Back in 2006, when I was 36 years old, I had my very first trip abroad spending 11 days in beautiful Greece. It was my husband and two of his best friends 40th birthdays so we all went on a land trip to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. We stayed at the most amazing places and met some wonderful people. Until this vacation, I had only been out of the states on Caribbean cruises and man was I in for a treat. I recorded my trip old school, by writing in a travel journal, and I wanted to share with you how exciting it felt after my first two days in Mykonos.
My thoughts so far:
- We are seen as dumb Americans by so many other countries
- Some people are not very good roommates
- The American exchange rate to the Euro is crap
- People from EU hate George Bush (I didn’t like this fact)
- I love the song “World, Hold On” by Bob Sinclair
- Everywhere I go people are personable and friendly
- Greeks love Americans
- Only 5% of Americans have passports
- Everyone I meet is more beautiful than the next
My feelings so far is that our group has bonded and branched out to invite other travelers to join us. We have lots of laughs and share many dramatic stories. We are drinking way too much. It is a hard life hanging by the pool ordering drinks all day. Who knew there were so many different kinds of tequila? Going to clubs and eating is awesome here. I was originally worried about the food issue (I was somewhat picky at this time), but the Greek food is utterly amazing. I am loving this travel abroad!
Since this trip, I have visited 38 countries and hope to get caught up soon to having visited as many countries in number as I am years old. As of this month, I have 8 countries to go, but hopefully Central and South America travels will happen in 2015. I love meeting people from new places and seeing the cultures and history of the places I visit. If I had got bitten by this international travel bug sooner in life, perhaps I would be bored now. But for now, it totally consumes my every thought and desire, to go to places I have not been. No matter how big or how small, I will find something I love there and be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to do so.
Many blessings to all my travel friends as you make your arrangements and dreams come true in 2015.