Whilst browsing the Internet recently I came across a fab competition to win a snow or beach holiday with Cosmos. I have been very fortunate in that I did a lot of travelling throughout my childhood. Being an “Army Brat” certainly has it’s advantages! I was born in Germany so started travelling from a very young age. My first aeroplane journey was at 6 weeks old and my first proper holiday was to Bavaria when I was only 5 months old.
Most of my early experiences of travel were to England to see family visiting some extremely nice areas of the United Kingdom. I took some of my first steps on Plymouth Hoe.
One of my earliest memories was packing up the car and my Dad driving us from Germany to Italy towing a trailer tent behind us. My life was a constant adventure.
We were lucky enough to have some form of Foreign holiday every year and I am so grateful to my parents that when we did go somewhere new we made the most of it. We didn’t sit by the pool for a week, we always explored mile upon mile of new places soaking up new cultures and experiencing all that a country had to offer.
All these holiday’s were absolutely fantastic but the real fun started when my Dad got posted to Cyprus. We spent two years living there and explored every inch of the Island. We had to get special permission to venture over the border to Northern Cyprus but made the journey a few times. Whilst in Cyprus I studied the Egyptians in History was unbelievably lucky enough to go on a cruise to Egypt and Israel. Talk about learning through play! We got stranded in Egypt for an extra 3 days so we explored and my Dad was even offered some camels to leave me behind. I’m pretty sure he was tempted!
After Cyrus we came back to live in a “not so lovely” area of the UK, I guess that’s what you get for having such a great posting beforehand! It all went quiet on the Travel front other than summer holidays to places like Spain, Malta and Italy until I turned 15 and my Dad announced that he wanted us to emigrate to Australia. I was over the moon! We packed up our lives and shortly after my GCSE’s finished we moved to the other side of the world.
I had planned on backpacking my way across the world to visit family in the UK around the age of 21 but circumstances changed and sadly it didn’t work out. Not long after my 17th birthday we moved back. I didn’t go away again until I got a job as a Nanny shortly after finishing College. They took me to Spain, Portugal and Majorca all expenses paid. All I had to do was my job. It was brilliant! Sadly this is where my travelling bug fizzled out. I met my Husband and thought that his job would throw us the opportunities that I had grown up with but times have changed and we are going to be based in one of three places, none of which are particularly exotic! He gets to travel the world, not necessarily seeing any of it, whilst we live in areas chosen for their cloud cover! Money is now my responsibility and with three babies to consider, travelling just isn’t an option at the moment – we haven’t even had a Honeymoon! Hopefully over the years I will be able to show my kids just how fantastic the world is and I can start by entering the Cosmos competition.