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Kayla Manoe

From: Australia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Turkey
One destination you want to see: Sri Lanka
Best Travel Tip: Travel solo at least once!
Instagram, Blog

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Sanne Wesselman

From: The Netherlands
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: St Maarten
One Destination you want to see: Madagascar
Best Travel Tip: Don't put off traveling! You never know when you'll have the opportunity again. 
Instagram, Blog

 
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Lara Serhan

From: Australia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Antarctica
One destination you want to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: Sign up for credit cards with large bonus point offers. Use the points on business/first class flights around the world.
Instagram, Blog

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Sally Howard

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: USA's National Parks
One destination you want to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: Take a tent and enjoy the great outdoors. 
Instagram, Blog

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Enrico Di Stefano

From: Italy
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Mexico
One destination you want to see: Bhutan
Best Travel Tip: Eat local! 
Instagram, Blog

 
 
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Adonis Villanueva

From: Philippines
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Iceland
Best Travel Tip: Have a plan but be spontaneous! 
Instagram, Blog

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Luke Marlin

From: Newcastle, Australia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Alberta, Canada
One destination you want to see: The fjords of Norway
Best Travel Tip: Bring a USB hub to reduce the amount of wall chargers you need
Instagram, Blog

 
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Danielle Lawson

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Iceland
One destination you want to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: For the pasty, like me, always pack parasol.
Instagram, Blog

 
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Janine Good 

From: Toronto, Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: China
One destination you want to see: French Polynesia
Best Travel Tip: Pack everything you think you will need for a trip. Then, cut it in half as that will be exactly what you will need.
Instagram, Blog

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Samantha Gross

From: Born in China, Adopted + raised in the US
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Korea
One destination you want to see: New Zealand
Best Travel Tip: It's better to be over-prepared than to be wandering the streets in the cold, at night, trying to find a hostel!
Instagram, Blog

 
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Victoria Egerer

From: California
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Japan
One destination you want to see: Ireland
Best Travel Tip: Don't be afraid to travel alone. Travel smart. 
Instagram, Blog

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DJ Yabis

From: Philippines
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Sweden
One destination you want to see: Mexico
Best Travel tip: Say YES to adventure!
Instagram, Blog

 
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Lymarie Maymi

From: Puerto Rico
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Barcelona & New York
One destination you want to see: Italy
Best Travel Tip: Use Skyscanner and book your flight
Instagram

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Graham Davis

From: Malvern, PA, USA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Isle of Skye, UK
One destination you want to see: New Zealand
Best Travel Tip: Book on Tuesday or wednesday 7 weeks out for the cheapest rates! 
Instagram

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Jenn & Ed Coleman

From: Denver & Ohio
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Thailand
One destination you want to see: Madagascar
Best Travel Tip: Always take a travel size bamboo pillow with you!
Instagram, Blog

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Chris Elkins

From: Blacksburg, Virginia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Tokyo, Japan
One destination you want to see: Rome
Best Travel Tip: Spend the money to get TSA Precheck. It's worth every penny! 
Instagram

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Payton Celedinas

From: Palm Beach, Florida
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Sydney, Australia
One destination you want to see: Bali, Indonesia
Best Travel Tip: Keep an open mind & be flexible!
Instagram, Blog

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Jenna Anderson

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Iceland
One destination you want to see: Japan
Best Travel Tip: Pack light & downsize everything.
Blog

 
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Luca Priami

From: Italy
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Japan
One destination you want to see: Cambodia
Best Travel Tip: Be as the water: adapt and enjoy what's surrounding you
Instagram

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Francisca Olopade

From: Nigeria
One destination you want to see: Rio de Janeiro
Best Travel Tip: Get to the airport on time
Instagram, Blog

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Maegan White

From: Mobile, AL
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Florence, Italy
One destination you want to see: Spain
Best Travel Tip: Always pack a scarf!
Instagram, Blog

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Danique Plaatzer

From: Netherlands
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Southeast Asia
Best Travel Tip: Just enjoy your time traveling every day
Instagram, Blog

 
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Chris Backe

From: The Chicago area, USA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Krabi, Thailand
One destination you want to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: Get off the beaten path for fewer tourists, more authentic destinations & a more awesome time in general.
Instagram, Blog

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Ashley McIntee

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Peru
One destination you want to see: Costa Rica
Best Travel Tip: When packing, if you're not 100% sure you probably don't need it - and if it turns out you do, you can likely get it where you're going.
Instagram, Blog

 
 
 
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Carly Heyward

From: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Slovenia
One destination you want to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: Always check Skyscanner first! And bring a blanket! 
Instagram, Blog

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Kalyn Spurley

From: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Paris
One destination you want to see: Cuba
Best Travel Tip: Live like a local!
Instagram, Blog

 
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Shannon Dell

From: Chattanooga, TN
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Queenstown, New Zealand
One destination you want to see: Morocco
Best Travel Tip: Bring baby wipes when you don't see a shower in your near future! 
Instagram, Blog

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Sarah Malanyaon

From: Philippines
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Hawaii
One destination you want to see: Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: Get yourself travel insurance & always let someone know about your whereabouts. 
Instagram, Blog

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Gemma Cope

From: United Kingdom
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Vietnam
One destination you want to see: New Zealand
Best Travel Tip: Pack less than you think you need! 
Instagram, Blog

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Amy Hartle

From: Daytona Beach, Florida
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Scotland
One destination you want to see: Peru
Best Travel Tip: Enjoy long flights with warm fuzzy socks & brush your teeth before bed. Helps you feel like you are in a normal routine. 
Instagram, Blog

 
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Ivana Stanisic Bokic

From: Serbia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: New york
One destination you've always wanted to see: Melbourne, Australia
Best Travel Tip: Use Skyscanner :) 
Instagram, Blog

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Brett Roberts

From: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Medellin, Columbia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Lagos, Nigeria
Best Travel Tip: Be present and embrace every moment while traveling! 
Instagram, Blog

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Jennifer Dombrowski

From: USA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Iceland
One destination you want to see: Easter Island
Best Travel Tip: Pack old pajamas, underwear & socks. you can dispose of them at the end of your trip & have a little extra space to bring souvenirs home. 
Instagram, Blog

 
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Anastasia Sofia Jones

From: Sheffield, UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Galapagos, Ecuador
One destination you want to see: The Maldives
Best Travel Tip: Use Skyscanner's 'search everywhere' tool, go carry-on only & be flexible!
Instagram, Blog

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Cory Varga

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Tokyo
One destination you want to see: Switzerland
Best Travel Tip: Plan in advance and go with the flow
Instagram, Blog

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Thuymi Do

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Myanmar & India
One destination you want to see: Bhutan & Nepal
Best Travel Tip: Travel points! 
Instagram, Blog

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Danila Caputo

From: Italy
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: USA West Coast
One destination you want to see: Japan
Best Travel Tip: Always do your homework: book in advance and research your destination before you go.
Instagram, Blog

