Mine goes something like this…
Born in Bangladesh to Australian parents I was a foreigner. At 2 years old I travelled to New Zealand and Australia with my family. Only my family could understand me as I spoke a mixture of Bengali and English. Back in Bangladesh we had the occasional holidays in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. At 8 years old I travelled regularly to India to go to boarding school. When I was 10 years old the family returned to Australia to settle. No longer a foreigner, but I still felt like one. I saved every penny of my junk mail delivery, babysitting and Chicken Treat money until at 16 years old I paid for myself to return to India to visit my old boarding school. I final goodbye I guess, then time to move on. At 19 I visited Scotland and Ireland with a friend. Married at 21, I have travelled around Australia with my husband and family seeing Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, living in all of those states except QLD. After a couple of years in Mandurah I find myself back in Perth and really coming to love this city and feel at home.
Travelling these days involves 2 trips a year to Switzerland, hopefully a trip to Beijing this year, and quick trips to Melbourne to see family.
A whirlwind summary of my travel story – but if we were sitting having coffee I’m sure it would open up plenty of opportunity for conversation.
What’s your travel story?