On Mother’s Day it’s only natural to reflect on the women in our lives that make traveling better for families like mine.
Travel Reflections With My Wife, and Mother
My first proper date with my (then girlfriend) wife was to get her passport photos taken. It sounds unromantic but in retrospect, it set the tone for our relationship. As soon as our daughter’s birth certificate arrived, we got a passport for my daughter and at just eight weeks old, we were a family traveling internationally together. And not to leave out my mother-in-law who joined us on that first trip where we had no idea what to expect. My daughter reached 24 countries within her first 48 months on Earth and my wife was instrumental in our success.
On our first long-haul flight with Lucy, we faced a daunting 16-hour flight from Dallas to Hong Kong with a sick toddler. While I was oblivious to much of the struggle she encountered, my wife took care of our daughter on an exhausting journey.
She researches the products that make our child safer, she looks into whether it makes more sense to take our car seat, rent, or buy a temporary one. She is the one who found the stroller that made our travel lives easier.
My wife, despite our millions of flown miles, is actually a rather nervous flyer but remains the rock our daughter has needed and gets on the plane every time though it’s an anxious situation for her. That even extended to a helicopter tour which was terrifying for her but my daughter and I loved it.
My mother has been no slouch either. She goes on theme park trips and rides the rides even though she doesn’t like them. She visited Southeast Asia with us even when it was far out of her comfort zone. She filled out hundreds of sweepstakes forms and won us a trip to Hawaii, then planned additional events around it to make sure we were getting the most of the experience.
Mothers That Make Travel Possible
Many of our readers are traveling professionals as Matthew and I have been. Only during the pandemic did I realize just what my wife went through to make travel possible for me. Running the house, ensuring our daughter made it to her commitments, and dealing with the loneliness that comes with being at home while I am away at work is not a light task.
Matthew is away traveling right now, and his wife is dutifully taking care of their children so that he can work away from home. I know he appreciates it more than he will ever publicize here, and I find myself in the same position. Appreciative, grateful, and in awe of what these amazing women do.