Some of the earliest memories I have of my “travelling Grandma” are of sitting in her living room, watching slides of her latest travels and listening to her tell us stories from around the world. Seeing the Taj Mahal, animals in the African savanna, the Pyramids, penguins in Antarctica and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and landscapes started my quest to follow in her footsteps and see the world for myself at a very young age.
By the time she passed in her mid 90’s, she had been to over 120 countries, taking thousands of photos along the way and turning most of them into slides to share her travels with others.
These slides have now made their way to me and as I’ve been home from my job as a flight attendant and not able to take off on any travels of my own during the current Covid-19 pandemic, I have finally begun the task of going through and organizing her slides, reliving her travels as I go.
Today, she would have turned 104 and I can’t think of a better way to honour her birthday then by diving into another set of slides and heading out on an adventure with her…. and of course having an ice cream cone to go with it!
These photos are a small selection of today’s slides from my grandma’s travels to Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, Iceland and Arizona.
‘Travel is the best education you can give yourself.’
Growing up, I heard this a lot from my Grandmam, often as she was showing us photos and telling us all about her latest trip.
She saw the world and inspired me to do the same.
Grandma was teacher her whole life and knew the importance of education. However, she also knew that the world had so much more to offer than you could ever find within the four walls of a classroom.
Thank you for filling my veins with a thirst for travel and a need to always keep educating myself on this amazing world we live in.
Happy birthday my travelling Grandma! I hope everyone up there enjoys your travel stories as much as I always did! Xo
Growing up, I was always excited to go to Grandma’s house and see photos and hear about her latest trip. She saw the world and inspired me to do the same. A lifelong teacher, she always told me that travel was the best education you could give yourself and encouraged me to go explore and learn about different cultures and appreciate the similarities and differences found along the way. Only while immersing yourself in someone else’s way of life do you realize how alike we truly are. Thank you for instilling this love of travel and need to constantly be educating myself and Happy birthday! I hope everyone up there enjoys your travel stories as much as I always did! Xo