My love of travel started when I left college and decided - having met a fellow lover of travel - to start with the country furthest away, Australia. Spent 8 happy weeks travelling around and can remember seeing the penquins in Victoria BEFORE all the boardwalks and warning signs. Just siiting on the beach in the moonlight watching these endearing creatures leaving the sea.
Two years later spent 3 weeks interailing around Europe. Started in Vienna working our way up through Austria Switzerland and Germany. Great fun.
The next couple of years I took advantage of living in Kent and spent as much time as I could on the continent, exploring Belgium, Holland and France. Having a young family in the following years curtailled travelling to any great extent,we enjoyed holidays in the UK occasionally travelling to France and Holland.
As kids got older we started spreading our wings and enjoyed ski -ing in the French Alps and discovered the USA. Our first truly independent holiday was touring the west coast of America - San Fransisco - Yosemite- Death Valley - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Bruce National Park - Zion and then flying to Florida to see the Everglades and the Keys. My moment of knowing I was never going to be a 'package holiday' person was when my hubby told me he could feel me bristle when we were told what time we had to back at the coach after visiting the G.C.
We never looked back, we took the kids to Thailand, Australia and Dubai booking everything over the internet. Before my daughter went to Uni we had our last big family holiday doing an Alaskan Cruise followed by a 4 week road trip down through the Indian Reservations of Central America,via The Rockies, Calgary and Yellowstone to Phoenix.
That was supposed to be the last of the family travel until the kids discovered we were off to India for 3 weeks in 2012 and insisted on coming with us!
Travelling India by train with a backpack and staying at homestays introduced us to a new type of travel - we found we enjoyed staying in B and B's and homestays, meeting local people. Travelling on trains introduced us to 'the real India'. Hence, when we returned I was on the internet booking 2 tickets flying into Beijing and flying home from Hong Kong. To top it all I have invested in a new back pack. It is a big world out there and I intend to explore it ...........