I’ve always been a homebody. Even as a child, I preferred the comforts of my home over venturing out with my friends. I grew up in a cute Washington state suburb. When I was five, my family moved across the freeway to a house in the same suburb. I loved my childhood. We didn’t travel much as a family- only occasional trips to British Columbia and to visit family every summer- and I didn’t know any differently. My mom’s parents were from southern California so we would go to Disneyland when we visited, which is where my love for Disney developed.
I took my first international trip in college in 2008. Quito, Ecuador will forever be considered the city that sparked my wanderlust. My eyes were opened to a world outside of my own existence and I knew that I wanted to see as much of it as I could.
A month after returning from Ecuador, I traded short sleeves and sunshine for a winter coat and snow when I flew to Munich, Germany. Munich was completely different from where I had just been, but both cities became some of my favorites.
I married D in 2010. We are both firm believers in prioritizing where to spend our money. Early in our marriage, we decided we wanted to spend our money on experiences rather than things. We wanted our children to be able to see the world and have an appreciation for new experiences and cultures. We may live in a small house and our furniture may be ratty, second-hand and in desperate need of replacement, but we’ve chosen instead to put that money towards family trips. As a result, we’ve been able to travel and create wonderful memories in our six years of marriage.
My travel resumé may still be short, but I’ve got the travel bug and I’m excited to see where it takes my family. So come along with us as we see the world one trip at a time.
Where did you catch the travel bug?
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