Wanderlust Wednesday: Travel Traditions

Over dinner the other night we were talking about travel traditions.  You know…a little ritual or thing you do in every place you travel to.  I find these fascinating, and am always curious about what peaks people’s interest.  My husband, for example, gets a haircut in every country he visits (the $2 haircut in Cambodia remains his favorite til this day!)  My step-mom collects matches from restaurants she eats in when traveling, then puts them in a jar when she gets home labeled “Memory Matches”.  My sister is a passionate craft beer drinker and always hits up the local watering hole for a glass of whatever the local brew is.

And me…well, I jump.  And jump, and jump, and jump until a photo is finally snapped mid-air with a “woo hoo!” look upon my face.  Something like this:

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This tradition started back in the summer of 2008 when my family and I traveled to Greece together, and hiked up a really, really steep mountain on a really, really hot day.  My sister and I were so happy by the time we got to the top that we jumped in the air and high-fived each other, perfectly timed to the snap of my mom’s camera.  Since then, it just kind of stuck.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Greece 2008

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Los Angeles, California 2008

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Italy 2009

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Charleston, South Carolina 2010

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Las Vegas, Nevada 2010

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Japan 2011

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Dominican Republic 2012

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Washington DC 2013

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Cambodia 2013

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And of course…there’s no shortage of jumping right here in New York City:

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I’m looking forward to putting all my jumping shots into a scrapbook, as a fun way to reflect upon the places I’ve been and the fun times had while there.  I think I’ll call it “Jess’s Junkets Through Jumps”:-)

What’s your travel tradition?  Share below!

By: Jessica Tiare Bowen

 

This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox and Friday Postcards at Walking On Travels.

 

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