Dropping my son Tyler off at college was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
That was in 2020. His university was six hours away, and I cried the whole drive home.
If you’re an empty nester—or will be one soon—I bet you can relate. The transition is hard. For Tyler’s entire senior year of high school, I kept counting down the “lasts.” The last away baseball game. The last homecoming. The last night at home.
When he left, I knew I needed to replace all those “lasts” with “firsts,” to fill my newly quiet days (I didn’t realize how noisy a teenager was until he was gone!) with moments to look forward to.
Enter: Travel. I’ve always been a traveler, ever since my first enchanting visit to Europe as a teen. Adding more travel experiences back into my life as an empty nester allowed me to get back in touch with my own passions and my sense of curiosity.
Above all, it allowed me to deepen my relationships with loved ones in new ways. My husband and I got to reconnect on long-weekend escapes and sunny cruises through the Caribbean, the types of trips we often put off with a kid at home. Meanwhile, Tyler and I traveled together on his school breaks, and it was always a riot. Now, I was no longer in “nagging mom” mode, but could fully enjoy exploring alongside my son as I got to know the fun and funny adult he was becoming.
Through Cultivating Connections Travel Planners, I help empty nesters like myself rediscover their joys and cultivate deeper relationships through travel. This life stage is certainly a transition—but it can also be an opportunity to spread your own wings, as your children “leave the nest” as well.
So, where are you looking to soar to next? Whether it’s a solo spa escape, a romantic trip through Tuscany with your spouse where the warm conversation flows as freely as the wine, or a Spring break family getaway somewhere oh-so sunny, I’m here to make sure you’re able to cultivate connections to the passions—and the people—that matter most to you.
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