Our interview with Joe Filipowicz from familyvacationhub.com travel blog:
Why did you start traveling?
I had a late start on my travels as my parents were not really big travelers in addition to me not being a fan (a.k.a. terrified) of flying for most of my life. After a business trip to Basel, Switzerland and being in the air for 24 hours as well as taking an online fear of flying course, I got over my flying fears. Once that obstacle was removed, I had a lot of catching up to do.
What is the most important during your travels?
We really love experiencing other cultures, meeting the locals, learning about history as well as the touristy stuff like theme parks, visiting landmarks, adventure (hiking, zip lining, snorkeling), museums and other things we do not normally do at home. Basically, the most important thing to me is to just have fun and enjoy our time together as a family.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
I was traveling alone on my first trip abroad and I arrived in Switzerland with Euros instead of Francs (my boss told me they used Euros). I needed some money to catch a tram to my hotel but all of the money exchange booths at the train station were closed. So, I set out onto the unfamiliar streets to ask some store merchants what I could do. Luckily, they gave me directions to a money exchange store that was just a few blocks away from the train station. Once I got some Francs in my pocket, I asked some locals how to get a tram ticket and which one to take to get close to my hotel.
After this whole experience, I realized that I could rely on the locals if need be and I was not really “alone” during my trip. Traveling to Paris and Switzerland on my own got me past my fears of flying as well as traveling solo.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
I would have to say that Cancun would get my vote at this point. The beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters are truly amazing and then there are the Mayan ruins which add a historical beauty. A close second would have to be Paris.
What do you avoid when you travel?
I try to avoid being closed-minded and not only doing things that I am comfortable with. I like traveling to experience things that are new and unique and if I wanted everything to be like it is at home, then I would just stay home.
What is your biggest travel dream?
I would love to take my family on a trip that includes England, Belgium, France and Italy/Sicily. Some top stops along the way would be La Grand-Place, the Palace and Park of Versailles, Roman ruins, Valle dei Templi, Astérix Park, Disneyland Paris and many others.
What are you favorite travelers? Which blogs do you read?
Below are a few (among the many) of the travel sites that I enjoy reading.
10best.com, ciaobambino.com and theworldisabook.com