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Twippers of the Week: Betsy and Pete from Passing Thru.

TOW - Nov. 30

Current city: Bangkok

Ages: 61 and 59

Total countries visited: 22

What makes you interesting: As digital nomads go, we might be among the elders. Most people who travel full time at our age are retired. We actively work our online businesses, which provide multiple income streams to offset our expenses. As well, we work with destinations and accommodations partners to review, promote and inspire other travelers through our writing and photography.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: Oh, we’ve met so many interesting people that it’s hard to choose just one. Our most meaningful encounters recently have been in remote villages halfway around the world from each other. One was Lukomir, in the mountains above Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There we met 90-year-old Nura, who lives on her own in the old ways with her neighbors, who are semi-nomadic herders and farmers. Another memorable stop was here in Thailand, among the Kui people. Their heritage is a mix of Thai, Laotian and Khmer, and they are known for silk production, weaving and dyeing. Sometimes it’s almost better when you can’t speak each other’s language. It is then that you revert to the universal languages of kindness and interest in each other.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Aside from the sense of security you have with someone, is companionship. There’s the flavor that you get from your partner’s interests, priorities and opinions. We each have our strengths and weaknesses and those are generally complementary, so the teamwork is an aspect. There are many experiences each of us might not have thought to have on our own, but the other person initiated them which created deeper memories.

What brands do you love: We’re Apple fans – we travel with our MacBooks (Pete has a Pro, Betsy has an Air), iPads and iPhones. We love Starwood Preferred Guest hotels – particularly the Westin brand and their Luxury Collection with whom we’ve enjoyed amazing stays. Wyndham, Choice and Hilton hotel points programs have been great too. We have timeshare exchanges with Marriott and Interval International whose redemption options have allowed us to book free air travel and had us staying in off-the-beaten-path destinations.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: Pete would say our Apple TV box on his end, (although I got caught up on House of Cards in Australia using it). I would say tote bags are my downfall. We’ve always got too many because I tell myself we might need them. We never do.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: We’re partial to train travel. We just love it. You constantly glimpse daily life both on board and out the windows, as opposed to having to deal with airports, airplanes and air passengers.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: We don’t buy a lot of things because we’re nomadic. I got a full year’s wear out of a pair of slippas, (flip flops) which cost me $6 Fiji dollars, (about $3USD). They went all around the world and then back to Fiji. I tried to replace them with exact duplicates when we got back to Sigatoka, but the pair I thought was closest isn’t lasting me as well.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means opportunity and freedom: opportunity to vividly experience life in a variety of settings and meet a constantly fascinating array of individuals. We’re free to go where we want, when we want and stay however long we want. We think this is about as good as it gets.

Next travel destination: We’ll be in SE Asia (Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) and then China!


Twippers of the Week: Ashray and Zara from Backpack Me.


Current city: Rome, Italy.

Age: Ashray 29 and Zara 33.

Total countries visited: Together we’ve been to 36 countries. Apart from those we’ve been to a bunch of others individually.

What makes you interesting: We’re from India (Ashray) and Portugal (Zara). Our travel blog offers a multicultural perspective on travel. We experience things differently because of our distinct backgrounds and the world sees us differently too. This reflects on the way we go around the world and share travel stories.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: It’s always hard to pick just one answer for this type of question. Andy, a British guy we met while road tripping in Patagonia, was indeed interesting. He started traveling around the world solo with his bike 7 years ago. We had been all over the place and had plenty of stories to tell. Funny enough, we kept on bumping into him each other at different petrol pumps as we were all road tripping around the same areas.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Years from now you’ll have someone to reminisce on your travels with you. Just like the quote from Into The Wild, “Happiness is real only when shared”.

What brands do you love: When you travel you can’t be too particular about brands or products you may or may not be able to get where you are. A couple of brands we’re pretty loyal to, even though not travel related, would be Nintendo and Converse.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: A “travel towel”. We were naive to spend any money on such a thing over 4 years ago. Now, we pack a regular towel. Keeping it light is key!

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Our feet! Not that we travel far on foot but once we are in a given place walking around is always the best method to soak up the local vibes!

Best thing you have bought during your travels: We don’t buy much stuff to carry around with us. So the best things we’ve bought during our travels are probably meals in certain countries. A few meals we’ve had in Mexico, India and Thailand have achieved legendary status in our lives.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means expanding our horizons and never stagnating.

