I was 13 and in the middle of a boyhood obsession with everything mummies, pyramids and Egypt. If it happened to the pharaohs, it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. So you can imagine how psyched I was when my parents decided to extend our summer vacation to Israel with an add-on trip to Egypt. Finally, I would walk on the Giza Plateau and see the Great Pyramids for myself! 

My father, Daniel Goodman, standing in front of one of the pyramids in Giza, Egypt
My father, Daniel Goodman, standing in front of one of the pyramids in Giza, Egypt

While I could put a photo of a teenage me in this post, but instead I would rather highlight my awesome parents: Bonnie and Daniel Goodman. I owe them both a deep debt of gratitude for instilling a love of travel in me from a very young age. How many 13 year old kids are fortunate enough to spent their holidays in Egypt?

My Mom, Bonnie Worthman Goodman, does her best Bangles impression and Walks Like an Egyptian
My Mom, Bonnie Worthman Goodman, does her best Bangles impression and Walks Like an Egyptian

After reading an article on what it’s like to be a baby boomer in Egypt these days, I’m not so sure I want to go back and spoil my pristine childhood memory of the trip. Ahhh, who am I kidding. Going back to Egypt and seeing the pyramids and walking through the busy streets of Cairo is STILL super high on my to see list. And I wouldn’t mind going back to Israel as an adult too!

So one last time, thanks Mom and Dad!

  • My parents instilled love of travel in me early, too. It’s a wonderful gift… and a curse.