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Where in the world are you right now?

A discussion thread about places we're currently exploring
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Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Starting this thread to find out where everyone is right now.
Extra points for including an interesting fact or tip about your destination 🙌

I'll go first...

Right now, I'm in Tasmania at a small town called Orford (population: 500)
Fun fact: We have wallabies (small kangaroos) that hop around at night!

1 year ago (edited)
Independent B2B Travel Writer | Travel Intelligence Media

Helloooooo!!! Just got back to Johannesburg from the beautiful Cape Town city. From the beach to the concrete jungle...! Heart sore! Anyway...! Fun fact, Johannesburg is known as the "City of Gold" or "Egoli" due to the gold rush many years ago. What's also cool is that it is home to almost half the world's human ancestor fossils!! Not gonna sugar coat it.... a visit to Johannesburg is necessary!

1 year ago
Creative Director, Global Convoy

Right now I am in England, in a small town called Henfield!

Fact: It has one of the worlds oldest cricket clubs which was formed in 1771.

1 year ago
Founder/CEO, Alehap.vn

Hi Ian & All

I'm the Phu My Hung area of Ho Chi Minh City, which is modern landscaped area and the mini-Seoul of the city, where most of the Korean population lives.

Fun fact: despite the modern city and cool bars, you can still find traditional Bia Hoi - fresh beer, taken direct from breweries after a few days of fermenting. It's light, low alcohol, great on a summer's night and doesn't give a stonking hangover.

1 year ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

I do miss that Asian light beer... you'll have to take me for a visit to some breweries on my next visit to SGN!

PS: @natalya from SecretEATS is headed your way this week too!

1 year ago
Hospitality Real Estate, Artrprnr

I’m in Miami Beach - just went for a run along the beautiful water here.

We’ve had heavy tourism and migration all throughout the pandemic, we are expecting that to increase even more now that the border is opening for Europeans.

1 year ago

Just landed back in Miami International International Airport yesterday and can confirm that the lines of European travellers stretched for hours at immigration!

1 year ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Who would have thought we'd appreciate lines at the airport! 😂

1 year ago
Co-Founder, TRAVHOTECH, FOODnBEVTECH, hiGuard, Testbed Vegas

Vegas baby!

An interesting fact is that the Bright Light City is back. Possibly the indicators suggest bigger than before.

Visitation is up. Large scale events are on. IMEX was last week for events with 10k participants from the event and meetings sector. CES is on and by all indications it will be over the top. Coming? Let me know.

On the individual side Vegas had its biggest July ever. 30% up in revenue city wide with 20% less guests. Extraordinary. Less people indulging more. This was before events had started again.

If you are visiting don’t be a massive traveling stranger!

Cheers,

Mark

1 year ago (edited)
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Hey Mark, this is great news. I've always wanted to go to CES... will you be heading to it next year?

1 year ago
Co-Founder, TRAVHOTECH, FOODnBEVTECH, hiGuard, Testbed Vegas

Yes, CES is on and based upon the state of things in Vegas it will be large...! The new convention centre extension was slated for this event last year which adds a significant amount of space and connectivity to the event. Biggest ever would be the prediction. If you anyone is coming let me know.

1 year ago
Founder, HängemattenReisen

Hi Ian, Hi TM,

Right now I am in Berlin
Fun fact: Berlin is nine times the size of Paris. But Berlin is not as crowded as Paris. While Berlin has 4,000 inhabitants per square kilometre, Paris has 21,000 inhabitants per square kilometre.

1 year ago
Travel blogger, Your Helpful Wendy

Bonjour everyone!!
Right now I'm in Miami, USA and wishing I was in Lisbon 😁

Fun Facts: We have the BEST Cuban coffee and pastries in the world, make sure you grab a couple when you visit us.

