COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

How did you find the passion for travelling? ravel?

How did you find the passion for travelling? ravel?

Old May 14th, 2001, 07:00 AM
Posts: n/a
My schoolteacher grandmother traveled every summer, and would bring back dolls, toys, clothes, etc. for us; as well as zillions of slides (she actually was a very good photographer, so the slide shows were pretty good). My folks didn't travel outside the U.S. (except for an occasional trip to Montreal) with us, but the phrase "hey let's go for a ride" rang out pretty much every Sunday. We (sister and I) would get chucked in the back of the car and off the family would go. It was assumed the kids wouldn't get car sick, wouldn't have trouble falling asleep in a motel room, and wouldn't refuse to eat 'weird' food. Consequently, my sister and I can sleep anywhere, eat just about anything, and withstand all manner of rocking, tossing, and heaving. Going bye-bye was always treated as an adventure, not an ordeal.

Add to that my parents' love of reading - Time magazine, National Geographic, Life magazine, and books on every subject known to man.

So how do you inspire kids to become travelers? 1) Go for rides; take trips - point out stuff like a house with a round room, a funny name on a sign, a gorgeous view; be spontaneous - take a drink from a waterfall, walk along a creek, eat at a church supper, follow the signs to the Nut Museum.
2) Read; have books and magazines everywhere; get your kid a library card as soon as s/he can read. 3) Go to movies and watch TV shows about travelers and destinations, not necessarily documentaries, Heidi and the Emperor's New Groove inspire, too.
Old May 14th, 2001, 07:33 AM
Posts: n/a
Adeleh--a great thread! My husband and I are travel fanatics and I think we are passing it on to our children and grandchildren. I think geography should be encouraged more--we recently gave our eight year old grandaughter a cross we bought for her in Athens for her first communion. With the cross we gave her a small copy of a world map(done on our computer) showing her where the cross was purchased and how far away from home it came to her. We also help them collect things from other countries(we bring Christmas ornaments,water colors,etc.back for them). I think they know there is more to life than a beach.
Old May 14th, 2001, 08:23 AM
dan woodlief
Posts: n/a
I came by mine naturally, as my family was not into traveling all that much. As a young kid, I used to read encyclopedias a lot. I have always had a curiousity for the world. Early on, I developed interests in history, flags, other cultures, geography, science, etc. I am trying to instill the same in my two year old now. She has foreign language tapes, which she absolutely loves. I would suggest getting the kids interested in the world around them through reading, museum visits, interesting tv shows that you can discuss, and similar things. An interest in the world around them will make them want to experience all these wonders for themselves.
Old May 14th, 2001, 08:51 AM
Posts: n/a
I've always been curious about the world, especially people, architecture and history. But what probably helped put the passion for traveling in my blood was the fact that my father worked for Northwest Airlines and, consequently, we could afford to fly somewhere every year.
Old May 15th, 2001, 12:02 AM
Posts: n/a
Its a funny story actually...
It had to be fate I would spend my life obsessed with travel given my parents 'conceived' me in the middle of their 12 month trip around Europe in the seventies in a combi van with my 2 older sisters who were then only 4 & 9! The van apperently broke down fairly regularly & heavily pregnant Mum would be out pushing it while while Dad would try & start it...unfortunately they had to cut the trip short or else Mum wouldn't have been able to fly back to Australia before I was born! I'm happy to say they are now retired & still travel heaps & just got back from Turkey & Egypt...they definitely instilled the passion for travel in me!
Old May 15th, 2001, 04:52 AM
Posts: n/a
My Grandmother was also the most influential person in my life regarding travel. She is the loveliest, most postive person I know. Despite being of modest means, having 11 children, she was able to travel regularly (mostly to see her scattered children).
I will never forget this mental image I have of her at the age of 70+, sitting in a bus station in the middle of the night having a pleasant conversation with some young person. She had flown all day and needed to make a connection to a remote town. She always saw the best in people, never said a harsh word, and had an unyielding belief that everything would turn out okay. I think she passed that faith onlong to me.
Old May 15th, 2001, 11:04 AM
Posts: n/a
Not sure where I got the lust. My family took the obligatory working man's two week vacation every year, but we almost invariably went to Clear Lake in Northern California around Labor Day (to get the extra day). Met the same kids from around Northern California every year and we effectively grew up together. Wound up playing various sports against some of them as we all got into high school athletics. This was a very good time.

