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Wanderlust, Moving and A World of Change

A friend from high school recently moved to a new home. It was one of several she’s made in recent years. She and I are very alike that way. In the past eight years I have had six homes. That’s six full-scale, move-everything-you-own-to-a-new-place homes. 

In fact, we grew up that way … the two of us and thousands of other kids known as “military brats.” Vikki, who also an author, and I had Air Force dads, but others had dads and moms who were soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and women. We moved often and, from an early age, learned to expect and even embrace the change that comes with a new home, new friends, a new school and a new lifestyle.

I suspect that my childhood and the following time on active duty are big parts of the reason I have such strong wanderlust. I CRAVE new places and new things to see and do. I long to pack a few things into a bag and go somewhere I’ve never been. I strike up conversations with strangers … sometimes with strangers who don’t even speak English.

If you are a fellow traveler, you probably have many of the same feelings. When people ask, “where’s the best place you’ve ever been?” you simply have no way to answer. There are too many “best places” to pick one. 

My husband grew up in one town for the most part. But something in him is excited about travel, too. I’d like to believe I had something to do with that by taking him with me on several adventures early in our relationship. We’ve been on trips by road, air, rail, river, even horseback. We’ve hiked, biked, snorkeled, soared and sailed. And we’re not even close to done! 

It seems for every trip I take, I add two more to my bucket list. An insatiable desire to travel consumes me. I feed it and it grows like a weed. 

After all, there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored … I just can’t seem to get enough.

PS … thanks for the inspiration, Vikki!

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A Little Background — Yeah, I know we’re already partway into the plan.

By Judy

Before I go on with my travels, I should probably fill you in on a little background about me. I grew up an Air Force brat. We lived all over the U.S. and in Germany. That means by the time I had graduated from high school I had seen most of the states (well ¾ of them anyway) and a pretty good chunk of western Europe. I supposed that gives me something of an advantage when it comes to traveling. It certainly makes me more courageous. I am never worried about “fitting in” or getting lost. Actually, I find that getting lost has distinct positive aspects. You find all kinds of cool things when you end up somewhere you didn’t plan to be. The trick is to remember that travel is an adventure. You should always keep an open mind and relish the experiences. There is always something to be learned from every stumbling block. In a lot of cases, the most fun I’ve had, the most interesting people I’ve met, the best local food I’ve eaten has come from a wrong turn or a delay that wasn’t planned. Once you’re in a situation, you’re there … the key is to make the most of it EVERY TIME.

Anyway, traveling in Europe as a high school student also taught me a LOT about how to get around on public transportation. When I travel, I rarely rent a car. Cars isolate you and you can’t watch where you are and check out the scenery if your eyes are on the road. It also taught me a lot of little ways to get around Europe without spending a lot of money. I know more ways to cut corners on a budget than I can count. You’ll see some of those as this blog unfolds. It will also explain why, at least early on in my plan, I ended up in Europe a lot. Until somewhere around “G” the primary goals of each trip were to 1) keep traveling and 2) not spend a lot of money I didn’t have. Then I got a pretty good job, paid off some bills and had a little more cash which I used to fund nicer trips. But the point is, you can see the world without spending a lot of money if you try. I tell people all the time that it’s just a question of priorities. Ask yourself, “What’s more important – that Starbucks double cappuccino non-skim latte every day, or a trip to the Alps?” Then start saving a little at a time and soon you’ll have what you need to start your own plan to see whatever it is you want to see.

© The World A to Z, LLC 2014