1 year ago
Owner, Activities Namibia

I am currently in Swakopmund Namibia, where the Dunes of the oldest Desert in the World meet the Atlantic Ocean. A unique place that must be on your bucket list. And if travelling to Namibia, bring some time along, there is lots to see and experience.

1 year ago
General Manager, LATC Turismo

I am currently in Rio de Janeiro, steps away from beautiful Ipanema beach.

Travel tip: A visit to Christ the Redeemer is probably on every traveler's bucket list, which makes it a pretty crowded attraction. If you take one on one pics with the famous statue, make sure to wake up early and take the Paineiras Corcovado vans that leave from Lido at Copacabana Beach at 8:00am sharp and get there before the first train has arrived, free of the crowds.

Interesting fact: Rio de Janeiro has served as the Brazilian capital city for almost 200 years, when the capital shifted to the planned city of Brasília in 1960. Yes, Brasília is the capital of Brazil. Not Rio, not São Paulo...and certainly not Buenos Aires! LOL

1 year ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Rio is a place I'd absolutely love to visit! Are there any plans for Brazil to open up visa-on-arrival to more countries in the future?

1 year ago
General Manager, LATC Turismo

You'more than welcome for a visit, Ian! Brazil doesn't not have a visa-on-arrival program, but since early 2019 Australians don't need a visa to visit the country as tourists for a max period of 90 days.

Hopefully Air New Zealand and LATAM will resume their connections to NZ/AUS in the near future to make the trip easier - albeit still a pretty long one!

1 year ago
Founder, Adventures With Locals Ltd

Right now,I am I'm Kidepo Valley National Park.We had a wonderful and cultural visit to Karamajongo Manyattas.

FUN FACT:
The Karamajong are a tribe of fierce warrior pastoralists in North Eastern corner of Uganda bordering South Sudan and Kenya.

These people have lived here for hundreds and hundreds of years.During the colonial times,the British colonial governments failed to control this type of people and their area was simply set off limits.

Life in Karamoja is communal.Things are done together and for the good of the entire community not just a nuclear family or an individual.

Men can take as many wifes as they want to as long as they have dowry to pay for them.it is one of those societies where dowry is still taken very seriously.

Discover and learn more about Kidepo Valley National Park and the Karamajong people on your next visit to Uganda.

1 year ago
Content & Community Manager, Travel Massive

📍 In Bansko, Bulgaria - a lively mountain town and winter sports resort I made my home a year ago.

Fun fact: There's an old Soviet car Lada Niva with the Travel Massive logo running around the town and the nearby mountains, driven by digital nomads from all over the world 🚗 😀

1 year ago
Co-founder of MNE Chapter, CEO, HYVÄ Coaching & Consulting

Hi everyone, we just had a fantastic 4-day fam trip in Ulcinj, Montenegro with our community and nature-based tourism development folks and agencies, most of them also members here. #SaltyEpicUlcinj #ForSalt #ForBirds #ForPeople for photos & impressions on FB & Insta.
Fun Fact: Over 250 bird species here at the salt pans, Adriatic Flyway of Europe. We got to see pink flamingos 🦩🦩🦩 and Dalmatian pelicans very close.

1 year ago (edited)
Co-Founder, TheWaysBeyond

Hi everyone! I’m in a small town 25km from Paris. It’s called Brunoy, pretty green and lively!
Fun fact: before the French Revolution, Brunoy was famous for the production of… pineapples!

1 year ago
Marketing & Communications, Travel Massive / Lisa Hübner Consulting

Hi from Berlin, one of the greenest cities in Europe 🌳 my favorite city escape is the small town of Kladow on Lake Wannsee, just 30 minutes from the city center by public transport 😎

1 year ago
President + Founder, Inside Europe Experiences

Good morning from the icy South, to be more precise South Carolina.
I opted to keep on traveling during these trying times (as safely and conscious of the new normal as possible) and then I was forced to do so because of a family emergency back in Deutschland.

