Here We Go…

This is my first attempt at blogging, so please be kind!  As I grow as a blogger, I hope to bring my readers along for the ride.  For starters, I think a little background about why I am doing this is in order.  I have always dabbled in writing and traveling – one day I decided that blogging is the best way to bring my passions together.

 I grew up as what I call an ‘oil brat.’  My father was an engineer and did a lot of work on oil refineries.  His career took him to some pretty amazing places and he was often able to bring along his family in tow.  One of his foreign assignments took him to Saudi Arabia where we lived for many years; the company benefits were incredible, allowing us to travel extensively as a family several times a year.  By the time I was a teenager I had visited 18 different countries and the desire to travel had become something akin to a deep-seeded need that I have no desire to shake.

During my travels I have seen many wonderful and exciting things, as well as many sad and terrible things.  I have learned a lot about people and the world we live in; this has helped to shape the way I view myself and my place in this world.  Different languages, different foods, different customs and different ways of thinking – I feel that exposing oneself to these differences helps us grow as individuals.  When people can be open and tolerant to these differences, it allows the world to be a better place.

As an adult I may not get to travel as much as I used to, but I take every opportunity that comes along.  I am constantly planning future trips and working out ways to make them happen.  The way I see it, this world is a big place with a lot of things to see and do, and I’ve only got one lifetime to cram as much as possible into.  When people ask me why I travel, I always respond with a question of my own – “why not?”  So far, no one has given me an answer.