Next travel destination: After a few weeks exploring the South of Italy, we’ll be heading to Jordan to visit Petra and do a road-trip around the country.


Twipper of the Week: Kirstie Jefferies from Venga, Vale, Vamos.


Current city: Sydney, Australia.

Age: 26.

What makes you interesting: I’ve lived in three countries (my native U.S., Spain, and Australia) and traveled to many more. I speak Spanish and a bit of Italian. I also studied French and Mandarin but I’d love to learn more!

Total countries visited: About 45 depending on political definitions.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, ambitious and eager.

Who is the most interesting person you met while traveling: How do I narrow it down to just one person? I’ve made fantastic groups of friends in all of the overseas cities I’ve lived and it’s those friends that really made the experiences what they were. Even if I’ve lost touch with some of them, they’re the core reason my time abroad has been so memorable.

What is the best thing you bought during your travels: My trajes de flamenco (flamenco dresses) I bought for Seville’s Spring Festival, Feria. I felt like a local in the traditional outfits and they now make a fantastic souvenir.

Do you have any recommendations to battle jet lag: If you arrive in the morning, no matter how tired you are, make yourself stay awake until that night. By staying active so you keep jet lag off your mind. You’ll be almost as good as new the next morning.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from traveling: Just go for it! A lot of people are scared to live abroad or travel, and getting out of your comfort zone can be intimidating. Once you decide to take that leap, you’ll wonder why you were ever worried in the first place.

Next travel destination: If all goes according to plan, I’ll be going to Cuba later this year. I’m thrilled beyond belief.


Twipper of the Week: Monica Ortega from Monica Goes.


Total countries visited: 9

Current city: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 32

What makes you interesting? I have been a professional host, singer, and actress for 14 years. I used to do stunt shows and ride a bull. I backpacked around Europe. I lived in Nashville to sing and write country music. I teach line dancing. I now host my own adventure show, Monica Goes. I love hiking, camping, traveling, and trying new adventures.

If your personality was a city or country, what would it be? Definitely America! I’m loud, ambitious, love road trips and national parks as well as dreaming big.

What item will you never leave home without?  My phone because I record all of my shows on it.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels? I’m stronger and more capable than I imagined and don’t need to wait for people to go and that people are amazing everywhere.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go? Either Banff National Park in Canada, Alaska or Iceland. Basically anywhere with pretty snowy mountains and adventure.

What is your favorite travel memory? Probably making it to the top of Angels Landing because I have a huge fear of heights and that was quite the accomplishment.

Next travel destination: New Orleans to shoot a Halloween episode.

Feeling Venturesome? Test Your Limits at Bear Mountain State Park

bear mountain state park fall

Manhattan, the city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle, the city of opportunity. Commuting back and forth to work for the typical nine to five every day can exhaust anyone. This Fall, be inspired to do something out of your daily routine. Hop on a boat with TWIP and cruise North to Bear Mountain State Park to celebrate Oktoberfest!

Situated on the west bank of the Hudson River in Bear Mountain, NY are the most epic, serene and beautiful views of Mother Nature. You can hike up the rugged mountains or drive on the only two-way street that runs throughout the vicinity. In the summertime, amenities available are camping, biking, boat rentals, fishing in the lake, open grounds for picnics, playgrounds, a swimming pool and nature trails. During the winter, you can do cross-country skiing, ice skating and enjoy a hot cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace. This is an ideal location for anyone who wants to get away from reality and escape to serenity.

Oktoberfest originated on October 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Five days after the wedding, a large festival was held in Munich, Germany which involved horse races, drinking at beer pubs, and performances. Specialty beers commonly consumed on Oktoberfest are Lowenbrau, Spaten, and Hofbrauhaus, to name a few.

Instead of traveling to Munich, Bear Mountain State Park celebrates their own version of Oktoberfest. Join TWIP on Sunday, October 19 as they cruise along the Hudson River, consume German food and beer, enjoy live entertainment and the beautiful views the park has to offer. Book your tickets at www.twip.co/events to confirm your RSVP. Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes to go hiking as well!

Spending a day with TWIP allows you to create life-long friends and travel partners, share experiences and pass on incredible stories to your friends and family!

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