First Foreign Travel Experience 2005, I was 8. We had 2 weeks at a campsite in Switzerland, followed by a week in the French Jura. The former location was much more memorable, I only remember the pool of the second site. My defining memory is that we bought loads of Kinder Eggs, for the toys inside. Lots of Spongebob ones. We also rode on lots of trains (a defining feature of Switzerland is it's impeccable public transportation). Switzerland is probably the most beautiful country I've yet visited, for its stunning mountains and valleys (though Iceland has a certain silent desolation about it that sticks in my mind, and Italian cities are more diverse). I have some photos of last summer, when I was in Switzerland again (I've been every year since 2009 for 2 weeks), which I'll share: Lake Thun: Interlaken, the town we stay in. The campsite is on the left of the photo, at the base of the mountain. This is the opposite end of Lake Thun, from the same walk: A beautiful vista above Axalp: Panorama looking down from a little cafe at Axalp: Männlichen: Lake Geneva: Challenging/Difficult experience When me and my girlfriend visited Rome last summer, I got a horrible leg sweat rub, due to walking around all day in the sweltering heat. I got a hideous infected boil, that gave me intense pain constantly for a few days. We had a few more days lingering around the campsite instead of doing stuff than I would've liked, though lounging by the pool was alright. Luckily the campsite had a doctor, got a prescription from the nearby town (an agonising 40 minute walk along a road in the heat of the day, with every step hurting. My back started aching too from the awkward way I tried to walk to minimise the rubbing). Although the area on my leg where I had to be checked up was rather... sensitive... to say the least . I still have some faint scarring to this day though. But by the end of the week, it was basically healed, and we had an awesome day visiting Ostia and the Vatican. The former was surprisingly quiet for such a large archaeological site, and had a lovely atmosphere (didn't hurt that it was super cheap to get in ) . The Vatican on the other hand was quite expensive, though a lovely trip nonetheless. Ironically, our cheapest and most expensive visits were on the same day. Meaningful/Enriching experience Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland on a school trip was incredible, doubly so as I was the first person at the campsite to notice them. I'd gone for an early shower at 6ish, while it was still light. Everyone else was in their cabins, settling in for the evening. When I got out the shower, I saw what looked like a faint wispy cloud, moving oddly. As I walked back, I slowly started realising it was the Aurora, and my pace quickened. I ran to nearest cabin, excitedly spreading the news, and the others ran around telling everyone. It was obscured somewhat by a full moon the same night, but was still a magical experience, sitting on the porch, watching the moon, stars, and Aurora. Can't really think of a defining funny moment that sticks out, there have been so many over the years.