Isn’t it interesting how experiences we have when we are children and young adults can pave the route of our future travels?
I remember the first time Australia was mentioned as a travel destination. I may have been in the third grade, but I think my dad mentioned in passing how we should take a vacation to the other side of the world to visit Australia (it obviously didn’t happen). Perhaps his idea was spawned from the popularity of the movie “Crocodile Dundee” at the time, but still, that idea stuck with me. Australia became this magical place that maybe I would get to see (it took a while to finally get there).
When I studied abroad, I had a professor that did contract work in Azerbaijan. Our entire class was so entranced with the small country that we turned our whole class experience into a project where we helped with a water pollution issue for that country. She was the same professor that put the idea of learning Russian into my head… so obviously, we know where that has led.
One of the biggest factors in my travel life today, however, would have to be studying Latin in high school.
When I studied Latin, a whole new world opened up for me. With my class I ventured overseas for the first time in my life to Italy, discovering the Italian culture and vowing to study abroad in my college life. It gave me my first solo travel experience, my first experience in a hostel and the confidence to try and integrate more travel into my life.
And Latin did so much more for me. It got me excited about history, which I had before always thought was pretty boring. I not only wanted to spend time in Italy, but also in Egypt and Greece, the three countries that I called my “ancient triangle“. My life will not be complete until I make a visit to all three.
No, I’m not yet booking my flights to Egypt or flights to Athens or the random flights to Paphos, but I plan to in the future. I think that even more after my recent trip to Istanbul, I am determined to travel to my “ancient triangle”, which maybe should have been a quadrilateral of sorts. Why I never included Turkey into the triangle is beyond me given its rich Roman history.
So I have two more countries to visit to finish my “ancient quadrilateral” — future travels ultimately spawned from my studies of and love for Roman History.
Where are you determined to travel to in the future because of experiences had as children or young adults?