[:en]Travel Memories from Andi [Misadventures With Andi][:nl]Reisherinneringen van Andi [Misadventures With Andi][:]

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 “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 Andi from Misadventures with Andi!

 

 

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

I grew up in a military family so we were always on the move. A lot of my memories blend together from my childhood, but I have fond memories of seeing the US from a car window!

 

I remember wisps and blurs of living in Panama, which would have been my earliest travel experiences. I remember going on my parent’s friend’s boat and going to some of the Sand Blast Islands for picnics. I remember the colourful clothing of the native Indians that lived in Panama and I remember plantains that were fried like chips and salted!

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

Not too much.  They were stationed on the East Coast before I was born.  Then my father was in Vietnam when I was born.  Once he returned they really started traveling a lot. “The gypsy life we led moving every couple of years has stuck and I get antsy if I stay in one spot too long!”

 

 

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

 

As a child and as a teen I think my favourite holiday spot was visiting my grandparents in California. Being that I was living all over the country and sometimes out, I didn’t get to see them very often so it was really special when I did. My parents both come from very large families so we were always on the move from one spot to the other the entire time we were visiting. It was fun and exciting, my sister and I got to be the center of attention for a while and I loved it.

It reinforced my mother’s Portuguese heritage, as I would get to fill up on delicious food that I rarely got to eat. If it was summer time we would go to local Portuguese festas, it was wonderful. My dad’s parents lived on a lake for a while so there was lots of swimming and fishing and skiing.

 

There was also the mystique of California. Whenever I would change schools I would let me people know I was from California (despite not having lived there)! And it was magic. Everyone had there own idea of California. Whether it was the Beach Boys or Van Halen or avocado, coming from California always got some kind of conversation started. And a vacation in California only left me with more fodder for stories to come!

 

 

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

 

 

Travel Memories from Andi [Misadventures With Andi]

 

This photo is of me with my family and my grandfather (grandmother is taking the photo) in Panama, that is Panama City in the background (hard to see, I am pretty old!).

My earliest childhood memories come from this time in my life.  I remember water (I learned to swim here) and iguanas and the taste of salty plantains.  My grandparents came from California to visit my family for two months, including Christmas something they did from time to time no matter where my Dad was stationed in the world.

 

 

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

Always a ton of reading material. My parents are voracious readers and my sister and I followed suit. We would do a lot of car trips and this kept us occupied (for the most part).

There was a time when I was older that I took up cross-stitching (my mother did it) and then I would bring a project with me. And I remember of phase of making friendship bracelets, so I always brought them along on trips as well.

 

 

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

Yes and no. What hasn’t changed is being constantly on the go. The gypsy life we led moving every couple of years has stuck and I get antsy if I stay in one spot too long! What has changed is how I travel. I am far more into food than I was as a child. Fast food road stops just don’t cut it anymore and I plan a lot of my activities around the food that I will eat.

 

I also have more money than my folks did as a young military couple with two kids, so I am able to stay in a little more luxurious accommodations and do more activities than my parents could provide for. Having said that, I had amazing experiences as a child traveling under those conditions.

 

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

Don’t try to do everything!  Take the time to take time.  Instead of standing in line for a museum tour, sit at a café and take in the living art of the people that inhabit the place you are visiting, it can be much more satisfying and a lot less stressful.  Always try at least one food item wherever you travel.

 

 

If you want to read more of Andi’s stories, be sure to visit her website:
 Misadventures with Andi.

 

 

Click below for the Travel Memory Interview Archive:

 

Childhood Travel Memory Interviews

 

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“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’.

 

 Vandaag interview ik Andi van Misadventures with Andi!

 

 

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

I grew up in a military family so we were always on the move. A lot of my memories blend together from my childhood, but I have fond memories of seeing the US from a car window!

 

I remember wisps and blurs of living in Panama, which would have been my earliest travel experiences. I remember going on my parent’s friend’s boat and going to some of the Sand Blast Islands for picnics. I remember the colourful clothing of the native Indians that lived in Panama and I remember plantains that were fried like chips and salted!

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

Not too much.  They were stationed on the East Coast before I was born.  Then my father was in Vietnam when I was born.  Once he returned they really started traveling a lot. “The gypsy life we led moving every couple of years has stuck and I get antsy if I stay in one spot too long!”

 

 

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

 

As a child and as a teen I think my favourite holiday spot was visiting my grandparents in California. Being that I was living all over the country and sometimes out, I didn’t get to see them very often so it was really special when I did. My parents both come from very large families so we were always on the move from one spot to the other the entire time we were visiting. It was fun and exciting, my sister and I got to be the center of attention for a while and I loved it.

It reinforced my mother’s Portuguese heritage, as I would get to fill up on delicious food that I rarely got to eat. If it was summer time we would go to local Portuguese festas, it was wonderful. My dad’s parents lived on a lake for a while so there was lots of swimming and fishing and skiing.

 

There was also the mystique of California. Whenever I would change schools I would let me people know I was from California (despite not having lived there)! And it was magic. Everyone had there own idea of California. Whether it was the Beach Boys or Van Halen or avocado, coming from California always got some kind of conversation started. And a vacation in California only left me with more fodder for stories to come!

 

 

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

 

 

Travel Memories from Andi [Misadventures With Andi]

 

This photo is of me with my family and my grandfather (grandmother is taking the photo) in Panama, that is Panama City in the background (hard to see, I am pretty old!).

My earliest childhood memories come from this time in my life.  I remember water (I learned to swim here) and iguanas and the taste of salty plantains.  My grandparents came from California to visit my family for two months, including Christmas something they did from time to time no matter where my Dad was stationed in the world.

 

 

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

Always a ton of reading material. My parents are voracious readers and my sister and I followed suit. We would do a lot of car trips and this kept us occupied (for the most part).

There was a time when I was older that I took up cross-stitching (my mother did it) and then I would bring a project with me. And I remember of phase of making friendship bracelets, so I always brought them along on trips as well.

 

 

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

Yes and no. What hasn’t changed is being constantly on the go. The gypsy life we led moving every couple of years has stuck and I get antsy if I stay in one spot too long! What has changed is how I travel. I am far more into food than I was as a child. Fast food road stops just don’t cut it anymore and I plan a lot of my activities around the food that I will eat.

 

I also have more money than my folks did as a young military couple with two kids, so I am able to stay in a little more luxurious accommodations and do more activities than my parents could provide for. Having said that, I had amazing experiences as a child traveling under those conditions.

 

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

Don’t try to do everything!  Take the time to take time.  Instead of standing in line for a museum tour, sit at a café and take in the living art of the people that inhabit the place you are visiting, it can be much more satisfying and a lot less stressful.  Always try at least one food item wherever you travel.

 

 

Als je meer van Andi’s verhalen wilt lezen, bezoek dan zeker haar website:
 Misadventures with Andi.

 

 

Klik hieronder voor het Reisherinnering Interview Archief:

 

Childhood Travel Memory Interviews

 

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  • I love that old photo! And I agree with Andi about the last point–spend more time in the place and less time in lines or other things that might not be the best use of time.

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