After hopping in her first plane at the ripe age of ten weeks old, Batavia, Ohio resident Megan Young enjoyed family vacations that opened her eyes to the great wonders that the country has to offer—the Smokey Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains. Now 30, Megan has set her sights on the other side of the pond. Her upcoming trip to the Netherlands and Germany will serve up new international wonders and her first solo travel challenges and adventures. Read on to meet Megan the Wanderlust traveler:
Did your family travel much throughout your childhood?
My entire family including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins took an annual summer vacation to Panama City Beach in Florida. Occasionally we would switch it up and take a trip a little farther from home. We’ve been snorkeling through coral reefs with dolphins in the Bahamas, seen the Mayan ruins and kayaked in Mexico and trekked through the jungle in the Dominican Republic.
What was your most memorable travel experience?
I once had the opportunity to travel to a Navaho reservation in Arizona to teach bible school with a church group. The people welcomed us into their homes and we were immersed into their culture.
When you travel, do you prefer finding hidden gems or do you seek out notable spots of interest?
I do like to visit the typical tourist attractions, but there is nothing like just stumbling upon something amazing!
Why now? Why travel at this point in your life?
I just recently turned 30. I’m single with no children. What better time to explore than now?
Why did you decide to take this particular trip with Wanderlust:Wanderlearn to the Netherlands and Germany?
Wanderlust:Wanderlearn offered amazing prep classes. Our group learned basic Dutch and German words and phrases, travel trips, had a book discussion, ate a traditional Dutch dinner and visited a Holocaust museum. This trip is about so much more than just visiting another country. It’s about experiencing and being immersed in the culture. I don’t want to visit the Netherlands and Germany as a tourist; I want to experience life like a local.
What do you value most when you travel?
Being humbled, that feeling of being small in an extremely diverse world.
Do you have a favorite travel quote that inspires you?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain