Welcome! I’m Francesca, and I created The Working Mom’s Travels to prove that it is possible for a working mom like myself, who works outside the home, to still experience meaningful travel with her family. Travel is an integral part of my lifestyle, and I’m committed to keeping it that way, so I work hard to balance it along with my career and my family life. My husband and I have two children: our 8-year-old daughter named Lucia; and our 4-year-old son, Anthony.
Travel has been a passion of mine for decades. I was bitten by the travel bug at an early age, thanks to my parents who exposed my siblings and me to different places and cultures, and who placed a high level of importance on the annual family vacation. My love of travel strengthened over the years and I was fortunate enough to venture to some far-off places: Australia, Tanzania, and Italy, to name a few. Those around me know of my love for travel so when I became pregnant with my daughter in 2008, I heard variations of the same sentiment from a lot of people: “Your traveling days are over.” My husband, Mark, and I already had decided that we would continue to travel once we had children, so I knew very well that my travel days were, in fact, NOT over.
The beauty of travel is that it does not have to be limited to exotic trips that cross time zones. Keeping with the spirit of adventure, a weekend in Michigan, or even an excursion in our hometown of Chicago, is classified as “travel” because, really, it’s a state of mind. I should also add that we are not independently wealthy, that my husband and I both must work in order to provide a good home and to fund our travels. I see it as a fair trade-off.
The Working Mom’s Travels was established in 2011, but I was blogging long before that. My sister, Felicia, and I started the Folinazzo Family Blog in 2004. Accounts of my pre-children travels can be found there, and any post-children travel posts from Folinazzo.com have been shared here, as well.
I hope you’ll join us on our adventures!