Travel Memories from Carole [Travels With Carole]

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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 Carole of Travels with Carole!


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

The first recollection I have of traveling is to San Diego to see relatives in our old-time car with comfy stuffed seats and no seat belts. I was in the back seat with my sister

The most fun thing was when my mom would give me a gift of a handmade outfit for my doll. I loved my Toni Doll (named for a popular permanent brand at the time). I remember us driving through Laguna Beach and seeing the waving old man who was the official town greeter.


Did your parents travel much before you were born?

My dad was in the Marines in WWII and did plenty of boat travel during the war. My mom traveled from Gresham, Oregon, to San Diego, California to work as a Rosie the Riveter.

When my mom was pregnant with me, they had settled in San Francisco, and when I was a few months old they took a cross-country trip in their car, to Poughkeepsie, New York, where my dad was from.


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



I enjoyed  going camping at the beach and in the mountains.  We did more trips to Big Bear area but also branched out to Yosemite.  I remember getting very sick at Yosemite with an earache which I just kind of suffered through.  It cut short our trip. Occasionally we would stay in a motel and that was extra fun.



As a teenager, it was more camping.  I think the best trip was one we took when I was about 16 and we camped next to another family who had a teenage boy my age.  It was all just friendship, but quite exciting.



As an adult my most exciting trip was my first visit to Europe.  I fell in love with London and Hampstead in particular, and every time I return to London (and it has been back many times) I always make a trip out to Hampstead.


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


Travel Memories from Carole [Travels With Carole]


This photo was taken of me with my family in the Big Bear mountains area of Southern California. That’s me on the far left. We often went camping in that area, specifically as I recall, at Green Lake.


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

My Toni Doll.  Now I don’t have anything like her that I always take along.


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

Yes.  My family had very little money, so as a child we traveled mostly locally and by car.  When I grew up, I continued to take local car trips but added in a LOT of flying.


I definitely like the change, because I can see so much more.  I still retain the simplicity and joy of just getting in my car for local travel, but do miss the slower pace my mom and dad enjoyed, and I do enjoy stopping a restaurants to eat instead of always picnicking on homemade sandwiches (though my mom’s sandwiches were really good and at times I really do miss them).


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

One of the best ways to make a trip memorable is to write about it. I used to keep a journal about each BIG trip and paste in it the various ticket stubs and hotel brochures that I collected along the way. Nowadays I use those items to help with my articles, but I no longer save them.


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


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