Again, excited to be a part of #Speakeasy2.1 blog challenge, hosted by Dipika and Ruchi.
I just love the theme “Most memorable travel”. after knowing the theme, I was so clear since the beginning about my blog post for the challenge. I would love to share the beautiful memories of my most memorable travel with this post. Read the post to know more!
It was in year 2015, when we moved from India to USA as a family, due to my husband’s job. And like all others, we also had a dream to explore different beautiful tourist places of this amazing country. After an initial set up, we had done a proper planning and started our exploration journey. Within the 1 year of time, we had explored so many beautiful places all across the USA. From the picturesque beaches of California to skyscraper buildings of Newyork, we had explored it all.
This was an amazing journey of learning about new culture and exploring different places. We had an unforgettable experience with this incredible journey.
But while doing all this, there was something that I had been missing silently.
Many times, I felt a vague sense of unease or dissatisfaction too.
After re-think on these emotions and introspect my feelings, I had realized that “I was missing my parents so much while having this dynamic and enriching experience of my life. While visiting these amazing places, I had built a strong desire to call my parents to USA and let them explore this different world.
As the time passes, I had made a fixed mindset that I will surprise my parents by plan their first “International trip”.
Gradually, we had started planning on the same. In April year 2017, my parents got their “Visitor visa” and then we had planned their first USA visit in May (2017). Everything went well and according to plan, and they arrived here without any discomfort.
The summer of 2017 was the best summer of my life. It was the time, when I was meeting my parents after a long gap of 2 years. We had a blast as a family. Girls were feeling so overwhelmed to meet their Nana-Nani, after a long gap. For me, it was like the “Dream come true” feeling.
After a few days of rest, we had started our planning to explore this beautiful country once again as a family. And planned various trips for my parents to have loads of fun and spend great family time.
In this post, I am sharing glimpse of those amazing travel memories, hoping you liked it.
Most memorable travel memories of my life
New York Visit
New York is my one of the most favorite travel destinations. And I can visit this city over and over again. The city has an amazing energy and positive vibe. This city has been named as “Most exciting city in the world”. And you can spend weeks to explore this alone.
There is a long list of beautiful tourist spots to visit and explore. As New York was only 2 hours’ drive from Connecticut (at that time, we were in Connecticut), we had first planned the New York trip by car. We had started early in the morning and started city tour at 9 AM. We had visited most of the amazing places of city (Brooklyn bridge, Central park, State empire building, statue of liberty, Times square and the Metropolitain Museaum of art), clicked lots of picture and had “Once in a life time experience”.
After New York visit, we had planned a short trip to New Jersey. New York and New Jersey are neighboring states of Connecticut. It is very convenient to plan short trips to these both amazing states.
New Jersey trip
As I had mentioned in previous #speakeasy post, New Jersey has an amazing Indian crowd and while moving around here, you will get a feel that “You are in India”. We went to “Mini India” sector and my father was so surprised to see this “Typical Indian Market”. For a moment, he also felt the same emotion, and said “Aisa Lag raha hai, hum India mai hi hai”. It was again a great trip. We had done lots of shopping and enjoyed typical Indian food. All and all a great day that we had spent together in the beautiful New Jersey.
After these two short trips, we had taken a gap of few days and enjoyed local Connecticut places, Malls and temples.
Next, destination was the “Washigton-Philladelphia Trip”. From Connecticut, this is one of the famous bus 2-day trip that most people planned for family vacation. We had also done that. For us, it was a second time experience and I was feeling so excited to visit these beautiful states, this time with my parents.
Washington and Philadelphia visit
This one was an easy-going trip of two days. Bus tours usually have everything pre-planned and you did not need to take extra stress of finding a hotel or looking for places to visit. These both states had amazing infrastructures and beautiful museums. With these places, you get a chance to learn so much about ancient American culture. In fact, in between there is a spot, where you visit “American Villages”. My parents just loved this trip and feeling so satisfied to explore more about the “History and ancient culture of America”.
The days were passing with flying speed. And as per pre-planning, there were only 15 days remain of their stay. In between, my husband has some change in his project, and we have to move from Connecticut to Dublin. We moved from Connecticut to Dublin.
From Dublin, we had planned “Niagara Fall” visit. Niagara fall is an over-night journey from Dublin. And I don’t want to waste this opportunity to visit this amazing place with my parents.
Niagara Fall trip
I am sure you all had already heard about the incredible natural beauty of “Niagara Fall”. Niagara fall located on boundary of USA and Canada. And it was a great experience to see that border, where one side marks USA and other shows the beginning of Canada country. During this trip, we had visited all tourist spots of Niagara fall and had a magical experience with “Most beautiful place” in the world.
After coming from Niagara, only 5 days had left for going back to India for my parents. And I was feeling so over emotional. It was an incredible 1 and ½ month of my life, when I traveled with my family with good mood and great enthusiasm. During this time, we had made some amazing life-time, beautiful memories that I will cherish throughout my life.
Thanks Ruchi and Dipika for organizing this challenge. while writing for this theme, I had re-lived those amazing moments once again.
“My parents’ first USA visit” was my most memorable travel experience of my life? Which one is Yours? Please share with me.