New Jersey with Two Backpackers

So many people forget that their home town is someone else's dream travel destination, so in an effort to pool our local knowledge, WR is running a series of Questionnaires for Experts, Bloggers and other Travel Knowledgeables.  

Today's Travel Knowledgables are Jason and Aracely Castellani, a.k.a. Two Backpackers, whose M.O. is to shoot and share while they travel, video that is.  They normally travel budget style, so their tips for them home town, New Jersey, will be helpful to anyone looking to do New York or Philadelphia on the cheap side.  

Where's your home town, and what's the main reason people visit?

Our hometowns are different between Aracely and I, but we both reside in New Jersey.  We have lived in New Jersey most of our lives and consider it the best location for almost everything.  

What's the main reason you think people SHOULD be visiting?

People should be visiting New Jersey because they can experience so many different things in such a small area.  A quick stop in Philadelphia or New York City can lead to endless adventures in the surrounding areas.

If you had to recommend to the friend of a friend one unmissablething to do in your home town what would it be?

Again, with our hometown being New Jersey, we would suggest hitting up New York City, the greatest melting pot of people, architecture and food in the world.  It is truly the city of the world.

If they had a whole day in town what would you recommend they do?

If visiting New York City, be sure to visit the top of the Empire State Building.  It’s cliche, but it provides you the greatest sense of the city’s size.  At night you can see the bright lights reflecting from Times Square, the darkness (no building lights) of Central Park and the endless bridges connecting the island.

What if they had three days?

If it is in the summer, visit the Jersey Shore for one day, New York City another and last Historic Philadelphia.  The cities aren’t in the state of New Jersey, but what makes New Jersey special is that you can easily visit them.

What will you never catch a local doing?

You will never find a local with a map, hanging out in Times Square, or riding in a rickshaw in the city.

What WILL you catch a local doing?

Enjoying lunch in open areas, taking the subway and walking their dog.

And what local delicacies would visitors be fools not to try while they're there?

Eat pizza anywhere between Philadelphia and New York City.  Have a famous cheesesteak from Philadelphia and enjoy an Italian hoagie at a local sub shop.

In 140 characters, how would you sum up your home town as a great destination?

Historic Philadelphia & the melting pot of NYC. Atlantic City & the Jersey Shore. Hike the Appalachian Trail or ski in the Poconos.

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