 
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Elizaveta Skripka

From: Russia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Hong Kong
One destination you want to see: Argentina
Best Travel Tip: Use credit cards with miles, so you can earn enough miles to book free accommodation. 
Instagram, Blog

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Rosemary Kimani

From: USA
Favorite Place You've Traveled To: Vietnam & Peru
One destination you want to see: Japan
Best Travel Tip: Always pack paper clips, they will come in handy for unexpected situations.
Instagram, Blog

 
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Parampara Patil Hashmi

From: Mumbai, India
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Istanbul, Turkey
One destination you want to see: Chile
Best Travel Tip: Stay alert & choose to be safe each time!
Instagram, Blog

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Gordon Arthur

From: Australia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Vietnam
One destination you want to see: Mongolia
Best Travel Tip: Eat local & meet local people
Instagram, Blog

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Mike Shervakov

From: Bay Area
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Bali
One destination you want to see: Maldives
Best Travel Tip: Collect experiences, not things :). 
Instagram

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Jeremy Foster

From: Boston, MA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: China
One destination you want to see: Russia
Best Travel Tip: Ditch the guidebook - talk to bartenders & taxi drivers.
Instagram, Blog

 
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Chris Dolce Castillo

From: San Diego, CA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Lisbon & Khao Lak, Thailand
One destination you want to see: Greece
Best Travel Tip: Be prepared and do your research before any trip but always stay open & flexible.
Instagram, Blog

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Lauren Monitz

From: Chicago
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Patagonia & Thailand
Best Travel Tip: I have no time or money to travel is the worst excuse. That's what Skyscanner is for :).
Instagram, Blog

 
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Leonel Barrera

From: Moultrie, Georgia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Romania
One destination you want to see: Cairo, Egypt
Best Travel Tip: Travel light & always take pictures.
Facebook

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Felix Francois

From: Haiti
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Thailand
One destination you want to see: Africa
Best Travel Tip: Always budget look for the best deals.
Instagram, Blog

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Sharon Dilworth

From: South Africa
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Vietnam
One destination you want to see: Iceland
Best Travel Tip: Always have currency for the country you are visiting even if it is just a couple hundred bucks - in case your bank card doesn't work.
Instagram, Blog

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Jeremy Hayes

From: Florida
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
One destination you want to see: Maldives
Best Travel Tip: Book in advance & make sure you have flexible dates & airports.
Facebook, Blog

 
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Sally Pederson

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Barcelona, Spain
One destination you've always wanted to see: Bora Bora
Best Travel Tip: Don't plan too much
Blog

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Tessa Torrente

From: Miami, FL
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: India
One destination you've always wanted to see: Argentina
Best Travel Tip: Don't be afraid to travel alone
Instagram, Blog

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Christina Fisher

From: La Crosse, WI
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Bogota, Columbia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: To beat jet lag, mimic the time zone you are heading into. It'll save you!
Instagram, Blog

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Christian Carollo

From: Philadelphia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Oregon Coast
One destination you want to see: Glacier National Park
Best Travel Tip: Travel at off-peak times, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Most expenses will be dramatically cheaper.
Instagram, Blog

 
 
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Stephanie Huff

From: Ontario, Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Tanzania
One destination you've always wanted to see: Peru
Best Travel Tip: Pack light & go with the flow.
Instagram, Blog

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Lindsay Mickles

From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Scotland
One destination you've always wanted to see: Petra, Jordan
Best Travel Tip: Flexibility is key - nothing will ever go 100% right all the time. Go with the flow and enjoy the ride! 
Instagram, Facebook
 

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Emily Hines

From: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Maui
One destination you've always wanted to see: Barcelona
Best Travel Tip: Be flexible
Instagram, Blog

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Erin Eaherty

From: The Jersey Shore
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Myanmar
One destination you've always wanted see: Botswana
Best Travel Tip: If you're uncomfortable eating alone while traveling solo, sit at the bar. The bartender will strike up a convo and others will join. 
Instagram, Blog 

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Yu-Hsien Lin

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Bali
One destination you've always wanted to see: Maldives
Best Travel Tip: Travel during low season for the best rates!
Instagram, Blog

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Joyce Chang

From: British Columbia, Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Taiwan
One destination you've always wanted to see: Morocco
Blog

 
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Becky Angell

From: United Kingdom
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Uganda
One destination you've always wanted to see: Antarctica
Best Travel Tip: Learn how to say thank you in every country you travel too. 
Instagram, Blog

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Danielle Moore

From: Adrian, Michigan
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Italy
One destination you've always wanted to see: Fiji
Best Travel Tip: Search for flights for Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Instagram, Blog

 
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Aileen Adalid

From: Philippines
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Japan
One destination you've always wanted to see: Canada
Best Travel Tip: Sign up for updates & deals or alerts for flights. 
Instagram, Blog

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Christina DiSalvo

From: Florida
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Bali
One destination you've always wanted to see: Cinque Terre
Best Travel Tip: ALWAYS bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag!
Instagram, Blog

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Rebecca Chun

From: Los Angeles, CA
One destination you've always wanted to see: New Zealand
Best Travel Tip: Always carry TP. You never know when you have to go or if they'll have toilet paper in the bathroom. 
Instagram, Blog

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Stephanie Frias

From: Iowa, USA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Ecuador
One destination you've always wanted to see: Everywhere! 
Best Travel Tip: Just GO! Don't wait for everything in your life to line up perfectly. It never will, and travel doesn't require perfection! 
Instagram, Blog

 
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Portia Jones

From: Cardiff
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Bosnia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Russia
Best Travel Tip: Go easy on the souvenirs!
Instagram, Blog

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Nicky Mackenzie

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: New Zealand & Myanmar
One destination you've always wanted to see: Anywhere I can see the Northern lights
Best Travel Tip: Travel light & do your research! 
Instagram, Blog

 
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Lindsay Nieminen

From: Vancouver, Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Jordan
One destination you've always wanted to see: Easter Island
Best Travel Tip: Just book the ticket! Worry about the rest later!
Instagram, Blog

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Lexi GoForth

From: San Francisco
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Sailing the BVI
One destination you've always wanted to see: New Zealand
Best Travel Tip: Pack light enough to keep your bags next to you
Instagram, Blog

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Janos Gal

From: Hungary
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Texas
One destination you've always wanted to see: Seychelles Islands
Best Travel Tip: Pack light
Blog

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Julie Steenblik

From: California
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Tokyo
One destination you've always wanted to see: Maldives
Best Travel Tip: We like to search Skyscanner at the beginning of the year and book out our travels for the entire year.
Instagram, Blog

 
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Lee Huffman

From: California
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Caribbean
One destination you've always wanted to go: Greece
Best Travel Tip: Flexibility is the key to finding the best deals
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Morgan Timm

From: Moline, Illinoise
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Houston or San Francisco
One destination you've always wanted to go: Alberta
Best Travel Tip: When things don't go as planned, roll with it
Instagram, Blog

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Hannah Stein

From: Washington D.C. 
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: New Zealand
One destination you've always wanted to go: Angkor Wat
Best Travel Tip: Always travel with hand luggage
Instagram, Blog

