Aloha! We’re Betsy and Pete!

Now in our sixth year of location independence, we’ve road-tripped, sold all our stuff, and will soon celebrate our two year anniversary of traveling the world full-time. After visiting more than 30 countries since this journey began, we know happiness can be found in a simple, travel-centered life! Join us as we're PassingThru!

Djuronaset: The Luxury of Simplicity

djuronaset the luxury of simplicity

Djurönäset, a 4-star hotel in the spectacular Stockholm archipelago, delivered an experience that epitomized the luxury of simplicity. For many travelers, luxury equates to lavish opulence. Along with this can come overwhelm, though, as glittery excess adds notes of tension. When we do encounter a destination or service which delivers the luxury of simplicity in a calm and confident way, we find the experience remarkable. Such was the case recently, during an all-too-short 24 hours at Continue Reading

Modern Milwaukee: Great Places to Eat, Drink and Live Well

modern Milwaukee

Modern Milwaukee, shaped by a variety of ethnic traditions, boasts great places to eat, drink, and live well. Modern Milwaukee is impacted by the legacy of 19th-century European immigrants, as well as others who came later, all seeking the American dream. Their cultural influence lives on in a vibrant mix of ways to eat, drink and live well in Wisconsin’s largest city. On a recent visit to Milwaukee, we had a chance to see first hand how waves of immigration shaped the city’s growth. Continue Reading

Lake Express Ferry Crossing Lake Michigan

Lake Express Ferry Crossing Lake Michigan

After our recent Lake Express Ferry crossing Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, we arrived relaxed and ready to enjoy our visit to Wisconsin! New Lake Express Ferry crossing Lake Michigan service took the pain out of our driving schedule! Home in the Midwest after an absence of several years, we looked forward to visiting friends and relatives in Minneapolis and West Michigan. What we really didn’t look forward to was the lengthy drive between the two. When the opportunity came to work with Visit Continue Reading

Potawatomi Hotel, Milwaukee

Potawatomi Hotel

Owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi, the new Potawatomi Hotel is part of the largest entertainment destination in the Midwest. The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino tower dominates the skyline looking south from downtown Milwaukee. As part of the Forest County Potawatomi tribe’s expansion to its gaming operations, the $150 million hotel opened for business in 2014. We looked forward to our stay as part of a recent visit to Milwaukee, and we were not disappointed. The hotel is an Continue Reading

Sheridan House Boutique Hotel and Café

Sheridan House

In charming Cudahy, the Sheridan House Boutique Hotel and Café delivers a luxurious vintage experience, minutes from downtown Milwaukee. As Milwaukee gave way to the lakeside town of Cudahy, I felt a twinge of déjà vu. The tidy architecture was reminiscent of a place on another of the Great Lakes where my mother had grown up. Homes and buildings of brick and clapboard dated from the early decades of the 20th century. On the corner of Pulaski and Lake Drive in Cudahy, we found the Sheridan House Continue Reading

A Nostalgic Visit to Paul Bunyan Land

Paul Bunyan Land in Minnesota

Many Minnesotans have fond memories of visiting Paul Bunyan Land as children. Nowadays, this famous attraction has even more for all ages! “Oh boy!” said Pete to the rest of our group. “One of the highlights for us kids on our summer trips to the cabin was visiting Paul Bunyan Land. You know, he talks to you and everything! He even knew my name!” If you grew up in the Northern United States, chances are you know the mythical legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Formulated out of Continue Reading

Fun Adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota

Fun Adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota - fishing with McQuoids

With summer brings the opportunity for a variety of fun adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota on land and water, and even in the air! Summer fun adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota abound for all ages! We recently rediscovered this region with new eyes after an absence of several years. Active enthusiasts will be amazed at all the options, no matter how you roll. There is no more perfect environment than a Minnesota summer to get your groove on! Come along and be inspired as Continue Reading