Meet Jon

Jon is one of the founders of Triposo and just like the others he's well traveled. He's not just backpacked across most of Europe and Asia, but he has also been roaming the planet for six months with his wife a little baby. 

One of Jon's favorite spots:
The Annapurna massif in Nepal (picture by the Triposo Adventurers)

Which place do you call home?
I was born in Malmö, Sweden but I only lived there for the first 4 years of my life. Since then I've lived in various parts of Sweden, the UK and Australia. Now I’m living in Berlin where our HQ is.

How did you catch the travel bug?
My parents were part of radical political movement and travelled around a lot connecting with various factions. They also moved to wherever the movement needed them, so travelling has always been a natural part of my life. Staying in the same place for too long makes me restless.

What's the most interesting trip you've taken.
My first son was born in Australia in April last year. He is two weeks older than Triposo. We wanted to get closer to our parents so we decided to move back to Europe but we couldn't decide on exactly which city to live in. So we got rid of all our stuff in Australia, packed two bags and travelled around Europe for 6 months with a 6-month baby in tow. Finally we decided Berlin was the place to settle down in. It certainly was a different type of travelling to what we did before we had kids :-)

What's your favorite spot?
The Annapurna massif in Nepal had some mind blowing vistas. I trekked around it for 3 weeks ten years ago.

Where do you dream of travelling to?
There's so much left to see! I haven't done the Inca trail in Peru yet but Machu Picchu looks amazing in pictures. Love to do that.

Travel advice you've learned along the way?
Trust most people that you meet! There are bad seeds out there out to get to the content of your wallet but if you distrust everyone you miss out on amazing conversations and experiences.

What do you always take when on the road?
Earplugs and and an eye mask. With these I can sleep absolutely anywhere: airplanes, snoring dorms, partying hostels or noisy trains.

What do you collect when you travel?
Mostly memories. :-) Nah, lately I've started buying kitchy little souvenirs from each place I visit.

Tripgeist 2013

Last year we wrote a blog post predicting which travel destinations would be trending in 2012 based on our algorithms. It's December again so it won't come as a surprise that we have a fresh list for you with the top places to go in the coming year.

The way we've compiled the Tripgeist Chart for 2013 is pretty much the same as before - our algorithms predict the popularity of travel destinations. We compared the scores from last year with this year's result and we have Tripgeist: the travel trends for the new year.

Tripgeist

1. Germany - Jasmund National Park (+55%)


Jasmund National Park is one of the most romantic spots on the German Baltic coast.  With white cliffs over 150 meters high, a fairytale forest and secluded beaches, travelers are also just minutes away from the posh beach town of Binz.

2. Greece - Antiparos (+49%)


The Greek need a break in 2013.  If you need a break too, pay a visit to beautiful Antiparos, our 2013 runner up. Antiparos іs well-recognized fоr іts relaxed, authentic atmosphere. Іt has beaches оn аll sides аnd offers а nice alternative tо the more crowded аnd hectic islands nearby. It's also known fоr іts excellent wind conditions fоr wind- аnd kite-surfing.

3. Puerto Rico - Vieques (+48%)


Fоr sixty years the majority оf Vieques wаs closed off by the US Navy and the island remained almost entirely undeveloped by tourism. Thіs lack оf development іs nоw the key attraction. Vieques іs a sleepy, unspoiled island with rural "old world" charm аnd pristine deserted beaches which іs rapidly becoming а popular destination.

4. Thailand - Ko Tao (+39%)


Ko Tao іs less developed thаn Ko Samui аnd Ko Pha Ngan, but is becoming increasingly popular because of its inexpensive scuba diving certification. We're also seeing more and more families who fіrst visited the island ten years ago and аre nоw returning wіth theіr families.

5. Sri Lanka - Sigiriya (+38%)


Sri Lanka has emerged from its 26-year-long civil war and is reclaiming its place as one of the most exciting tourist destinations. Sigiriya is famous for its ancient fortress that was built in the 5th century AD. The оnly wаy іntо the city іs through the giant lion's jaw, so don't forget to pack your courage when you come here. 

6. USA - Pittsburg (+38%)


Pittsburgh remains the East Coast's well-kept secret. Though not built up by reputation, the city's unique combination of bridges, steep hills, and broad rivers make it one of the most naturally scenic cities in the country. Cheap food and beer are aplenty in this true sports town where the locals are amazingly friendly.

7. Wales - Tenby (+34%)


Tenby іs аn exceptionally busy UK holiday resort іn the summer. The relatively unspoiled beaches аnd historic town walls make it a treat for any traveler. Why don't you treat yourself to Tenby in 2013?