Travel Memories from Danielle [Lucid Practice]

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[:en]”What is your most memorable childhood travel memory?” That’s what I’ve asked over 50 travel bloggers and other travel addicts. These are their personal stories and photos.

 

Today, I interview Danielle from Lucid Practice!


 

Hi Danielle, do you remember the first time you went travelling?

I was a young baby at the time when I traveled with my family to Europe. Of course I could not remember then, but I do remember my second trip back to Europe when I was older at age six (as in the violin photograph below).

 

I remember all the bright colored tulips in Holland, the fresh water near the edge of the water in Sweden, and buying a small piece of the Berlin Wall at the memorial site in Germany.

I felt so special and sophisticated when I returned back home to Minnesota. I remember I wore my new bought “HOLLAND” sweatshirt on the first day of school despite the hot weather and everyone else wearing t-shirts.

 

I am very fortunate my older sister and I got along together so well growing up.  We were travel buddies on our family vacations and always kept each other preoccupied with games on planes and on the road.

 

Traveller Interview - Danielle - Lucid Practice

Danielle & her sister Chum at a canyon in New Mexico, USA

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

My parents were avid travelers. They traveled all around Europe, South America, and Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Mostly during the early 80’s in which airplane tickets were MUCH cheaper. They relied solely on hard copy maps and help from locals to navigate instead of the GPS maps on phones used universally today.

In Europe, our family mostly stayed with family friends. My grandmother was born in Germany and lived in France for many years.  Additionally, my parents traveled to South America when they were young and met other travelers (Europeans) who became close friends.

Having our own “personal tour guides” who knew their home countries was another great benefit for us. To this day, we’re still great friends with the travelers we met while on the road!

 

 

What was your favourite holiday destination as a child, a teenager and an adult?

Childhood

Sweden was one of my favorite places as a child. I remember getting my own hand painted pair of clogs which I wore for months even after I outgrew them. Finally, my mom told me I could no longer wear them since they were too small! Thirteen years later when I returned to Sweden, I tried to find a store that would hand paint clogs with flowers on them like my first pair, but I had no such luck. Perhaps maybe that’s one reason why my favorite place as a teenager changed.  :)

 

Teenager

As a teenager I fell in love with southern France. I really enjoyed swimming at the beaches in Cannes. Swimming under the sun and being able to see the mountains in the distance was incredible. Being an artist, I also appreciated all the museums we went to such as Pablo Piccaso’s in Antibe.

 

Adult

And as an adult, I’m still deciding. Currently I’m in Cambodia and I love the sun, the friendly people, and the cheap prices (especially compared to Europe). I’ll be off to China in July for 9 months so who knows, maybe China will be my new favorite! I love learning about new cultures — especially those that are distinctly different from my own. I would love to visit Bali, Indonesia in the near future as it is my grandmother’s favorite place in the world (and she’s traveled all around the world).

 

 

Can you tell me what your memory is with this image?

Traveller Interview - Danielle - Lucid Practice

 

The summer before I entered first grade, I went on a family vacation all across Europe. One of the places we visited was the Netherlands. In this photo I’m at Stopera Concert Hall in Amsterdam. I immediately wanted a photograph with this massive sculpture when I first laid eyes on it because I was in fact a young violinist myself!

I had been playing for two years at the time and was proud to bring my violin overseas to play for my family friends who we stayed with in Europe. Although, the airport security were quite concerned with what I was carrying at the time… but thats another story!

 

Traveller Interview - Danielle - Lucid Practice

 

 

Can you remember a specific travel item/gadget you used to take on a trip as a child?

I was a huge fan of playing games to pass the time so I always brought with the me the game “Trouble”. I had a mini game set of this so I was easily able to slip it in my backpack. My only problem was I occasionally lost the little game pieces to the set because pressing down on the Trouble dice button caused the pieces to fall off. It was a good thing I had backup pieces. :)

 

 

Did the way you travelled as a child changed much when you grew up?

Yes, definitely! I felt like I had a broader sense of life and people in general. I was able to see how different people from around the world acted and carried out their daily lives. I think I also became more independent and not afraid to try new things like some of my peers.

 

I’m fortunate that my parents took my sister and I traveling at such a young age. Traveling broadened my horizons from the very beginning and I hope to do this with my own children one day.

Also, I think family road trips to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, the Sand-dunes, and the Southwest Four Corners were significant travel experiences in my life. Today, it’s less common to see families going on road trips which is a bit sad. The price of gas doesn’t make it easy, but being in a car with family for extended periods of time while observing scenery and exploring a destination is a beautiful and precious experience.

 

Finally: What is your best tip for making a trip memorable?

Enjoying the moment of being exactly where you are.  Breathe in all the new smells and have fun seeing all your new surroundings — let go of any worries back home or frustrations that might occur during travel. Yoga and meditation practice is helpful for being present while traveling.

 

Also, I suggest simply going out on foot and exploring the area you’re staying in. This helps you get accustomed to the direction of roads so you know how to get to places easier. It’s also fun to run into something new, exciting, and unexpected! Indeed, serendipity is one of the greatest aspects of travel.

Marcia Conner said it well: “Put yourself in situations that allow for the unexpected. Life is situationally driven. Learning happens in context. Be ready when opportunities arise. The more space you’ve cleared in your life for something new, the more right things will happen.”

