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My travel inspirations

6 Comments 11 April 2012

My travel inspirations

So many people, moments and places shape our travels. Travel is a huge part of my life, but a part that wouldn’t be possible if it hadn’t been for a few key travel inspirations over the years.

I love this meme by Easy Jet Holiday. It’s just a fun post that gave me a time to look back of the things that shaped who I am and where I am today. Thanks to Jade from Our Oyster for nominating me. I hope writing this post made you smile while dealing with Fijian floods. It made me smile from New Zealand!


To this day, my Uncle Paul and I are in a race to see who can visit every country in the world first. Unfortunately, I have a lot of catching up to do.

Really my dad’s best friend, I found out when my nephew was born that Uncle Paul had been encouraging my travels since I was born. This past summer I saw him with my nephew, only three days old, whispering, “First, go to Rome. Then how about Greece?” Just 25 years ago he was doing the same to me.

As I got older he always encouraged me to travel as much as possible. I remember hearing about his own son’s year in Germany as a foreign exchange student. Along with my dad, Paul hasn’t just inspired and encouraged my travel opportunities, he’s created a lot of them.

My dad, me and Uncle Paul, these guys are the two biggest reasons I ever started traveling.


This may be the most absurd inspiration ever, but University of Dundee.

Not sure exactly how old I was, but I’m gonna go for 14. I remember messaging a friend on aim while researching universities abroad. I’m not sure why I was looking into uni at that age, but I was. My friend and I were dead set on Dundee.

For some reason I recall the university being in Australia, but I must be mistaken because the only one I can find now is in Scotland.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter which university or where it was, the idea just gave me a feeling of endless possibility. I realized I could go anywhere in the world. I could live in Australia one day. I was actually so excited at the idea of living in Australia one day, that I applied for a job at Outback Steakhouse.

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The first chance I had to travel abroad, I grabbed it. I was 15 years old when I learned about People to People. It’s a youth ambassador program. Basically 40 or so high school students travel abroad for a little over a month.

On my trip, we visited six countries in Europe. It was such an amazing experience. After that I just became obsessed with learning how the rest of the world lived. I vowed to travel as much and as often as I could from that trip on.


I was never nervous about traveling Europe or Australia, but I was nervous about a lot of other places in the world. Before arriving somewhere, you tend to build a perception of it that is never really completely true. One of my big worries is safety, especially when traveling as a solo female.

Australia broke that barrier for me. First of all, Australians are some of the best travelers I’ve ever met. I met loads in Europe and all of them had been to places I wouldn’t have dared to visit at the time. Second, a lot of travelers visit Australia.

Being surrounded by the two made me feel comfortable enough to travel anywhere. Before visiting Australia I was nervous about visiting SE Asia, but after hearing how amazing it was from people in Australia, I was eager to visit.

I guess Australia was my gateway drug. Now I can’t get enough of the world. I’ll try anywhere.

I would never have ended up doing this in Vang Vieng if I hadn’t visited Australia first.


Since this post is all about inspiration, I’m nominating a few ladies who inspire me. 

D from D Travels Round for inspiring me to not just travel, but travel ethically.

Bobbi from Today I’m Bobbi for inspiring me to be strong and create something spectacular out of ideas.

Megan at Bohemian Trails for inspiring me to stop and take note of all of life’s beauty.

Christine from Christine in Spain for inspiring me to move to Spain, some day.

Heather from There’s No Place Like Oz for inspiring me to write about trips from before I started this blog.

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  • Jade

    Thats so awesome that your family encourages your travel. I think that is a big barrier for some people

  • Christine

    Thanks again for the nomination! Looking forward to doing this post.

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    No worries!! It is a fun one to write. I look forward to reading yours :)

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    It really is. I don’t know how I would feel about being out here if my family wasn’t happy about it. I don’t even know if I would have traveled if it hadn’t have been for their encouragement.

  • Heather

    Thank you, Bobbi — I didn’t remember that you started blogging after me!

    People to People planted the travel seed for me in 7th grade (I couldn’t afford to go but my best friend did) and it took years for the seed to bloom!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    No worries! No I meant, that seeing you blog about trips that you went on long before you started your blog inspired me to do the same. I think we started about the same time.

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