“It took over 40 years, but I knew when I first traveled to Europe after college that I wanted to visit all seven of the world’s continents,” she said.
Allen has taken a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara on the Serengeti in Africa, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, taught an English class in Japan, walked along the Magellan Strait in Chile and researched her ancestry in Wehdem, Germany.
“I’ve been blessed to be able to travel and have so many life-changing experiences,” she said. “Once you experience first-hand people, cultures and lands different from our own, you are never the same. You gain a personal understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our world and other perspectives.”
“I was glad I saved Antarctica for last. It was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined! The weather (it’s summer there and the average high was around 32 degrees) and terrain were humbling, but the ice formations, penguins, seals and humpback whales were beautiful.”
Allen also visited Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong with her sons, Eric and Jason, worked in an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, and helped build a school in remote Guatemala.
“Traveling and sharing global experiences with family or friends creates a unique bond that lasts a lifetime,” she said.