“Spread the Love” Feature of the Week: On Our Own Path

In this weekly series, we like to take a few minutes to spread the love for those people, services and products that Rachel and I have encountered in our lives and in our travels, who and which we have come to admire, appreciate and support. Rest assured, we receive no direct compensation for the endorsements we make in this series. Our intentions are simple: to help like-minded people and organizations make positive and supportive connections.  
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What is On Our Own Path?

On Our Own Path is a travel blog run by two adventurous and, beyond all else, selfless individuals, named Bessie and Kyle.  They are self-proclaimed computer geeks and yoga peeps who have now been on the road for 1381 days, traveled 113,376 miles and volunteered 1,448 hours.

Bessie and Kyle recap their story and share the following information about themselves on the About Page of their website:

“The day we met, Kyle asked me to go with Puerto Rico with him. I knew we were meant to be. In a few years time, we started some major traveling savings, got married, and in Jan 2008, took off with one-way tickets to Guatemala.

We thought we were only leaving for a year. We traveled from Mexico to Argentina, 14 countries, 1,000+ hours spent volunteering. As our travel fund dwindled, we felt a fork in the road. To travel or not to travel? We chose Korea. We spent a year teaching English, started our meaningful gifts site and saved up a small fortune to keep traveling.

We’re still in Asia, continuing our dream on our own path. Where will we go next?

About Bessie
I believe in passions: finding what you love, and doing it. For me that’s wandering the world, yoga, biking, photography, singing to myself, playing Settlers of Catan, and connecting with people. Check out my list of 29 Things to do Before I Turn 29.

I’m a non-profit girl that understands the value of giving selflessly and giving lots of hugs. My heart is back in Chicago, but the rest of me lives out in the world, in search of adventure.

About Kyle
Apart from being a computer programmer and blogger (he built this site from scratch), he is also an English teacher, Spanish speaker, bass player, runner, and colonizer of Mars. (One of those isn’t true…guess which one) In other words, he’s interested in a lot of things and tries not to be a one trick pony. In fact, he tries not to be any kind of farm animal, preferring to be a semi-intelligent human being instead.”

Why We Love On Our Own Path:

We love On Our Own Path, and in turn, Bessie and Kyle, because they epitomize what it means to follow your own passions and to live in a selfless manner. Plus, they are just really good people who are originally from my own hometown, Chicago.

In their post, “How We Started Our Dream and How You Can Too,” Bessie and Kyle explain how, when they bucked the social pressures to put their travel dreams on hold and left their cute little apartment on the North side of Chicago for a life of travel and volunteerism, some people viewed their decision to pursue their own path as selfish, but Bessie & Kyle knew they were just fulfilling their true potential.

Nearly 4 years later, having traveled over 113,376 miles (map) and having spent more than 1,448 hours volunteering in various communities around the world since then, Bessie and Kyle continue to demonstrate how we can all pursue our own paths and still contribute great things, for the greater good of the world.

Discover On Our Own Path for Yourself:

Website: http://www.onourownpath.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/OnOurOwnPath 

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/#!/search/ourownpath

3 Responses to “Spread the Love” Feature of the Week: On Our Own Path

  1. Kyle November 14, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Thanks for the mention! If you’re ever in this part of the world (Myanmar, currently) give us a holler 🙂

  2. Bessie November 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Really kind you guys! Awesome for you to highlight us. I hope we're able to meet up, on whatever continent we can. Cheers!

    • The|Globe|Less|Traveled November 16, 2011 at 12:27 am #

      Our pleasure! Just spreading the love for all the great, inspiring things you two are doing!

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