its backdrop. On New Year’s day, Holyrood Park hosts a competitive dog sledding race and the River Forth hosts an ice-cold water plunge.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna

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Vienna is home to both sophisticated events and smaller scale parties, providing a little something for everything on NYE. Those who love the finer things can attend one of its many balls where guests are dressed to the nines. For those who prefer a more local experience, head to the city center, Silvesterpfad for traditional hot mulled wine and toffee apples. Visitors can also opt for a dinner party cruise along the Danube River.

OCTOBER: TWIPPERS OF THE MONTH

Twippers of the Month – October 2015: Josh and Liz from Peanuts or Pretzels.

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As children, we may remember having a few things: an intense curiosity, a thirst for discovery and a best friend who was always by our side through our adventures. Josh and Liz don’t have to remember these things; they still have them now.

Despite their extraordinary decision to become a travel blogging couple, there is something even more special about their unorthodox lifestyle.  Their unrelenting curiosity and fervor to explore is perfectly matched in one another; they truly are best friends who explore the world together which is why they have been named our Twippers of the Month.

As former solo-travelers, Liz and Josh happened upon one another while in Atlanta and have been traveling partners ever since. The couple currently resides in  Guangzhou, China where they teach English to children amongst many other things, like helping each other acclimate to the unique Guangzhou’s unique customs.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about this duo is their love of geocaching, a real world outdoor treasure hunting game, taking Josh and Liz off the beaten path. By using GPS to find these treasure spots, Josh and Liz have learned how to support one another, always making sure to laugh along the way.

Fall into November: Best Festivals to Experience the Beauty of the Season

By: Jennifer K. Velez, TWIP

The first frost of the year means getting cozy by the fire and hibernating until Spring for a number of us.  If you ask most Americans, that’s how they start their holiday season.  However if you are like us at TWIP, or you identify your travanality as a Wayfarer, then November is the perfect month to experience how cultures celebrate the transition into the holidays.

Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead), October 31-November 2nd

Day of the Dead

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In Mexico, the spirit of Halloween lives past October 31st. Day of the Dead, also known as All Souls Day, is just the start of Mexico’s spirit-filled celebration. Families create altars (ofrendas) latent with candles, flowers and delicacies to welcome their deceased loved ones into their homes. For 24 hours the deceased relatives of Mexico are welcome to spend this time celebrating with their families. The streets open up with live music and homes are decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds and incense. These families spend the last day of Dia de los muertos cleaning tombs in the graveyard. Day of the Dead is becoming increasingly popular amongst Americans and Europeans.

Melbourne Cup Carnival, November 3rd

Since 1861 the Melbourne Cup Carnival has been known as “the race that stops a nation.” Each year the Victoria Racing Club holds races at the Flemington Racecourse. The carnival is one of the biggest events in sports and is considered a highlight social event of the year. Guests sport lavish clothing and women don eccentric hats. Many choose to participate in Myer’s Fashion Competition, which originated in 1962 with the hopes of attracting women to the event. Children can ride ponies and visit the animal farm, while parents lounge, drink and socialize. The Melbourne Cup Carnival has something for all ages.

Diwali, November 10-11th

MATHURA, INDIA - OCTOBER 31: Defying traditions widows of Vrindavan celebrate Diwali at their ashram at Vrindavan on October 31, 2013 in Mathura, India. These aged widows have been abandoned by their families or have fled their inhospitable homes, to make Vrindavan their home or their last destination. To kindle happiness in their twilight years, Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak has come up with the idea of organizing the festival of lights for these widows, locally called as matas. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Photo courtesy by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Each year India hosts a spiritual gathering known as Diwali, the Festival of Lights, to celebrate Rama’s return from exile and their victory of light over darkness. Diwali is a time of prosperity in India, as everyone comes together for this joyous spiritual celebration. The festival has proven to be the busiest and happiest time of the year in Nepal. Families share sweets, purchase fine clothing and other luxuries, shoot of fireworks and firecrackers, and string up lights. Those who are celebrating also light traditional earthen diyas (candles) and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. There’s no better time to experience India then during this beautiful and spiritual event.

Budapest Christmas Fair, November 27th-December 25th

The Budapest Christmas Fair does not disappoint as we enter our holiday season with cottage style wooden stalls, two outdoors stages and decorations for days. Passersby are intoxicated with the aroma of freshly baked goods and warm beverages. The Christmas Fair on Vorosmarty Square is placed in front of the Budapest basilica. The Christmas Fair is a way to keep the old tradition and culture alive. Like any Holiday Fair, visitors can roam, engage with craft stalls, enjoy tasting freshly mulled wine, baked pastries (Kurtoskalacs) or listening to live music. Thousands travel to Budapest each holiday to experience a traditional Hungarian Christmas.

Wherever you end up this November, do take advantage of these festivities. Whether you travel far or cozy up at home, get festive and creative! Autumn happens in the blink of an eye and before you realize, it’s Christmas!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Kirstie Jefferies from Venga, Vale, Vamos.

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Current city: Sydney, Australia.

Age: 26.

What makes you interesting: I’ve lived in three countries (my native U.S., Spain, and Australia) and traveled to many more. I speak Spanish and a bit of Italian. I also studied French and Mandarin but I’d love to learn more!

Total countries visited: About 45 depending on political definitions.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, ambitious and eager.

Who is the most interesting person you met while traveling: How do I narrow it down to just one person? I’ve made fantastic groups of friends in all of the overseas cities I’ve lived and it’s those friends that really made the experiences what they were. Even if I’ve lost touch with some of them, they’re the core reason my time abroad has been so memorable.

What is the best thing you bought during your travels: My trajes de flamenco (flamenco dresses) I bought for Seville’s Spring Festival, Feria. I felt like a local in the traditional outfits and they now make a fantastic souvenir.

Do you have any recommendations to battle jet lag: If you arrive in the morning, no matter how tired you are, make yourself stay awake until that night. By staying active so you keep jet lag off your mind. You’ll be almost as good as new the next morning.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from traveling: Just go for it! A lot of people are scared to live abroad or travel, and getting out of your comfort zone can be intimidating. Once you decide to take that leap, you’ll wonder why you were ever worried in the first place.

Next travel destination: If all goes according to plan, I’ll be going to Cuba later this year. I’m thrilled beyond belief.

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