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Carolyn never really thought of herself as an intrepid traveler until last week. A posting on Facebook provided the ultimate list of 250 global attractions. She was stunned to count 122 of them that she has experienced, with three more of them to be experienced on an upcoming trip this year. Carolyn says she doesnt collect travel battle ribbons, though she recognizes a certain restlessness if she has remained home for too long.
Carolyn blames her parents! They traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada as vaudeville show people, settling down in Southern California not long before Carolyn was born. Carolyn recalls weekend and family vacations were the norm, so my parents too must have had the restlessness that is now genetic.
Carolyns oldest daughter traveled in Germany, France, Czech Republic and the British Isles and lived in Buenos Aires, traveling throughout South America. Her son earned his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, living there for seven years before settling into university faculty life in Canada. And her youngest daughter not only lived in Tokyo for her junior year in college but went back to Japan as an English teacher, living on the island of Kyushu for three years.
Carolyn and her recently deceased husband enjoyed wonderful experiences in every U.S. state and on all the continents save Antarctica. Now on her own, she has more places to explore and people to meet.
Carolyn enjoys being a Travelziner, as she says: The members of TheTravelzine just about always have an answer to a question or a suggestion or an alert or a helpful bit of advice. It is a cozy group of travel aficionados whose advice I find both helpful and rewarding. My gratitude to Linda and Don Freedman for their ingenuity and dedication to building and keeping TheTravelzine.
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