I’ve decided that it’s time for me to get a new passport. My old one expired in 2013 – I’d had a passport since 1993. I didn’t intend to let it expire, I think the joys of being a mom exceeded the desire to travel. Before I send my expired passport in with my new application, I took a look at the stamps that I collected over the years. I wasn’t expecting to find too many, but, to my surprise, they sparked some great memories!
Sean and I traveled to Barbados in 2004 for Sean’s brother’s wedding. It was our first time to the Caribbean and it was great! It’s a cute little island with monkeys and rum. The locals drive on the other side of the road, which always makes for exciting times. The wedding ceremony was on the beach and the reception was on a catamaran boat. So much fun in the sun with family and friends!
Sean and I took a trip on our own to Italy in 2006 for vacation. It was a trip full of fun, history, and good food. We started in Rome and then headed to Florence, which was my favorite. We spent a few days driving around the Tuscan countryside before taking a train to Venice. It’s a great country that I’d love to go back to see more of.
We traveled with my family to the Turks & Caicos in 2007 for my brother’s wedding. It was our second trip to the Caribbean and it proved to be just as sunny, warm, and relaxing. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, so we didn’t venture off the property for any exploring, but we enjoyed the pools, beach, and fireworks. They got married on the beach, too!
I ended up traveling to Mexico in 2009 for vacation without Sean. He had planned to join me, and, at the last minute, ended up not being able to get out of work. We were going with friends, so I decided to go anyways. Again, what fun! Good food, great pools, nice beaches, and amazing Mayan ruins. We did a lot of exploring throughout the Riviera Maya.
Our last international trip was to Germany in 2010 to visit my sister who was living abroad with her family. We stayed in Stuttgart, but visited Tubigen and Ulm. Tubigen is a super-cute town. Ulm has a great old church that you can climb to the top of. It has a cute section by the river, but it was raining and very flooded when we were there, so I think we missed out a bit on it. Sean and I also spent a weekend in Paris while we were in Germany. Paris and Stuttgart are drastically different from each other, but both can be loved for what they offer. I loved being able to say that we traveled to Paris for the weekend – so fancy! It was my second time to Paris and it was more enjoyable being there with my husband than staying in hostels with college friends. I’d go back!
It’s amazing the memories that a passport book can bring back! I’m looking forward to receiving my new passport and being able to fill it with stamps from future travels. Do I have any plans for travel – no, but just knowing that I have the option to cross the border to Canada is exciting. Passports are good for ten years – who knows what new destinations I’ll want to discover between now and 2026!