One Country Per Year

November 25, 2011

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Prompt #25: Family shapes who we are, but sometimes the family we create plays a bigger role in our lives than the one we were born into. Tell a story about how your family has impacted your life and your travels.

“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing” –your mom

We didn’t do much traveling growing up — other than moving — so I spent the first 14 years of my life in the Pacific NW. And while I’m kind of “the traveler” in my family now after doing my RTW trip, my sister has actually had the biggest impact on my love for travel.

In our last year at university, my sister (and her now-husband) started going on one trip a year. They started with Mexico, Mexico, and Mexico again, followed by Switzerland. After they came back from Switzerland with amazing stories and pictures of cows and mountains and cheese and chocolate, I was determined to put that passport to use. So a year later, when I had the chance to do a summer study abroad program in Marseilles for my MBA, I knew I was going to do it. Since that trip to France, my goal has been to do one big trip (country) a year.

My sister was a great example to me, of how traveling on a limited budget is still totally doable (especially since she was just out of college at the time and on an internship salary).

How has your family impacted your travels?

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