Why do I love to travel?
Yes, this is my back. This photo was taken moments after my tattoo was completed.
My love for the world and exploring it began at a VERY young age. As far back as I can remember I can recall laying on my dads lap watching National Geographic, BBC and other travel/nature shows with him. I was hooked instantly!
Most kids “zone out” to cartoons for hours, not me. I would watch shows about the diverse wildlife in Africa, marine life around the world, remote tribes in the amazon or just flip through the pages of his national geographic subscriptions before I could even read. My dad has always had a MAJOR case of wanderlust so I guess you can say that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”.
My mother also had a desire to explore new places though her desires were mostly contained to warmer, more tropical climates such as Mexico, Hawaii, etc. 🙂 She absolutely LOVED the ocean and both of my parents love(d) food(again, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) so she and my father always made sure to take road-trips to the coast every chance they got to spend time at the beach and eat fresh, delicious food. Lucky, living in California they “took off” often. I am sure my dad, sister and I could have EASILY talked my mom into visiting more “wild” locations but unfortunately she passed away nearly 5 years ago. The world is less one AMAZING woman because she is gone.
Despite my mothers terminal illness, my sister and I never had a shortage of trips growing up. Weather we were going to Disneyland, Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite or Mexico we were ALWAYS busy as a family!
Our travels were not always selfish either, I vividly remember going to Mexico with bags of clothes and shoes we no longer used and visiting small villages with my dad to give to the less fortunate. We would buy bags of rice and beans upon arrival and just go from village to village bringing essential supplies and love. The great example my parents lived before us, lead me to have a deep desire to begin doing missions trips. I did several trips with a few organizations Team Extreme, YWAM & an independent Jewish evangelical organization then basically ran out of money. We were required to raise our own support and frankly I didn’t have many people wanting to support what I was doing. My parents gave what they could, my best friend helped out, I also worked between trips but it just wasn’t enough to pursue my dream of traveling the world, bringing hope, love and physical relief to those who need it. My travel journey’s ended for a while.
I now travel mostly for pleasure and sometimes for work but I still have a HUGE heart for helping people and animals alike. I hope to get back to doing more trips to benefit humanity, animals and planet earth again soon. If you know of any organizations that you would recommend, I would LOVE to hear about them!!! Leave a comment here or email me with details. 😀
I would also love to hear about YOUR favorite destinations and why you love them so much so please feel free to comment here with stories and photos of your trips! 😀
I haven’t even began to touch the tip of the iceberg of the places I would like to visit. I would LOVE to step foot on every continent before I die . . . my journey is continuous, stick around to see where I end up next . . . . 🙂
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