Growing up in a small town in Michigan, we didn’t go on vacation as a family. I don’t remember one single time we vacationed anywhere. I don’t even recall my parents leaving us kids home so they could go.
Summers were for working, either on our farm or in the cherry orchards.
We all worked together to bring enough income in for the year. And when we weren’t picking cherries, my dad had us working on our farm helping tend to the crops or raise our farm animals.
We did all pile in the car every once in a while to go visit family, or to spend an afternoon at the beach. Which is probably why my two favorite things in the entire world are, my family and the beach.
But we never went to Disneyland or the Grand Canyon or to a zoo or even camping. I saw on Facebook today that scientists have linked a specific gene to the need for wanderlust.
I’m pretty sure I have that gene.
I don’t think I wanted to get out of that small town I grew up in as much as I wanted to go see the world.
For the longest time, I thought that meant I needed to save up my money for years to be able to go see a foreign country.
But then I remembered that I hadn’t seen the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone or Yosemite, and so many other places. So I set out to see our country. And a really cool thing happened once I start exploring….
I wanted to do more.
I’ve been to 35 of our 50 states and seen some of the most beautiful and strange places. I’ve traveled to Canada and Mexico and Ireland. I used to think “it didn’t count” if I hadn’t left this continent, but now I know that every adventure counts, large or small.
Yeah, maybe my parents didn’t take us anywhere on vacation, but we still had a lot of fun growing up. And I’ve got a lot of years left to explore the world.
What about you? Do you have the need to travel and see new places? Where have you been? Where do you want to go?