Twipper of the Week: Penny Sadler from Adventures of a Carry-On!

Current city: Napa, CA

Age: I’m a woman of “ a certain age”

Total countries visited: 8 with at least 10 trips to Italy and even more to Mexico

What makes you interesting: I’ve just blown up my career as a professional makeup artist for 25+ years and moved to Napa Valley to learn the wine business. Most people eligible for AARP discounts do not do this! I’m still curious, still interested in adventures and trying new things. I think that makes for an interesting person.

What brands do you love: I guess it depends what you are referring to? As a professional makeup artist I love Dior and other luxury cosmetic brands but rarely purchase them. In the wine world I love any brand that offers high quality to value wine. Alsace varietals have my heart. 

What’s your favorite passport stamp and why: My favorite stamp is the one I got when I went on my first media trip to Italy in 2013. I felt like I’d really arrived traveling to Italy all expenses paid.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: When traveling I have no problem spending money on unique local experiences. Hot air balloon rides, and private tour guides are totally worth it!

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has made me tolerant, patient (which I’m definitely not!) and adaptable. It’s also honed my creativity and my appreciation for just about everything in life: food, wine, art, culture.

What are your travel pet peeves: I think my biggest pet peeve is people who work in travel and tourism but dislike tourists.

Describe the last time you tried something new: I try something new almost every day. Especially as a new resident in California There’s always something to do, see and try.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: I’ve met many many interesting people while traveling, it’s truly hard to narrow that down. I think the most interesting people are the ones who are curious about others, willing to share and listen too. That said, I once met a rather famous Italian author while sitting in a Piazza in Pavia. I didn’t know it at the time because he really didn’t speak very much English and I don’t speak much Italian. He invited me for a tour the next day but somehow I missed the connection. Che casino!

Next travel destination: I’ve just taken a 9  – 5 job which does limit my travel options quite a bit. However, I’m determined to go back to Italy this year. And hopefully Alsace too. I’ll definitely be exploring more of beautiful Northern California.