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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 Valerie from This way to Paradise!

 

 

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

The first time I remember traveling was when I was about six years old. We went to upstate NY to visit my grandparents. I don’t remember much of the trip except I do remember eating lots and lots of blueberries because they grew right there on the property.

 

I went with my Mom and Dad and two younger sisters. We drove there from Louisiana. I remember that we got up in the middle of the night to go and that seemed very exciting that we were leaving while it was still dark outside.

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

Not on family vacations.  But they both grew up in military families and moved around a lot.  My dad was stationed in one place, so we didn’t move around too much. But I have moved around a lot on my own since then.  My Dad was in Guam for a bit.  My Mom lived in Hawaii when it became a state.

 

 

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

 

Childhood

When we were kids, I loved the ocean. Ha ha, I still do!! Growing up in Louisiana and Arkansas, my favorite times were when we went to the beach in Florida on our way to Disney World.

 

Teenager

As a teenager, we got to go to Hawaii when I was sixteen and that was my favorite family trip of all time. We actually got there by riding in the back of a C130 military airplane, as my dad was in the Air National Guard.

 

Adult

As an adult, it’s really hard to choose just one favorite place, but I’d have to say Bali. I last went about seven years ago and am about to return.

 

 

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

 

 

Travel Memories from Valerie [This Way To Paradise]

 

This was on the Cape May Ferry between Washington DC and New Jersey. Having grown up nowhere near a beach, I had never seen a seagull before, and I thought they were beautiful creatures.  I was amazed that they were eating right from my hands.

I live in Portland, OR now which is still an hour from the ocean, but I get seagulls in my neighborhood all of the time, and I love it.

 

 

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

I had a duffel bag.  It was really small.  Maybe that’s why I can pack so light now.  But I collected patches from everywhere I went and either ironed them or sewed them on the bag.  I loved that bag and used to imagine it so covered in patches that I wouldn’t be able to see the bag.  Now, I don’t know what happened to that bag.

I also loved Mad Libs and made everyone in the family play on long car trips.  If they wouldn’t play, I threatened to sing.

 

 

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

Yes, well the only time we flew together as a family growing up was in the back of a C130. We always drove places. Now I fly everywhere!! Some people hate flying, but I love it. I would fly to the grocery store rather than drive if I could. I hate driving.

 

When I travel, it’s rare that I will rent a car. I once paid a cab driver $50 to take me to the beach in Spain. Maybe that’s why I love Bali. You don’t rent a car. You hire a driver.

 

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

Definitely take lots of pictures.  You forget things that you start remembering when you look back at pictures.  And write in a journal.  I kept my first journal from my first trip to Europe in my 20’s.  I laugh now when I read it.

 

 

If you want to read more of Valerie’s stories, be sure to visit her website:
 This Way to Paradise.

 

 

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’s.

 

 Vandaag interview ik Valerie van This way to Paradise!

 

 

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

The first time I remember traveling was when I was about six years old. We went to upstate NY to visit my grandparents. I don’t remember much of the trip except I do remember eating lots and lots of blueberries because they grew right there on the property.

 

I went with my Mom and Dad and two younger sisters. We drove there from Louisiana. I remember that we got up in the middle of the night to go and that seemed very exciting that we were leaving while it was still dark outside.

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

Not on family vacations.  But they both grew up in military families and moved around a lot.  My dad was stationed in one place, so we didn’t move around too much. But I have moved around a lot on my own since then.  My Dad was in Guam for a bit.  My Mom lived in Hawaii when it became a state.

 

 

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

 

Childhood

When we were kids, I loved the ocean. Ha ha, I still do!! Growing up in Louisiana and Arkansas, my favorite times were when we went to the beach in Florida on our way to Disney World.

 

Teenager

As a teenager, we got to go to Hawaii when I was sixteen and that was my favorite family trip of all time. We actually got there by riding in the back of a C130 military airplane, as my dad was in the Air National Guard.

 

Adult

As an adult, it’s really hard to choose just one favorite place, but I’d have to say Bali. I last went about seven years ago and am about to return.

 

 

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

 

 

Travel Memories from Valerie [This Way To Paradise]

 

This was on the Cape May Ferry between Washington DC and New Jersey. Having grown up nowhere near a beach, I had never seen a seagull before, and I thought they were beautiful creatures.  I was amazed that they were eating right from my hands.

I live in Portland, OR now which is still an hour from the ocean, but I get seagulls in my neighborhood all of the time, and I love it.

 

 

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

I had a duffel bag.  It was really small.  Maybe that’s why I can pack so light now.  But I collected patches from everywhere I went and either ironed them or sewed them on the bag.  I loved that bag and used to imagine it so covered in patches that I wouldn’t be able to see the bag.  Now, I don’t know what happened to that bag.

I also loved Mad Libs and made everyone in the family play on long car trips.  If they wouldn’t play, I threatened to sing.

 

 

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

Yes, well the only time we flew together as a family growing up was in the back of a C130. We always drove places. Now I fly everywhere!! Some people hate flying, but I love it. I would fly to the grocery store rather than drive if I could. I hate driving.

 

When I travel, it’s rare that I will rent a car. I once paid a cab driver $50 to take me to the beach in Spain. Maybe that’s why I love Bali. You don’t rent a car. You hire a driver.

 

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

Definitely take lots of pictures.  You forget things that you start remembering when you look back at pictures.  And write in a journal.  I kept my first journal from my first trip to Europe in my 20’s.  I laugh now when I read it.

 

 

Als je meer van Valerie’s verhalen wilt lezen, bezoek dan zeker haar website:
 This Way to Paradise.

 

 

Klik hieronder voor het Reisherinnering Interview Archief:

 

Childhood Travel Memory Interviews

 

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