Are you looking for ideas to spark your thoughts?
The greatest travel reward of all, first might be a trip of your own history. Nothing compares to the joy, fulfillment, and even peace it can provide. Planning the journey that involves discovering roots, climbing family trees or visiting meaningful landmarks is a favorite plan.
Here are a few verbs that may help get the wheels turning:
TAKE a cooking school vacation and learn to make lasagna like grandma.
IDENTIFY your family plaid and have a kilt made.
LEARN the steps to a folk dance and help save it by teaching your children.
MATCH your last name with a village or other landscape and then go see it.
HAVE your family crest put on a beautiful silk dress then wear it!
FOLLOW your faith by going on a pilgrimage.
TRACK down distant relatives and share a beverage. Stay in touch!
CELEBRATE with family for any reason.
LOCATE the grave markers of your great-grandparents or earlier.
RESEARCH family genealogy including baptismal, marriage, all the way back to the 1600’s.
Then write it all down. If not, you may have a story like mine. I know where my oldest American relative markers are located…well, sort of. In Enfield, NH over the bridge and down the road to the town dump, left at the big red barn then up the hill and take a right at the intersection or is it left? No, I am sure it is right. The cemetery is on the left almost out of sight. Look for the large Webster stone and there is John Houston and Polly Webster (and my parents ashes but no stones or markers.) My children and grandchildren have not been there. I need to take them. Soon…