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Bruno Barroso

From: Azores, Portugal
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Thailand
One destination you've always wanted to go: Japan
Best Travel Tip: Always walk 5 minutes away from a tourist attraction to eat
Instagram, Blog

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Jaclyn Sroda

From: Hendersonville, NC
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Brazil
One destination you've always wanted to see: Thailand
Best Travel Tip: Pack light! 
Blog

 
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Kelley Elliott

From: Saint Louis, Missouri
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Lucerne, Switzerland
One destination you've always wanted to go: India
Best Travel Tip: Compression socks!
Instagram, Blog

   

 

 

Jessica Festa

From: New York
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Slovenia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Panama
Best Travel Tip: Always pack with just a carry-on
Instagram, Blog

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Kirstie Jeffries

From: Pasadena, California
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Madrid, Spain
One destination you've always wanted to see: Tbilisi, Georgia
Best Travel Tip: Just go for it, everything will work out amazingly!
Instagram, Blog

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Stefano Ferro

From: Italy
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Malaysia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Eastern Island
Best Travel tip: Try booking your trip in incognito mode too, you may have a better deal
Instagram, Blog

 
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Carl Hedinger

From: USA
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Thailand
One destination you've always wanted to see: Chile
Best Travel Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds
Instagram, Blog

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Hayley Lewis

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Zanzibar
One destination you've always wanted to see: Madagascar
Best Travel Tip: Use Skyscanner to compare flights!
Instagram, Blog

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Dave Weatherall

From: London, UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Taiwan
One destination you've always wanted to see: Japan
Best Travel Tips: Be flexxible!
Instagram, Blog

 
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Wei Le Ng

From: Malaysia
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Mexico
One destination you've always wanted to see: Mexico
Best Travel Tip: If you're thinking too much, just book a flight ticket now
Instagram, Blog

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Iain Shiels 

From: New Zealand
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Ethiopia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Greenland
Best Travel Tip: Always carry small bills of cash
Instagram, Blog

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Micki Kosman

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Turkey
One destination you've always wanted to see: Africa
Best Travel Tip: Pack light!
Twitter, Blog

 
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Dave McClane

From: Leeds, UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Cuba
One destination you've always wanted to see: India
Best Travel Tip: Never make too many plans, leave yourself open to go with the flow
Instagram, Blog

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Frances Atkins

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Monaco
One destination you've always wanted to see: New York
Best Travel Tip: Research what you want to do and see and you can't go wrong
Instagram, Blog

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Claire Sturzaker

From: UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Colombia
One destination you've always wanted to see: Easter Island
Best Travel Tip: Pack light - and don't go anywhere without earplugs!
Instagram, Blog

 

Nicole Berry

From: Santa Clarita, California
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Spain
One destination you've always wanted to see: Bali
Best Travel Tip: Pack light!
Instagram, Blog

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Melissa Giroux

From: Canada
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Philippines
One destination you've always wanted to visit: Maldives
Best Travel Tip: Pack light and get lost!
Instagram, Blog

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Alice Nettleingham

From: England
Favorite Place  You've Traveled to: Bangladesh
One destination you've always wanted to visit: Pakistan
Best Travel Tip: Scared to do it? Definitely do it.
Instagram, Blog

 

Vicki Garside

From: Oldham, UK
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Africa
One destination you've always wanted to visit: Cuba
Best Travel Tip: Eat local food - you can learn so much about a country through their traditional dishes
Instagram, Blog

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Kiki Baxter

From: South Florida
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Bali
One destination you've always wanted to visit: India
Best Travel Tip: Pack light, plan little and have an open mind!
Instagram, Blog

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Briona Lamback

From: Baltimore, MD
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Lisbon, Portugal
One destination you've always wanted to visit: Cape Town, South Africa
Best Travel Tip: Always talk to the locals in any destination to find the best places to go, things to do and see
Instagram, Blog

 
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Nadeen White

From: NYC, Jamaica, NJ
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Thailand
One destination you've always wanted to see: Brazil
Best Travel Tip: Plan ahead. Do research on the location.
Instagram, Blog

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Ashley Hubbard

From: Nashville, Tennessee
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: London, England
One destination you've always wanted to see: Iceland
Best Travel Tip: Go with the flow! With all the planning in the world, things sometimes just happen
Instagram, Blog

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Alessandro Girolamo

From: Switzerland
Favorite Place You've Traveled to: Australia
One destination you've always wanted to see: New Zealand
Best Travel Tip: Travel light but never forget the essentials to capture your memories
Instagram, Blog

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Marlon G.

Not all who wander are lost
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Where are you from?: Miami, FL

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Israel

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Fiji

Best Travel Tip: Leave all the stress at home and enjoy!

Fun Fact: "My girlfriend as an addiction to traveling and so do I"

Insta: @WorldNatureSociety  & @marlongarcia_


Tara

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Where are you from?: South Florida

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Southeast Asia, one day I'll go and never come back again

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Galapagos

Best Travel Tip: Couchsurf whenever possible. Talk to your host, go out with him/her, and learn as much as you can about their country and culture.

Fun Fact: "My hubs & I quit our jobs to travel the world for 14 months, then came home and wrote a book to teach others how to prepare to do the same. http://createyourescape.today

Social: @2travelaholics and http://facebook.com/TwoTravelaholics

Blog: http://twotravelaholics.com/

 

Janelle

Where are you from?: Tampa, FL

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Jamaica, Ocho Rios

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Do I only have to choose one?

Best Travel Tip: Don't be afraid to explore the path less traveled.

Fun Fact: I have lived in each US time zone and in the UK

Social: @jelabella

Blog: jelabella.wix.com/nomadblog

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list
— Susan Sontag

Nathalie

Where are you from?: Davis, CA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Bled, Sleovenia

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Thailand

Best Travel Tip: If you're feeling stressed out while traveling, stop and think "Am I hungry, thirsty, tired, or overheated/cold? A lot of times you aren't paying attention to your body, so if you fix all of those things, chances are you will feel better!

Fun Fact: I'm the first American in my family, which is probably where I get my desire to explore the world.

Blog: www.charmedtraveler.com


Collect moments, not things
— Ankit Mishra

Nicole M

Where are you from?: New York, NY

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Costa Rica

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Everywhere in Italy

Best Travel Tip: Travel with a rubber door stopper. You wedge it on the inside of your hotel room door to make it more difficult to open. Think of it as extra security...especially since I usually travel solo!

Fun Fact: I've never lived in one home longer than 4 years, which has resulted in 27 moves, over 10 cities and 4 states

Blog: GlamTrekker.com / @GlamTrekker

The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page
— St. Augustine

 

 

 


Andrea G

Where are you from?: New York, NY. Currently live in Boston, MA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? New Zealand

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Madagascar

Best Travel Tip: Roll, don't fold...you'll save a lot of space in your luggage!

