Twippers of the Week: Howard and Jerry from Backroad Planet.
Current city: We are not nomads, but we jump at every travel opportunity, especially road trips, fly-drives, and small ship cruises. Our home is Central Florida.
Age: Howard is 57 and Jerry is 54.
Total countries visited: Our combined country count is 26.
What makes you interesting: We are two very different types of travelers. Howard is an extensive researcher, planner, and itinerary-designer. Jerry is a capricious, spontaneous traveler. He loves to hop in the car and see where the road leads. The good news is that our travel styles complement each other, and we both appreciate the value of our alternate “Travanalities.” What we have in common is a love for scenic routes, historical sites, off-the-beaten path destinations, local flavor, and authentic experiences. Without question, our best travel experiences have been times when the planets aligned, synchronicity stepped in, and unexpected events left us forever changed. Fortunately, our readers are much like us, and we are most grateful that they have found us interesting.
What’s your favorite passport stamp: Howard’s favorite passport stamp is Chile from his very first international trip in 1970 when he was eleven years old. Jerry’s favorite stamp is the UK because he is entertained by all things British.
If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: For Jerry, it would be a toothbrush, and for Howard it would be a Nike cap.
Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: We love meeting fun, friendly, people with great stories to tell. We both agree that one of the most interesting people we have met on our travels was a lady named Kathy who we met on the first night of a river cruise. It was after dark and we were enjoying the breeze on the sun deck. Kathy spotted us, walked over, and introduced herself with an off-putting question. Later we learned that she was a breast cancer survivor, a lover of chickens and cats, with a transparent honesty and great sense of humor that kept us entertained for the rest of the cruise.
What have you learned about yourself during your travels: We live in rural Central Florida where everyone owns a car or truck. Jerry learned that he was wrong about public urban transportation. It is actually a great convenience, economical and quick! Howard has learned as much as he loves travel, it’s still nice to come home.
What is the best part about having a travel partner: The best part of having a travel partner is having someone with whom to share the journey, especially when things go wrong, like when Howard’s retina detached on the first day of a European river cruise.
What people say when they travel with you: We have no idea, but we hope it’s positive!
Next travel destination: Iceland