When I was younger, I had a huge fear of flying. The take off, turbulence, and lack of control I had was terrifying. The only thing I enjoyed was landing, as I knew it meant getting closer to the ground, but this changed as I got older. Growing up my family didn’t travel much. We only traveled within the states and my parents loved to go on tour groups. I will always remember the Asian girl/guy with their colorful umbrella and megaphone loudly explaining every site we saw. We were always on the move, getting up early, going to bed late, and they always found a Chinese restaurant for everyone to eat at. My mom never liked any other ethnic foods, so I didn’t get to experience the local cuisines. It’s funny because I still see plenty of these tour groups when I travel.
When I really started traveling
After college, my friends and I went on our first backpacking trip to Europe. It was an amazing experience, and that’s when I realized I loved travelling. I could go on forever about this, but I won’t. After that experience, I knew I had to see more countries. That’s when I knew flying was the only option, so this helped curb my fear, and exposed me to flying more often. I feel great when I immerse myself in other cultures. I don’t know if it’s the food, the architecture, or the culture shock, but after I did it once, I just wanted to keep doing it.
Eileen and I have both been fortunate enough to have been to quite a few countries. I’ve been to 5 continents and almost 40 countries, will get there after we go to Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania in October; and while she’s been to 6 continents and over 30 countries.
What the future holds
Our goal is to go to over 100 countries which I think is achievable. I know if we have kids, it will slow us down, but we are very fortunate to have my parents and sister close by, who are more than willing to help out if we were to go on a vacation with out our kids. I made an excel document not to long ago (which I will post later), that shows which countries we want to go per trip. If we follow the list, we can get to 100 countries in about 15 years, which would be awesome to cross off the bucket list.
How many countries have you been to, and what are your travel goals?