Funny, when my wife and I finally graduated from College (we worked our way through school over a seven year period and there was four years in the Airforce), we went back to the same Lake (my suggestion) and of course it was much different. None of the "guys" were still there (I didn't really think they would be). We had a great time though.

We startd our family soon after graduating. We spent the next two years visiting virtually every Lake in California looking for that same chilhood experience. Never really found it, but the babies had a great time (a baby every two years almost to the day; it's called family planning, or, making up for lost time?). Anyway, we enjoyed seeing so much of California and so we started on the rest of the 49 States. Over the next ten years, we did visit and do something in each of the other 49 States and we were careful to include "kid-things" in our travels. I remember the kids' joy when we would declare a fast-food lunch or, "OK, tonight you can have a Banana Split for dinner". With small appetites (three girls) there was no way they could eat dinner and an ice cream treat. So, we would rationalize that the banana made it all right and they had to eat the banana. Of course, lunch on that day would be especially nutritious. We finished the 50 States, did most of the Provinces of Canada including the Maritimes, a bit of Mexico (West Coast and the Yucatan Penninsula) and then we were off to our first trip to Europe, England; same language (we thought), same basic culture. The Girls were teenagers now and long hair was in vogue. I remember the pacing, tweedling (quiet fuming?), as I waited for each to finish with the one blow dryer so we could be on our way. I suppose we could have brought another blow dryer or even two, but I was sure the B&B's we were staying in had limited capacity electrical systems and it wouldn't do to blow out the system to accomodate my Daughters. So, I waited. We had a great time in England; long hair not withstanding. My Daughters had the wander lust by now, once I assured them that the way the English prepared roast beef and vegetables was not the way the world did it. This was in the early years before England had found out you didn't need to make a brick out of roast beef or mush out of vegetables. We learned to live in Ethnic Restaurants and took advantage of afternoon teas. They loved clotted cream. Matter of fact, so did I.

Our next trip was to Costa Rica. English heavily spoken, beutiful Country and food I assured my Daughters they would like. They did. Wonderful trip. Awsome experiences; San Jose (especially the Indoor Market), Manuel Antonio, the Cloud Forests. Swimming everywhere and of course the boys were always ready to be nice to three teenage American girls. I did extra "watchman" duties on this trip.

The Girls were hooked on travel. But, with Summer Schools, there own things they wanted to do and there evolving lives, my wife and I have gone on to travel alone. We did rent a villa in Tuscany last year and took the Girls and now one Son-in-law to that part of Italy and Cinque Terra and Venice as well. Just a great family gathering. My Son-in-laws's Family joined us in Cinque Terra and Venice. This year we are going to Scandinavia, my oldest Daughter just returned from Thailand, my youngest Daughter is off to Italy in June and my middle Daughter is still sorting out where she weants to go. Life is good.
Old May 16th, 2001, 07:38 PM
Posts: n/a

My mom was the inspiring force for my love of travel. As a child, she had to travel extensively for my grandmother's businesses in Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Florida, Barbados, and Curacao. I think on a certain level she disliked so much travel but it created the drive to see, do and learn more. This was the enviroment she provided to me. Some of our trips were involved but many were modest. All of them were predicated on the notion of meeting new people and learning from each encounter. What can I say-she is the most amazing mother ever.
As a teen she always encoureged me to travel with my friends and to never limit my horizons. Once through college she packed me off to Europe to actually see what I had studied as an Art History major and it's been steady travel since. I am very fortunate to have coworkers and employers who may not share my desire to travel but understand my need to do so-esp. the boss who just shrugged when I said I needed the next week off because I was leaving for Paris in seven hours." I may as well let you go because you would just quit and then I'd have to go through the trouble of rehiring you." was his comment at the time. In all I live an amazing life surrounded by wonderful people who daily remind me of how great the world is and how much more I need to see.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information