Subject: Re: Worst Travel Advice?
Debbie:

Oh, boy, is this an easy topic! The worst advice I was ever given: Stay home! Why would you want to go somewhere where no one speaks English &they're all foreigners?

Given to me by my ex-mother-in-law very early in our relationship, that bit of misguided world view should have alerted me to the basic incompatibilities of our natures. Ditto with her son, whose idea of Going Someplace usually had limits of a two-hour drive from Springfield OR & who was proud of the fact that he had never even been out of the state of Oregon until I dragged him kicking &yowling to the unholy state of California in '72. As far as I know, he is still resisting any pressure to Go Someplace &has maybe been to Washington state once. No surprise that we split in '73, eh?

Forty years after ignoring my ex-MIL's advice, I am still happily vagabonding around the world, seriously infecting both my children with the travel bug &now with infinite pleasure corrupting my precious grandchildren. MPC (Most Precious Child, Kylie, age 4 1/2) will, for example, embark on her 8th trip to Oz next week. Ah.

Now, don't get me wrong: it's ok to stay put if you want to. But don't ever tell me that I have to!

Gail In Eugene but never for long