I have finally come to accept my role as the constantly over-dressed, well traveled family member. Ever since I was younger my family has always had a hard time keeping up my globally ambitious self. Although they seem to enjoy living vicariously through me and they always encourage me to continuously see the world, there's one comment that they all seem to cosign on that makes me instantly screw my face up.
"Enjoy it now because once you get married and have kids, you wont be able to do all this traveling" - Them
That statement alone always makes me become a little defensive. I know that there are some sacrifices that come with building a family, but I am someone who believes that if it's a passion of yours then all things are possible. You can do it all. Being married and having children should never act as a major roadblock to living out a dream. I don't believe in compromising my passions. Believe it or not but I have done enough of that in my 25 years on this earth and I am in a place where there's no more room for excuses or compromising my passions and the things that are important to me. I know that God loves me enough to send me someone whos burning desire to travel the world will either match mine or exceed it. And as a result, he will encourage us to continue doing what we love even when kids are involved.
We live in a world that seems to force the fact that we have to make a choice and "pick one". It's almost as if a career, a family, and a well tattooed passport cannot coexist. In the process of breaking cycles and unlearning some of the things that my loving parents have subconsciously taught me, having to make a choice between those things is a class I've decided to withdraw from. I plan on making extraordinary global memories with my future family. Although I am currently not in the process of building a family of my own, I am forever inspired by so many of the mommy bloggers in my social media community who make me believe that my dreams of continuing to see the world while being a super mom is most definitely possible. Below are just a few of my favorites:
Scout The City by Sai
Sai De Silva is the fabulous mother of two ridiculously adorable kids, London Scout and Rio Dash. Her blog scoutthecity.com showcases the unique style her and her little ones posses and also includes tons of helpful travel posts. I thoroughly enjoy reading about Sai and her kids.To see more of their amazing style check out their IG page @scoutfashion
When it comes to super moms who do it all, Mel is always one of the first people I think of. Mel is the ultimate mompreneur. With her custom jewelry line, childrens book, business coaching webinars and E-Guides, it truly is amazing to see her handle these different business ventures and still make time to travel with her baby girl, AnnDrew. Check out her mommy & mini lifestyle blog indrewsshoes.com and follow her on IG @melrwhite. Be ready to fall in love with her style and AnnDrew's little face every time they pop up on your timeline.
Cherae and her son seem to be living their best lives exploring the world. This mommy and son duo seem to be the best of friends and what can better than traveling with your best friend? Charae is currently working with Tastemakers Africa, a company that's geared towards changing the way people view Africa by getting them to visit and do more than volunteer or go on safari. The Tastemakers Africa initiative is really inspiring and so is Charae's story on how she got there. Also, make sure you check out her IG @sasyrae
Tanai Bernard and her 3 children are squad goals for real. As a divorced mother of three awesome little humans, Tanai has made it a priority to give her kids the best life by showing them the world. Tanai's lifestyle blog speaks of the different phases of life as a divorced woman and shares her truth in effort to empower and uplift women who are going through similar situations. Be sure to check out her blog and read about her adventures with her kids as well as her strength and lessons during this time in her life.
I know for a fact that it's not easy traveling with little ones, but that doesn't mean that the experiences will be anything short of amazing. These woman make it happen and I admire them for that. I am so grateful to be inspired by them and whenever a family member feels the need to tell me that my life as a constant traveler will be over once I have a family of my own, I will always remember these women and be reminded of the fact that all things are possible.
Are you a traveling parent? Feel free to share your experiences below. If you know of any traveling parents feel free to drop their social media handles down below as well. I'd love to check them out!
with love, Tor