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My love for travel

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

I don't know when it started. The desire to travel, the urge to leave home again and again and explore new countries. I spent my entire childhood and most of my youth exclusively in my home country, Austria. Our family vacations always took us to the mountains and lakes of Austria for over a decade. They were wonderful vacations and I really enjoyed the hiking and farm vacations as a child and never felt the need to go further away.



I was consciously abroad for the first time when I was 15, when my parents took my sister and me on a round trip to Thailand. We flew to Bangkok, explored the city, and eventually traveled to northern Thailand on a guided tour. The trip was a wonderful experience. About a year later, we followed that up with a trip to Egypt, where we took a boat along the Nile. This too I have stored away as a wonderful memory, and I think my parents' travel bug started here. While it was the last family trip for my sister and me due to age, my parents traveled to Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Namibia and many other countries in the years that followed.


In 1999, at the age of 16, I met and fell in love with my now husband. When we were together for half a year, we traveled to Egypt together, although at that time it was more a vacation than a trip. Two weeks of beach vacation in Hurghada, and probably our common wanderlust began then, which connects my husband and me until today. Already about half a year later we flew again to Egypt.Over the next 20 years, our vacations became more and more like trips. And somehow every trip led to wanting to go away again, even further away, even longer away.


We love the colorful world map that hangs in our apartment. Here we have marked with pins where we have been everywhere.


While acquaintances told me how well rested they came back from vacation and that they were already looking forward to going to work, colleagues or home, towards the end of every trip I had the feeling that I didn't want to go back, or at least wanted to travel again soon and preferably even longer. We traveled countless times to Greece, once about five weeks with off-road vehicle and roof tent, from the Peleponnes to Chalkidiki, by plane we flew to Naxos, Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Karpathos. We were in Croatia and Italy, several times in Germany, made city trips to Prague, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and London. The first big long-distance trip was Sri Lanka, followed by Thailand, Bali, Costa Rica and soon the Seychelles. South Africa also became a real highlight. With each trip the wanderlust was satisfied for a short time, but only to come back even stronger afterwards. It must be similar with drugs. So our drug is traveling.


We get tips and ideas for our next travel destinations from travel books.


However, since we - or at least always one of us - were always in different jobs, 5 weeks was our longest travel time so far. Then came the children, and after a few years also the associated compulsory schooling, which made traveling immensely difficult, as the time periods were severely restricted. Thus, our trips remained at a maximum of four weeks, we traveled with the children again several times Greece, with our son South Africa and with both children Thailand. In 2020, due to relocation and job change, a unique opportunity arose for us to travel for the entire summer vacation period. We planned an 8-week Canada and USA round trip with rental car and motorhome.


The meanwhile well known pandemic thwarted our plans tremendously. So we had to "settle" for Greece again. 2020 we drove for about five weeks by car through Italy. With the ferry to Greece from Igoumentisa to Thassos and back. The following year, due to massive travel restrictions around the world, we went to Greece again, this time for another three weeks to Crete. Both were great trips, but our wanderlust grew and could simply not be satisfied by the beautiful Greece.


For several years we have been collecting refrigerator magnets from all over the world. We are also happy about brought magnets from friends and relatives.


Two years later than planned, we were now able to make up for at least part of our cancelled trip - four weeks in the USA. We flew to New York and traveled through Florida for about three weeks. An absolute dream trip. But already in Florida, on the beach of Ft Myers Beach at the traditional sundowner on the beach, my husband and I wallowed in a renewed wanderlust. How nice it would be to stay longer, to travel further, not to go home. And as so often, an idea was born that at first glance seems almost absurd, to finally develop into something bigger. One thing is for sure, we will see the USA and Canada again. In any case, we are already very excited to see how many months we will manage.


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(Author of this blog: Steffi)


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