I thought it might be a fun retrospective as I never actually published it. It was written just 2 months after landing in Peru. Nearly 7 years later, a marriage, a son and a pretty established life, I guess I definitely call Peru home – for now.
16 Jun 2011
Born to Travel
My parents never let having a child keep them pinned down and I hope to be the same with my kids one day. My family always took summer vacations, but they also didn’t hesitate to pull me out of school for a week to travel when prices were lower and more affordable.
We always traveled out of state for holidays. I was on the road a lot as a kid and could read a map by the time I was five. Once my mother passed away, my father traveled for a living and that meant he didn’t want to pay for nannies all summer long when there were plenty of places I could spend some time and get to know relatives or old family friends. I don’t think I spent more than two weeks of any summer from 5th grade on at home. I would return home for a couple of days, rearrange my suitcase and it was off to the grandparents in Las Vegas for three weeks or the other grandmother in Michigan for two weeks – and all the spots in between.
The idea of traveling the world without having a place to call home no longer appeals to me. Right now, I am a girl in search of her home and that means I have to travel to find it. Once I find it, I will make a home, put down roots, but will always be looking for the next vacation, the next escape, the next experience – but this time, with luck, I’ll have someone by my side with whom to share it all. I can’t help it, I was born to travel.
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