Sandy Zimmerman’s Discover the ULTIMATE Magazines includes the ULTIMATE EVERYTHING- Discover the Ultimate Travel, Discover the Ultimate Entertainment, Discover the Ultimate Dining, Discover the Ultimate Health, and Lifestyles.
Imagine traveling to a new destination. You’ve never been to Mumbai before, and you’re excited to experience the culture. What to do? What to see? Are you really interested in joining the same pre-packaged tours as the rest of the “tourists”? Now imagine having a friend ready and waiting for your arrival. Whether you meet for a meal or get a personal tour around town, this local might be similar to you in age, profession and interests—all determined by a very sophisticated pairing algorithm that helps you find people who like to do what you do.
Travelers can meet up with like-minded local hosts
Locals can meet travelers and make new friends at Triptrotting events all over the world
Novia, a Triptrotting host from Indonesia, has always wanted to have a foreign friend but hasn’t had a chance to travel abroad yet. She says, “Triptrotting actually made one of my dreams come true! I really want to have real foreigner friends, but there is nothing I can do, I barely go out of the country or have the opportunity to hang out with any foreigners. Then Denisha send me message to meet up and now we are friends. It was an unforgettable experience!!” Many local hosts use Triptrotting as a place to meet new friends that they otherwise would have never been able to encounter.
Another Triptrotter who had a memorable experience is Sebastian, who has been traveling for over 5 months in Asia. He mentions how he not only got to spend time with locals, but proves that the relationships formed through Triptrotting become ongoing friendships, “I actually first met Anna and Annie back in October, and then again during a second unexpected visit to Hong Kong last week. I would absolutely connect with hosts again.”
These encounters don’t always have to be one-on-one though; Triptrotting has a global team of Local Advisors who curate meetups and group activities all over the world. These activities can be as intimate as an outdoor movie screening with 10 people, or as epic as a 600-person takeover of a local hot spot in your city! The global team embodies Triptrotting’s mission of connecting travelers and hosts in every corner of the world, and these events are guaranteed to be as attractive to locals as they are to tourists!
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Don’t miss SAWADEE THAILAND SERIES – KAREN Long-Neck Tribe- Inside the bamboo hut, Meet the AKHA Tribe, ancient customs, Luxury in Thailand’s exotic region, Ancient world of Siam, making an offering to a Monk, Dine in a restaurant owned by royalty, visit an elephant camp, ancient Ayutthaya, ride a bamboo raft down a jungle river, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, meet the Thai people, off- the- beaten-path experiences, invitations to events, and more!
Watch Sandy’s television program’s celebrity interviews along the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards, Oscar Night-Las Vegas-Style.
Also behind- the-scenes celebrity interviews, Show Reviews, invitations to events, openings, Las Vegas;
You will enjoy dining reviews, interviews, top chefs, openings, invitations to events, wine and food pairings, wine tastings, settings for weddings, romantic restaurants, unique theme parties, Las Vegas, Thai cuisine, dining around the world. www.discovertheultimatedining.com
Discover the Ultimate Health features the latest news from doctors and health professionals from the minimally invasive hip replacement operation to fitness and spas. Discover ancient spa treatments, one-stop pain medical center, “Bleacher of the stars” Kim Vo, when you look for a spa think of your health first, and more!
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After flying across three continents, two oceans, and exploring much of Eastern Europe in just a month, it seemed fitting that my Ultimate Triptrotting Adventure end where it started just a few short months before: in LA. City of angels, of beaches, of aspiring actors and actresses from around the globe. Far more relevant to my time there, however, was LA as base for the Triptrotting office! This is where it had all began, the idea for the contest, the launch, the votes, the decision to send me abroad as am ambassador-of-sorts for the company. Here is where the founders live, work, and lay the foundations for travelers around the world to connect and to gain the ‘local’ experience. How truly symbolic that my ‘local’ experience in LA happened to be with the very people who inspired it all!
