Welcome to Kindred Voyagers my friends! This site is the landing zone for moms and dads who wish to travel with their young children alone. You may wonder ‘Why on earth would I want to travel alone with my kids?’ For various reasons, you may find yourself at home for extended amounts of time without your significant other. Your spouse could be away on business, deployed with the military (or out in the ‘field’ training for like forever), divorced, or maybe you’ve always been a single parent.
Instead of banging your head against the wall thinking ‘OMG, I still have five hours until the kids go to bed. What am I going to do with them?’ The answer is travel! And I’m here to tell you that it’s not only possible but amazing. Amazing for you and your children.
Our hopes for this site are to create an inspiring and empowering tribe that explores all this world has to offer with their children by offering valuable insights on how best to make traveling a positive experience for all parties involved. We have recently returned home to Charlotte, NC from a four week voyage up the Northeast coast of the United States to Canada and back down again with my almost 3-year-old and 17-month-old in tow.
Yes, you read that correctly. Four weeks alone traveling with my kids. And you know what? It turned out to be an incredible experience and I can’t wait to share with you what we’ve learned along the way.
MEET MELISSA AKA ‘MAMA’
I’m Melissa, mom to August (3) and Oliver (17 months) and Captain on our voyages… most of the time. On occasion the three-year-old tries to commandeer the ship and on occasion she wins. You can’t win them all, am I right?!
I am not unaccustomed to traveling. My first trip abroad was at nine to visit some of my French family. My love for crystal clear oceans was also fostered from an early age as we took more than a few trips to the Bahamas growing up. My husband and I moved to Germany for two years with the Marine Corps where we spent every dime we had on travel. It was well worth it.
Now we have children and I love introducing the world to them. Taking our children along with us on our travels fuels their imaginations. By introducing them to new cultures and foreign languages, we are fostering creativity in their minds. Demonstrating to our kids our own willingness to try new experiences and take risks nurtures this brain growth even further. Our children are our future. Let’s make them the best possible people society has ever seen. They truly are our greatest investment so pouring our time and energy into them is completely worth it.
Traveling with the kids has been an extreme game changer in my life. Staying at home with kids is incredibly rewarding but can also be mentally exhausting. Doing the same thing, going to the same places every day, answering the same question your toddler has asked for the 40th time can get boring and be maddening.
Traveling has given me a creative outlet and fulfillment of my passion to create a business that involves my children. I can have my cake and eat it too. It has allowed me to meet new people that are totally different from myself which I love. Diversity is the essence of my life guys.
I cannot handle the constant monotony of domestic duties and exploring new places breaks all the mundane daily tasks up. I am happier and a better mother and wife because of it. I think many stay at home parents forget this but investing in yourself and finding a way to mold your passions to benefit everyone in your family is crucial to the success and happiness of fostering a healthy family lifestyle.
I’m brand new to blogging so please be patient as I cultivate my storytelling skills. My time is limited as I do stay at home full time with my kids. I may not post as often as other travel and lifestyle bloggers and almost all of my photos of our travels are from my iPhone because let’s be honest, I only have two hands and can only carry so much at once when trying to wrangle in two small kids.
Will traveling with your kids alone be a lot of work? Yes, and it will be 100% worth it. They are a lot of work at home too so you might as well enjoy a new city while you’re working hard keeping up with them.
Traveling doesn’t have to end once you have kids. So, set aside your fears of traveling solo with your kids and start exploring! Embrace the endless toddler questions and feed their curious minds. You’ll likely learn something as well! Enter your email address below to stay up to date on the latest and greatest from fellow parents around the world adventuring with their children.
Side Note: You will see a sprinkling of home décor inspired by architecture and interiors from lands near and far because guys, I just can’t resist… and I need something to do when I’m at home on our staycations. We can’t stay away from my husband forever 😉 PS: The best part of traveling is eating out because I love to eat healthy but hate to cook. It’s a serious dilemma in my life people.
Introducing Augustine: better known as August! Most people know my name wherever we travel because my mom is constantly yelling ‘August! Stop! Wait!’. I’m three years old. I know no fear and my selective listening skills are on par. Dancing and singing are my favorite. Princess songs are my jam.
I wake up every morning and ask my mom ‘can we go bye bye?’. I’ll eat anything that is cheese, yogurt, pasta or salami. Playing a game of ‘get you’ is my all-time favorite thing to do with my family. I love adventuring with my brother and holding his hand along the way.
Introducing Oliver: better known as Ollie! I am 17 months old and am polar opposite of my sister. I love to eat breakfast sausage, fruit, and carbs all day long. Most of the time I’m pretty happy to sit up high in the hiking carrier on my mom’s back but when she lets me loose it is game on! There’s no holding me back when me and sister have both our feet on the ground. My mom is totally beat by the time she’s done chasing us 😉
I take napping and snack time pretty seriously. They aren’t something to interfere with or my temper will be unleashed. Channeling my inner dinosaur is currently my favorite thing to do along with telling all strangers ‘bye bye’ and ‘thank you’. Throwing a ball entertains me for hours. Oh, and my sister and I totally LOVE to visit the local ice cream shops in every single place that we visit.
Introducing Our Greatest Sponsor: My name is Zack or better known as ‘Daddy’ around these parts. Family time is by far one of my favorite moments of each day. But I do have many commitments that keep me away hence why my wife and kids have taken up traveling. I work full time coaching a team for a large manufacturing company, attend the MBA program at Wake Forest, and drill out in the USMC reserves.
I tend to kill Melissa’s plants while she is away which is probably the main reason she doesn’t leave me for long. Luckily, I have managed to keep the cat alive though! Traveling has always been a large part of our lives and I’m excited that we can share this passion with our children.
On occasion, I will tag along with them on their adventures. My wife is still trying to convince me that I am capable of taking the kids out on my own just in our hometown. The fear is real guys. I hope that you’ll join her in building this tribe so that eventually I’m not the only sponsor funding all her crazy expeditions 😉
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