Thank you to Lisa from Gone with the Family who tagged me to participate in EasyJet’s Holidays Inspiration Initiative. Of course I’m happy to participate… even though it took me months to actually get to it 🙂
For as long as I can remember I’ve been wanting to travel, see foreign countries, and immerse myself in a different culture. Travel has always been a part of my life I think. There are pictures of me in a baby backpack while my dad is skiing on the Plan de Corones in the Dolomites (North-eastern Italy). I also remember a lot of long weekend in the Netherlands with my mom. We’d stay at the Roompot, a camping beach resort (mobile homes, RVs, tents), go for walks at the beach, take the bikes out for long rides, eat soft ice cream, and hang out with other kids we met walking around the resort. My parents both get credit for taking me out there to experience different places, but my mom is the one who really encouraged me and inspired me to take it to the next level. I always wanted to go to some foreign country during high school for a year; I had quite a few friends who participated in this type of high school exchange program that usually takes place in 11th grade. My mom didn’t allow it, because she said I should do it after finishing high school when I was officially an adult (in Germany you have to be 18 to be considered an adult). In her mind it was safer than potentially being stuck in a weird situation without a way out (e.g., you get a bad host family). She encouraged me to get more diving certifications, took my sister and me to Egypt where we could dive a lot in the beautiful Red Sea, and went with me to the BOOT – a fair in Germany where you can find, among other things, many scuba diving centers from around the world prensenting themselves and what they have to offer. I found a job there as a dive master in a scuba diving center at the Red Sea in Egypt, where I happily worked for a year before going back to Germany to start college. I have since continued living in different countries, but I don’t know if I would have had the courage to go abroad when I was 19 without her support.
What keeps me travelling and wanting to see different things are experiences – experiences you can only have when you get our of the comfort zone of your own home. Would I have ever scuba dived with dolphins had I stayed back in Germany? Probably not. Would I have eaten all sorts of weird things and done insane amounts of shopping in Guangzhou? No. Traveled to visit a friend in Ecuador, hung out in their beach house and gone for a tour in the jungle? No. These kinds of experiences keep me wanting more 🙂
Europe! Growing up in Germany was great not only because it’s a fun place in and by itself, but because so many countries are so easy to travel to. As I mentioned above, my parents took me and my sister to all sorts of different places. As a kid, I loved being at the beach in the Netherlands and playing with what felt like Monopoly money to me. I had a blast getting 10,000 Lira from my dad for lunch during our skiing vacation and feeling sooooo rich (when really, it was barely enough for lunch, a drink, and a snack later if I was careful). Seeing the Eiffel Tower was one of the coolest things I remember from a short Paris weekend as a teenager. I also enjoyed listening to different languages when we traveled and playing around with the English I was learning in school when we met other kids on the road. So, while I have since traveled to many other continents, I can say that Europe is my travel inspiration number one, because it allowed me to see how many different things are out there waiting for you to discover them.
I already wrote about how I ended up in Lubbock, Texas, of all places, so check out that post if you’re interested in more details. The reason that semester abroad is the “when” of my travel inspirations is because it is when I met Marco. We both were foreigners studying at TTU and fell in love that semester I spent here. We’ve been together ever since and have explored so many parts of this world together. He has shown me around his home town Rome and surrounding areas. I have shown him around Cologne and small German towns. We have together traveled to Egypt, Denmark, China, and France to visit more family. We have visited friends in Ecuador together. We have traveled around Texas and the US and seen so many fun places here. It’s great to have somebody in your life that shares your interest in exploring new places! If we hadn’t met back then, I don’t think I would have seen as much of this crazy world we live in.
Technically, now it’s my turn to nominate some of my fellow travel bloggers for this fun initiative. However, it ends May 31st, so I’m not sure who could pull this of so quickly. Are you interested? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add your name right away!
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