Traveling when you are young can provide a new perspective and a burning curiosity to learn about different places and experience varied lifestyles and cultures.
New Zealand was the first country I distinctly remember visiting as a spirited 5 year old. I remember the lush green hills and hoards of sheep around the countryside, and a deep appreciation for the native tribe, the Maoris all around. The kiwis, which most of us know as a fruit, is actually the native bird of New Zealand, and they are no bigger than two feet tall. At that young age, I was fascinated by the wonders of the world and everything it had to offer. It was then, I developed a deep appreciation for traveling.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to India. As my mother-country, to me, it gives me a sense of personal identity and pride. My first memory of India, was in the southern state of Karnataka, when I was about 8 years old. By then, history was my favorite subject. I’d developed an innate curiosity towards where people came from, and how civilizations came to be. One of the ruins my family and I saw, Humpi, were that of an ancient kingdom that once ruled a large part of South India. Soon after, I came to learn that before the British arrived in India, the country was divided into numerous kingdoms and principalities, there was no one ruler for the entire country. In an attempt to unify India, the Empire pitted numerous rival kingdoms against each other, and exploited the country for what it was worth. I could go into the cruelty of the British Empire in India, but that is for another article, for another time.
India is a vibrant, beautiful country. Each time I went, I saw a new region, new people and new cultures. For me, it was a mind blowing experience to experience all of it. Knowing where I came from, how my people lived, gave me a sense of pride, each time I visited.
Spain and Gains
Of course I had to put some of Europe in! Some of the best travel experiences came from this incomparable continent. Germany in the first stop on the tour. This trip happened about a year after New Zealand, so around 2003, when I was 6 years old. At that point, all I knew about Germany, was that it was a far away country, and that it was really beautiful. What an understatement. It was a lot more than just beautiful, the culture, the history, the food all played a part in making it one of the most intriguing countries.
All in all, I think my experiences really helped with me enjoying traveling, continuing it now and in the future. It really gave me a new perspective and a burning curiosity to go all around the world and learn about the different places and see the varied lifestyles and scenery.