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Then and Now: Traveling with Kids

Before my daughter, Taylor,  joined our life, I traveled a lot - with my husband, with my family and friends, and alone. Each travel companion had their own pros and cons, much like traveling with kids. Toting the kids along to an all-inclusive adjusts the experience. I no longer suffer from adult beverage-induced amnesia. Aside, from the obvious lack of partying, what else has changed? [caption id="attachment_133" align="alignright" width="313"] Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27883656@N02/5076797788[/caption] Then: Traveling light. I used to be able to pack for a whole week in a carry-on - a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts, and a bikini for each day and I was good to go. Everything else I could either buy there or live without. Now: It looks like we're moving abroad. We typically check a minimum of one bag each, plus I have a carry-on, diaper/child bag, and a purse; Taylor has a backpack to carry on she refuses to carry; and my husband also loads my bags with his tablet and personal items. To top it off, we are gate checking the stroller and carrying on the car seat. By this point, I can easily be confused with the "crazy bag lady." We can't risk just buying whatever...Read More
Travel Agent and Mompreneur

Travel Agent and Mompreneur

It really isn’t surprising that I’m a home-based travel agent. Travel has been a large part of my adult life. I believe it’s not just part of my DNA, but IS my DNA. When I’m not traveling or have a trip booked (or two… or three…), I don’t feel like myself. It’s as though something is missing. I have been known to travel as often as five times per year, and still want more. I look for every and any excuse to travel. What is surprising is that I am a Mompreneur with a travel agency focused on family travel. At the age of 19, I was told the likelihood of me carrying a child was slim to none. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and had a three inch cyst removed from my right ovary, leaving it irreparable. That same year, I met my husband. On our first date, I laid it all out for him and told him to walk away if having children was important to him. For most young women, and couples, this would have been upsetting. For us  (mostly me) it was a sign. This meant we were going to be “DINKs“ (Double Income No Kids)...Read More