My family has a long tradition of traveling. My father migrated from Panama to the United States in the 1970’s looking for the American dream. Travel has always been apart of my life. I first traveled alone by myself at the age of two. I was just an infant ready to travel. I snuck out of the house and crawled across the street. Ever since then, travel has been apart of who I am. I have noticed many travelers highlighting vacations, excursions, tourism, and luxurious adventures. However, none of these sparked my initial interest in travel. I started traveling to reunite with family.
What a lot of people take for granted like family reunions and holidays, I had to work real hard to get. I did not have any travel perks, discounts, nor anyone offering me tips on how to travel. I had to save money and think very creatively. Many people ask me if my family is in the military. When I respond with “no”, there are so many questions people have. I travel out of necessity to keep my family together.
I’ve taken weekend trips from the East coast to the West Coast and even took a bus from Dallas, Texas to New York City in December during a snow blizzard. I even found myself commuting from Wappinger Falls, New York to Reno Park, Queens 5 times a week once upon a time while living in the East coast.
Travel has affected all aspects of my life since I was born. It has helped me learn languages and understand other cultures and perspectives. I even married a Panamanian immigrant who also understands why travel is more than just vacation. My wife, Madelin Vasquez Polanco, is testament to our travel lifestyle. She moved to the United States from Panama in 1980’s at the age of 9. She is definitely my soulmate whom also travels miles to see her family.
Neither my wife nor I are from wealthy families. We both come from working class humble families whom struggled to make better lives for us. As an infant, travel was already implanted in my mind. Therefore, my first biological daughter has been all over the world and she is only 2 years old. She learned to walk at a soccer field in Jamaica. She is even the youngest person ever to receive Global Entry at the age of 1.
Here at the #1 itinerary, we hope to inspire others to pursue their dream of traveling. Whether is just to another part of town or across the globe, we want you to know that it’s not just the money in your wallet but the passion in your heart that can make your travel dreams come true. Although, I now have the opportunity to take my family on international vacations, my aspirations for travel started because I wouldn’t let the distance keep me from seeing my family. Travel is my lifestyle and makes me who I am.
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