TOTD: GoodTravelYoung

Schermafbeelding 2014-11-19 om 19.34.47Hey Friends!

Today I have another great traveler for you guys!
I love it when someone really inspires me to travel more and to discover this earth, and our #TOTD of today really does that for me and I am sure he will do it for you too!

Short message from the #TOTD:
My name is Steve Marin, Founder of GoodTravelYoung.com. I’m 25 years old, born & raised in New Jersey, about 15 min just outside of New York City.

My passion for travel came from a mix of many different avenues. Traveling during the summer as a kid with my parents and going to Colombia to visit family were an influence. Smaller trips such as a drive to Pennsylvania to see how the Amish live or a trip to Lake George, NY to sail with family friends.

Steve totd 2Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern on television also added to this urge I had, which we all know as wanderlust.

Once I graduated college in 2012, I took a last-minute trip to Montreal for a weekend and came to the realization that I had quite a passion for exploring different cultures and really diving into the lifestyle, the food, and the people. All these experiences were vital in the culminating and cultivating of GoodTravelYoung.

‘GoodTravelYoung was created to show the world that New York City isn’t just Time Square, Paris isn’t just the Eiffel Tower, Rome isn’t just the Colosseum, etc. There is an entire world out there to explore, the tourists won’t know about it, but us travelers will.’

Enjoy http://www.GoodTravelYoung.com, I’m always looking to connect with other travel enthusiasts.

1. Where did you go for your first travel experience/holiday?
The first travel experience I can remember was when I was 9 years old to Medellin, Colombia, where my dad is from. We went primarily to visit family but it was my first taste of what it means to really travel and I haven’t forgotten it sincepueblito1went to the touristy areas that you’d go on any first-timer trip, like Plaza Botero and El Pueblito Paisa. However, we also went deeper into the city and countryside to see the little shops, the local cafes, small hole-in-the-wall restaurants with cooking that conjures up memories of one’s grandma. In the countryside we spent a weekend on the fincas, or what we known in the States as a country-side ranch, cooking sancocho from scratch and picking fresh fruit in the wilderness.

This was my introduction to the beauty of traveling and I’ve been intrigued by the genuine cultural experience on every travel ever since. More on this at: http://www.goodtravelyoung.com/exploring-medellin-like-a-paisa/ 

2. Which 5 items do you always bring on your travels?
1.  iPhone 6 Plus on TMobile – free text & data almost anywhere in the world. There’s no better feeling than not having to run around looking for wifi.
2.  The classic Ray-Ban wayfarers – for those extra sunny mornings. Thoughts of walking to Museo Del Jamón in Madrid in a zombie-like daze after a long night of bar-hopping springs to mind.
3.  Universal travel charger adapter – compatible with practically every outlet. The last thing you want is a dead battery; I found a cheap one on Amazon.com.
4.  MacBook Pro – for extended travel, I update GoodTravelYoung on my Mac rather than waiting to return home.
5.  Solid cologne – I try to travel minimally but as a man I also want to smell good doing so haha. Having a limit of what size I’m allowed to take toiletries can be a pain especially with liquids so I opt for solid cologne that won’t spill and can fit in my pocket — found on MarinGoods.com

3. Where are you now and where will you go for your next trip?
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As of this moment I’m back home in New Jersey continuing to grow GoodTravelYoung and network with travelers.

On my next trip, I’m still debating whether to tour the Côte d’Azur because France; or possibly some cities in Italy. I should be narrowing it down real soon.

4. What is your dream destination and why?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy dream destinations tend to change by the year. One that’s been on my list since childhood is Egypt. Exploring the entire country, specifically the ancient sites as I’ve been obsessed with cities like Alexandria and Cairo as a kid.

5. What is your favorite travel picture that you took and why/what is the story behind it? 
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This was taken atop Panorama Mirador Virolai in Barcelona. You can find this location above the famous Parc Güell after a bit of hiking.

This picture is about persistence. For those that aren’t familiar with the layout of Barcelona, it involves walking uphill, I began my walk from Barri Gotic, walked to la Sagrada Familia, then to Parc Güell, and lastly to the Mirador — about 1 hour and 20 min in 96F or 36C heat.

Although we did stop halfway for a midway Estrella Dam beer and bocadillo Catalan-style (who wouldn’t), it was a tough walk. Yeah, a taxi would’ve solved that, but where’s the adventure in that?

‘Persistence is everything whether trying to walk up to Parc Güell, promote your blog, or any goal you have in mind. Always be persistent and eventually you’ll get there.’

6. If you could take 3 celeb  travel buddies on your next trip, who would they be and why?

imageAnthony Bourdain – the epitome of a traveler in my opinion. He’s also one of my biggest inspirations in being a traveler and no a tourist. Plus, he’s witty as hell.

Tim Ferriss – the quintessential jack of all trades. This man does it all and a motivator for all wantrepreneurs like myself.

Will Ferrell – come on, why not? He can do no wrong and would make the entire trip non-stop laughter. I also just rewatched Step Brothers, so maybe that’s why.

7. Are you a backpacker or a flash packer? And what was the best backpack/flashback accommodation where you have ever stayed?Steve TOTDI’m a budget traveler, I try my best to maximize my travel experiences through hacks while not breaking the bank.

Ideally I wouldn’t complain about flash packing either. Who wouldn’t mind luxury?A balance of both would be preferable.

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To connect with Steve and to follow his travels visit his website: www.goodtravelyoung.com and his Instagram: www.instagram.com/goodtravelyoung

This was nother #TOTD. I hope you guys are inspired to travel more and to see more of our wonderful globe!

Love you guys,

x

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