Fun Fact: I used to be a nationally ranked chess player

Blog: fearlessflashpacker.com

 @fearlessflashpacker

 

 

Travel brings power and love back into your life
— Rumi

Kathleen M & Laura M

Where are you from?: We both grew up in military families, so we don't exactly have a "home town"

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Both-Boston!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Kathleen- US:New Orleans or Alaska. International: Australia. Laura- US: Alaska, Hawaii or the Grand Canyon. International: Japan

Best Travel Tip: Always bring snacks. No one likes to be hangry while they travel.

Fun Fact: We're both math majors

Blog: http://americainaday.blogspot.com/

 

Adventure is out there
— Disney's UP

Marissa P

Where are you from?: Seattle, WA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Iceland

Best Travel Tip: Always spend time researching, no matter if it's hotels or flights. You can always find a better deal somewhere else (especially using Skyscanner!)

Fun Fact: I recently got certified in scuba diving and hope to dive on all of my future trips that are near water.

Blog: www.postcardstoseattle.com

Menorca C

Where are you from?: India-currently living the expat life in Switzerland

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Kashmir, India

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Finnish Lapland

Best Travel Tip: Don't carry all your bank cards and documents while traveling. Have limited cash and keep 2 cards in case of emergencies. Split your debit cards, passports, and valuables to that in case of theft, you don't lose everything. Remember: Scan copies of all your documents beforehand!

Fun Fact: I'm a big time foodie and fell in love with fondue and lasagna after moving to Switzerland. So much that I have been wanting to design a t-shirt and flaunt my love for both of these mouth watering dishes! Do you love them too?!

Blog/Social: www.europediaries.com/ twitter.com/europediaries/ @menorca_c

Sometimes the wrong train can take us to the right place
— Paulo Coelho

Marisa M

Where are you from?: Born and raised in California but have spent the past year living in Germany

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? If I had to return to any place I have visited, it would have to be Dubai. There is something so spectacularly exotic about the city that makes me want to return time and time again!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Ever since I was a little girl, I have been reading books on and cultivating my love of Egypt. I want to visit so badly and hopefully one day I will be able to fulfill that dream.

Best Travel Tip: Save all of your socks and undergarments that have holes in them or you are planning on throwing away.. When you go on trips, take those with you and at the end of your trip, you can throw everything away to make room for anything you might have purchased! Since you were going to throw it away to begin with, might as well have it make your luggage lighter!

Fun Fact: I am a 2013 U.S. 4-H National Speaking Competition Winner

Blog/Social: www.thetravelingstorygirl.com/ twitter.com/storygirltravel/ @thetravelingstorygirl/ http://www.facebook.com/thetravelingstorygirl/

Life isn’t meant to be lived in one place

Asia A

Where are you from?: Miami, FL

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Australia

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? The Galapagos Islands!

Best Travel Tip: Always keep a travel journal! It's so amazing to be able to go back and reminisce on all of your adventures:) 

Fun Fact: If I could spend a day with anyone in the world, it would be Frank Ocean

Blog/Social: www.navigableworld.com/ @NavigableWorld

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain
— Jack Kerouac

Delilah D

Where are you from?: Philadelphia, PA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Rome, Italy

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Greece

Best Travel Tip: Alert bank accounts before you travel out of the country and keep an extra copy of important documents locked away in your suitcase!

Fun Fact: I'm awesome. That is all :) 

Blog/Social: DelilahandCompany/ @delilah_dee

Wanderlust consumed her; foreign hearts and exotic minds compelled her. She had a gypsy soul and a vibrant hope for the unknown
— d.marie

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

William B

Where are you from?: Decatur, Georgia

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Paris, France

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Egpyt to see the Pyramids

Best Travel Tip: Take in every moment while you are traveling and make as many memories as possible!

Fun Fact: I have been skydiving and I plan to do every adrenaline junkies' bucket list before I leave this earth.

Blog/Social: IG- @o1wjb/ FB- WJB Brown/ Snapchat- Bill_Porsche

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Claire S

Where are you from?: Liverpool, although I lived in Devon for 13 years before heading on my travels

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? I think it has to be Vienna. I traveled there a few years ago and spent 3 weeks exploring the city. It inspired me to take my first solo trip and really opened my eyes to exploring the arts and culture when I travel. It's such a beautiful city, the architecture is breathtaking and in the summer there is always a free outdoor film festival in one of the main parks.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Hawaii! My mum is getting married there next summer so I'll finally get to go. Surfing, hiking and beaches...it's the perfect destination for me and I can't wait.

Best Travel Tip: If you are serial over packer like me, invest in some packing cubes. They may seem like an extravagance or a way to feed traveler's ODC but I never travel without them. Yes it does make me feel happy to be able to keep things in order (haha) but it really is the best way to be able to save space in your backpack or case

Fun Fact: When I was 16 doing my dance training in Liverpool, I was an extra in a film for American TV about John Lennon's early "The John Lennon Story." You can see me really clearly in some of the scenes and it makes me laugh every time it comes on TV.

Blog/Social: Clairesitchyfeet /  @clsitchyfeet / @clairesitchyfeet / Facebok/clairesitchyfeet1

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list
— Susan Sontag

Not all who wander are lost
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Jocelyn C

Where are you from?: Nicaragua

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Rome, Italy

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Thailand

Best Travel Tip: Pack light!

Fun Fact: My friends and I reunite in a random city once a year, each year.

Blog/Social: JocelynFotografia / @jocelynfotografia


Penelope B

Where are you from?: Bath, UK

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Such a hard choice! I absolutely love Vienna and Berlin, but currently my favorite place I've been to is Iceland

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Australia and New Zealand- the landscapes are incredible, I've only ever heard good things AND I have family over there.

Best Travel Tip: Be flexible with dates or with destinations (even better- both!) to get the cheapest fares

Fun Fact: In my spare time, aside from travel blogging, photography and scouring the internet for awesome deals, I sing opera.

Blog/Social: Theflyawaygirl / IG- @the_fly_away_girl / Twitter- @theflyawaygirl / Facebook / Pinterest

The best stories are those within the pages of your passport
— unknown

Shannon P

Where are you from?: NYC

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Italy, forever and always. 

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Pakistan (I hear the skiing there is amazing)

Best Travel Tip: Do it while you're young!

Fun Fact: The warmest recorded temperature in Antarctica was 63 degrees. Maybe this is a travel possibility!

Blog/Social: Shannonoffduty.com / Twitter  /  Facebook / Instagram

Travel far enough, you’ll meet yourself
— David Mitchell

Sarah MC

Where are you from?: I grew up in a small town outside of Boston but have since lived in North Carolina, Virginia, Germany, and now Costa Rica

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Amsterdam. I LOVE Amsterdam.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? I am obsessed with Indian and really hope to get there within the next year for a few months of traveling.

Best Travel Tip: Always talk to locals. They will guide you the most interesting destinations at a much lower price than the tourist destinations.

