Meet my cousins, they are amazing! They are a HUGE reason why I took off on this adventure of turning my PASSION INTO A PROFESSION. Their support, encouragement, agency naming help and so on means the world to me.
Searching the travel deals during the entire weekend of Thanksgiving, I found a pre construction sale for Sonesta All Inclusive, two properties, Ocean Point and Maho Beach in St. Maarten as they were embarking a Searbourn cruise from that port. We secured a swim up pool for one stay, a Travel Agent perk I was able to provide. Note this property is also gated. I even booked them before confirming with them as I knew they would love the properties and the upgraded deals that I was able to secure. What a benefit to "truly know" my clients. All Inclusive travel wasn't really their style, but they were impressed. Of course, drinks with The Beach Boys and Jefferson Airplane (Starship if you didn't know they are anything else) in the bar was also a highlight. I didn't plan that one though :o)
So when I talk to young couples with kids, I shared even before becoming a Travel Agent, that there is no better use of your money than traveling with your kids. You have years and years to travel with your spouse, but only so many to travel with your kids. Those years where they want to be with you, they want to throw a ball around with you, they laugh at and with you. Hours and hours of what I call "the BEST Disney line time" where everyone is trapped waiting for an attraction. Sports, school, girlfriends/ boyfriends, they all replace this season or at least make it more challenging.
Suck it up, every second, make sure you budget for these "life list" experiences you don't even realize now are going to pass quickly. We will never have the actual possessions in life that fill this space, so take advantage of it as long as you can. Plan trips, give them as a gift at Christmas, pay on them for months and then pack and go! No kiddo is too little to reflect the elation and joy of a Disney character or a Hawaiian sunset through their eyes and then experienced by their parents and captured in a photo. Travel my friends and let me help!