"Travel blogs are a dime a dozen", I said. "What do I have to offer?"
Reading the voice of other travelers can provide inspiration to help get us out the door and boost confidence in our abilities to travel wisely. But now that I find myself as a single parent, much of that advice and inspiration doesn’t always apply to me. So I decided to make it up as I go, writing down my own experience in hopes of inspiring other parents -- single or not -- to travel with their children.
Because, yes. Us [single] parents are a unique bunch. While our stories may be completely different, I'm willing to bet we share many commonalities. We're resilient and innovative, accomplishing more in a day than we thought possible. We’re also great at not finishing -- or even beginning -- so many of those projects that we imagine will make [the appearance of] our lives a little more polished, shiny, and put together. While I occasionally dabble with -- and even attempt -- some cutesy Pinterest whatnot, I've also found contentment in knowing that my child's less-than-perfect childhood is preparing him to be a helpful, grateful, resilient human in a not-so-perfect world. And the world is what I'll show him.
Of all the things I know I'll never be able to provide for him as a single parent on a shoestring budget, adventure is something he will know. To our little family of two, travel is a top priority. Well above organized activities and sports and recitals, perfect attendance or report cards, our table talk and goal setting is more often than not, “where to next?” To my six year old, transportation options (read: train, bus, plane, trolly...) are as exciting as roller coasters and as familiar as our couch.
This is our story.
I hope that our adventures and lessons learned can provide your family, whatever it looks like, to step a little out of the routine and comfort zone and, well, just... go.