Hello everyone and thank you for your curiosity in our upcoming journey of quitting our jobs, selling our possessions and traveling the world with our three-year-old daughter, Sofia! We will get into the reasons bel0w, but the purpose of this post to to give you a quick overview of who we are, what we are about to do, when we are doing it, the reasons why we are selling everything to travel the world and, most importantly, how you and your family will learn the ins and outs (and of course the ups and downs) of family travel from following us along our journey!
Who We Are - The Post Family
About Our Family
Our family consists of Chris, Alina and little Sofia Post. We LOVE to travel and before Sofia was born, Chris and Alina travelled to twelve countries together as a couple. Since Sofia was born in March 2015, we have travelled to four more, proving our family and friends wrong that it is not crazy, or even that difficult, to travel with a baby or toddler. In fact, it is one of the most rewarding experiences parents can give their child, but more on that in later posts.
Too many people put off travel and living their lives when they have children. We are here to show you that is not only the wrong way to look at things, but that by not traveling now when you are young, healthy and full of wanderlust, you are cheating yourself and your family.
When it's our time to leave this life and we are on our deathbeds surrounded by family, we want to be saying a lot more “remember whens” than “I wish we would haves.” Unfortunately, as you will soon learn, we have had some close friends and family members whose lives have been cut short and health has declined, only reaffirming our commitment to live each day we have to the fullest!
Let’s learn a little more about the characters in our story:
Hailing from the capital of California (Sacramento), Chris has lead a rather interesting life. After attaining a degree in Marketing from CSU, Chico in 2003, Chris dove into commercial real estate until the big market crash in 2009. Meanwhile, he met the love of his life, Alina, and married her in 2007. Knowing he had a family to take care of, Chris took his employment into his own hands and started Post Modern Marketing which quickly rose to one of the top marketing agencies in the Sacramento region. After selling the company in November 2017, Chris has now dedicated his life to pursing what he loves most: traveling with his family and sharing his adventures with anyone who will listen.
Originally from Kazakhstan (yes, you read that correctly and no, she doesn’t know Borat), Alina came to the US in high school through a foreign exchange student program. She quickly excelled in her studies and, a few years later, earned a MBA from Central Michigan University.
Having family in the Bay Area brought her out to Sacramento and through the wonders of the internet (or more specifically Match.com) she met Chris in Sacramento and, long story short, they married in 2007 in Sacramento. Not long after, Alina became an American citizen and was an Oracle/Peoplesoft Programmer for CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the world
Sofia was born in spring 2015 destined to be a traveler like her two favorite people in the world: mommy and daddy 🙂 At three years old, Sofia has already been to four countries (Mexico, Jamaica, Chile & Argentina) and speaks both English and Russian (and some secret language she shares with her stuffed animals that we don’t understand).
What We Are Doing
Simply put, we sold everything t0 travel the world with our toddler. Everything really means everything - we sold our successful marketing agency in Sacramento, California, our house, our cars and 99% of all of our earthly possessions.
So many people have said to us that they wish they could do something like this but NEVER could do it themselves. We say that’s bullshit and that everyone can do this, and if they learn a few tips and tricks that we will be sharing, they can do it very cheaply and have the time of their lives.
To the haters who say traveling with a baby or toddler is either not possible or highly discouraging, we say you are wrong and we will prove it to you. And after proving how easy and affordable it is, we are going to show you how you can do it too!
In fact, we even wrote an open letter putting all family travel excuse makers on notice. The time to travel is now!
Why Not Let's Go
After spending hundreds of hours of flying and traveling internationally, reading blog posts, books, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos until our eyes bled, we are confident in calling ourselves Family Travel Experts!
With all the time, stress and money we have saved from what we’ve learned, we want to share this valuable information to inspire and help more families--like yours--travel and see the world comfortably and affordably.
We plan to publish on topics ranging from our stories from the road and the valuable lessons we learn about family travel to reviews on the latest gear and gadgets and travel point/miles opportunities that can score you free or cheap travel.
By joining us on this journey, you too will learn how to make each one of your dollars get you more than the average Joe and prove that you and your family can do what we are about to do too!