Aunt Brenda, my mom’s sister, is the reason I got my first passport. When I was ten, she invited me to go on a trip to the Bahamas. I have so many great memories from that trip–the nice couple who sat next to me on the plane (my first time in the air); almost drowning my cousin, who was trying to teach me how to swim; Marcia at Guanahani Villas, the sweet Bahamian lady who worked at our hotel. But mostly I remember being introduced to the world beyond my small town.

Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is the gift of travel. If it makes her see the world through new eyes, it’s just like you’ve given them the gift of possibility.


What was your first life changing trip? Leave it in the comments below!