In the strange and very much alive!
Guess I got hooked at a young age. Mom was a flight attendant for the old Continental Airlines so I got to go to a few places when I was young. While I spent a fair amount of time in places like Omaha Nebraska in the heart of the corn-belt with family, I did make it out to come sun and fun places like Nandi, Fiji. When you are young, you tend not to be a big fan of museums and 200 yr old cities. My mom was very much aware of that so we stuck to places with a beach where I could work on my skin cancer.
Aside from London when I was 14 or so I never set foot in Europe or Asia. I had to wait till I was in my late 20's head that far East again and then it started out as a work trip. In 2000 I spent what amounted to the best 3 months of my life living in Amsterdam with some side trips to places like Malaga and Bergen. These were also solo trips since most of my co-workers who were with me during that time were more than happy hanging around the city of Amsterdam and indulging in the usual suspects. Heading out on my weekend trips alone was not my first choice but I was not going to waste my time in bars over there during my time off from work. During my time off I wanted to get as many stamps in my passport as possible and see a few places at first.
There is a common saying that "Travel Changes You".....It did change me and during my time in Amsterdam, my travel plans changed a bit based on advice from fellow travelers..a few whom I am still in contact with. That is why I am here writing amongst fellow travelers.