Aloha! We’re Betsy and Pete!

2015 began our fifth year of location independence. We’ve road-tripped, sold all our stuff, and now have just begun our second year of traveling the world full-time. Happiness can definitely be found in a simplified, travel-centered life! Join us as we're PassingThru!

Sigatoka Sand Dunes – Fiji’s First National Park

Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is not just an oceanside ecosystem. It's also the site of major archeological discoveries that link Fiji to East Asia. The lovely view of the Korotogo lagoon from the house at which we stay in Fiji extends to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. On a clear day from the top of the hill here, we not only hear the roar of the surf as it breaks along the Coral Coast, but see the breakers crash against the sand in the distance, raising all sorts of Continue Reading

Peaceful Places in Istanbul

peaceful places in Istanbul: tahtireven sedan chair

We'd have been overwhelmed during our recent visit if not for Context Travel's thoughtful walking tours, which brought us to peaceful places in Istanbul. Having secured impossibly inexpensive seats on a long haul flight out of Istanbul, we'd decided to give the city another chance after a not so positive layover last year. Surely we shouldn't judge any place solely on its airport, right? When Context Travel offered to show us around during our Istanbul stay, we were very eager to join their Continue Reading

Lukomir: A Look at the Old Ways of Bosnia

Lukomir - the most remote village in Bosnia

In the mountains above Sarajevo lies Lukomir, Bosnia’s most remote village. Its semi-nomadic herders keep the old ways in the shadow of medieval tombstones. If you watched the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, you know Bjelasnica, the site of alpine skiing events. What you may not know, and we didn't either, is that up a single lane dirt track from where these events were held, less than 20 km as the crow flies, lies Bosnia's most remote village. In Lukomir, life remains as it must have been hundreds of Continue Reading

A Year of Full-Time Travel Q&A

? Green dress.

A year of full-time travel experiences in the books and we're not ready to quit! These are the most frequent questions we get and their answers. We recently had an anniversary! A year of full-time travel has flown by, so it was kind of a shock to realize we’ve been “deliberately homeless” for that amount of time. Along the way, we’ve routinely been asked similar questions, no matter what our location. So we thought it would be fun to celebrate our anniversary with a quick Q&A Continue Reading

Into Serbia

into serbia - Knez Mihailova

We picked up speed, heading east out of Sarajevo. The day was sunny, but we weren’t into it. We weren't very into Serbia, either, but we were going there. Just when you think you have things figured out, they get complicated again. We’d spent a week in Bosnia and Herzegovina, filling in the blanks from when the Balkans were front and center with the media in the 1990s. Or, we realized, perhaps we still only had part of the story. Too hard to say. But we were definitely heading into Serbia with Continue Reading

Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina: 10 Things We Learned

Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina: 10 Things We Learned

As we prepared for travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, we realized how little we knew going in, other than vague memories of the war. Now there is far more to share. So there we were, catching an airless bus out of Dubrovnik. Rumbling toward a place called Neum on a tiny finger of territory 20 kilometers long, the spit which gives modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina its legal access to the sea, we didn't know what to think. When they heard we were going to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, some Continue Reading

Too Touristy! What Does That Mean?

Eiffel Tower - all to ourselves in late January

Is "too touristy" a putdown or a valid warning? We’ve all had the conversation. You mention a place you’ve visited, or thinking you'd like to visit, and someone will respond, “Oh no, it’s way too touristy!” The implication is you might be a special sort of someone because you want to go or went there and :::gasp::: possibly even enjoyed yourself. Paris? Oh no, too touristy. (I love it, Pete is like, “meh.”)Going up in the Eiffel Tower? You’ll wait forever. (We didn’t wait at all; it was in Continue Reading