Prince Charles. Seriously. Prince Charles totally gets the credit for inspiring me to travel. As a little girl watching the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in the wee hours of the morning from my home in California, I didn’t dream of a fairytale wedding to a prince, but of one day seeing St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace for myself.
It would take more than 15 years, but I eventually made it to London. I’ve been to London several more times since that initial visit, including with my family to watch the wedding of Charles and Diana’s son, Prince William to Kate Middleton, probably one of my the most memorable visits to the city.
A train ride from Los Angeles to San Diego when I was 9 years old is when my desire to go developed. As the years progressed I took advantage of travel opportunities that presented themselves through school, work and recreation.
However, it was the move to The Netherlands in 1999 that really fueled my wanderlust. Being in close proximity to so many European capitals makes seeing the world that much easier. Though I take full advantage of it, using every minute of Little Ladies’ school breaks to travel, as well as taking lots of weekend city breaks, it seems as though we’ve barely scratched the surface.
Sonja – To Europe With Kids
Priscilla – Weekend in Paris
Renee – A View to a Thrill
Lisa – Gone With the Family