Big News: A Twenty-Something Travel Baby

I’ve been keeping something from you guys… and I bet a lot of you have already realized that.

I’m well aware that my blog posts have been spotty and infrequent the past couple months. While Jessica and Megan have still been turning out awesome content, I have been conspicuously quiet. Part of it has been a lot of travel and work keeping me busy, but there’s also been something bigger going on in my life. Something that I just didn’t know how to tell you guys about.

The Next Step in the Journey

2009- About 50 passport stamps and one long lifetime ago.

I’ve been blogging on Twenty-Something Travel for coming up on 7 years soon and I’ve tried to be pretty transparent about the crazy journey that deciding to quit my job and travel has led me on. The many ups and downs of self-employment. The adventures I’ve been lucky enough to have. The breakups, meeting Mike and falling in love with him, our engagement, our wedding, our move to Mexico and then finally finding a home in Seattle.

This news is really just an extension of all that, it never would have happened if all those other things hadn’t happened first. It’s not bad news at all! In fact, it’s pretty great news, so I might as well just spill it:

Mike and I are having a baby!

Yes really. The baby is a girl and she’s due at the end of August. We are so excited to share this wonderful world with her and hopefully raise a new little world adventurer. With our luck she’ll probably want to go solo backpacking on the moon when she’s 18 or something.

Hopefully that clears things up a bit. Those months of spotty posting? It’s hard to feel inspired when you’re lying low with morning sickness and the most incredible fatigue. That long trip to Japan? An extended babymoon. If I owe you an email or something I should just apologize up front- I am getting back on top of everything this week.

But what does it MEAN?

Why have I been so hesitant to share this? Well partly superstition (do you know all the things that can go wrong with a pregnancy? It’s like, a lot), partly several months of just feeling totally crappy (I feel fantastic now by the way) and partly trying to avoid some hard questions about what this means for this website.

To be honest, I don’t really know the answer to that last one. certainly don’t intend this to become a family travel blog- that was never my mission and it’s not in keeping with the guiding spirit and motto of this blog. I don’t think it’s what you guys read for.

That said, I certainly don’t intend to stop traveling. This baby has already been on three continents and it’s negative 20 weeks old. Mike and I can’t wait to show her the big wonderful world and we talk frequently about the trips we will take with her.

18 weeks in Kyoto

Really this all ties back to the problem at the heart of this website. When I started this blog I was 24 and single. Now I’m on my way to 32 and a Mom. That’s a pretty big difference, and something probably has to give at some point. Megan and Jessica do a great job of holding down the under 30 front and keeping this blog title honest, but there’s only so much I can do about the fact that time just keeps marching on.

This is a problem I’ve never known what to do about and I honestly still don’t. My goal has always been to be a resource for young people who want to see the world, but I know that people are interested in my life and my story as well. So I think that while there will probably be some changes around here, hopefully the spirit and the message of this blog will always stay the same. I definitely welcome any input or thoughts on this going ahead. I think I have some serious thinking to do.

In the meantime, I’ve got a ton of Iceland and Japan content to catch up on for you guys. That is, if I can stop browsing adorable baby dresses long enough to actually get some work done…

One excited big brother!

32 Responses to Big News: A Twenty-Something Travel Baby

  1. Nicole April 4, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    omg. i’ve been reading your blog forever. congratulations to you and mike!

  2. Dan Thompson April 4, 2016 at 1:45 PM #

    NICE! Congrats to you both.

    While the idea of a family travel blog might not be what you had in mind, inspiration to travel comes in all forms. There is definitely a need to encourage young families to get out there and see the world (no matter their age). I know a lot of couples who keep saying, “well, once our kid gets to be X age, then we’ll think about traveling some”… which inevitably changes to… “man, we really need to save for college”… and then… “well, once the kids are all in college, maybe we’ll travel without them”. You’ll definitely have some interesting insights to share, I’m sure.

    Best of luck to you guys, no matter what you land on!


  3. Where's Zoe Now? April 4, 2016 at 2:07 PM #

    Congratulations, that’s super-exciting news!

    And good luck with working out what directions you want to move in, blogging-wise. I know you didn’t ask for feedback, but if it helps… I’ve been reading this blog since it was just you writing in your mid-20s, and my travel interests have shifted along with yours (though through quite different life circumstances!) — I’d be just as happy to read a “30-something travel with kid(s)” blog, whether you do that here or somewhere else.

  4. Kimi Sugiyama April 4, 2016 at 2:10 PM #

    Congratulations to you both! What exciting news. Hope you guys become one happy, traveling family 🙂

  5. Joella April 4, 2016 at 2:32 PM #

    Congratulations! I guessed from your last post this must be it 😉 I’m excited for you. I can see your dilemma with your blog, especially with the blog name. I’m 31 and travel isn’t quite the same now I’m in my 30s as when I started at 21, and a baby will certainly mix things up for you too. But I don’t think you need to change your blog too much. Maybe you could just take on a few more contributors in their 20s to keep up with the 20- something topic, but still have posts on your own travels each week. Pretty similar to what you do now. 🙂 I don’t think it matters that you’ll be a mum, it’s just the evolution of your story and it started as a blog about your travels/life. I’m sure it will be interesting to read about either way and we will all want to know how you’re getting on. I’m sure it will all fit into place. Best wishes!

