When my grandmother died at the age of 82 she left some money to each of her children. My mom, who had just lost her mother, could have told my dad to use the money to pay the credit card bills… but she didn’t. She was determined to use that extra cash to conduct a “legacy” trip in my grandmother’s honor.
The trip she planned, with the help of a travel agent friend, coincided with my third year of college; the semester I studied in England. I had planned to use a Eurail pass and travel around Europe with a friend. My friend and I planned all sorts of adventures to countries and scheduled in dates to meet my mom and brother and sister in Rome.