From the niche of my travel blog, it’ll come as no surprise that my answer to this daily writing prompt is, “Travel”
Travel has been a passion of mine since I was young. I remember being in grade school and falling in love with the French language so much that I saved quarters and pennies in a jar to fund a trip to France then bought an English to French dictionary so I could teach myself the language. LOL! It turns out that seven year olds aren’t intuitively equipped to nail a foreign language with nothing other than desire and a dictionary. I think my favorite phrase that I came up with was, “Oh, la la, Il es frais” which was supposed to translate, “He’s so cool” LOL! My apologies to French speakers everywhere. I was a well-meaning kid.
In High School I redeemed the slaughtering of the language from my youth and took French from a proper teacher. I also had the opportunity to travel to France for a month with my French Class. It was the trip of a lifetime and solidified my love for the country and nurtured my over-all love for travel. When other teens in the 80’s were glued to MTv, I was watching the Travel Channel.
After High School I went to study Travel and Tourism and worked for industry giants such as Hyatt Regency, Funjet Vacations and Expedia Cruise Ship Centers. Today I run a Travel Agency from my home.
After I married and took a bit of a break raising my children, travel remained an constant in my life yet took a more meaningful turn. Travel wasn’t just something I enjoyed. It became a life-line. In times of sadness, travel brought me joy. When I felt hopeless, travel reminded me there’s so much more to this life than my problems and that those problems are temporary. When I wanted to stay home with my children and still earn a living, starting a travel agency from my home gave me that ability. Travel has given me a way to bond with family, friends and children while expanding my opinions and perspectives. Solo travel has given me courage and self-empowerment. Travel has been a teacher, comforter, healer and friend. This is why I am passionate about it and have made it my life work to share with others. Travel isn’t about escaping life. Instead, travel is a means to more fully and enjoyably live. You only get one life. It’s short. Be kind and enjoy the ride.