“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 Talon from 1dad1kid!
What we'll cover in this article
- Hi Talon, do you remember the first time you went travelling?
- Did your parents travel much before you were born?
- What was your favourite holiday destination as a child, a teenager and an adult?
- Can you tell me what your memory is with this image?
- Can you remember a specific travel item/gadget you used to take on a trip as a child?
- Did the way you travelled as a child changed much when you grew up?
- Finally: What is your best tip for making a trip memorable?
Hi Talon, do you remember the first time you went travelling?
As a small child, my family often did road trips. I did my first brief international trip to Mexico when I was 13, and when I was 15 we did a road trip through Mexico and lived in Chiapas for a month before returning.
We mostly slept in the car on the way down, but in Chiapas we lived in a small, wood cabin. It was a bit primitive, but at least we had running water and indoor plumbing. Hot water came from the wood stove. It was an amazing experience and set my desire to see more of the world.
Did your parents travel much before you were born?
My dad’s only international travel was during military service, and my mother had not travelled outside of the country, even though her parents were avid world travelers.
What was your favourite holiday destination as a child, a teenager and an adult?
Childhood and Teenager
As a child and teen we moved around a LOT, so I never really had one specific destination that was a favourite. Usually, anything in the mountains or involving a beach was great.
As an adult, I had a dream from childhood of going to Paris on my birthday. When I got into marathon running, I discovered the Paris Marathon. Unfortunately, it wasn’t during my birthday, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to go to Paris AND run a marathon there, so I did just that.
I only had about 8 days to explore the city, and I took advantage of every minute seeing more in a week than many people saw after being there for a month. I’ve done a lot of travel since, and Paris still stands out for me.
Can you tell me what your memory is with this image?
This is my son when we went shark diving. Did you notice the shark behind him?
Can you remember a specific travel item/gadget you used to take on a trip as a child?
An Etch-a-Sketch was a personal favourite. I could keep really busy with that and a book, but I also loved looking at scenery so it was easy to be entertained. Of course, back then we didn’t have handheld video games or DVD players (or DVDs for that matter).
Did the way you travelled as a child changed much when you grew up?
We didn’t really do much international travel when I was a child, but we did a lot of road trips, and I continued to do that with my children until we left the States and became indefinite nomads.
As an adult it was much more fun since I had complete control of where I went, when, where I stayed, what I saw, etc. Much nicer than being dragged around and having no input.
Finally: What is your best tip for making a trip memorable?
Think big! One of my most memorable times traveling with my son for the past 2 years was when we went shark diving together. I’m always on the lookout for experiences that seem different, that aren’t very common, are adventurous and challenging, etc. Those are the things memories are made of.
If you’re traveling with other people, obviously you need to include them on the planning. This is especially important with children. Too often parents just plan everything.
My son is included in destination selection, mode of transportation (unless there is a significant financial implication, but even then we discuss it), activities (great way for them to learn compromise), etc. This makes it even more rewarding and helps keep them motivated for future travels.
If you want to read more of Talon’s stories, be sure to visit his website: 1Dad1Kid.