Growing up the only countries I’d visit were France and sometimes Germany. My dad doesn’t like to fly and therefor we would travel by car and this would greatly limit our options. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. We were very fortunate to be able to go on holiday every summer. And I loved going on adventures with my family.
We would spend two weeks in the south of France to enjoy the sun, the beach, and the food (well in my case the food we would bring from the Netherlands, because the Dutch aren’t known for their diverse taste). I remember we would bring an entire bag of Dutch meals every year. Sometimes we would even bring our own milk. Oh, how I hated the milk in France as a kid.
But I digress.
Because we always visited the same country, my world was very small as a kid. I never realized how big the world truly was until the first time I was on a plane. I visited London with my mom, my sister, my grandma, my aunt, and my cousin. I believe I was around twelve, maybe thirteen. It was a girls trip for Christmas. To this day, it’s still one of my favourite trips ever. All of a sudden my world became giant. The possibilities were endless. I could fly to the end of the world and visit, well everywhere. I was still too young to really explore the world, but the travelling seed was planted. The next time I flew on a plane was five years later, when I visited London again with my friends as a graduation trip.
After that second time in London visiting a new city became a yearly tradition. Every year, me and one of my best friends visit a different city. After London, we visited Dublin and then Edinburgh, and next year we’ll be visiting Belfast. The more cities I visited the more I fell in love with discovering new places. Last year, my sister and I went on a road trip through the Highlands in Scotland and it was absolutely amazing. I have so many wonderful memories from that trip. Memories I will have forever. Just last month I visited Bergen (in Norway) with my brother. We hiked up mountains and enjoyed the amazing views.
Now, I have a job that allows me to travel more than I could before and I want to go beyond Europe and explore cities all over the world. Living in a small world as a child was perfect. It was exactly right. In that moment it was all that was possible. But now I can go further and see more. I have the possibility to really see the world and I don’t want to take that gift for granted. My world has grown so much since I was a kid and every time I visit a new place it grows a little more.
I don’t ever want my world to stop growing. That’s why I want to travel more.