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  1. Erica
    March 15, 2013

    We need a Flor de Cana and Arizona Watermelon juice night.

    Soon? ;)
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 15, 2013

      Yes we do!

      • chloe dangelo
        August 4, 2014

        Hi Talon,
        I understand this is an old thread but could you please tell me a little about working whilst travelling as a single parent? I have been toying with the idea for a while but am worried that if I go about it the wrong way that I will give my son a bad experience. Thabk you

      • Talon Windwalker
        August 4, 2014

        It really depends on what you do for work. Also, the age of your child and their ability to entertain themselves makes a big difference. It’s really no different on the road than it is at home, especially if you find something you can do online or remotely.

  2. Shannon O’Donnell
    March 15, 2013

    Oh boy did this resonate. Though I no longer have a kid in tow, when I had my niece with me in SEA I was so grateful when Dani and Jess from the Globetrotter Girls gave me a couple evenings to myself where they took Ana out for an evening. Having just dived into suddenly have an 11-year old in tow, it was great that they recognized I could use some alone time — I hope that works out with the other family and that a break is coming your way! :)
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 15, 2013

      I hope to meet Dani and Jess at some point. Wonderful ladies. How cool of them and for you!

      We haven’t done the nights away yet, although they’re open to it. It’s been kind of funny because since he has kids to play with literally nonstop, it’s almost like I’m not having to parent at all. LOL It’s been quite nice. Still may try for a couple of nights of alone time, though. :)

  3. joy
    March 15, 2013

    Great post. being a single with 2, adds other challenges, like not doubling, but tripling costs, some hostels will count the boys as 1, but recently, i am having to pay for 3 beds… and don’t even get me started on alone time. I do like the idea of stocking up the fridge and leaving some money, maybe in a couple years…

    • Talon Windwalker
      March 15, 2013

      I hear you, Joy. I wish I was there already. He’s almost 12, so maybe soon.

  4. Ian Ord – Where Sidewalks End
    March 15, 2013

    Having been a solo-traveller myself for the past 16 years for the most part, I’ve certainly been used to doing everything for myself. Only in the last 4-5 years have I really experimented more with travelling with someone else – granted, they are full grown adults with (for the most part) their own ability to be by themselves when necessary. I can’t imagine what it’s like, but it must both be the most challenging and most rewarding situation anyone could be faced with. Tigger’s a lucky kid! :)
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 15, 2013

      If he wasn’t so incredibly easy, it would be a LOT tougher. But it DEFINITELY is incredibly rewarding.

  5. Tonya
    March 15, 2013

    I have loved traveling with my kids- that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been tiring and trying at times, and I’m doing this with my husband. :) Our travel is a bit different since we certainly don’t stay on the road as long as you and we also stick to the US but I can relate a teeny, tiny bit. We stayed and traveled in our 31 foot motorhome for 18 months. I don’t know how we did it, but we survived and we are so much stronger, and closer, from that experience. My husband and I are very close with our teens and I attribute much of that to the time we spent traveling in that camper together. I have a feeling your relationship with Tigger is much the same. Happy travels!
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 15, 2013

      You definitely do bond quite a bit. Sharing a confined space with teens is pretty impressive! :)

  6. Catherine Forest
    March 16, 2013

    I agree Talon and I must say that right now I am very shaken since I just found out a fellow travel blogger nomad family’s 2 yo son has just been murdered in Mexico (you might have heard about it: http://braveskimom.com/remembering-axel?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=remembering-axel). The parents wanted an afternoon out to go mountain biking together and left the kids with their rental house owner’s recommended babysitter… Well… when we travel, unless we are with our kids 24/7, we really don’t know what can happen to them (and I was just starting to relax about that last year in Costa Rica…). I know it is an isolated incident, but I also know it could have very well been us (we were supposed to rent a house in Mexico like them this winter… and we were bringing our mountain bikes…), but decided to save that for next winter. But honestly right now, I don’t know anymore…
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 16, 2013

      Yes, I had heard about that horrible tragedy. Breaks my heart for that family.

      Having said that, though, people need to remember this stuff happens in the States, too. And in Europe. People absolutely adore going to Jamaica and the US Virgin Islands,but they don’t realize that those two places are in the top 7 for most intentional murders in the world. The US beats out most Asian countries, and, interestingly, many countries in Central Asia and the Middle East.

      While we are sometimes absolutely shaken by the appearance of evil in our world, it really is full of more beauty than bad. Statistically speaking, you’re actually safer traveling in foreign countries.

      • Catherine Forest
        March 16, 2013

        Yes, this is very true. I have realized that since writing that post this morning. It could have happened in my hometown in Canada… Thank you for reminding me…
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      • Talon Windwalker
        March 16, 2013

        Glad it helped. It’s hard with things like this. They create so much emotion for us.

  7. Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures
    March 16, 2013

    I love that he already understands the importance of getting a break from people! And you make it sound like, in a sense, you almost have the benefit of traveling alone with the lack of another adult around urging you to do something (not that he doesn’t have wants and needs, of course he does!).

    I’ve said it before though and I’ll say it again. As someone whose parents did up and move to a developing country when he was 4, I can tell you first hand just how valuable what you’re doing for your son.
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 16, 2013

      Oh yes, it’s a great benefit! Tigger is so flexible and easy-going whereas some adults . . . I’d much rather travel with my kid. LOL

  8. Annie Andre
    March 18, 2013

    Talon, you just gave me a good reason to get a divorce so i can travel alone with my daughter. I’ll leave my two boys at home. I know what you mean about needing a break from the kids. I cherish my alone time. SOmetimes i feel like that mama bird with a whole bunch of chicks pecking at her for food and i just want to get away but like you said, you just have to suck it up. This summer, i get a 2 month break from my older boys (they are flying to California). Is it wrong that I am happy about it and sad at the same time. :(
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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 18, 2013

      Nothing wrong with that at all! And good that you recognize you need the break, too!

  9. Leigh
    April 17, 2013

    It’s so important to recognize that we all need alone time. And yet, not always so easy to actually have it. I find I am able to have a decent amount of time alone or with just friends because Noah really makes room for it. Finding couple alone time, though, that almost never happens. I’m still trying to figure it out.

    I totally get when you say sometimes you just have to suck it up and deal with it. As you say, the time we have one-on-one with our kids when they’re this age is irreplaceable. I wouldn’t trade our lives for a 9-5 schedule even with a community of babysitters nearby.

    I also see how easy it is to let too much time pass without making sure to have that alone or couple time, and that can be problematic.
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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      It definitely can be tough to find that time. So important, though. We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time.

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