All of this is my fault.
My love of travel began at a very early age when I first saw Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins. From that moment on, I wanted to go to London more than anything. And that was just the start.
For me, travel is not just seeing the sights; it’s attempting to make connections between the history and culture of a place and people and what they’re like today. And, like most things, I find it’s best when shared with someone you like.
Among the things I love: family, literature, languages, history, music, art, hiking, and beaches. But not necessarily in that order.
Some favorite places I’ve been to include England, Hawai’i, and Costa Rica.
My current travel philosophy quote is “Embrace the coincidence of the accidental” (Charlie Lovett). Because sometimes I don’t end up where I meant to.
(Check out all of Lynette’s posts)
Traveling is one of the only things I’ve always known I wanted to do with my life. In fact, my first nickname was “traveling baby”, because my mom would take me everywhere she went.
I remember packing for road trips as a child with intense anticipation, feeling incredible joy as we got on the road while listening to my mom’s mix tapes. I may not have traveled far when I was young, but my love for it was woven into everything I wanted to do when I grew up: photographer for National Geographic, nomad, landscape artist, journalist. While I ended up doing none of those things, I did finally get my first passport stamp when I was 20 years old.
Traveling has been everything I always dreamed of and has surprised me as well. It’s shown me who I am and who I can be, and that people are simultaneously exactly what you expected while often kind and interesting as well. I’ve had the opportunity to bring along my own traveling baby as I’ve continued exploring. I hope I can share more of this amazing world with my children as our mom did for us.
(See Megan’s posts)
I was in eighth grade and headed to the east coast for a week-long school trip when I got on a plane for the first time, and I was in heaven. I remember being astonished that only a few hours later, I could be in a totally new place surrounded by so many things to explore.
Since then, I haven’t stopped. Travel has become a priority for me and I look for it anywhere I’m able – weekend road trips, regional and national conferences, research trips – as long as I can get away from home every few months I’m happy.
My travel philosophy: keep it on a budget, but splurge when reasonable. In my opinion, one of the worst things to do is travel all the way to somewhere you may never go again only to miss out on memorable experiences to save a few dollars.
I haven’t been everywhere I hope to go (I don’t think I’ll ever get there), but so far a few favorites are the Pacific Northwest, the Colorado Plateau/Four Corners region, and basically all the United Kingdom.
(Find all of Adrien’s posts)
With the mom we have, it’s hard not to be interested in travel. She basically brainwashed us. With my background in anthropology, I truly enjoy exploring the cultures of the world. When I travel, I like to get to know the people and how they actually live, instead of just staying at a resort. I don’t think a resort is a vacation – I think it’s stressful.
I’m also a very organized person, so I really enjoy planning trips down to the most minute detail. I am guided in my travel by my culture-oriented views and desire to stay on a budget.
(See posts by Shannon)