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Did you go on vacations growing up?

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.

Did you get to vacation as a kid?

Me and my family on the beach at Lake Michigan

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.

Have you ever felt like you just want to get out of that small town?

Hart, Michigan

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.

Have you ever seen the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Every night at sunset is a celebration in Key West

Key West, Florida

Have you ever been to the Cadillac Ranch?

Cadillac Ranch in Texas

White sand beach of Pensacola

White sand beach of Pensacola

California super bloom 2017

California super bloom 2017

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

7 Magic Mountains, Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains in Nevada

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.

Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher

Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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?

8 Comments

  1. I love to travel and did go on family vacations with my parents and sister in the summer time. Dad was a teacher and mom was a sahm so we had summers free. We camped in Colorado, picked peaches in Fredericksburg, TX and spent almost every summer at Port Arkansas, TX. Nothing fancy – never went to Disney until I had my daughter.
    But, when I was in my twenties, I went with a friend to Europe, Hawaii, Japan, the Caribbean, etc. I wouldn’t trade those memories!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-04-16 at 14:26

      How wonderful Patti! I love that you got to travel when you were young And, isn’t it so wonderful to see new places and experience new things? Yay!

  2. I definitely got the wanderlust gene! I got it from both parents. All of my sisters have it too! We went on vacations every year growing up – but usually to relatives and camping. It wasn’t glamping either! We did go to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon when I was 15, camping all the way there and back from Florida! My parents used to take us on Sunday drives to explore. My Mom has backpacked Europe (with a sister), both parents have been to Alaska, and even Rocky Mountain Volunteer Forest Rangers! Yes, they are adventurous! Dray has traveled a lot for work (China, India and all over the US) . We got engaged on our flight to Hawaii! 😉 Hopefully Dray and I have more fun trips in our future. My sisters are always ready to travel! PCH this Fall with my younger sister, Valerie.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-04-16 at 14:57

      How fun Cindy! I love that your parents are so adventurous. It sounds like you all had some fun exploring together.

      I hope you and your hubby get on some getaways together…so fun.

      And…Yes, I’m looking forward to your trip out west!

  3. I never had a single vacation growing up. Our vacation consisted of hoping the neighbor kids would invite us to go to Crystal Lake. Once when my mom was well, we had a picnic in the woods off Oceana Drive on Memorial Day . My friend’s family ‘adopted’ me in Jr. High and I got to picnic and swim with their family until I graduated-it was nice to have family gatherings (even if it wasn’t my family!) I couldn’t wait to travel and after college, I hopped a greyhound to visit a pal in Texas. Once I was married and had kids, we vacationed somewhere almost every year but they were usually weekends away like to Six Flags or Museums. I won an Amtrak trip to Toronto and with lodging at the Royal York and one with hotel lodging in Florida, so we took the kids to Disneyworld. The problem with trips when you are low income, is that once you reach your destination, you don’t have money to do all the tourist things that you would like to do. If I had to do it over, I would have saved up and taken a trip every 2-3 years, so it would have been more fun for the kids. I was too hung up on making it an annual event, like I would have liked as a kid.
    It was nice you had so many siblings to go to the beach with and have such great memories of family fun!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-04-16 at 15:49

      Mary, I love seeing these old names like Chrystal Lake and Oceana Drive!

      So cool you won those trips! I’ve never been to Toronto or Disneyworld.

      I totally agree with you about the trips being every 2 or 3 years. That’s what we do now. I am writing a post for tomorrow about how we manage to get as much as possible out of a vacation. Maybe it will help?!

  4. I love to travel! As a child growing up, we took many family vacations within the US. I need to renew my passport so I can head somewhere this summer! I like to see new places and rarely like to repeat a vacation.

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