How Love and Travel Helped Define My Relationship
This post is from Tiffany, Founder of Passport 4 Change.
I literally saw fireworks the first time I met Tony.
We met at a 4th of July work party for the airline we both worked for. I’m a flight attendant and Tony is a Pilot. We started dating have been traveling the world ever since!
We took our first vacation together to Belize. We had a wonderful time in Ambergris Caye, Belize, where we went scuba diving at the famous Blue Hole and site seeing around the Mayan ruins. We’ve seen over 50 different countries, each giving so many special moments together.
We even have a large map in our dining room with pins for each country visited.
After 4 years of dating, on April 2nd, Tony surprised me with a trip to Cambria, CA, where he proposed. I am thankful that he waited the extra day and didn’t propose on April 1st, for obvious reasons.
Despite all the places we’ve travelled, the best day of my life occurred 5 months later in right here in Bass Lake, California.
People like to ask us where our favorite place is to travel. Every place is special for its own reasons; just some places are just more challenging than others.
Our most recent trip was to Israel and Jordan. Floating in the Dead Sea was incredible and walking into the West Bank to see Bethlehem was a definite highlight.
We love Germany at Christmas time and Cambodia for its unspoiled culture.
Sydney is a wonderful city to explore and a great place to catch a free opera in the park.
We were invited to a wedding in Punjab, India, and our hosts made us feel like family.
We find that people in other countries are hard workers trying to provide for and love their families just as we are here at home. Most people want to “do good”. Often during our travels we will pack an extra suitcase full of saved hotel soaps and shampoos and kids clothes and small toys or medical supplies. I will research an orphanage in whatever country we are traveling to and will deliver the suitcase to them. The kids welcome us and often sing us songs or give us a tour. We always feel like we get more than we give.
Travel is a defining characteristic of our relationship at each place we visit delivers a new chance to connect and learn about each other. Although we get the chance to travel together and see so many different cultures and ways of life, the most powerful thing we get is the opportunity to grow, not only as individuals, but as a couple as well.
My favorite quote, “The more you experience in life, the more you have to offer others.”- Sara Blakley
I asked my 5 year old niece Abby where she would go if she could go anywhere in the world. Abby thought for a minute and said, “Target!”
Wanting to make her world bigger, I went home and gathered the foreign coins from our travels. I packaged them and added a note with a fun fact about each country. I embroidered a tooth fairy pillow and designed my own colorful world map. I gave it all to my sister and my niece called a few weeks later and said, “Aunt Tiffany! My first tooth just fell out and the tooth fairy was just in England having tea with the Queen and she left me British Pounds.”
The excitement and growth I saw from her inspired me to start my own business, Passport 4 Change. We create the same pack of foreign coins, maps, and tooth fairy pillows, inspiring little ones to learn, grow, and get excited about how much world there is out there.
Abby has since received coins from China, Australia, Fiji, and Iceland. She is learning about math, geography, and time zones as well as about different cultures and traditions.
Growing up, I was taught that people are all equal and the same. Through my travels I have learned that although, part of that is true, we are actually very different which is wonderful because we have a lot to learn from one another. Why not come together and celebrate our differences?
With Passport 4 Change, we donate a portion of each sale from my tooth fairy kits to study abroad programs. True education comes from traveling.
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Founder of Passport for Change