Just got back from London and Germany (will return to Germany for the holidays), and am off to Hawaii and California, two of my true happy places after Thanksgiving for mainly work, but also a little play.

Fun fact: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday even tho my last name phonetically is "Christmas" in German.

1 year ago
Tourism Promotions Officer, Zambia Tourism Agency

Hello everyone,
Glad to connect with you all 😊 am in Livingstone, tourist town of Zambia and home of the beautiful 'Victoria Falls. Locally known as the Mosi oa Tunya. Which means the 'smoke that thunders'
You can get to do a lot of activities from Safari, culture and historical tours.

When you in Zambia, get in touch

1 year ago
Event Organizer & Traveler, GlobalGaz

I just returned to Boston (for the holidays) from 3 months of travel. I went to Armenia, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Sudan.

1 year ago
Travel blogger, marjorieturner.com

Boston-area here too. Sometimes what is right around the corner from home is the most exciting place to explore.

2 days ago
Editor-in-Chief & Travel Coach, Vacayou Wellness Travel

In Scottsdale, Arizona, visiting family ☀️🌵and soaking up all the warm weather I can before heading back to Finland.

Fun fact: Scottsdale was originally named Orangedale 🤷🏻‍♀️ because of the area’s reputation as excellent for growing citrus 🍊🍋

1 year ago
CEO, Sampan Travel

I am in Amman, Jordan!

Fun fact: I haven`t yet seen a dog but there are street cats everywhere. Big, fluffy and tough. Usually hanging out in small packs around dumpsters.

1 year ago

Hi everyone,in Instabul Turkey hope to go to Armenia and Georgia soon.

1 year ago
Travel Designer & Coach, Laissez Faire Travel Co.

i am in quito, ecuador...the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site (in 1978)

1 year ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

That's a city I've always wanted to visit! I recommend you connect with @ombi and @alex-benavidesv from Quito Travel Massive while you're there :)

1 year ago
Travel Designer & Coach, Laissez Faire Travel Co.

oh that is great! i would love to do a meetup! @ombi @alex-benavidesv

1 year ago
Travel Blogger, Exotic Gringo

one of my favorite cities in the whole world!

yesterday
Cofounder, CMO, Nomad Stays

I am in Portugal Algarve at the moment sucking up some sunshine during winter is anyone around the Algarve who would like to meet up?

11 months ago
Writer, Speaker & Blogger, The British Berliner

I'm in Berlin. I live in a suburb called Prenzlauerberg which is surrounded by ponds, lakes, forests and is just a 20 minute car ride from farm countryside!
Fun fact: Berlin has a population of just 3.7 million people, and has more river bridges than Venice in Italy!

11 months ago
Travel writer and publisher of PubClub.com, PubClub.com

Home base of San Diego. Traveling for the holidays to my hometown of Knoxville, TN. Need to start thinking of travel plans – USA and abroad – for 2022!

11 months ago
Travel Agency, Mtalii travel

Just got back from Watamu a town in the Coastal area of Mombasa, Kenya. Dolphins can be seen in this area

11 months ago
Travel blogger, marjorieturner.com

While we traveled to Newfoundland this summer, we are now back in Massachusetts, reminding ourselves how good it is to be back home. We had an amazing time on our travels, and also find great places of historical significance and natural beauty. We are at the edge of the Blackstone Valley national heritage corridor (RI and MA) which is filled with places that help document the industrial revolution in the U.S. Guess i need to write a post about it.

2 days ago

Venice, CA

Fun fact: it was established as a seaside resort that resembled Venice, Italy. It even has canals and venetian architecture.
Today it is practically part of Los Angeles, as the latter expanded. But Venice maintains its artsy soul and beachy vibe.

yesterday
Travel Blogger, Exotic Gringo

Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Fun fact: If you look up the city on Maps, you'll see an exact square in the center, which is the Old City that dates back to the Lanna Kingdom, complete with corner walls and a moat that surrounds it. My favorite part of the city.

yesterday