 

If you want to read more of Danielle’s stories, be sure to visit her website: Lucid Practice

 

 

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[:nl]”Wat is jouw meest memorabele reisherinnering uit je kindertijd?” Dat vroeg ik meer dan 50 reisbloggers en andere reisgekken. Dit zijn hun persoonlijke verhalen en foto’s.

 

Vandaag interview ik Danielle van Lucid Practice!


 

Hi Danielle, do you remember the first time you went travelling?

I was a young baby at the time when I traveled with my family to Europe. Of course I could not remember then, but I do remember my second trip back to Europe when I was older at age six (as in the violin photograph below).

 

I remember all the bright colored tulips in Holland, the fresh water near the edge of the water in Sweden, and buying a small piece of the Berlin Wall at the memorial site in Germany.

I felt so special and sophisticated when I returned back home to Minnesota. I remember I wore my new bought “HOLLAND” sweatshirt on the first day of school despite the hot weather and everyone else wearing t-shirts.

 

I am very fortunate my older sister and I got along together so well growing up.  We were travel buddies on our family vacations and always kept each other preoccupied with games on planes and on the road.

 

Traveller Interview - Danielle - Lucid Practice

Danielle & her sister Chum at a canyon in New Mexico, USA

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

My parents were avid travelers. They traveled all around Europe, South America, and Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Mostly during the early 80’s in which airplane tickets were MUCH cheaper. They relied solely on hard copy maps and help from locals to navigate instead of the GPS maps on phones used universally today.

In Europe, our family mostly stayed with family friends. My grandmother was born in Germany and lived in France for many years.  Additionally, my parents traveled to South America when they were young and met other travelers (Europeans) who became close friends.

Having our own “personal tour guides” who knew their home countries was another great benefit for us. To this day, we’re still great friends with the travelers we met while on the road!

 

 

What was your favourite holiday destination as a child, a teenager and an adult?

Childhood

Sweden was one of my favorite places as a child. I remember getting my own hand painted pair of clogs which I wore for months even after I outgrew them. Finally, my mom told me I could no longer wear them since they were too small! Thirteen years later when I returned to Sweden, I tried to find a store that would hand paint clogs with flowers on them like my first pair, but I had no such luck. Perhaps maybe that’s one reason why my favorite place as a teenager changed.  :)

 

Teenager

As a teenager I fell in love with southern France. I really enjoyed swimming at the beaches in Cannes. Swimming under the sun and being able to see the mountains in the distance was incredible. Being an artist, I also appreciated all the museums we went to such as Pablo Piccaso’s in Antibe.

 

Adult

And as an adult, I’m still deciding. Currently I’m in Cambodia and I love the sun, the friendly people, and the cheap prices (especially compared to Europe). I’ll be off to China in July for 9 months so who knows, maybe China will be my new favorite! I love learning about new cultures — especially those that are distinctly different from my own. I would love to visit Bali, Indonesia in the near future as it is my grandmother’s favorite place in the world (and she’s traveled all around the world).

 

 

Can you tell me what your memory is with this image?

Traveller Interview - Danielle - Lucid Practice

 

The summer before I entered first grade, I went on a family vacation all across Europe. One of the places we visited was the Netherlands. In this photo I’m at Stopera Concert Hall in Amsterdam. I immediately wanted a photograph with this massive sculpture when I first laid eyes on it because I was in fact a young violinist myself!

I had been playing for two years at the time and was proud to bring my violin overseas to play for my family friends who we stayed with in Europe. Although, the airport security were quite concerned with what I was carrying at the time… but thats another story!

 

Traveller Interview - Danielle - Lucid Practice

 

 

Can you remember a specific travel item/gadget you used to take on a trip as a child?

I was a huge fan of playing games to pass the time so I always brought with the me the game “Trouble”. I had a mini game set of this so I was easily able to slip it in my backpack. My only problem was I occasionally lost the little game pieces to the set because pressing down on the Trouble dice button caused the pieces to fall off. It was a good thing I had backup pieces. :)

 

 

Did the way you travelled as a child changed much when you grew up?

Yes, definitely! I felt like I had a broader sense of life and people in general. I was able to see how different people from around the world acted and carried out their daily lives. I think I also became more independent and not afraid to try new things like some of my peers.

 

I’m fortunate that my parents took my sister and I traveling at such a young age. Traveling broadened my horizons from the very beginning and I hope to do this with my own children one day.

Also, I think family road trips to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, the Sand-dunes, and the Southwest Four Corners were significant travel experiences in my life. Today, it’s less common to see families going on road trips which is a bit sad. The price of gas doesn’t make it easy, but being in a car with family for extended periods of time while observing scenery and exploring a destination is a beautiful and precious experience.

 

Finally: What is your best tip for making a trip memorable?

Enjoying the moment of being exactly where you are.  Breathe in all the new smells and have fun seeing all your new surroundings — let go of any worries back home or frustrations that might occur during travel. Yoga and meditation practice is helpful for being present while traveling.

 

Also, I suggest simply going out on foot and exploring the area you’re staying in. This helps you get accustomed to the direction of roads so you know how to get to places easier. It’s also fun to run into something new, exciting, and unexpected! Indeed, serendipity is one of the greatest aspects of travel.

Marcia Conner said it well: “Put yourself in situations that allow for the unexpected. Life is situationally driven. Learning happens in context. Be ready when opportunities arise. The more space you’ve cleared in your life for something new, the more right things will happen.”

 

Als je meer van Danielle’s verhalen wilt lezen, bezoek dan zeker haar website: Lucid Practice

 

 

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Childhood Travel Memory Interviews

 
 

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