Travel Style from my Dad



Today is Travel Tuesday and one of our Themed Travel Prompts! For Travel Style I have to say the whole reason I travel at all is because of my dad.  He is the man behind why I was born overseas, how I got ot grow up bouncing around military bases in Europe, and why I wanted to continue living abroad.  He spent his childhood growing up in New Jersey but left at seventeen to become an officer in the USAF. He started journey of moving and traveling abroad with the military that expanded over his 30 plus years in service and in the years that followed after his retirement before his death in 2008. I would have loved to continue traveling with him now as an adult and it is my one regret from life being cut too short.

malibuTravel Style from my Dad

While I did meet up with my dad in Disneyland and saw him briefly at the airport in Cambodia, my very last trip with my dad while he was alive was in Malibu, California.  A pretty stunning and posh place to go see. My sister had the opportunity to live there while she studied at Pepperdine University which holds annual lectures on campus. My dad took myself and my son there one year while we were living in Monterey, California.  We decided to go camping in Malibu and forgo staying at a hotel.  Having fond memories of camping in Germany with my dad I was really excited to give Ronan his first camping adventure.  He was around a year old at the time and we had a blast. Which became my proven point that you can never be too young to go camping. We just stuck his pack and play inside the tent and made sure to get his bottles prepared before we tucked in for the evening.  We also got to spend time at Newport beach and let Ronan experience the sand between his toes.

While I’ve been to many countries with my dad and roughed it a bit more than Malibu, California (where we did run into hollywood stars), it was just fun to travel in the style of my dad and just take every opportunity to enjoy and experience life.


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  • TiinaL

    This is a great post, paying tribute to your dad and his influence. You are so lucky to have had a person like that in your life, I’ a bit envious…

  • Caroline Lindkvist

    Your seem to have a lot of travel memories with your dad. This makes me eager to travel more with my family. (I’m sorry for posting my link twice. It was a mistake so feel free to delete one of the links!)

  • Kaelene Spence

    How wonderful to have those memories of your Dad and what a amazing influence he had on your life.

  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    It is great to have such figures in life!

  • Ellen

    Sweet memories of your father!

  • Food Booze & Baggage

    What great memories to hold onto!

  • Camila

    What a wonderful homage to your dad! It sounds like great memories!

  • K J S

    Love your memories of your Dad and the photos. Happy to have found this linky. xx

  • Caity @ Where The Heart Is

    Camping in Malibu – talk about straying away from the norm! How awesome! What a great memory with your father :)

  • AmyMacWorld

    I love the idea of using someone else’s travel style for a trip! You obviously have such warm memories of this trip, too :)

  • Anna

    This is such a lovely post, seems like you have loads of great memories of traveling together :)

  • Sammy @ Days Like This

    This is really special xx

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