ALL POSTS TAGGED "[Our Type of Traveler]"

WHOA Travel founders Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton on Mount Kilimanjaro. All photos courtesy of WHOA

No one climbs Mount Kilimanjaro alone, and no one knows that better than the founders of WHOA Travel. Women High on Adventure creators Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton are travel-loving friends who met while climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in February 2013. Tackling one of the world’s toughest summits together was so life-altering, they knew they wanted to share the experience with others. So upon returning to New York, they quit their jobs and started an adventure travel company with a mission to motivate women to step out of their comfort zones … and onto the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

In the spirit of empowering women, WHOA Travel led a group of 28 women from 9 countries to the roof of Africa on International Women’s Day earlier this year. Not only did all 28 women make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but they even danced their way to the summit. Led by the mountain’s first local female guide, the group raised more than $10,000 to support women’s educational programs in Kenya and Tanzania. Now, Allison and Danielle are gearing up to lead another group of women to the summit on International Women’s Day in 2015.

We caught up with daring adventuresses between climbing mountains to find out what other WHOA-inspiring trips they’re leading, how their high-altitude dance-party tradition began, and the surprising item they never head back to Mount Kilimanjaro without (hint: it’s not a power bar).

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Photo Courtesy of Clint Johnston

We appreciate world travelers who fly for free and never pay full price. That’s why we decided to talk to Clint Johnston, author of The Art of Travel Hacking and blogger for his website, Triphackr.com. Clint enjoys sharing tips and money-saving advice after traveling to more than 60 countries. In addition to writing for TravelChannel.com, Clint has had work appear on the Huffington Post and in Wired.

It’s clear when talking to Clint that he is a savvy, immersive traveler who enjoys unusual experiences such as kite-surfing in Brazil, meeting a Haitian voodoo priest and witnessing everyday life in Palestine firsthand. Clint doesn’t travel to add another fresh stamp to his passport; he relishes the priceless culture experiences and off-the-beaten-path excursions that really define travel.

You’ll be surprised to find out what sparked Clint’s love for travel, what’s next on his bucket list, what travel gear he never leaves home without, and what advice he has for first-time travelers.
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Jay Fielden in his office at Town & Country Travel. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

He’s on a mission to bring back the intoxication and seduction of travel one story at a time. Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of the newly resurrected Town & Country Travel, is more than ready for his big job of reinventing what a travel magazine can be — a portal that transports you to another world. While Town & Country might be known for catering to the well-heeled and glamorous — and its Travel extension doesn’t shy away from exclusive insider places, either — the innate curiosity of every traveler at heart will be intrigued by the stories behind those faraway, exotic destinations and people.

So if you can’t jet to Venice for a martini at Harry’s Bar, Fielden wants to make sure you’re still enraptured in the geopolitics of the martini arriving in Italy. (And who says you can’t drink a martini as you read the story on your couch?)

We caught up with the busy editor find out how his small-town San Antonio roots prepared him for New York’s glamorous magazine world, the one item he can’t imagine traveling without, and the café in Paris that may have just turned his 8-year-old daughter into a young Francophile. READ MORE

Photo Courtesy of Teri Johnson

Anyone who has met Teri Johnson in person will quickly notice the unique style of this well-traveled woman. In fact, her Travelista mantra is what helped her land a gig as the host of Travel Channel’s 11-part original web series, Fall in the Finger Lakes.

Teri is the creator, host and executive producer of Travelista TV, an online video network that focuses on travel, culture, lifestyle and entertainment. In addition to making an appearance on Travel Channel’s Stuff Rich People Like, Teri has shared her travel and fashion expertise with other notable networks and media outlets, including NBC, Fine Living, BET, TVOne, Huffington Post, Uptown Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine and Ebony Magazine.

This young travel blogger has crisscrossed the world to meet new people, immerse herself in different cultures and experience local traditions and customs — all done with class and sophistication. We thought it would be fun to find out where Teri’s travels have taken her, and of course, get the scoop about her Travelista brand.
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Photo Courtesy of Alex Chacón

Hitting the road on a motorcycle can be a major adrenaline rush, and for Alex Chacón, viewing the world from the seat of his motorcycle is the only way to travel.  This adventure videographer and photographer lives to ride on the open road and is committed to documenting his adventures while raising awareness and money for charitable organizations.  In fact, his most famous charitable expedition was a 500-day solo trip from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for the Children of Uganda in Africa.

In addition to his charitable efforts, Alex also owns Your Expedition South, a motorcycle travel consulting business that offers advice and occasionally leads motorcycle tours in Latin America. We wanted to catch up with this unique adventurer for Our Type of Traveler and understand why Alex is at his happiest when traveling on a motorcycle, even after clocking hundreds of miles. Buckle up and enjoy this ride.
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Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba on a boat in Burma.

You know that cool friend of yours who always knows the best bench for people-watching in every city or the greatest little hole-in-the-wall bar down the alley that you would never find? That’s Jeralyn Gerba, co-founder and editorial director of Fathom — only she knows even more benches and bars than your cool friend. In fact, the entire Fathom travel website is full of insider recommendations, inspiring stories and unexpected itineraries.

Former DailyCandy editors Jeralyn and Pavia Rosati teamed up in July 2011 to create Fathom with an editorial motto to “focus on places we like, writers we trust, and stories that move us.” That genuine approach captured the travel space’s attention, winning the Society of American Travel Writers’ bronze medal for best online travel journalism site in 2013.

We tracked down Jeralyn — while she was in between logging airline miles, relocating her office to Spoleto, Italy, for 2 months, and mapping sushi joints in Japan — to chat about all things travel.

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Our Type of Traveler, Matt Stabile, meets a monk near Darjeeling.

