Zipkick Blogger: Dave Brett from Travel Dave


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Zipkick Blogger:  Dave Brett from Travel Dave 



1- Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)

Has to be my first trip to Finland, it changed everything. This was my first time travelling solo on my own, first time encountering a culture, my first taste of independence, my first time over packing and lugging a huge wheelie bag around a country!

Took a lot out of my first trip to Finland and I’m truly grateful for all the Finnish people that made me feel so welcome and kick started my travelling addiction.

2- If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?

Would for sure head directly to Cuba, sort out one of those old school apartments with 2nd hand furniture with the mattress on the floor, grab a box of cigars and a bottle of Rum, open the window shades, listen to the Latin American music blasting out from the cafe across the road and get on with some Hemingway style writing sessions. I love to write with atmosphere, it helps massively with my flow and makes writing most enjoyable.

18960979363_bf42c35ec7_o3- What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?

This year I visited Laos for the first time and was invited to a rice field to help plough the lands with a few local farmers for the day. My job for the day was to manage the farms Ox called Suzuki. Not wanting to look silly amongst my newly adopted Laos friends I decided to go along that I knew how to plough a rice field with an Ox.

Suzuki was a very powerful Ox and I underestimated it’s speed as I ended up roaming around half the paddy field in record time. The local farmers enjoyed the whole show, not sure we farmed much rice that day.

4- What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?

TripIt is my favourite app as its perfect for lazy travellers like myself who hate planning and prefer doing. All I have to do is simply book my travels and TripIt organises everything for me automatically and keeps it in one easy to find place. If I didn’t have TripIt, I’d probably have to hire someone, It’s a life saver for those constantly travelling on the road.

18551517694_bdc7969cce_o5- What place do you wish more people have seen?

South Korea, I feel it gets overlooked. I love the Korean culture, Korean Food, Korean way of life, its unique and most importantly an extremely fun country to visit. The moment I left Korea I wanted to go back again, can’t wait to return

6- Best advice you have been given and by whom?

The World is meant to be experienced not Imagined – Chris Guillebeau

7- When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?

I was exploring Langkawi, Malaysia and a local (now good friend) invited me around to his family home and his family prepared some local Malaysian food for me to try and experience. It was great spending time with him and his family and trying food how it should be prepared, with people around a table at home, it was a lovely experience and was for sure the highlight of my trip to the island.

16675970304_0cf587cfb9_o8- What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new

I read a book called know before you go by, Tom Griffiths back in 2007, it was a book focused on taking a Gap Year and he later found the website The booked explained why you should take a gap year, funnily enough, I used it to hack my life, he suggested 10 or so different methods of taking a year out and why you should do it. I thought to myself, why can’t I do 10 gap years?

It’s now 2015 and I’m still on my gap year, its working, I think I should call it a gap life, maybe a good idea for a new blog.

9- I am a zip kick blogger because….

Community is important and its awesome to share the world with the world through numbers, I’m happy to be apart of the Zipkicker community.

Find out more about Dave and follow him:

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Hello, my Name is Dave Brett, I’m 26 years old and I was born and raised in the city of London in the United Kingdom. Travelled to 86 countries, studied and lived in Finland, Wales and The Netherlands, worked and lived in Singapore, Thailand, Switzerland and the USA and this has all been made possible by being frugal and sticking to a backpackers budget, working remotely and living a digital nomadic lifestlye.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

One response to “Zipkick Blogger: Dave Brett from Travel Dave

  1. Yes VT 2003 was a Thursday game. 10/23/2003 was indeed a Thursday. I was a Sophomore back then and rushed the field. I did an about-face when the pepper spray went flying, though.

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