Fun Fact: I once spent three months living on an island in a yurt with one other person as a park ranger

Blog/Social: Thewanderlanders.com  

Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Go to the places and the people that set a spark in your soul
— unknown

Abbey W

Where are you from?: Originally Liverpool, England. Currently living in Shenzhen, China.

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Sweden!!!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Iceland (It's the only nordic country I'm yet to grace!)

Best Travel Tip: Don't plan too much, you never know what happens.

Fun Fact: Over the last 7 years, I've lived in 7 different countries and learned (tried to) 4 different languages (Thai, Swedish, Finnish and Chinese)

Blog/Social: www.facebook.com/thetravellingsole 


I need a 6 month vacation...twice a year
— Unknown

Charlene T

Where are you from?: Cameroon, West Africa by Blood. Vienna, Austria by Birth; and Los Angeles, CA by (Basically everything else)

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Almalfi Coast, Italy

Best Travel Tip: You don't EVER have to break the bank to travel. Create a budget within your means and stick to it. Your experience, either way, will be priceless!

Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with the musical, The Sound of Music, that I even went on the tour in Salzburg, TWICE

Blog/Social: TheGirlTakesFlight / IG thegirltakesflight


Tarah V

Where are you from?: Portland, OR

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Montego Bay, Jamiaca

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Tahiti

Best Travel Tip: Make it a point to meet local people wherever you travel. Even if you don't know the language, a smile and some hand gestures go a long way. The people you meet along the way make the travels that much more enjoyable.

Fun Fact: On our first international trip together to Paris, my husband proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Blog/Social: Fittwotravel/ IG @fittwotravel

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us
— Anonymous

Sofia S

Where are you from?: San Francisco, CA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Turkey

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Egypt

Best Travel Tip: Pack only your essentials! You can always buy things at your destination if you forget something.

Fun Fact: I've been traveling since I was 2 years old.

Blog/Social: SofiaLeyla.com/ IG @sofialeyla

Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you’ve been all along
— Unknown

Ashliegh J

Where are you from?: Born and raised in Ohio, now living in Vail,CO (for now, anyways:))

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Oh so many! I can narrow it down to two places that have stolen my heart: Costa Rica and Florence, Italy!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Peru and really anywhere in South America

Best Travel Tip: Learn a few key phrases in the language of the area you'll be traveling and the responses for the phrases! You'll put yourself and the locals at ease if you can communicate at least a little in the native language.

Fun Fact: I play flute, oboe, and trumpet!

Blog/Social: TheDarlingNomadess/ IG @darlingnomadess

Be brave enough to break your own heart
— Cheryl Strayed

Harry Z

Where are you from?: Toronto, Canada

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Tromso, Norway

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Easter Island

Best Travel Tip: Always have a plan, but never be bound by it.

Fun Fact: Good at losing my passport.

Blog/Social: IG @hairyzoo

If you take everything I’ve accomplished in my life and condense it down to one day, it looks decent.
— George Costanza

Danielle D

Where are you from?: New York

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Iceland!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Istanbul, Turkey

Best Travel Tip: Plan and budget for your trip in advance but allow yourself spontaneity

Fun Fact: I danced professionally for a year in 2015

Blog/Social: Thoughtcard.com /IG @thethoughtcard


We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us
— Anonymous

Lauren O

Where are you from?: South Australia

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? It is impossible to narrow it to one! The top four that come to mind instantly are Lombok, Indonesia, Singapore, Maldives and the South Island of New Zealand.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Antarctica, in fact, we are book to visit March 2017.

Best Travel Tip: Always pack a sarong! They double as a rug, pillow and even a sarong when needed at the beach or in a religious site.

Fun Fact: The longest I have ever lived in one house is 4 years. Clearly, I don't like to stay put.

Blog/Social: hashtagljojlo / IG: @ljojlo_trvlblog / FB: hashtagljojlo/ Snap - ljojlo/ Pinterest: hashtagljojlo

Marie F

Where are you from?: Connecticut

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? South Africa. I lived in Cape Town for a couple years and while I was there I really enjoyed exploring the country

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Japan

Best Travel Tip: I always bring a plastic shopping bag with me because I never know when I might need it for a wet swimsuit, dirty shoes, or to separate clean and dirty laundry in my bag.

Fun Fact: I once joined a rally through six countries in Southern Africa. Our group's VW van traveled  some 7,000km in just 17 days!

Blog/Social: OneCarryOn  /  IG @onecarryon  

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend
— Robert Louis Stevenson

Caroline B

Where are you from?: North Carolina

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Formentara and Greece!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Southeast Asia

Best Travel Tip: Ask locals or frequent travelers for tips and recommendations to be sure you really experience the culture and make the most of it!

Fun Fact: Before moving abroad, I was a pediatric oncology nurse

Blog/Social: TheBelleAbroad.com / @thebelleabroad

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
— Mary Anne Radmacher

Fear Is Stupid
— Tryphena Wade

Tryphena W

Where are you from?: Columbus, OH

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Hard one!! Ghana, West Africa

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Madagascar

Best Travel Tip: Don't be afraid to go! Do your research, choose wisely, and GO!

Fun Fact: I'm also a professional actor/singer and I have performed on tour and on Broadway in The Lion King

Blog/Social: Wedontsitoncouches.com / @wedontsitoncouches

Megan R

Where are you from?: Davie, FL

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? The Azores

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Australia

Best Travel Tip: Always bring a backpack. You'll be more prepared when you carry what you need most with you.

Fun Fact: I have 8 brothers and sisters.

Blog/Social: IG: Megatron_92/ Facebook

Adventure is out there!
— Pixar's UP

Liz V

Where are you from?: Manila, Philippines

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Hallstatt, Austria

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Norway

Best Travel Tip: Don't rush through destinations. Take time to explore a place, talk to a local, try something new, and set aside time to just sit down and look around you.

Fun Fact: I get lost a lot, even in my own hometown and in familiar places. My sense of direction is way off, but this hasn't stopped me from wandering around and even driving around strange cities by myself. 

Blog/Social: Lizziemeetsworld /  IG @lizzievsr / Twitter @lizzymeetsworld / FB Lizziemeetsworld

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust

Karolina & Patryk

Where are you from?: Poland

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Myanmar

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Australia

Best Travel Tip: Just go!

Fun Fact: The last time we were apart was 3 years ago!

Blog/Social: Karolinapatryk.com

Those who travel, live twice
— Unknown

Lydia G

Where are you from?: Oxford, UK

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Incredible India

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? South Africa

Best Travel Tip: Always go with your gut instinct

Fun Fact: I backpacked India with my Mum for 3 weeks!

Blog/Social: myculturecraving // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

You must be the change you wish to see in the world
— Gandhi

Mehek P

Where are you from?: India

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Budapest

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Scandinavia

Best Travel Tip: Wake up early to get the city to yourself. See it like a local does in the peace and quiet of the morning

Fun Fact: I've been to 29 countries in 25 years, and I've set a goal to visit 45 by the time I'm 45:)

Blog/Social:  mapandmagnets  // Facebook // Instagram

Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before
— Dalai Lama

Stephanie L

Where are you from?: Toronto, CA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Cape Town, South Africa

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Just one? Egpyt

Best Travel Tip: Learn some basic phrases in the local language- "please" and "thank you" gets you a long way with the locals!

