When I was a kid, all I wanted was for my family to go on vacation to Cape Cod or on a Caribbean cruise like all the other kids at school. Instead, my parents dragged us all over the US, every battlefield, national park and historical monument, we went there. My parents especially loved farmer’s museums and colonial villages.

During our many family adventures, we rode horses through the mountains of Yellowstone, went gold mining in Alaska and re-enacted the battle of Gettysburg in 100 degree heat. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I ever went on a beach vacation to Puerto Rico and I’m not sure our family knew what to do with ourselves.

Now that I’m older and have a full time job, when I have time off I tend to want to go places for exploring rather than relaxing and I think my family definitely influenced that. Many of my friends in NYC who spend their vacations heading down south to the beach, experienced that with their families growing up and they definitely have a different mindset about travel.

I never appreciated the vacations that my parents took me on until I was much older, but now I realize that it helped encouraged my wanderlust of wanting to see and explore the world.

How about you? Did your family influence the way you travel or take time off from your day jobs?

Carrie Lyman - Maya Beach, Thailand

Maya Beach, Thailand – I did stop here and relax during my trip to Thailand