Initially, I joined Virtual Tourist in order to view and comment to my daughter as she traveled through Europe during the summer of 2008. Now, I am hooked and have spent inordinate hours organizing and enjoying my past trips while getting to know some of the neat people who frequent this site.
This is fun! I have loved having conversations with individuals from around the world and am learning so much about countries I have either visited or wish to see in the future.
My first overseas trip was in college and, while it took another 25 years to repeat the experience, I have worked hard over the years to make up for lost time. A few of my trips have been with my daughter, a few with choral performing groups, and I have even done the solo traveler gig, which surprised both me and my family, but is actually becoming something I enjoy very much.
Traveling by myself has allowed me to identify what really makes me happy. I can state honestly that a sunrise in a new locale is one of the most amazing experiences. I love rising before the rest of the world is out and about. Morning runs or walks through a city or countryside show me the real flavor of the region and it's people.