You know what happens when you get married? People feel the need to give you advice. So you get advice, lots of it. Never go to bed angry. Start planning for retirement early. Take a great vacation before you have kids because once you’re parents you won’t travel again until the kids are gone.
Tony and I have been married for 8.5 years now. We married young (just 22!) which also means we married poor. There were no fancy vacations after we returned from our honeymoon in Punta Cana, DR (thanks again for footing that bill, Mom and Dad!). The years after our wedding were spent trying to become not-poor. Get a job. Work at said job. Get promoted at that job. Quit job and move across the country. Get a new job.
Then, in the fall of 2012 we became parents to an adorable little maniac we named Matteo. And I thought to myself, “Crap. There goes ever having a sweet vacation. We missed our window.” Because everyone told me that would be the case. It’s too expensive/inconvenient/unsanitary/insane to try to travel with a baby, remember?
Enter the conundrum. In the past year, it has become clear to me that Tony has a passion for travel and since I have a passion for Tony I started to think about it a little more. And guess what — when I started to think about the world out there and all of the different cultures, cities, foods, and sights there are to see, I realized that I have a passion for travel too. But I also have a passion for raising our little son, and having the finances to both well seemed like a challenge.
Tony, that determined insistent man, was not to be deterred. If I was willing to travel, he’d find a way to make it work financially. He started doing some research in to “travel hacking”, namely a way of earning “points” so that air travel and hotel costs would no longer serve as an obstacle to pursuing our adventures. There’s some amazing info out there, things we can share that are working for us and might work for you too.
Hence this blog. We’re at a point where a day doesn’t go by where we’re not planning for a nearing trip or daydreaming about a future one. As for maniac Matteo? It turns out that he’s not a bad little traveler after all. There are lots of ways to make traveling with a little one work for every one involved, no matter where your final destination may be.
So welcome to our blog, and watch us spend our vacation days in a vacation daze.