Fun Fact: I am the first in my family to travel to continents outside of North America- I've traveled to 19 new countries in the last 2 years

Blog/Social:  thefantasia.com // lifesettravel.com // @voxielle

Adventure is worthwhile
— Aristotle
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us
— Anonymous

Hayley S

Where are you from?: I currently call Townsville, Australia home

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Vancouver, CA

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? South America is high on my list right now

Best Travel Tip: If you are a glasses wearer like me, always take a second pair when traveling.

Fun Fact: I have lived in four cities in two countries in four years. Yep, total nomad.

Blog/Social: hayleyonholiday

Traveling— it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller
— Ibn Battuta

Lauren W & Ben J

Where are you from?: Los Angeles, but currently living on Jeju Island in South Korea

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Morocco and/or Sri Lanka

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? INDIA INDIA INDIA!!!

Best Travel Tip: Extend your flexibility and limit your expectations. And when shopping at markets in other countries, never pull out your whole wallet! Keep smaller wads stashed in different pockets- trust me, you'll be a much more effective bargainer if you don't wave them dolla bills in everyone's face!

Fun Fact: Ben was a contestant on College Jeopardy! And Lauren has over 25 piercings (though she has to take out most of them when teaching English at our Korean private school)!

Blog/Social: TelevisionofNomads // YouTube // IG // Twitter

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there
— Unknown

Mandy L

Where are you from?: Slovenia, but I live in Madrid

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Santorini

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Rome! (and I will in September!)

Best Travel Tip: Always carry a portable battery charger

Fun Fact: I do awesome Shakira impressions

Blog/Social: Soulfulmandy

Nicole C

Where are you from?: Niskayuna, New York // Now I live in Tampa, FL

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Dubrovnik, Croatia

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Machu Picchu, Peru

Best Travel Tip: Take a lot of pictures!

Fun Fact: I am an Adirondack 46er

Blog/Social: FB // IG

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all
— Helen Keller

Sylvia W

Where are you from?: Nairobi, Kenya

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Wow! I have so many favorite places! However, Butterrmer in Lake District (England) and Aberarth (a small village in Wales) have my heart. The scenery out there is absolutely amazing- green, peaceful and unpolluted air.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Bora Bora - I think that's the most exotic place in the world!

Best Travel Tip: If you are all about saving like me, get to know a few trusted locals. They know the best and affordable places to eat and hangout. It is also a great way to learn about their culture and language.

Fun Fact: I have a phobia of heights; however, bungee jumping is on my bucket list.

Blog/Social: Slyglobetrotting // FB // IG // Twitter // Snap: hashtag_sly

To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
— Neale Donald Walsch

Parth M

Where are you from?: Ahmedabad, India

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? South Island, New Zelanad

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Best Travel Tip: Always carry water and a battery pack!

Fun Fact: Lost a shoe while bungee jumping from the famous Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Blog/Social: Parthspective // IG

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us
— Anonymous

Jenn N

Where are you from?: South Riding, VA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Iceland still holds my heart. Although my upcoming trip to South Korea may take that spot.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? The beautiful Santorini, Greece.

Best Travel Tip: Be flexible! The best deals can be found if you're flexible with destination, dates, and accommodations

Fun Fact: My friends and I made a dance crew in high school called KollaborAZN. We thought we were cool.

Blog/Social: Bunngonthego // YouTube // IG

Arianne A 

Where are you from?: Born in Newport Beach CA, raised mostly in Chiapas Mexico but I think of myself as a global citizen

What is your favorite place you've traveled to?Where I have not get gone before. (But Italy and Mexico are top choices)

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Antartica, Iceland, Bora Bora

Best Travel Tip: Wake up early! There is nothing like the sunrise light and a place loses its magic when there are 10,000 selfie sticks around you!

Fun Fact: One of the places I feel most at home is at an airport

Blog/Social: Ariannestraveljournal // IG

Traveling- it gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land
— Ibn Battuta

Hanie

Where are you from?: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Switzerland

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Iceland

Best Travel Tip: Break out of your comfort zone

Fun Fact: I can fly a plane but unfortunately don't have a flying license

Blog/Social: thesetravelingfeet.com // IG // Twitter

And then I realized, adventures are the best way to learn
— Unknown
Don’t think, just go
— Unknown

Fie

Where are you from?: Singapore

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? So far, I'd say Tasmania

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Europe and UK! It's coming soon!

Best Travel Tip: It's not about the Instagram picture, it's about the experience

Fun Fact: I try to learn the basics of a country's language before I travel there! The words "lost" and "toilet" are equally important.

Blog/Social: streetsofstrangers.com // IG // Twitter

Henar

Where are you from?: I'm Spanish but after 12 years on the move, I've settled (for now) in northern Germany

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? It's probably a tie between Scotland, New Zealand and Denmark, all different but all the same. Incredibly friendly people, stunning outdoors and lots of history!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? I have a slight obsession with all things south Pacific, so any of the islands I still haven't visited would be a dream come true! That, or the remaining states in the US! So far I'm stuck at 7!

Best Travel Tip: Be open to new experiences, and talk to people. You never know who may turn out to be a lifelong friend while on the road, plus locals know the best spots.

Fun Fact: On my last job I was asked to provide a list with all my addresses for the last 10 years in order to do a background check. It consisted of 20+ different ones in 7 different countries, which made me realize that I've moved at least twice a year since I was 17! That's not counting the places where I've stayed less than 3 months. No wonder I get antsy if I stay in one place too long!

Blog/Social: wanderwings.com // IG // Twitter, FB, Pinterest @wanderwings

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things
— Henry Miller
Don’t get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life
— Dolly Parton

Michelle

Where are you from?: Pennsylvania

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? How can I choose just one when I practically fall in love with every place I visit?! If I haaaave to choose, then I must say Cinque Terre, Italy for its absolute enchantment.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? New Zealand is always on my mind

Best Travel Tip: Do your basic destination research to know what the highlights are, but don't plan out every little moment of your trip. Go with the flow, explore, meet new people, say YES to opportunities, don't worry about sticking to the plan, and embrace spontaneity!

Fun Fact: Unhappy in my previous job and heartbroken from a boy, with a heavy case of wanderlust I decided to quit my job and travel to Europe- I'm a big fan of travel therapy!

