Mothers are our wisest advisors, biggest cheerleaders, they love us above anything else in the world, and truly believe in us. Since becoming a mother I have developed this huge respect for my own mother. When I was a rebellious teenager I listened to my mother, but I never fully understood her advice. However, the stories of her adventures and the ones that we have since had together have given me a deep love for travelling, for embracing new places and cultures and for longing to create my own travel adventures.
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I don’t believe we are born with itchy feet, they are planted by the closest people in our lives. So here I am on 8th March, joining Oscar winners to thank my mother for what I am today and my love to travel.
Here are the best 10 things I learned about travel from my adventurous mother:
- Fill your days with laughter, new experiences and spontaneous adventures. It’s more than wanderlust, it’s the way to find inspiration and get a dose of positive energy into your life.
- Keep walking, there is always another museum around the corner. All my trips with mum were like a marathon of squeezing in as many places and experiences as possible. She wasn’t just ticking them off a list, she was pushed by this desire to see everything and a huge curiosity of what is around the corner.
- If you have a bad feeling about a place or a person, stay away, RUN! Trust your intuition!
- Save money for travel. Buy your favourite things in sale. Every time I pick up some expensive shoes, I hear my mum: Shoes or Italy? Italy, of course.
- Always pack a good dress and a pair of high heels. “You never know if you’ll be invited to a ball”. It wasn’t a ball, but it was Opera in Zurich.
- You will discover more about yourself going off the beaten path than in a 4* spa hotel. It takes a bit of dust, a bit of unknown and mystery to discover some magic.
- Use your time in your life wisely. The experiences that we have make us the people that we are.
- Choose your friends wisely and ask yourself if you’d take a journey together. Imagine yourself on a road trip, you two in the car and the open road, now, would you still want this person to be your friend?
- Barbie is not a real woman, she is not the model of a real woman. Brains can go further than good looks! The more things you’ll know, the further you’ll go and want to go.
- My mother’s recipe to visit a place if you only have time for 3 things: go to a hairdresser, you’ll find out more about the place in 20min that you could read in books and blogs; visit a church, there is peace and quiet and you can learn so much about the local culture; go to a market, smell the produce, hear the people talk, eat some local food.
“I guessed she’s been my inner voice for a long time, but I haven’t realised it.”
How did your mother influence your travel adventures? What did you learn from her about travel?