Over the past week, I’ve been looking for mamas to interview and feature who have traveled solo with their kids or kiddos. I wanted to share a little bit of my heart and reason behind this specific feature I’d like to start on the blog.
Kellen and I (the hubby) have been married for almost ten years now, and we’ve done a lot of growing and learning over those ten years. He’s known from the very start what he was getting into: he married a slightly crazy, wanderlust obsessed wannabe world traveler. In fact, he spent a good portion of two months when I had just turned 18 on long distance phone calls with me while I was exploring Austria trying to convince me to marry him :). Ok, it didn’t take much convincing- the fact is, I was head over heels for the guy and he knew it. We got married just over a year later and then one year after that we ventured to do a backpack trip through Europe.
He’s always supported my dreams of travel and adventure the best he could, usually depending on our slim newlywed budget. As we’ve gotten older, he’s continued to be down for more camping and international travel when time and money allowed.
However, ask kellen today what he’d do if someone handed him 100k? You’d be surprised to know our answers are very different: mine, of course, would be to see as much of the world as money would last me. His? Well, probably a really nice fishing boat 🙂
What I love best about Kellen and I is that we’ve managed to figure out a way to allow us to each support and cultivate our individual dreams. Sometimes it comes in the form of one of us choosing to do something we wouldn’t necessarily choose ourselves, and other times it’s encouraging the other person to get away by themselves to do what brings them joy.
It’s taken a while to get to this place, and trust me, we’ve had our share of bumps and hiccups along the way. We aren’t perfect, but what we do share is a mutual understanding and desire to see our partner genuinely happy. And I am very, very thankful for that.
With that being said, I can recognize that my travels will not *always* be with kellen by my side. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? And just as much, it makes those adventures he chooses to join in on that much sweeter. It’s a win-win, in my book.
So where does that leave me? Well, luckily we brought two super awesome mini-me’s into the world that we both get the chance enjoy our hobbies and passions with! Kellen dreams of watching his kids reel in a fish or help him fix up his old 1950’s rat rod. I dream of all the places I will take them.
So motherhood then creates in me a brand new layer of dreams, one where I get to share that sense of adventure with them.
Haden and I embarked on our first solo mama-son trip this past february to the nearby city of Vancouver. It was both challenging and exciting traveling alone with a 5 year old. It brought moments of growth for both of us (especially me) and allowed us special time together that I wouldn’t change for any other moment in time. It was, to put it simply, the perfect first adventure.
So you can see now my heart behind why I’m hoping to find other like minded mamas with a desire to travel with their kids. These kind of moms inspire and motivate me to dream big dreams that includes their little ones. Because giving a kid that piece of time, that sense of wonder, and those kind of experiences are, in my opinion, likely the best kind of gift a mother could give.
If you yourself or you know of a mama who you’ve seen take a special trip or adventure with their kids, please send them my way! I’d love to talk with them about their experiences and share with my other readers the inspiration they bring! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org