Founder and editor-in-chief of TheExpeditioner.com, one of the largest independent travel sites in the world, Matt Stabile is Our Type of Traveler. Balancing a full-time career as a lawyer, managing a robust travel website and hosting a travel web series, Matt’s overflowing plate begs the question, “How does he do it all?”

It seems that the same limitless energy and attention to detail that makes a great lawyer also makes a great traveler. When we caught up with the globe-trotting attorney to find out how he juggles both worlds, the New Yorker explained that he funnels his boundless energy into documenting his travels when he’s not working on a case.  “I have a disorder that doesn’t allow me to relax, even while on vacation, so naturally, I would turn my travels into as much work as possible,” confesses Matt.

And the travel world seems to be happy Matt can’t sit still — his online web series, featuring his travels around the world, has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.

Find out how Matt “unplugs” from lawyer life, what destinations he recommends for those short on time and money and where he hangs out when he’s home.

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All photos courtesy of Sonia Gill

A self-described language geek, entrepreneur and an award-winning travel web series host, Sonia Gil is Our Type of Traveler.

Founder of the digital language learning company Fluenz, and host of “Sonia’s Travels” web series, Sonia shows that you can travel the world and enrich your life without breaking the bank. With a mission to “crack the secret code of cities,” “Sonia’s Travels” uncovers the local flavor of destinations, avoiding the tourist-trodden spots, to dig deeper to find the true soul of a city.

Sharing her love of language, Sonia’s projects include the non-profit Fluenz.org that distributes free English language programs for people in need. Recently, Sonia partnered with Lonely Planet to create FluentRoad.com, a unique online program for travelers interested in learning travel Spanish.

Sonia also has her own video series “Almost Free” on Ulive.com. As winner of the Webby Award for “Web Personality of the Year” in 2012, Sonia continues to “recapture the small moments that add up to the art of travel.”

We caught up with Sonia on the road to find out about all those small, but meaningful moments in her travels:

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Wildlife adventurer Jessica Pociask curls up with a Harp Seal pup on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

With her passion for wildlife adventures, from jungle trekking in Uganda to see mountain gorillas or curling up with lemurs in Madagascar, Jessica Pociask is our type of traveler.

As the owner of WANT Expeditions — Wildlife and Nature Travel, a conservation-oriented, expedition-style adventure travel company — Jessica leads tours to see the most amazing natural phenomena on Earth.  Jessica has been to over 70 countries, leading expeditions all over the world, and has visited all 7 continents. She has studied climate change in Antarctica, and she was one of 50 women chosen from the US and Mexico for the Women’s Leadership and International Sustainable Development award by the National Wildlife Federation.

Jessica “photo bombs” a giant tortoise in the Galapagos.

A biologist by trade, Jessica recently spoke on a panel with distinguished conservationists and biologists regarding the impact of tourism on conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.

And where is Jessica currently? Oh, just leading a tour in Ecuador to see the first new carnivore species found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years — the olinguito.

Traveling Type: How did you get your start leading wildlife and nature tours?

Jessica Pociask: It’s a long, convoluted story that probably started when I made my first insect collection somewhere around the age of 7. Over the next 20 years, fueled by stories in my grandfather’s collection of National Geographic magazines, I was inspired with the idea of being an explorer and adventurer. I took my first trip abroad when I was 16, and I once traveled with an orchestra through Europe. From there on, I was smitten with traveling, so I began working for various conservation organizations and outdoor outfitters and started traveling abroad independently. READ MORE

Meet Matt Long — he’s Our Type of Traveler. An experiential traveler at heart, Matt shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a big case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 60 countries and all 7 continents. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Traveling Type: How did you get started travel blogging?

Matt Long: At the time I was working as a lobbyist for a trade association and just didn’t find my job fulfilling. I started the site as a way to help friends and share my adventures, and now it’s my full-time job and undeniable passion.

What’s your blog about?

Like most blogs, my blog is about me and the way I like to travel. I love adventure and experiential travel, but I also like coming back to a comfortable hotel room. Luxury adventure is usually how I describe it, but with an emphasis on adventure.

How many countries, cities and continents have you traveled to?

I’ve been to around 60 countries, who knows how many hundreds of cities, and 7 continents.

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

Hard question and it depends on “favorite” for what. Paris is my favorite city, New Zealand is my favorite place for adventure travel and Jordan is a great place for foodies. But most countries I visit hold a soft spot in my heart.

What’s your favorite place to get away from it all?

The Bahamas, there is just something so peaceful about the islands and with so many Out Islands to explore it’s never the same trip twice.

What’s your must-have item that you never travel without?

Other than my passport and camera? My battery pack to keep my iPhone always charged is a must-have for me.

What’s your favorite travel app?

I swear by TripIt, it keeps all of my travel information stored in one place and is indispensible for trips.

 

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten while traveling, and where was it?

Simple meal of chicken and fried basil at a riverfront restaurant in Bangkok. I go every time I visit and it has some of the best food in the city.

What’s the best hotel/resort/hostel you’ve stayed at?

Yikes, hard question! I’ve stayed at some great ones, but the 2 Four Seasons resorts on the Hawaiian island of Lanai are  hotels I love and never get tired of visiting.

Where’s “home”?

Washington, DC, but it’s also whenever I’m with my loved ones and my 3 furry kids, Siberian huskies that are always hard to leave behind when I travel.

What would you recommend to travelers visiting your hometown?

To plan an evening at the beautiful Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. It’s the only national park of its kind in the US and an evening listening to great music under the stars is a quintessential DC moment that we locals usually keep to ourselves.

What’s No. 1 on your bucket list? 

Not usually a fan of bucket lists, but I really want to explore India. I’ve never been, I’ve heard mixed things but I have to admit that it really intrigues me.

 

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