How did travel become my obsession?

Growing up, I’ve always wanted to see the world.  I envied family and friends who got to go places and vowed someday that would be me. In college, with so many majors to choose from, somehow I stumbled upon Travel and Tourism. It was then, that my passion grew into an obsession. At that point in my life all my jobs were hospitality related – that was all I knew (or wanted to know).

Shortly after graduating, I got a job as a travel agent with one of the bigger travel agencies in the United States. It was literally the best job I’ve ever had up to that point in my life. I learned so much about so many destinations, helped people make their “dreams come true”, and even dealt with all the horror stories that came with traveling. I loved every minute of it!  This is also when I started traveling extensively.

Traveling truly enriches my soul. It makes me so happy.

Hubs usually has some input of where we go and what we do, but leaves all the planning to me. After all, that’s all I’ve ever done and it’s one thing I can say I’ve mastered. Even though I’m far from it in my natural state, I’m completely a “Type A” person when it comes to planning every detail of our trips. It’s so satisfying to hear “That was the best trip so far!” every time we come back from some place.

Many of my closest family and friends know this about me. My goal was to have traveled to all six inhabited continents (penguins don’t count) by the time I turned 30. Why? So that I could technically say that I’ve traveled the world. My sixth would have been this past December, but a BIGGER plan sidetracked us for now…

In the last decade, I’ve traveled through five continents, 23 countries and over 180 cities. That list will only continue to grow and I’m so thankful to have a life partner that shares the same passion/obsession. I couldn’t imagine doing it without the love of my life.

Neuschwanstein Castle (June 2008)

Whistler, Canada (October 2012)


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  1. Hi Elaine, Kerry the travel agent from Caps games here. 🙂 Obviously I completely understand the travel obsession, since I also suffer from it. I was lucky enough to make it to continent #6 when I was 24 and the penguin continent when I was 33. Was ridiculously excited when I qualified for Travelers' Century Club membership. Am very envious at all the opportunities you'll have to travel around Europe the next few years. And hope you manage to make it South America soon!

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