I won’t lie – international travel is pretty new to me.

Despite being a certified travel agent and, before that, serving in our nation’s military as a naval officer – with a Mediterranean float to far-off lands such as France and Spain in my 20s – truth is, I didn’t prioritize travel in my earlier years as a single man, then a married one and then a custodial single dad of four because, as most of you can relate, I was busy trying to provide and care for four little people.

Add to this rarely experiencing travel outside of my home state of Maryland growing up as a youth in Baltimore with my parents, who, themselves rarely left Charm City, and travel just wasn’t that much of a draw. Boy did I not know what I was missing.

Fast forward to today: I’m 53, recently remarried with mostly grown adult kids and a long-time disability (which I’ll write more about in another blog!), discovering a love and passion for international travel for the first time in my life. 

I’ll never forget when my now wife told me on our first date that one of her criteria for the man she intended to date seriously and hopefully marry was that he had a valid passport. (“I run a whole travel community,” she explained in between sips of wine, “My ideal guy has to want to see the world!” she said of her dealbreaker.)

So, it was only fitting that my Wanderlust was formally reignited last March when we married on a resort in the stunning Turks and Caicos, where I was joined by both my youngest and oldest son, who, at 23, I helped to get a passport for the very first time. Since then, we, as a family, have ventured to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico (which of course doesn’t require a passport) and, soon, Egypt and another BUCKET-LIST worthy destination that is soon-to-be announced for this group! (Stay tuned for the countdown in our Facebook group!) This newfound joy of travel has not only enriched my life and my family’s life but has also fueled my passion for helping other single-parent families (and families of any configuration) experience the same sense of joy, wonder and togetherness while traveling abroad.

It has also led me to encourage more of the men in my circle to get out there in the world with their kids, too – what I know for sure is that every dad, if he can swing it, should experience the pleasure of romping with his kids on a beach in the Caribbean, or exploring the ancient cities of Europe or Africa together. It’s a different kind of wealth, travel is. One that never depreciates. One that only adds to life’s riches.

Hope to see you (fellas) on a trip soon!

 

Cheers,

Michael Greene

Single Parents Who Travel LLC

Co-owner & Travel Agent

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