You Can Have it All!

I recently read an article explaining how professionals in their 30’s and 40’s are choosing travel over marriage, children and owning a house. It was a very profound article that made me really think deeply. It stated that 70% of these professionals hold traveling the world as their top priority. While I didn’t see anything wrong with this, it made me wonder why can’t you travel the world, have a happy marriage, own a house and have children. What was being implied is that you can’t have it all and therefore you must choose one or the other. I beg to differ.

My entire life has always involved traveling. My father migrated to another country as well as my great-grandfather. Traveling is my family tradition. During my younger days as a teenager and college student, I loved traveling alone and having new experiences. However, the more I traveled and learned, the more I realized how miserable it was to have these new and exciting experiences without anyone to enjoy the journey with. I was in Spain and although I was reaching new heights, I felt empty inside.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

As I traveled to even more places, the feeling of emptiness grew. I knew that I was accomplishing and learning a lot but without my friends and family, what was it worth? I was in Calidonia, Panama City, Panama when I started questioning what was important to me. Both family and travel were the highest priority and I could not choose one over the other. I started writing my goals down in what I called my “ambition book”. The more I realized how limiting others are with the aspirations, the more goals I wrote in this book. The book was a pact that I made for myself. I never shared this book with anyone (and never will).I realized how people doubt themselves and therefore, I knew people would say that my goals are unrealistic (You gotta dream big!).

San Miguelito, Panama. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

In August of 2015, my entire life changed. I had a long distance relationship and I realized how much my girlfriend and I had in common especially our passion for travel. We were looking for international flights and discussing how we can be super travel couple (Is that a thing now?!). A few weeks later we married and started planning our 1st trip. Instead of a wedding ceremony, we traveled.  She also inspired me to document these journeys into a blog. This blog was the birth of The #1 Itinerary!

The Polanco’s wedding day. Photo Courtesy of Nazire Oates.

On June 15, 2016, we had our first daughter together. You would think that marriage and our first child being born would mean that we couldn’t travel. However, we threw out that limiting concept and started traveling even more.

The Polancos in Buff Bay, Jamaica. Photo Courtesy of Madelin Vasquez Polanco.

Anything is possible. Remember, you don’t always have to choose between the things that make you happy. I realized that there are certain things that I am not willing to sacrifice. I followed my heart and chose love, ambition and adventure.

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52 thoughts on “You Can Have it All!

  1. I think the Award for Best Super Travel Couple goes to You and Your Wife! ACCOLADES!!!!!
    I can’t agree more. Funny though, when I was younger, I was fond of saying “Cheers to many more adventures”. I don’t need to travel the world again cause I got The #1 Itinerary.
    Great job, bro. Keep soaring.
    And extend my adorations to your wife! You found a very good thing!

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    1. So true. Travel is meaningless without family. I love to travel too but as I get older I have realised I enjoy my solo trips but love family trips even more. Safe and happy travels to you and yours

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  2. I love that you are basing your life on the foundation of what you value — and that you slipped past that belief that you can only have one wonderful tihing 🙂

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  3. That is so true! If you really want it then you can sure have everything. Having a family doesn’t necessarily stop your traveling ambitions, but both partners do need to want to travel. I think your daughter will very much appreciate all the new things she is exposed to while traveling. 🙂 Happy travels!

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  4. I have so many travel plans, but I’m afraid of being alone so I don’t go anywhere. You’re right, there’s no point going new places if you don’t have anyone to share memories with. This post gave me new ideas and inspiration. Thank you.

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  5. I have always told my children to wait for marriage and family. Travel first, see all there is too see. you may hear negative on the news, but the world has so much beauty to see and enjoy. Most of which is almost impossible with small children. Plenty of time to settle down. Travel, and see the world first.

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  6. I am happy to have discovered your blog. Inspiring that you let families know that it is possible to travel with a young family. I have to admit that I do enjoy solo travel and share the joys with my readers. It is all good. Happy travels.

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  7. I’m currently travelling with my fiancé at the minute and loving it. I don’t think you should lose one thing for the other – you are totally right! Great post 😊

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  8. Couldn’t agree more! Me and my partner both love to travel and we have travelled with our kids ever since they were just a couple months old. In fact, at the time of our marriage, we decided to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary travelling. And we have stuck to it for the past 25 years! As a result our kids love to travel, not as tourists but more as explorers.

    Great post! Very inspiring.


  9. As with so many things in life, you prioritise the things that are important to you. Travel is clearly very important to you and so plays a big role in the life of your family. And what wonderful travels you seek to have! 😁👍
    As is also the case, too many people complain about the things they can’t do while not realising what it is they have prioritised to do.
    A quite lovely blog 😚

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