Well I have been obsessively traveling the world for over eight years and I thought, why not blog about it. I traveled a lot growing up as a military brat, because my father was in the airforce and therefore they transferred our family wherever he was needed. Yes, I called myself a brat. If you live in a hotel for 2-6 months every 2-3 years because you move so often, you become a brat. No cleaning, eating out at different restaurants every night… it can develop into a problem later in life. I moved to the DC area for college and I think I changed apartments every two years just for a change of scenery. I bought a house after college and decided that I needed a new outlet to provide the change and variety in life that I had become trained to enjoy.
In the Spring of 2001, I started a new job that involved a great deal of travel in the U.S. When the tragedy of 9/11 hit, everyone used that time for reflection and it gave me a new perspective on life. I wanted to see the world… now. Do not wait for tomorrow, tomorrow is promised to no one. My passport arrived in December and January 2002 I was on my way to Rome, Italy. I had so much fun on that trip with my cousin that I decided that I wanted to go back with more of my friends. I made another visit to Rome that summer with my friend Paola and then in the fall I came back with 36 of my friends.
Rome was just the start of many travel adventures with my friends. I planned a group trip almost every year since Rome and some of my favorite destinations were Dublin, Prague, Amsterdam, and the Greek Islands. My group to Greece was the largest, where 43 people joined me to tour Athens, Rhodes and Santorini. So much history, so many wonderful people and fantastic stories to tell. I am really sad I never wrote any of it down.
So this is it. Moving forward I will use this blog to capture a picture of my travel experiences. Some good and some bad I’m sure. I will post updates on the stress that goes into planning group travel and also random rants about upcoming “social travel.” I define social travel as a trip I take with one or two other people. I don’t do the planning, but sometimes I help pick flights and hotels that we all book on our own. With the help of mobile technology, I will post the great restaurant finds, the must stay hotels, the important airport travel tips and the hidden treasures of a city.
To anyone who reads this blog, I hope it inspires you to see the world, experience new cultures and catch The Travel Rush!