Travel Inspiration Series Part XVIII

We are on a mission to inspire you to travel more. This is why we decided to ask bloggers, photographers and writers from all around the world, to share with us what motivated them to start travelling. Our travel inspiration series is packed with amazing stories so,  grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and let's get lost in a world full of wanderlust.

Dawn from 5 Lost Together - Travel Inspiration Story

Dawn Travel Story

"When I was 13 my Dad got laid off and we set off on a dream he had always had - to sail from Canada to the Caribbean.  I missed my first year of high school but gained so much in that year away.  It introduced me to international travel and showed me that there are alternative ways of living.  We were home schooled on that year away and learned so much more about the world then we could have in a traditional classroom.  This was the catalyst that led to travel playing a continually increasing role in my life.  

Most of all, that one year away made me question the rat race and the "work hard your whole life and hope to enjoy life in retirement" way of living.  Living on a sailboat forced us to live simply without creature comforts.  We were self sufficient and had to create our own electricity and refill our own small water tanks.  We met other sailors and families that had rejected normal life and lived in the paradise that is the Bahamian islands.  

Since that trip, I have visited over 50 countries and continued to travel with my three kids.  In 2015, we took a six-month career break and sailed in the Bahamas.  It was so enriching to have so much family time together and introduce my kids to a lifestyle that I love so much. "

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Addie from Addie Abroad - Travel Inspiration Story

Addie Bruges

"When I was younger, my father would always take one of us three kids on each business trip that he went on. It was through his insistence on us seeing the world that I found myself not only in New York City when I was 8, but in Japan at 9, China at 11, and both Japan and China once more at 13. To be completely honest, though, I didn't fully appreciate these opportunities to travel until I was much older.

At 18, I left my life in the midwest United States to attend university in London less because of a desire to travel and more because, well, attending university there was cheaper than most places in the US. I was also encouraged by my father, who was now making regular business trips to London. I started planning a Eurail trip for my spring break mostly because it felt like the thing to do. But I found myself falling in love with planning my travels and longing to be able to see every single place I came across. When I had to cancel that trip to return home because of a serious case of depression, I was crushed.

Somehow though, travel became my form of recovery. Even though I didn't get to galavant around Europe that spring, I spent 5 days in New York, 5 days road tripping across the country, and jetted out to DC to visit my boyfriend twice. With each trip that I took, I started to feel better and better, and I realized that travel was exactly what was making that happen. That September, I returned to the UK to continue my education at a different university and with a newfound resolve to take advantage of every single cheap flight that came my way. In the last year, I've travelled to Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Panama, and I have never been happier. "

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Jaime from Jamie Says - Travel Inspiration Story

Jamie Travel Story

"When I was 24, my dad died unexpectedly.  I was never a serious traveler beforehand, but I became paralyzed at the thought of leaving my hometown after his death.  I was too afraid something bad would happen while I was gone, so I canceled birthday trips and declined destination weddings.  

Four years later, after a terrible breakup, my brother suggested that I join him for a trip to Italy.  He booked the tickets and told me how much money I owed him even before I could protest.  I was so nervous beforehand that I started packing 3 weeks in advance and was sick to my stomach a week before we left.  What resulted was the most life-changing trip I could never have imagined. We met up with various friends along 5 different stops, and I learned how to let go of trying to control the people and things around me.  We spontaneously changed our plans and stayed an extra night in Florence, met other travelers, and stayed out into the wee hours of the night.  While I had spent the prior four years trying to schedule and control everything around me, Italy taught me to embrace spontaneity and appreciate the things that I can’t control. 

Once I came back home, I couldn’t wait to explore more of the world.  I can’t control my surroundings at home or away, and exploring brand new territory offers such joy and thankfulness for the life God has given me.  I haven't stopped traveling since! "

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