Travel the World with Red Shutters

The travel bug bit me hard in my twenties. Before then I had been outside of the United States for choir trip in high school (Austria and Italy) and around the country with family (Colorado, California, Hawaii). In my twenties, however, I had a job that had me overseas time and time again. One year, I had 10 international trips, each a minimum of a week, most of them lasting longer. I went to 5 continents, and have been to a countless number of countries (not really countless; I keep losing track). I loved watching the pages of my passport fill up, and I loved seeing a world beyond my neighborhood. That time changed me, and I’m a better person for having traveled abroad.

Since I started writing here on Red Shutters, I’ve been a parent who travels—not only a traveler. I’ve tried to plan adventures for our family every year, as I am committed to raising “citizens of the world.” My daughter, for example, got her passport at three months, and we put her and her brother on a plane overseas as soon we were able. I’ve chronicled some of our journeys on Red Shutters; here are a few….

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Where do I want to go next? Antarctica, Greece, and Denmark. Scotland (again), the Faroe Islands, and the Galapagos. The list is endless.

Where do you want to go?