When Were You First Bitten By The "Travel Bug"?

By Kaeli Conforti
May 26, 2015
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We've got family travel on the brain, the theme for our May/June digital edition of Budget Travel magazine (now available on BudgetTravel.com, in the Apple App Store, on Google Play, and for Nook and Kindle). To get into the spirit of things, we asked several of our staff members to share when they were first bitten by the "travel bug." Here's what they said:

"The moment I stepped off the ferry in Martha's Vineyard as a boy. A whole new world just a road trip away from the Bronx." —Robert Firpo-Cappiello, Executive Editor

"When I was 15, I saved up all my babysitting money so I could fly to visit my uncle on the East Coast and see New York City for the first time." —Jamie Beckman, Senior Editor

"My first flight at age four. I've been told I cried because we had to land!" —Kaeli Conforti, Digital Editor

"I've been traveling since before I can remember! I was only one when I took my first plane ride to San Diego." —Jennifer O'Brien, Marketing Manager

"My first family vacation, when my parents let us kids smuggle 11 live hermit crabs into my mom's purse coming home from the Bahamas." —Whitney Tressel, Photo Editor

"I think I came into the world this way. I've always been a wanderer." —Elaine Alimonti, President, Publisher

"In my early 20s, when my sister became a flight attendant and I used her buddy passes for quick last-minute trips."—Cathy Allendorf, Director of Digital Media

"My parents definitely instilled a wanderlust. We drove all over the United States, and the minute I was making enough money, I got a passport and spent a month in Europe." —Jeannea Spence, Southeast Advertising Manager

"I went to the Florida Keys for my senior high school spring break. I loved the sense of freedom in a tropical climate." —Chad Harter, Lead Developer

Now it's your turn: We want to know, when were you first bitten by the "travel bug"? Tell us about it below!

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