As a travel writer, I’m connected to a large group of writers, readers, and travelers who all have one thing in common: we love to travel the world. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years to travel; it’s something that you have to do.
So, for this week’s travel discussion, I want to know: where did you get the travel bug? What place did you visit that changed everything about how you see the world?
For me, I got the travel bug while on a 4-week cross-cultural trip to Mexico while in college. During the trip, I not only got to see many fantastic locations throughout the country, but I got to stay with a local family for 2 weeks.
During my homestay, I was forced to speak Spanish while communicating with the family. Even with my limited language ability, I understood the graciousness of my hosts, who felt the need to throw two parties in our honor.
As the first party drew to a close, toasts of “El Presidente” filling the air, I had a feeling of warmth. This wasn’t just a place to rest my head; this was my home for the next two weeks.
It was somewhere around my fourth or fifth El Presidente and Coke that I knew I had to travel. I had to see how others lived, and what their world was like.
What about you? Where did you catch the travel bug?
Let me know in the comments section below.