Welcome to my new travel blog.
A few weeks ago I decided that 2011 would be the year of travel. Little did I realize how ironic that would soon become.
I've been very fortunate in my almost 27 years here on Earth to travel and experience many great things around the world. As a child growing up my parents took me on a summer vacation every year. These weren't the typical going to visit Grandma or the beach summer vacations, my parents really tried to give me new experiences. One of my earliest memories is going to Seattle when I was four and attending a Mariners game with my Father and Uncle. When I was 10 we took a big trip "out west" and visited the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Petrified Forest and the Grand Tetons (just to name a few). When I was 12 and again when I was 17 they took me to the Cayman Islands where I learned how to snorkel. And when I was in high school and college they paid for not one but two trips to Europe.
At the young age of 15 I found myself on a summer band tour of Europe. We visited Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. I had no idea at the time how truly lucky I was and fortunate to have such wonderful parents. Then again at the age of 21 I went off to study abroad in London. What a wonderful summer of studying art and living in the heart of London.
So where has all of this gotten me? I want more! At 22 I started dating a wonderful man in the Air Force who I happily married. I knew when we started dating that travel would be in our futures and I even moved out to Kansas to be with him. I just assumed we would always live in the States though in places like Oklahoma and Missouri... nothing elaborate or exciting. Then last week in my ironic twist we got the news... We will be moving to Okinawa, Japan in April.
At first I was extremely sad thinking of leaving my family, friends and work behind. Then I realized that my wish to travel in 2011 just took a giant leap. As an overseas spouse I will be able to fly on just about any Air Force flights leaving the base in Japan. All of a sudden new opportunities to travel opened up like Australia and China that I never even dreamed of - and even better - on the Air Force's dime.
I hope to give my children the same opportunities that my parents gave me and luckily with the Air Force that can really happen.