Five short years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime. I got the chance to set sail with my grandparents, and my sister down the Mediterranean ocean. What an experience.
I had been on other vacations before, but I feel as if I was too young to appreciate the other ones at the time. Not this one. This one was an eye opener.
For my sisters 18th birthday, my grandparents offered her a chance to pick any vacation in the world she would like to go on, and she ended up choosing the cruise. Boy, am I glad she did. I begged her and begged her to either go to Hawaii, or Disneyworld. Disneyworld really? I don’t think I would have gotten the same experiences.
It was a 12-day cruise, and we were able to see parts of Spain, Greece, Turkey, France, and Italy. Italy was hands down my favorite place, and for good reason.
I had never experienced such culture, and it truly opened my eyes to what else this world held. From the gorgeous churches and chapels, to the colosseum, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I was in awe the entire time. It was so much different than what I had come to imagine.
My best experience was going down the Amalfi Coast in little boats, and entering caves along the shoreline. Talk about a rush. The water was simply mesmerizing; I had never seen anything like it. The color and contrast of the water took my breath away, it was amazing. Looking back at photos now, I can’t even believe I was lucky enough to be there.
I loved every aspect of the trip. We would spend our days touring the upbeat cities, then spend the night sides drinking smoothies by the pool.
Without question, the cruise was the best experience of my life to date. Going with my grandparents made me appreciate it even more, and I will always cherish those memories I was able to make with them.
That trip could have truly changed me, as travelling is now a huge part of my future plans. I used to never have much interest, but after seeing other parts of the world, it makes me wonder what else this planet could have in store.