I was thinking a lot lately about my passion for travel. Where it all started and and what it means to me. It is more than obvious since I started this business I have a new lease on life, as I radiate happiness.
I managed to pinpoint it exactly when I was 4 or 5 years old, when my parents took me to Greece. It was one evening after dinner, my father and I were walking barefoot on the beach he was showing me the stars and telling me the story of Homer’s “Iliad”. He was pointing at the distance to the Aegean Sea where the ships were coming from. I was mesmerized.
When I was in my early 30s, I took my parents on a vacation to Greece. It was really nice to be walking down the beach barefoot again, at the shores of the Aegean where it all started. I am happy I was also able to take him to his favorite city San Francisco, and to take my parents and my 2 year old daughter at the time to Antalya, Turkey on a family vacation, amongst other places and vacations.
My father is 74 years now and is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It is very difficult for him to travel, so our traveling days are most likely over. Every time I took my parents somewhere I could have done something else with the money: bought new furniture, put money into investment accounts, pay off some bills, but I didn’t. Simply because this is the stuff I will remember forever.