We’re Not Lost, We’re on an Adventure

We're not lost, we're on an adventure

We’re Not Lost, We’re on an Adventure

To me, there is nothing more important than family; I would do anything for my parents and younger brother, Thomas. They are my support system, my cheerleaders, my challengers, my inspiration, my everything.

For as long as I can remember, my parents have placed importance on seeing new places and learning new things. Since my grandparents had all immigrated to America, it was important for us to see the country we were living in. Which is why, at a young age, we began to travel. We traveled around the United States for years, visiting historical sites along the way. We dumped tea in Boston, explored Colonial Williamsburg, toured the White House, visited Jamestown, read gravestones in Salem, went aboard the Mayflower and saw Plymouth Rock. Along with historical activities, we also spent time in Florida at Disney World and hung out on the beaches of Cape Cod. For these trips, we drove up or down the East Coast, and if we were ever lost, my Mom would say,

We aren’t lost, we’re on an adventure.

We're not lost, we're on an adventure

1985

She would say this so that we wouldn’t get worried, but I think it meant a lot more than that. It meant that it was okay to lose your way a little bit along the way, because something truly great could be found.

That mentality was especially useful in 2006, when we took a three-week road trip across Europe. There were a lot of times we were on an adventure, whether it was racing along the autobahns in Germany, driving cliff side in Croatia, tunneling through the mountains in Austria, or stuck entertaining ourselves for hours in an Italian traffic jam. But, it was through this adventure, I knew without a doubt in my mind that I wanted to see the entire world.

We're not lost, we're on an adventure

1991

My parents encouraged me when it came to travel. If an opportunity came up, they told me I should have no excuses, I had to go. Whether it was going off on my own to meet my Irish cousin and her friends in New Zealand and then heading to Fiji, or meeting them again the following year in South East Asia, or heading off on my own to Africa, which is the current plan for the summer, they are supportive and join in the excitement with me. If exploring the world is my dream, then I should do it.

Even just the other day, in the kitchen, my Mom said to me, “You know what, Erin, you need to marry a man who wants to travel, otherwise, that marriage is never going to last.” My Mom understands that this is not just a phase, this is my life. I will travel with my husband and children in the future. I want my children to be educated by the world, because I think there is no better way for people to learn about life than to be fully immersed in it.

Occasionally, when I’m feeling a little lost about my place in the world, and want to escape it, I think back to what my Mom used to say on those car rides. I am not lost, I am on an adventure. And what an adventure it is turning out to be.

We're not lost, we're on an adventure

2010

Day 25: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Prompt: FamilyFamily shapes who we are, but sometimes the family we create plays a bigger role in our lives than the one we were born into. Tell a story about how either of your “families” have impacted your life and your travels.

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Comments (7)

  1. The Best of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel | BootsnAll Travel Articles

    […] to see the world from an early age, but both bloggers developed their own passion for travel. The World Wanderer credits her parents with her travel bug, sharing how on road trips, her mom would always say, […]

  2. Ian [EagerExistence]

    “You know what, Erin, you need to marry a man who wants to travel, otherwise, that marriage is never going to last.”

    I’m available 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hahaha, and you are my favorite country! This could work out perfectly, lol.

  3. Pablo

    That’s a pretty awesome childhood! Pretty funny, my family and I would go on a lot of road trips growing up and whenever we were lost, my mom would say the exact seem thing,
    “We’re not lost we’re on an adventure!”
    Cheers to some awesome moms! : )

  4. Blame it on Mom. | The World Wanderer

    […] Growing up, we didn’t have the money to take big overseas vacations, and with an age difference of six and a half years between me and my younger brother, travel wasn’t always easy. Instead, we focused on exploring our native country with road trips along the East Coast of the United States. Sometimes along the way, we’d make a wrong turn or get a little lost, and my Mom would always say, “Don’t worry, we’re not lost, we’re on an adventure.” […]

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