[:en]Travel Memories from Lucy [On The Luce][:nl]Reisherinneringen van Lucy [On The Luce][:]

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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 Lucy from On The Luce!

 

 

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

Our first family holidays were usually in France, Wales or Devon – never too far from home, probably because my parents couldn’t face travelling too far with three children fighting in the back of the van.

 

We usually rented a cottage or caravan near the sea and spent most of our time on the beach. We used to play tennis on the beach, go rockpooling and catch our own shrimps to cook.

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

My parents weren’t huge travellers (I’ve no idea where I got those genes from). But after they got married in the 1960’s and before they had kids, they used to travel a bit around Europe in my mum’s Mini. My dad’s a huge jazz fan and plays the double bass so they used to travel across the UK a lot to listen to gigs.

 

 

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

 

Childhood

I loved going to France. It used to be an adventure to go round the French supermarkets with all the different foods that seemed really exotic. I was a pretty adventurous eater for a child and loved all the smelly cheeses and weird looking seafood. Once I’d graduated to more exotic destinations I stopped going to France so much but the last few years I’ve started going back again and still love French supermarkets, though it’s more the wine section these days!

 

Teenager

I did my first trip out of Europe, spending a week staying with relatives in New York. It was a completely different world from the small country town I grew up in but I absolutely loved it. I spent the whole of the first day just looking upwards, awed by the size of the buildings. Everything looked so familiar from films and TV shows – the yellow cabs, the steam coming up through subway grilles, the lights of Times Square, the hotdog stalls. I’ve been back four times since and it’s still one of my favourite cities.

 

Adult

I really fell in love with southeast Asia. I did my first trip to Thailand when I was at university and was awed by it. After that I just kept going back again and again. It’s such a varied region with some amazing food and culture. I’ve not been back for a few years now so it might be time to get my SE Asia fix again soon.

 

 

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

 

 

Travel Memories from Lucy [On The Luce]

 

This photo was taken in Normandy in France when I was about four years old. We used to take a lot of holidays along the coast here when I was young. My parents would load up their VW camper van and we’d take the ferry across the Channel. Because it was the north of France the weather was pretty variable. I have as many memories of us making dens out of driftwood and a groundsheet to keep out of the rain as I do of it being sunny. Between the showers I used to spend hours building elaborate sandcastles and clambering over rocks.

 

 

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

We were pretty easily entertained. What used to keep us busy for hours was a notepad with numbers from 1 to 99 on it. Car number plates in France used to have different two digit numbers on the end to show which part of the country they come from. So we used to try and spot a car for each number. I don’t think we ever actually managed to get them all but it kept us from arguing.

 

 

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

I love planning trips – doing all the research into destinations and finding the best things to see and do.

 

I’ve got a bit of a reputation among my friends and family for being the one to go to to organise a trip. Being the organiser does come with a bit of pressure though as I always want everyone to have a good time, so sometimes I think it’d be nice to go back to how holidays were when I was a kid when everything was organised for me.

 

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

Though I love photography, I have to remind myself to step away from the camera some of the time and just absorb the moment. It’s too easy to get absorbed in trying to get the best shot, so sometimes I leave the camera behind for a few hours and just go exploring. I usually have my phone camera on me though just in case that unmissable photo opportunity happens to turn up!

 

 

If you want to read more of Lucy’s stories, be sure to visit her website:
 On the Luce.

 

 

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 Lucy van On The Luce!

 

 

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

Our first family holidays were usually in France, Wales or Devon – never too far from home, probably because my parents couldn’t face travelling too far with three children fighting in the back of the van.

 

We usually rented a cottage or caravan near the sea and spent most of our time on the beach. We used to play tennis on the beach, go rockpooling and catch our own shrimps to cook.

 

 

Did your parents travel much before you were born?

My parents weren’t huge travellers (I’ve no idea where I got those genes from). But after they got married in the 1960’s and before they had kids, they used to travel a bit around Europe in my mum’s Mini. My dad’s a huge jazz fan and plays the double bass so they used to travel across the UK a lot to listen to gigs.

 

 

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

 

Childhood

I loved going to France. It used to be an adventure to go round the French supermarkets with all the different foods that seemed really exotic. I was a pretty adventurous eater for a child and loved all the smelly cheeses and weird looking seafood. Once I’d graduated to more exotic destinations I stopped going to France so much but the last few years I’ve started going back again and still love French supermarkets, though it’s more the wine section these days!

 

Teenager

I did my first trip out of Europe, spending a week staying with relatives in New York. It was a completely different world from the small country town I grew up in but I absolutely loved it. I spent the whole of the first day just looking upwards, awed by the size of the buildings. Everything looked so familiar from films and TV shows – the yellow cabs, the steam coming up through subway grilles, the lights of Times Square, the hotdog stalls. I’ve been back four times since and it’s still one of my favourite cities.

 

Adult

I really fell in love with southeast Asia. I did my first trip to Thailand when I was at university and was awed by it. After that I just kept going back again and again. It’s such a varied region with some amazing food and culture. I’ve not been back for a few years now so it might be time to get my SE Asia fix again soon.

 

 

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

 

 

Travel Memories from Lucy [On The Luce]

 

This photo was taken in Normandy in France when I was about four years old. We used to take a lot of holidays along the coast here when I was young. My parents would load up their VW camper van and we’d take the ferry across the Channel. Because it was the north of France the weather was pretty variable. I have as many memories of us making dens out of driftwood and a groundsheet to keep out of the rain as I do of it being sunny. Between the showers I used to spend hours building elaborate sandcastles and clambering over rocks.

 

 

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

We were pretty easily entertained. What used to keep us busy for hours was a notepad with numbers from 1 to 99 on it. Car number plates in France used to have different two digit numbers on the end to show which part of the country they come from. So we used to try and spot a car for each number. I don’t think we ever actually managed to get them all but it kept us from arguing.

 

 

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

I love planning trips – doing all the research into destinations and finding the best things to see and do.

 

I’ve got a bit of a reputation among my friends and family for being the one to go to to organise a trip. Being the organiser does come with a bit of pressure though as I always want everyone to have a good time, so sometimes I think it’d be nice to go back to how holidays were when I was a kid when everything was organised for me.

 

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

Though I love photography, I have to remind myself to step away from the camera some of the time and just absorb the moment. It’s too easy to get absorbed in trying to get the best shot, so sometimes I leave the camera behind for a few hours and just go exploring. I usually have my phone camera on me though just in case that unmissable photo opportunity happens to turn up!

 

 

Als je meer van Lucy’s verhalen wilt lezen, bezoek dan zeker haar website:
 On the Luce.

 

 

Klik hieronder voor het Reisherinnering Interview Archief:

 

Childhood Travel Memory Interviews

 

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