How old were you when you first travelled?

Travel Forums General Talk How old were you when you first travelled?

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1. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

In my never ending search for interesting forum thread topics :) , I came up with this one over Easter which I thought would be a good way to learn more about the other members....

How old were you when you first travelled and do you remember anything about that trip. Let's say travelling involves going to another country and staying a minimum of one day... as there are always some discussions on what travelling could be theoretically etc....

Anyway, for me, it was when I was one month old. My parents flew with me from Holland to the US and from there on to Papua New Guinea for a few months. Needless to say, I remember nothing

Look forward to your replies!


2. Posted by mim (Respected Member 1276 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

My mum flew to America when she was about six months pregnant with me...I reckon that counts, especially since she stayed a couple of weeks!

Other than that France; when I was six months.


3. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Went everywhere in the UK before the age of 5, ie north, south, west, east and in the middle . . but first travelling was to the USA.

I was 7, and the memories include the flight there, waiting to get through immigration (I yawned and they took us from the back of the queue to the front!), walking across the carpark at disneyland, Fishermans wharf, going to the cinema. . . . . . .

4. Posted by yamseng (Budding Member 12 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

In this present life, I remember (reminded) travelling on P&O liner Chusan to Southampton when I was 5 yo with my mum from Penang, Malaya (then). Must have been 1955 - Ok I am an old fart. Spent a year in your country, had a ball (based on the photos) living in a caravan in Reading (I still have recollections of Bluebells, non-smoking type). Came back after 12 months with Mum and Dad on the Corfu. Dad graduated with a BSc London Uni at the ripe old age of 30 plus I am sure. From then until 16, in Malaya/Malaysia. Came over to Aussi-Land in 1969 and been here ever since. In between, I snatched the rent on my former employer of 21 years and spent 3 mths with a backpack in Nepal, Thailand and Laos at the riper old age of 50. So how old are you Becky? Got an older sis or g/friend interested in all the Older Men behaving Badly stuff. Love ya, Yamseng.

5. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Good question. I don't remember :) I have to ask my parents when my first trip was ...

6. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

I have been travelling since birth. I was even born in two different countries. I don't know the whole story, but my mother was in the USA the day I was born, in Michigan and was kicked out back to Canada the same day.. Somewhere en route she went into labor, and whoever was bringing her home brought her to the closest hospital which was accross the border and I was delivered in Canada.

Soon after I was adopted by American parents... My adopted father was a Colonel in the US Airforce, and I grew up travelling with him. I had lived in Canada, Minnesotta, Iceland, and Alaska by the time I was three.

The first trip I vaguely remember was driving to Alaska when I was three. I remember there was a car on the side of the road that was on fire. This is my first memory in life too.

Throughout my childhood we took many trips throughout the USA and occasionally abroad too.

7. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

My parents drove with me from Wisconsin to Alaska when I was a month old. So we went through Canada, that counts as another country... And then we moved to Washington state when I was one and a half. So I lived in 3 states before the age of 2.
Obviously I don't remember any of the trip to Alaska, luckily we reversed the trip when I was 10 yo.
I also have a picture of myself at a month old sitting on the steering wheel with mountains in the background...

8. Posted by haemustroy (Budding Member 13 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

mim: you and I are nominated for the youngest traveler award(i'll take cash)

I was -4 months old resting peacefully in the sweet womb of my mummy. Those were the days.

We travelled from Chicago to Hawaii to Mexico City. I wish I could remeber because I have never been back to Hawaii and I heard, it was great.

Although I am not sure if domestic travel should count either, but America is a large nation and Hawaii is an island. Culture is massive different, might as well be a sepeerate country.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Hehehe, there's always ways to 'bend the rules' :) tomahawk and mim, hadn't considered 'pre birth' yet... good call!

10. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

I was 2years old :) I went to Tunisia but really wouldn't remember any of it. Mum said I never liked the noise of the plane and cried the whole way. I must have really annoyed folk:) I went to 'Pontins' (a UK based childrens adventure holiday camp) when I was around 5 years though and remember looking for dinosour bones on the beach there and dancing at the disco. After that I was 7 years and mum and dad went to south of France. I am surprised I remember so far back but I do. I remember mum pointing at the 'Chateaus' / castles and telling me to look and me thinking 'how boring I want to go and play in the swimming pool and mess around' So I remember travelling as young as 5years and 7years but not when I was 2years which is the youngest I travelled.