Skip to main content

Why I Travel

It's been eight months since I came home from SE Asia.  I realized this morning that this is the  longest stretch of being home since I moved here 22 years ago.  The job I moved here for required weekly travel.  Then, after I went out on my own as a consultant, I traveled for work about 95% of the time.  When I wasn't traveling for work, I used my frequent flyer miles to travel internationally for fun.

My wanderlust started when I was young.  My mom's brother - Uncle Jim, to me - sent us the same gifts every Christmas.  A subscription to the National Geographic magazine and a ten pound box of Russell Stover chocolates.

My mom, brother and I would spend hours looking at the photographs, turning pages with chocolaty sticky fingers.  We'd pull out the maps and talk about the places whose names we couldn't pronounce.  We'd talk about family vacations to exotic places.  Those didn't happen because as hard as my dad worked and as successful as he was, the budget didn't stretch that far.  But imagination and learning are free.

I'll always be grateful to my parents for teaching me to dream.  To plan adventures and believe I could make them happen.  Our family vacations were frequently to Baja, California.  That might seem exotic if you're from Boston or Florida but since we lived in southern Arizona the trips were drive-able and relatively inexpensive. 
Back in 1959 we didn't have cell phone photos or drones or even colored photos.  But this is horseback riding on the beach in Baja.

I ate my first street food in Mexico with my dad.  Actually, it was "beach food".  My dad and I went for a horseback ride on the beach at sunrise while my mom and brother slept in.  On our way back to the hotel, a man was just setting up his stand to sell fresh raw oysters.  My dad asked for one.  It was served in a small dixie cup with a squeeze of lime and shot of hot sauce.  Since I was definitely a daddy's girl, I had one too.  And loved it.

I still love street food and poring over maps.  Now the internet makes planning the next adventure even easier.  When I came home last November I wasn't interested in travel.  I was done exploring.  For the first time in my life I wasn't thinking about the next place.  It was a bit disconcerting but I turned my attention to being home and getting my nest in shape.

Lately, I've found myself thinking about where I want to travel next.  What I might see and experience.  I've been looking at maps again.  I'm starting to yearn for the smell of jet fuel.  Thanks, Uncle Jim.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Top Holiday Destinations For British Holiday Makers

8 hours on a plane is a day squandered yet no place 2 hours away is sufficiently warm or far enough for me to truly feel like I'm on vacation. All in all, where I ask myself is the best occasion goal from London and different pieces of UK for us Brits?

The perfect flight time for me is 4-5 hours and looking on the world guide, there are a large group of warm, rich and loosening up goals inside that flying time. Disgrace, none of the movement organizations like Best at Travel, Kuoni, Virgin Holidays, Letsgo2 or Holiday Hypermarket ever think about that. You wind up scanning these locales for quite a long time with a profoundly befuddled perspective. Having experienced this, I chose to post a little research for those confronting a similar situation as me.

Things being what they are, which are the best Holiday goals for individuals flying from the UK?

This posting will assist you with finding your next occasion.

To start with, where do us Brits go most on vacation? I experienced so…

Prescribed Reading for the Cayman Islands

What is there to do in Grand Cayman? What would i be able to see? Where would it be advisable for me to remain? Where would it be advisable for me to eat an incredible supper? These are only a couple of things you can find while getting a book and perusing a little before you take your excursion to the Cayman Islands. You can realize what are the intriguing locales, the history behind them, and where they are found. So increase, feature, and banner your book so you can reference back to it while you are on an extended get-away. All things considered, here is a rundown of prescribed readings I think will assist you with beginning.

1. Fodor's In Focus Cayman Islands, second Edition

Fodor's turns out with more up to date releases each once in for a little while to keep the data refreshed. Fodor's is a full shading go direct with pictures to give you what you will understanding on your excursion. This book has great data and will show you an extraordinary diagram of the islan…