  6. florabaker April 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM #

    Look at it this way – now you’ve just got two more decades of blogging before she becomes a Twenty-Something herself :p (and CONGRATULATIONS!! So happy for you both <3)

  7. Becky April 4, 2016 at 4:25 PM #

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more years of exploration and discovery — both as you transition to being a bigger family and in the world of travel.

  8. carlyhulls April 4, 2016 at 4:44 PM #

    Congratulations you guys! So happy for you – watching your journey from 20something traveller into the next ‘big-life’ steps is part of the adventure. Don’t stress about the blog too much, we’ll all be here to support you guys along the way – we follow your story not your title 😉 Enjoy this exciting time!!

  9. Mel Hattie April 4, 2016 at 5:02 PM #

    I am so excited for you and Mike! You’re both really awesome people and I’m crazy excited to see how you guys share the world with your bean. Eeee! As for the future of the site, I could totally see you coralling a bunch of young women and being like a mentor or editor-in-chief for them while still getting your byline out in the world through other avenues. 20stravel has done so much for young women. I’d love to see it live on. Whatever you do I’m sure it’ll be awesome. Good luck with everything and having your girl. ^_^

  10. Jalan2Liburan April 4, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

    Congratulation to both of you for the fantastic news 🙂

  11. Rachel Elizabeth April 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

    What exciting news! Congrats to both of you!

  12. TheSterlingTraveler April 4, 2016 at 7:04 PM #

    Congrats! Such exciting news! 🙂

  13. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren April 4, 2016 at 7:16 PM #

    “This baby has already been on three continents and it’s negative 20 weeks old.” Ha, I love that! CONGRATS!!!

  14. Andrea April 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM #

    Congratulations! Im sure your dog will be an awesome big brother

  15. Sherilyn April 4, 2016 at 9:39 PM #

    My husband and I are in our early 30s and I’m pregnant with our first baby. We have spent the last decade traveling to many countries and are so excited (but nervous) to travel with baby. I really look forward to reading how you manage it and stealing your ideas! And congratulations to you both!!

  16. Maggie April 5, 2016 at 12:56 AM #

    Congratulations for you and Mike!! It was a great News and Good luck for you both!!

  17. Lance | Trips By Lance April 5, 2016 at 2:37 AM #

    Congrats! And you don’t have to become all Disney, beaches and cruises to be a family traveler. It’s actually very easy to travel with a young child. It gets hard when they get true minds of their own. Four years ago our 5-year-old son would do anything in Paris. This now 9-year-old is only interested n sports, Cartoon Network and “Full House.” You can try to guide them but eventually they find their own path. One of the great joys is watching them learn that path. Good luck with the site and figuring out how it adjusts with your reality.

  18. Kate April 5, 2016 at 4:44 AM #

    Congratulations! What an exciting new adventure – wishing you all the best!

  19. Leslie Forman (@leslieforman) April 5, 2016 at 3:19 PM #

    Congratulations!!! So excited for you and Mike and of course baby girl!! 🙂

    • Steph April 11, 2016 at 12:17 PM #

      Thanks! I still can’t believe it’s a girl!

  20. Kristina April 6, 2016 at 4:03 AM #

    Congrats on the baby news! I think it will be great for you to continue writing here as an evolving lifestyle traveler. As your life goes on, it changes, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop traveling! Then twenty-somethings can be inspired to know that they can travel in their twenties, yes, but it doesn’t have to be the only time. Thanks for being an awesome writer!

  21. Karolina D. April 6, 2016 at 4:43 PM #

    Congrats!!! You know, I’ve been reading your blog since I was in my mid-20s and single… Now I’m getting married and hope to have my own kids fairly soon. I am excited for whatever direction your blog takes because I too have grown with it. There’s a certain idea to a family travel blog, but that doesn’t mean it has to be yours. I’ve always gone to your website for your honest experiences and will continue to do so, baby-related or no. Your travel style has never been cliche, and the information I’ve received from your has been helpful, refreshing, and interesting. Congrats again, and get ready for the journey! We’ll all be here waiting 🙂

    (also, obviously since it’s a girl you should name her after me, Karolina, or Americanized, Carolina. Not that I’ve made any impact on your life at all whatsoever, it’s just a great name. By the way 😉 )

    • Steph April 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

      Wow, that’s very touching, thank you! I have a lot to think about.

  22. Mel April 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

    Congratulations!!! Having a baby does change travel a lot but it goes through seasons. Our kid is 3 and has been on 20 different trips (4 countries). It is possible but takes some figuring out and every kid is different so where and what you do might change to adapt to the whole family. Maybe you should start a spin off blog for parents and travel?

    • Steph April 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

      That’s very encouraging! Not sure I have time for yet another blog project but I may just start writing about it on here as well.

  23. tila April 11, 2016 at 5:30 AM #

    wow congrats!! that is super exciting.

    • Steph April 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM #

      Thanks! We are psyched.

  24. Helen April 17, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!! 🙂

  25. Janita May 2, 2016 at 8:01 AM #

    Congratulations! 🙂

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