After a particularly rough end to 2009, my best friend, Lara, and I decided to ring in 2010 the best way we knew how…with a trip to Europe. Our small plan grew to three countries over seven days: first, Ireland to visit my family, then Belgium to visit her friends, and finally, The Netherlands to celebrate New Year’s Eve. It fell perfectly into place, and on Christmas night we set off for Europe.
Growing up, I was an only child for six and a half years. My parents would travel around a bit with me, but the real fun began when my younger brother, Thomas, was born. It was then, that I got my very first travel buddy.
“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
One of my friends had this posted on Facebook last night, The Top 10 Complaints About American Tourists. Not only is the infographic comical, it is also true. Many Americans are guilty of at least one of the charges above. Clearly, the link inspired me to write about how Americans are often viewed while traveling abroad.
When it comes to travel, I am often last minute in booking my trips. In all walks of my life, I am far from a planner. But with traveling I’m even more last minute. I find it more exciting to only a have few weeks, or days, to look forward to a trip. I booked New Zealand and Fiji at the end of May for a trip on August 6th, and two years ago I booked a cruise for Bermuda ten days before departure. These were among some of the most incredible trips, and I didn’t have to wait long before going on them.