I grew up in a family that was not worldly nor traveled much. My mother has never flown & my father hasn't flown in my lifetime. Although I was always fascinated and drawn to new & foreign people, places, & things, I didn't really start to travel until I was in college. My first trip out of the country was in 1998 to Montreal. My first time flying was not until January 2000. Since then I have flown at least a hundred times and take every opportunity to travel.
My first time off the continent was in 2002 when I went to Poland while in graduate school. Since that trip, I have had the travel drug pumping through me. I have only been to a few places out of the US but have made it a priority of mine to visit the places I have studied and dreamt about. I plan to take at least one big foreign trip each year (money and US vacation leave are hindrances to doing more).
One of my favorite activities is watching travel shows, especially "Globetrekker" on PBS in the States. Also, I love travel narratives and welcome suggestions.