WELCOME TO OUR BLOG
“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories” - Og Mandino
WE WERE FED UP
We are a two-mom family who is tired of the every day mundane life routine of fighting traffic, spending 10 hours at the office, fighting more traffic, returning home, only to have dinner and talk for 2 or 3 hours then, off to bed to do it all over again.
We are tired of spending more time with our coworkers than with our family. We no longer want to spend our days looking forward to Friday and dreading Mondays. Why can't every day feel like the weekend?
Our final straw was the birth of our son. Since the United States does not have a national maternity leave policy or law, the responsibility is left to the states.
I planned to work until my due date, but the baby decided to come early, so I got off work on Friday and was in labor on Sunday. It is sad to look back and realize I worked up to the day I gave birth.
The last straw for me was when I returned to work. I returned to work only seven weeks after giving birth.
I had to return to work because maternity leave in unpaid and daycare is astronomically expensive.
How sad is that? Dogs spend more time with their puppies than mothers and fathers with their children. When you look at it from that perspective, isn't it just heartbreaking?
That experience prompted us to do something drastic and life-altering.
We decided to leave our lives in San Diego, California, and travel the world.
When we told our family and friends about our plan, they asked many questions.
- How are we going to fund our world travel?
- How are we going to travel with a baby?
- What about your jobs?
- When are you returning?
- Is it safe for you to travel as an LGBT family?
This blog will answer all of those questions and how you can do it too. We explain how we are preparing for our family gap year.
WHY DID WE START A FAMILY TRAVEL BLOG?
The answer to this question is easy. The travel industry (like many others), has a severe lack of diversity.
There are no families that look like ours. Representation matter.
Also, we want to show traveling and fun are not just for backpackers.
Your life does not end because you had kids. Family travel can be daunting but is also a rewarding and life-altering experience.
We are here to inspire, encourage, and help others to see the world. We also want to inspire others to be themselves and know they can do anything.
We are two moms traveling the world with a baby, if we can do it, you can certainly overcome your fears.
"I can live with failues, I can't live with regret"
If we can do it, you most certainly can do it too.
We are passionate about traveling and living life on your terms and would love to share with you how. This blog is for anyone who is looking for travel tips, resources, packing essentials, accommodation, family travel gear, and ways to save money.
We will share not only what works but what does not work and the many (add many 5 or 15 more times in there) mistakes that we made along the way that you can avoid.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Traveling is not always perfect but there is always a lesson to be learned.
As a non-traditional family, we want to show how safe the world can be.
We believe in the good in people and want to see the best that this world has to offer.
MEET OUR FAMILY
MAMA - CEE
My background is in human resources technology. I have worked in human resources for upwards of ten years and spent eight years in the military.
If anyone is interested, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources & Marketing and an MBA in Information Technology Management.
One day it occurred to me that I was wasting my life away sitting in an office 10 to 11 hours a day for an idea that no longer made sense.
Unfortunately, my experience in human resources oftentimes, as the only black woman, has not been great. These experiences, coupled with my changing priorities, pushed us to pursue a different life.
I do not want to live my life on someone else's' terms and realize twenty years have passed, and I haven't lived my life.
I want to take back control of my life and spend more time with my family.
I hope this blog will be an inspiration for others to obtain their version of happiness.
MOMMY - MEA
My name is Mea, and I have a problem, I am obsessed with elephants.
My background is in early childhood education and nonprofit administration.
If anyone cares, I have a bachelor's degree in English and have worked as a preschool teacher for the last ten years.
I have dedicated the last ten years to teaching children and helping others. Now that I have a little one of my own, my priorities in life have changed.
Working in childcare, I have watched children grow over the years and seen the hurt in their parents’ eyes, wishing they could have spent more time with their kids.
I never wanted to have that look. That is why we have decided to leave everything behind and travel the world as a family.
Now I am a stay-at-home mom, and enjoy teaching our son. We have a beautiful bond that I would not give up for anything in the world.
I do not want to look up and realize we have missed some of the best moments in our son’s life.
THE SUPERSTAR LOL
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” – A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Our son, "Baby Cee" was 8 weeks when he took his first flight. His first big adventure was an international trip to Beijing at 4.5 months old.
We were nervous about the 21-hour journey, but to our amazement, he didn't cry one time there or back.
After that trip, he flew at least once a month for the next six months. For some reason, take off, or landing didn't bother him, and he didn't cry when we flew.
Our little one is a natural traveler. Now at 21-months with over 30 flights under his belt, he's only had two questionable flights.
He's a natural when it comes to traveling, makes friends, plays, interacts with passengers, and enjoys our time together.
We're hoping to make it to 100 countries before his 5th birthday.
Have questions about your travel plans or need help with planning, feel free to contact us.