Blog/Social: Wanderlust walk blog // Instagram

Dennis

Where are you from?: Indianpolis, Indiana, USA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Slightyly biased, but Hong Jong- spent 5 months abroad there and would love to move there again

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? My parents are from the former Soviet Union so I would love to take a few months and explore a good amount of Belarus (where they're from), maybe the Baltics, Ukraine, and the whole length of the Trans-Siberian- really random but I am interested in going to Birobidzhan

Best Travel Tip: I am generally an overplanner which fares me well and allows me to be more okay with my trip, but be okay with ambiguity and spontaneity...By that I mean, nothing is ever going to go perfect so don't stress and sometimes and spontaneous situations can be the most fun/interesting stories to tell later- like trying to get your cab driver to take you to the Great Wall of China instead of the Ming Tombs when you don't speak any Mandarin and your friend is really struggling

Fun Fact: I am fluent in Russian

Blog/Social Handles: Facebook // Instagram

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
— Mark Twain

Ai Jia 

Where are you from?: Originally made in the spicy province of China, "Sichuan", but currently living in the "6ix"

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Laos- a surprisingly quaint and beautiful fusion of French and Asia

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Hmmm...Can I say the globe? But right now on my list is Morocco.

Best Travel Tip: You don't always have to plan every little detail of your trip! Sometimes no plans brings you opportunities for adventures you would have otherwise not anticipated based on other fellow traveller's/ resident's tips and fave spots to go to! Tripadvisor/ Lonely Planet apps work too!

Fun Fact: To prove my above point, I booked a 2 month South East Asia trip a week before flying out and 2 days after one of my biggest career exams, to only plan where I'm staying on the first night! But it was by far one of the best trips yet, I met up with a friend a few days later and we planned as we went with the rest of our travels day-by-day!

Social: @foxieaj

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.
— Jack Kerouac

Lauren M

Where are you from?: Oregon, USA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Namibia, Africa. I stayed with the Himba tribe and it is one of my most precious memories.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Nepal

Best Travel Tip: Just buy the ticket!

Fun Fact:  I draw comics about my travels!

Blog/Social: destinationartist.com // IG // Photography IG // Facebook

Bea B

Where are you from?: Born in Sweden, but French Citizen

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? South Africa

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Easter Island

Best Travel Tip: Don't just visit the famous places, immerse yourself completely in the local culture.

Fun Fact:  I've spent more time abroad or traveling during these past 2 years than I've spent at home.

Blog/Social: beabecker.com // IG // Photography // Twitter

 
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls
— Anais Nin
 

Sher

Where are you from?: New York City

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Africa- going on a safari was incredible, once in a lifetime experience

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Australia and New Zealand- I'd love to spend a month and travel all around down under

Best Travel Tip: Planning the entire itinerary at least two months in advance allows me to research and get the most out of my trip with limited vacation days and budget. For example, I was able to time my visit to Cordoba, Spain in time to see the local Flower Festival because I had looked up the city before hand! So many people have since asked me about the festival and my photos since I returned so I'm really happy to have been in town at the right time!

Fun Fact: I both love and am terrified by scuba diving

Blog/Social: Shershegoes // @shershegoes on IG, FB, Twitter, and Snap

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Daniel G

Where are you from?: Montreal, Canada

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Bali, Indonesia

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Iceland

Best Travel Tip: Make a rough plan, but DON'T feel obligated to stick to it

Fun Fact:  On the first day of my 3-months adventure in Southeast Asia, I was almost denied entry to the first country on my trip!

Blog/Social: YouTube // IG

Traveling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller
— Ibn Battuta
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yoursel
— George Bernard Shaw

Natalie G

Where are you from?: Queens, New York. A hop, skip, and a jump from JFK

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Morocco

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? New Zealand

Best Travel Tip: Pack light, because you never know when the inspiration might hit you to explore further than you thought you would or could.

Fun Fact:  I'm a nutty chicken farmer in NYC, and I miss their cackling when I'm on the road.

Blog/Social: @snarkqueen on IG // natgreaves (snap) // @nataliegreaves for Linkedin, Twitter

 

Felicia B

And then I realized adventures are the best way to learn
— Unknown

Where are you from?: Huntington Beach, CA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Havasuapi, inside of the Grand Canyon!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Australia!

Best Travel Tip: Go with the flow and be positive! You are lucky enough to be traveling, even bad things aren't that bad.

Fun Fact:  I did a semester of independent study in high school so I could work on a Nickelodeon show!

Blog/Social: Ciaofelicia.com// @ciaofeliciatravel

Rachael D

Where are you from?: Portsmouth, UK

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? It's hard to pick one place but Rome is my favorite city. Canada is my favorite country and the Cayman Islands are my favorite islands

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Tahiti and Hawaii- I'm a Cancerian so I'm happiest in the water and I'm definitely a lover of slow, island life and nature. 

Best Travel Tip: Roll your clothes or use vacuum bags or packing cubes! You'd be surprised how much more you can fit in when you strategically pack!

Fun Fact:  I want to work and live on every continent before I'm 30- so far Europe and North America have been ticked off, with Asia coming up next year.

Blog/Social: Hilltopsandflipflops // IG // Twitter

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live
— Hans Christian Andersen

Thomas L

Just the shirt on his back, not a dollar in his hand, and yet he saw the beauty in a grain of sand, the richest boy in all the land.
— Nekita Roberts

Where are you from?: Griffin, Georgia, USA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? A very tough question, there are so many places that I have been and love for certain reasons; but the Westfjords, Iceland feels like a dream world in my memory and is the place I want to return the most!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Island-hopping in Vanuatu

Best Travel Tip: Learn about local cultures and traditions! Makes the tip to new places more interesting and meaningful

Fun Fact: If I rub the right side of my chin, it causes a hiccup fit, making shaving always a challenge

Blog: Odysseyoffreedom

 

Will T

Where are you from?: Toronto, CA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? New Zealand but my recent trip to Iceland puts it right up there too.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? I've always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands. Hopefully soon!

Best Travel Tip: Pack light and when you think you've packed pretty light, pack even lighter!

Fun Fact: My love for travel started when I made the decision during university to go on exchange to Sweden

Blog: GoingAwesomePlaces // FB // Pinterest // G+ // YouTube // IG // Twitter

Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller
— Ibn Battuta
 
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Only the children know what they are looking for
— - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Karen E

Where are you from?: New York City, but I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Slovenia! I loved the incredible crystal clear water, mountains in Triglav National Park, impressive caves, dream-like lakes, and adorable villages!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? China. It has so much natural beauty with many unique landscapes. Similarly, it has so many provinces that are unique in terms of culture/food. I also would visit the Great Wall of China!

Best Travel Tip: Visit the smaller towns. Often, it's difficult to get the feeling for a region/country if you only visit the bigger cities. The smaller cities are beautiful, full of culinary specialties that are hard to find elsewhere, less expensive, and if you're lucky, you're the only tourist there.

Fun Fact: My cat has lived in two countries so far!

Blog: wanderlustingk // IG // FB // Pinterest

Lauren M

Where are you from?: Toronto, Canada

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Jordan

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? New Zealand

Best Travel Tip: Say yes often! Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can help you discover something magical.

Fun Fact: Almost 30% of Canadians don't use vacation days. What the heck is with that?

