I didn’t set out to be a traveler.
I took my first trip to Germany 1) because my Army brother hadn’t seen anyone in his family in a year and 2) because I had the money. While the newness of international travel was exciting, I still didn’t see myself as a traveler or aspiring to be.
It wasn’t until I had a totally unexpected awakening in Morocco, that I felt challenged to explore the world that is at my fingertips. And the more places I encountered, the more I wanted to experience.
Traveling has been mind opening and the benefits are wonderous.
The travel bug has reproduced and its babies are jumping onto my family members. I’ve gotten quite a few requests that I take others along on my trips. My coworkers have started calling me a world traveler – although that title is totally undeserved.
Of all the places that I’ve experienced and the rewards that my travel has bestowed upon me, a single Facebook exchange summed up the best gift of my travels – encouraging my sister to start traveling.
In the three years since we took this cruise, my little sister has completed a semester in Spain and traveled to London. She has plans to visit Jamaica later this year.
Sparking someone’s desire to travel is immense and it gives my travel a higher purpose. I can hardly wait for my next recruit!
Has your travel bug infected your friends and family?