Laugh and nod along to a humorous slice of travel memoir in this Guest Post by well known and popular travel blogger, Marion Halliday (aka Red Nomad OZ).
My 7 Ages of Travel
Reflecting on my past – and anticipating my future – lifetime travel experiences leaves me with two indisputable facts.
I’m middle aged.
But more importantly, and FAR more interestingly, I can see how my life has unfolded (and continues to unfold) into 7 distinct Ages of Travel!
1 Baby Boomerang
My parents, both from Country #1, were working overseas in Country #2 when I was born. We moved to Country #3 before I turned two and spent the next few years shuttling between them. So I can’t recall a time when I WASN’T travelling! Travel = Normal!!
2 Cultural Cringe
I was in my early twenties before I realised it was possible to go somewhere WITHOUT visiting the museums, historic displays and local points of interest. But by then it was too late! My parents’ pathological inability to pass by a cultural enrichment opportunity had already given me an appreciation of such things I still have today.
3 Holidays in Hell
It’s a fair description of almost any family vacation, don’t you think? But despite the sibling dramas and teenage angst, family holidays just whetted my appetite for more. That’s because holidays meant seeing new places, meeting new people and having new experiences – and that’s STILL what travel means to me!
4 A Broad Abroad
Working overseas wasn’t the extreme culture shock it might have been for someone who hadn’t already spent her formative years in other countries. But it sure added another dimension to my travelling life – the difference between holidaying and living in another country as an adult was enormous!
5 All Work and Some Play
I scored a job with occasional travel that took me to every state and territory in Australia – with the exception of the Hutt River Province!! And that gave me a fantastic opportunity to scope out holiday hot spots to visit on vacation. And experience them on two different levels!!
6 Meanwhile, back in OZ …
When my third – or was it fourth – career tanked, I started looking for a new challenge. Was there a place to showcase my ever-increasing collection of photos, stories and memorabilia from over 20 years of travelling Australia with my partner? Hell, yes! So I entered the blogosphere like an evangelist with a message from God’s own country. AND I kept travelling in OZ – but now with the time to take it slowly. Anyway, what’s a blogger without something new to blog about??
7 Back to the Future
One day (please God, not very soon) being an independent traveller will no longer be a viable option. And that’s when I’ll enter my 7th age of travel and start going on guided tours! Because NOT travelling to the very end isn’t a viable option for someone who was born travelling, and never really stopped! Besides, there’ll ALWAYS be something new to see, right?!
Your 7 Ages of travel may be completely different to mine – but that’s what makes our individual experiences of our life-long travel habits so fascinating, inspiring and empowering.