One time while staying at my grandparents’ house as a little girl, I remember my grandmother showing me various articles in the upstairs closet including one which was of a box of postcards they had received (and sent themselves) from destinations around the world. I think I was about 10 or so at the time and this was when my desire to travel and see the world was just starting to take root. Needless to say I was extremely interested in the contents of this particular box.
Uncle Bob loved to travel. Although he is 92 now and doesn’t leave his New York City apartment all too often, back in the day, he went to more countries than most people could ever begin to imagine. He of course visited all seven continents and one of the coolest postcards I found was the one he sent to my grandparents from Antarctica.
Like many men of his generation, Uncle Bob’s first ever travels were not the type of ones that anyone would ever willingly want and during World War II he served in the Pacific Theater. Here he is in 1942 at basic training in Alabama before he was sent overseas.
After the war he returned to Pennsylvania and attended business college on the GI Bill before ultimately moving to New York City in the 1950s and where he has lived ever since.
His favorite mode of transportation seemed to be cruises, but not just any cruises, the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth II to be exact. He went NUMEROUS times on their Around the World cruises. It was through them that he visited such far flung destinations as the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles and Mauritius as well as destinations that for kids who grew up during the Great Depression, would have seemed like a dream to visit.
Today, wanderlust is a common feeling for many people but for someone of Uncle Bob’s generation, it was basically unheard of. And yet Uncle Bob went out and truly saw the world and if I were to say where I got the travel bug from, it would probably be him.
And yes, he even visited Japan which for the soldiers who fought against the Japanese during World War II, was a big deal.