And boy did they hook me up! From staying in a typical LA apartment, complete with pool and access to shopping and celebrities at the nearby Grove, to invites to excusive guest-listed clubs and afterparties, to wine-tasting of some fabulous California wine, to night time drives up the hills to see LA spread out below, and beyond. I’m talking Michael Jackson tributes, the grand opening of an ice-cream parlour, Mexican restaurant hopping, Korean BBqs, lounging on Santa Monica Beach, partying with some of LA’s finest at the exclusive birthday party of a well-known event planner, and a day spent at Walt Disney studios (normally off limits to members of the public). Not to mention tours of the Triptrotting office, where so much magic happens! Photo shoots with the team, time spent giving interviews in the studio, the chance to see an album being recorded by an up-and-coming Seattle hip-hop duo Striking Back. Oh, and in case you’re not convinced that my time in LA was suitably awesome, Triptrotting also invited me to the very first TRIPup event in LA. There, I had the chance to meet up with other locals and travelers at the beautiful W Hotel in Hollywood. All-in-all, not a bad introduction to the city of LA!
You don’t wanna hear it from me though, check out video evidence on Triptrotting TV instead!
Viator introduce their website by stating that their goal is wanting each customer to “have an unforgettable experience” every time they travel. This certainly applied to me!
Viator is a company that generously agreed to sponsor the Ultimate Triptrotting adventures, meaning that I was able to choose a Viator tour in each city that I traveled where they were available. The toughest part was narrowing it down to one tour in each city. After that all I had to do was enjoy! (In fact, sometimes they even picked me up and dropped me off after the tours!)
It’s hard to choose highlights from my Viator tours. All of them taught me something new and showed me ways to have fun in the cities I visited. I started out by segwaying in Budapest (a bit silly but actually heaps of fun!). In Prague when torrential rain forced the cancellation of my bike tour, the tour guide came with me to an art exhibit and picnic instead. My Belgrade tour was meant to last just four hours, but turned into a 16 hour extravaganza wherein we crisscrossed the important historical and cultural parts of the city and delved deep into the underground café and bar scene. Through Jelena (my guide aboce), I discovered some of my favourite spaces to date! Sofia, in Belgrade, was an entirely different sort of tour. A lot of focus was put on the Eastern Orthodox religion—we visited numerous iconic churches as well as a 13th century chapel with some of the world’s best-preserved frescoes! Finally, my tours in Istanbul and Athens were a bit more light-hearted—in Istanbul I was treated to a five course meal and a display of typical Turkish dancing, and in Athens I went on a cruise of three islands. They even let me wear the captain’s hat and steer the ship on the way back! (Pity the other passengers when I was in control).
All in all, I had an absolutely fabulous time with Viator! Definitely a great addition to my Triptrotting adventures.
Do you ever feel like sometimes you travel around the world and end up somewhere that feels like home? Greece had that effect on me, and it wasn’t because they had the same language, lifestyle, food, or any other indicator of familiarity. Instead, it was ‘just a feeling’ (as cliché as that can possibly be)… a sense of belonging and of identification with the way the Greeks live and think.
It probably helped that a dear Greek friend of mine and Triptrotter, Sofia, hosted me in Athens. Thanks to her I got the true ‘Triptrotting’ experience, being able to live life as the Greeks do. I stayed with her and her family in their house in the suburbs, which was a great base both to explore the city and to get to know a Greek family. They even invited me to a family lunch and swim at their grandparent’s house in the country, complete with Greek salad and octopus!
Through Sofia I experienced Greek hospitality, friendliness, and open-mindedness. Her and her friends took me gallivanting about the city, educated me about the recent riots, showed me the best place to get a piercing, explored art exhibits and funky courtyard bars, even visited some of the hostels to meet up with other travelers (by the way, I’d totally recommend Student Universe to find hostels in Athens).
