It happened at 15 years old. My Auntie Antoinette ( making that RN dough) handed me a stack of travel magazines and said, " You are going on a European tour for your 16th birthday. Pick the cities". I was stunned. What an opportunity! My Dad looked slightly shook. Ha!
I packed my two West Indian sized suitcases aka LARGE! First mistake!
I headed to my first stop London, England. All by myself. On Virgin Airlines. In the airport, my dad handed me 500 British Pounds. Some bills, some traveller's cheques. Approximately $925 CAD. My Mom, Silent. She was probably a bit concerned. But I was ready.
This was the time of no iPhones, no iPads and no music to listen to on the plane. It was just me, the seat and the air hostess taking care of me. I ate ice cream bars and watched movies. Praise God, I arrived safely. But this was the time when you had to call your family to tell them "yuh reach" and not text them.
Got lost in Heathrow airport to the point where they paged me on the loud speaker,
" Qualia, Qualia please report to information".
Who is Qualia?
When I touched down in London, my cousins Stacy, Diddy and I took the Eurostar to Paris, France to Disneyland Paris and flew to Milan, the fashion capital of my world :). We enjoyed the beautiful Italian countryside while on the train to Venice in Italy. I met up with my other cousin (their sister) Michelle in Geneva Switzerland and enjoyed the street food festival.
I. Was. Hooked!
After that trip, I wanted to travel more and since then I have been given that opportunity to explore the world. Most importantly from all of my experiences, I have learned to be a better traveller and how to travel in style!
In this four part series of posts, I will give you an inside look into what I pack and how I pack when going on a trip. This series will also give you a few tips on travelling and being a proactive traveller.
Each trip is different and requires me to pack various things. If I am heading to NYC for the weekend, I pack differently than heading to Dubai. However, I follow a guideline that has proven effective for me and ensures that I have everything needed for a successful stay.
Get out your notebook, screenshot my lists and leave a comment.
Travel With Me!