Blog: twirltheglobe.com // FB // IG // Twitter

Traveling- it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller
— Ibu Battuta

Alexa S

Where are you from?: Vancouver, BC

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Budapest, Hungary

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? The Maldives

Best Travel Tip: Don't over-pack! Become a minimalist, give it some hard thought, and remember: the lighter you pack the lighter you'll feel

Fun Fact: One of my favorite memories traveling involves getting to know an old friend of my mother's in Milan, Italy. They hadn't seen each other in over 20 years, and after talking for a few minutes in his lavish apartment, we realized she'd been pregnant with me on their last encounter. This is when I learned the Italian word "combinazione" which means "combination" but really refers to these moments of serendipity. 

Blog & Social: lovealexa // YouTube // IG

To travel is to take a journey into yourself
— Danny Kaye
I travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape me
— Anonymous

Sophie D

Where are you from?: London, UK

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? New Zealand, it is the most beautiful, fun and exhilarating country I have ever been to.

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Iceland, and it is on the bucket list for next year!

Best Travel Tip: Always do your research, plan ahead and make the most of blogs for inspiration and advice. I have more or less planned entire month-long trips off the back of reading other people's blogs and getting their trips on certain places, the best hotels and how to get the cheapest flight deals.

Fun Fact: I won the Best Travel Blog in the Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards 2015- proudest moment to date!

Blog & Social: Sophiessuitcase // Twitter // IG // FB

 

Desiree S

Where are you from?: Originally from Philly but migrated to Los Angeles

What is your favorite place you've traveled to?  London by far. The city, the people, the wittiness, the culture, the history, and the accents
What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Prague. The photos are always stunning and I can't wait to capture them one day

Best Travel Tip: Make sure your credit card doesn't have a foreign transaction fee, could save you loads of money as well as hassle. Also, try your best to not look like a tourist. Dress for excursions, but try to blend in.  

Fun Fact: I can read and write in the Cyrillic alphabet- I may not be able to tell you what I'm saying, but I can read it!

Blog & Social: dezariphotography // IG // Twitter // FB

Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works right? I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that”
— Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting

Mei F

Where are you from?: Born in Guangzhou, China, but raise in Brooklyn, New York

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? I do not have a single favorite because everywhere I've been has given me something to love and a reason to return whether it is their food, culture or exchange rate

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Everywhere and anywhere, but for 2017, I hope to visit Taiwan, Australia, Hawaii or Spain

Best Travel Tip: Spend wisely and pay for experiences. Scoring amazing flight and living accommodations starts all my trips off on a great note because the money I saved could then be used for more food and fun experiences along the way

Fun Fact: I'm not an adrenaline junkie. Some would even say I'm scared of everything, but oddly enough, when I'm traveling I seem to have a boost of courage. Conquering one fear at a time with my travel buddy's encouragement

Blog & Social: // Explorewithmei // IG 

Fate, is an excuse for why we end up where we do! Our ‘Actions’ predetermine our Destiny, our ‘Reactions’ seal that fate!
— Carl Stoynoff

Sarah C and Nathan

Where are you from?: Auckland, New Zealand

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? We recently returned from Iceland and it absolutely blew my mind! I've never seen such rugged beauty in such close quarters and definitely plan to return to see this incredible country in the summer time

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? As a child, I grew up dreaming of visiting Disneyland and when we did, it hooked my on theme parks. Though I love checking out historic sites, exploring cities and getting active in the places we visit, a good roller coaster will make any destination a must-see for me!

Best Travel Tip:  Travel is as much about the journey as the destination. I'm fairly relaxed by nature and I think a lot of this comes down to travelling from a young age. Things don't always go to plan- you might miss a bus, struggle to communicate in another language or leave something behind - what I love most about traveling is that it has taught me to go with the flow and to think on my feet.

Fun Fact: Last year I made it to 25 countries (and Nathan, 23) whilst holding down full-time jobs!

Blog & Social: Exploringkiwis // IG // FB // Pinterest // Twitter

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Travel far enough you meet yourself
— David Mitchell

Vincent C

Where are you from?:Born in Sri Lanka and raised in The Great White North: Canada

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? The Galapagos Islands

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Antarctica

Best Travel Tip:  Your comfort zone is your enemy. 

Fun Fact:  I always check the price of Nutella in every country and kind of use it as the cost of living.

Blog & Social: Aperlust // FB // IG

Show me a poor country and I’ll show you a good time

Leah S

Where are you from?:Snellville, Georgia

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Florianopolis, Brazil

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Lisbon, Portugal. I'm happy to say I'll be there in April!

Best Travel Tip:  Always learn a bit of the language spoken in the country you are visiting! I typically travel to countries that speak Spanish or Portuguese (since I speak these languages) and this really allows me to connect with natives and have a different experience than most tourists

Fun Fact: I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese and am hoping to learn Italian and Russian one day

Blog & Social: Gringajourneys // IG

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home
— James Michener
 
 

Anna

Where are you from?:Siberia (Russia)

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Iceland- been there twice already and would love to return sometime soon!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Greenland

Best Travel Tip:  Never overlook travel insurance- you never know when it might come in handy

Fun Fact: I was born in a city that you could not find on any official map until the 1990's- Krasnoyarsk- 26 used to be a secret closed town in the Soviet Union with a developed nuclear industry

Blog & Social: Abroadandbeyond.net // FB // Twitter // IG

I’m trying to organize a prison break. We’d have to first get out of this bar. Then the hotel, then the city and then the country. Are you in or are you out?
— Lost in Translation

Desiree' A

Where are you from?:Malta

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? Japan

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Cuba

Best Travel Tip:  Always, always plan ahead- saves you $$ and you get to see more of the place!

Fun Fact: My mother tongue is Maltese- the only Arabic language written in Latin alphabet

Blog & Social: Theanti-tourist.net // IG

Not all those who wander are lost
— J.R.R Tolkien

Cecille C

Where are you from?:Los Angeles, CA

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? What a tough question! It's definitely a toss up between Thailand and Bali. Both places are full of culture and adventure, with great food and great people. Take me back!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Cuba

Best Travel Tip:  It's totally okay to have an itinerary but allow yourself to have 1-2 free days with nothing planned so you can roam around freely. You'll be surprised where you end up at.

Fun Fact: My day job consists of me listening to music!

Blog & Social:  @cecilleeeeee

Don’t Wonder. Wander

Kalee F

Where are you from?: Henderson, Kentucky

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? *Hard to narrow it down!* Scotland!

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Iceland

Best Travel Tip:  Plan a little, live a little!

Fun Fact: I moved to the Scottish highlands for six weeks to work in a hostel!

Blog & Social:  voyaheurkalee.com // IG // Twitter

Go where you feel most alive

Michal L

Where are you from?: United Kingdom (I am Polish, my fiance Portuguese)

What is your favorite place you've traveled to? That would be Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, France

What is the one destination you've always wanted to go? Maldives and Grand Canyon

Best Travel Tip:  Don't regret spending money on traveling. It's a priceless experience

Fun Fact: The first day I met my fiance I told her that I would marry her right then if we were in Vegas. Now we are a traveling couple getting married next year:) 

Blog & Social:  @partimetravelers