So many memories come to mind, but what sticks out the most is my study-abroad experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland when I was in university.
I don't come from a family who travels (in fact, I'm the only one in my immediate family who has been out of the country) and had never lived very far from home, but we grew up moving around the US. I attended 13 different schools and lived in 4 states throughout my childhood!
When I made the choice to move abroad for a semester, I was terrified, but it ended up being an experience that awakened in me a love for slow-travel and immersing myself in another country/culture.
When I returned, I immediately began planning my next move, which would end up with me arriving here in Vietnam three years later.