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Q: When did you get your first passport?

A certain poster's wasted opportunity in visiting NY got me thinking about when i started to travel internationally.

 

In my experience, any non-Chinese person i have met in China has had a few years international traveling experience under their belt, and therefore arrive in China with a quite broad outlook on life.

 

I was 12 years old when i got my first passport, thanks to parents who understood the benefit of foreign travel, with annual holidays in Germany or France. Nothing fancy, usually low budget, along the lines of caravan stay or B&B's. We all pitched in to the success (or failure ) of the holiday, and even stroppy teens were not allowed to be exempt 

 

however, I caught the travel bug and have traveled at every opportunity.for me it fostered a spirit of adventure, and the willingness to try local food etc - to really push the boundaries of my comfort zone.

 

I have my bucket list of places to visit and things i want to see.

 

What age were you when you got your first passport?

 

 

 

 

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I was 8 or 9 years old .... (I was so little & young that photographer had to enlarge  my photo  to fit .... into the passport's slot), but place where I lived at that time is saturated with borders and different countries and 'strange' languages, so as soon as you move out of the city you already travel 'abroad'.

 

My first big trip alone was to Den Haag when I grabbed direct lift (some 1000 km) off the 2nd passing car on the road. 

Went straight to Africa after that .... 

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Mid twenties when I got mine. China was my first time abroad, talk about a culture shock.

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I was 8 or 9 years old .... (I was so little & young that photographer had to enlarge  my photo  to fit .... into the passport's slot), but place where I lived at that time is saturated with borders and different countries and 'strange' languages, so as soon as you move out of the city you already travel 'abroad'.

 

My first big trip alone was to Den Haag when I grabbed direct lift (some 1000 km) off the 2nd passing car on the road. 

Went straight to Africa after that .... 

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I was 4. First family holiday to Spain. Been all over since thanks to my adventurous spirit and the Royal Navy.

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Traveled frequently as a kid (child of immigrants) and hated it. Started traveling in my late twenties to places other than the 'home country' and loved traveling on my own. 

 

Sadly for me the lure of traveling was the women. Now it's the food and daily life, nothing better than sitting at a bar at 10am watching people go about their life without being bothered/ harassed (which is why China wears thin on me). 

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I was in my twenties, in the Army, and about to be deployed to Baghdad. Decided that I didn't want to come home for my leave, so they expedited my passport and I got it in a week. 

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I guess when I was a kid, to go to Scotland, but a bit too young to remember and I guess my dad held it.  Different ways of doing things back then, not so uptight as these days.

 

bucketlist of where to go sounds fun. let’s all do it, kinda like we did on the hard rocker thing,,,  I think three places each should do,,,  whadaya think?  Anyway, here’s mine.

 

Antarctica - of course hope for the South Pole, but just being on the continent would be cool !   

Trans-Siberian railway -  Moscow to Vladivostok (First Class of course)

 

Tanzania - hike around on Mt Kilimanjaro ,,,, maybe jump in Tongue

 

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Mid 20s. First trip was to Egypt with a British museum study group. My wife at the time had a pal studying egypology.

My next trip was in late 20s. Never went back to UK unless to pass through.

I am not a traveller as such. Just a person who is comfortable not to have a homeland.

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18...off to Norrhetn Ireland to write a book...

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15 and caught the travel bug immediately. School sponsored trip from Vancouver to Paris for $400, in 1972?

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my bucket list of places I want to visit is quite random, so here are 4 places

 

Machu Picchu

Iceland

Oz / New Zealand (not one place really, but i would travel around both when i am in the area)

Fiji

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My bucket list is random and subject to change too, but right now I'd really like to see some of the Pacific Islands, some of the Caribbean Islands and Greece. Oh, and Cambodia.

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I was 19 and off to do some peacekeeping in Cyprus. My first experience in a foreign country was between Turk Cypriots and Greek Cypriots who wanted to kill each other. After that experience all seemed tame in comparison.

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