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1. Posted by Derestanne (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

What place have you visited that most changed your outlook on life or sent your life in a whole new direction?

For myself, it was definitely tiny little West Augusta, Virginia. I say that because I've gone there four times in my life and every time I stop there immediately after I traveled or relocated hundreds of miles away to another state!

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

For me it has to be Vancouver. I went there in 1998 for 4 months and it was my very first time travelling alone. I loved it and really got the travel bug after that trip, something I can't see ever changing!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Every trip affects me in some way, but I guess the biggest one was Paris in 2003 because it changed me the most. Met Neal there on a fluke and we're now about to have baby Bump in October!

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

None actually. People generally don't change that much.

I learned things though, but that's something different.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

The first place is Colorado (mainly around Leadville) but it was a combination of things that changed my outlook and sent me in a new direction for a short while. I did the "not getting along with the parents - run away from home and follow the boyfriend to wherever" thing at 16 and spent 4 months playing with his band and breaking horses during the day. Though there's a lot more to the story, I realized finishing my senior year of high school was important and went back home. I did learn a lot about what who I was, who I didn't want to be and that life throws many a curve ball now and again.

The second place is Jamaica. I found absolute comfort in the ocean there. Living in Chicago at the time, I was happy with Lake Michigan but that first plunge into the Caribbean was like an epiphany. Over several years, I would visit there with my Dad (and eventually Beerman). It was the one place that both my Dad and I could be relaxed around each other, honest with each other and able to reconnect with each other. When I would go home to visit, I would always be the child in his eyes - but in Jamaica, I was the adult travel companion and we hashed out a lot of shit. Again, it wasn't just the place but the combination of things that made the destination a highlight in life. One of these days, we'll get back there (as I'm dryin' out). ;)

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

For me it was Vietnam in 2008 - the first destination where the people were far more interesting and welcoming than the land itself, and especially surprising since we Americans had been told to distrust and avoid these Communists.

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 7y

Islands where always my favorit places for vacations while I lived in Europa.
After the Atlantic crossing on a sailboat and exploring several Islands we(my partner in this days)left the boat for a few month in Curacao/Netherlands Antilles.
When we came back to the boat to start sailing over to Venezuela again we desided to spend a few days on Bonaire.
there when I saw the little houses along the waterfront I was lost.
My first words where: I would like to live in one of this typical old houses.
this was 1988,after visiting two times more I was 100% sure that I will move to this Island and start a new life.
In November 1990 I unpacked my 40" Container and moved in a old typical Bonairean
house where I still live.

Do I miss Germany?
no,was the last time there 17 years ago.

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Every trip affects me in some way, but I guess the biggest one was Paris in 2003 because it changed me the most. Met Neal there on a fluke and we're now about to have baby Bump in October!

That's a nice story :). On a similar note, I should mention my trip to New Zealand in 2005 as that's where I met my boyfriend who I'm still with so that was pretty life changing.

9. Posted by Derestanne (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

I am so happy that I started this Post - because of all of your great personal stories. Thank you all for recounting your experiences. I am really taken with how personal relationships and entire families have been rearranged, revitalized, even changed for good by the influence of a different location and environment.

I look forward to reading additional contributions. You know, I think stories like these would make for a really interesting read if they were to be turned into a well written book!

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

What place have you visited that most changed your outlook on life or sent your life in a whole new direction?

The border post between Eastern Germany and Western Germany at Helmstedt-Marienborn in December 1989. I was born in the GDR, I never expected to be allowed to cross it in my lifetime.