Together we convinced sailors to let us on a cruise, talked our way into the captain’s control room, and even into wearing his hat! We took road trips down the coast, traipsed around tiny Greek towns, discovered secluded beaches. We visited her friend’s island summer retreat, went on boat rides with them, saw horses swimming in the water and a man who was Jesus reincarnate in bathing trunks. We ate and ate and ate, from traditional souvlaki to picnics by temples to fresh market produce and restaurants in public squares. We enjoyed an awesome Urban Adventures tour of the Markets and Ruins in Ancient Athens. They took me to graffiti-lined alleyways, activists squatting in a park-turned-vegetable garden, on walks around the Parthenon. They even taught me that water-bottle prices were regulated by the government, so that hot, thirsty Greeks always had access to hydration. (Clever, n’est-ce pas? But I wonder what the IMF has to say about it!)
All in all, I had an absolutely wonderful three days in Greece. In many ways, Athens felt like a secret Montreal/Brooklyn/Melbourne, just with fresher food, friendlier people, and fantastic weather (sunshine!). I could not recommend it more highly, and hope that no one is dissuaded by sensationalist media reports of riots and random violence…I know that I’ll be back!
Check out more of my Ultimate Adventures through Europe on Triptrotting TV!
I’m in Istanbul, which means that my long journey by Interrail has come to an end. I’ve travelled from Budapest through Bratislava and Krakow to Warsaw and Prague, Belgrade, Sofia, and finally, Istanbul. Thousands of kilometres, hundreds of villages, and many new friendships later, it seems fitting that the end of my journey be in the same city in which the Orient Express ends. It serves as a reminder of the magic associated with riding on a train; while cheaper tickets and modern conveniences may have removed some of the glamour and mystery from trains, they will never remove the allure.
My 22 day Interrail pass allowed me the freedom to travel throughout Europe and to experience all the best that traveling by train has to offer. I became addicted, not just to watching the countryside flash by, but also to waking up in the morning to a completely different landscape. Trains give you a far more scenic trip than planes and a far more intimate trip than a drive down a highway. Instead, they wind and carve through farmland, over rivers, through the centers of towns. From the train window I saw rainbows, peasants, fields of sunflowers, small countryside villages and more.
And inside, I formed friendships that will last a lifetime. Sharing a compartment with other travelers naturally fosters new friendships. I shared tea with my Turkish train conductor, found out about a Serbian festival from an old German man, explored Istanbul with a newfound Portuguese friend, and met a 17 year old Serbian graphic designer who invited me back to his small hamlet to experience life in rural Serbia:
Frankly, for backpackers, it is also the most practical way of travel. Not only do you save time by traveling overnight, but booking a bed is cheaper than in a hostel. That, and you have the clickety-clack of the tracks and the rocking of the train to lull you to sleep (and the ocassional snorer, but nothing you wouldn’t get in a hostel right?). In Europe you could use Eurail or Interrail (if you are European citizen) passes to get around. Usually its pretty cheap!
All in all, a fantastic experience which has left me eager for more train action! Trans-Siberian anyone?
See more Ultimate Adventures of Yolanda on Triptrotting TV.
By Triptrotting Team
We’ve recently relaunched the Triptrotting site to a close group of people and will do a full relaunch of our site on May 2st (making some formal announcements). From now until we relaunch, you’ll have a chance get your friends involved and win an IPAD2! For every trusted friend that you refer to join Triptrotting, you will have an extra entry to win an IPAD 2.
How can friends join Triptrotting through you? EASY!
Facebook, Twitter, Email, Blog, you name it! Your friends will need to put in your email so we know that you are referring them when asked to be verified. We’ll keep track how many people join the Triptrotting community through you.
For those of you that have been with us from the very beginning, you definitely know how far we’ve come! From the days of PDF profiles until now, our team is so excited to make this possible for everyone. We truly appreciate it!!
Happy Triptrotting 🙂