Get To Know Gadabout Gal Michele
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So if you clicked on this page you might be curious to know why I love to travel so much. It started long, long ago. Well, I'm not that old, but I was bitten by the wanderlust bug when I was a child. Most of the travel in my younger years was by car, and boy do I remember long-distance car rides being a big part of the adventure. Florida, Wisconsin, New York, Niagara Falls.
I knew it was going to be a good one when it included a AAA Trip Tik. The more pages we had to flip, the better!
But my first real experience gadabouting the globe was when I was 17 and a traveler on a school-sponsored trip to Europe. England and Ireland with a day-trip in New York City to start it off.
I remember the nervous excitement of my first plane ride, the fast-paced hustle of lunch in the big city, flying over Greenland and it looking exactly as you see it on a map, trying to make a serious British guard laugh at his post (I got him to crack the slightest smile) and then I remember falling in love with Europe. The sites, sounds, smells. The people, food, history. The beauty, difference, and curiosity. It was freeing! I soaked every bit of it in! But the thing I remember most is how it made me feel.
I felt alive, adventurous, and completely drawn in. It was one of the best feelings ever! The bug bit me and it felt good!
Throughout my 20's I traveled to various places across the United States as long as it would fit within my budget: California; Florida; New York; New Jersey. In my 30's and 40's the focus was on family trips DisneyWorld, Massachusettes, Virginia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., North and South Carolina, Michigan.
In my late 40's, some life-changes happened and travel became more of an individual focus. Many adventures were with friends or for work, but all continued within the United States - Tenessee, Arizona, Texas, California, Michigan.
It wasn't until my 50's that I was able to venture back out of the county. My first stop was Belize for an island getaway with friends which was the most relaxed I have ever felt in my life. The Caribbean breezes, the all-inclusive villa with that incredible pool, rounded out with a sunset sail that I will never forget. Just thinking about it slows my breathing!
After that, it was my trip of a life-time. My return to Europe and my dream come true. I'm part Italian, and growing up with so many of the Italian traditions played a big part in shaping who I am today. Because of that, ever since I was young, I always dreamed of visiting Italy where I would sit in a piazza, eat delicious food, drink good wine, and experience my vacation as if I lived there! And that is exactly what I did when I visited Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Except I did more, I feel in love. In love with a country, its passionate people, the lively traditions, and the rich history. While I was there I felt something click and I was complete. After leaving I was already planning for my return and look forward to that day. It will be as soon as travel can be again. I can't wait for that day. Secretly I'd love to figure out how to have more extended stays and maybe even dual citizenship. I do have cousins who currently live there so you just never know!
My Gadabout Gal site is filled with travel diary entries from adventures near and far. Some with friends, some on my own, and maybe even some with a guest writer or two. The beauty is, I can make it my own, and I want to share it with you. My hope is that it inspires you to break out of your bubble and see all the world has to offer. There is so much, and it is beautiful!
I'd be happy to connect and hear about your travel.