Thank you! I really do have the best ‘job’ in the world!
And one of the best things about my job is helping families like mine discover how to connect more deeply while exploring their child’s birth country. I love what I do! I get a huge sense of satisfaction when my clients come home and tell me their family was “transformed” by their trip! That is the best feeling in the world!
“We have been transformed by the travel. Eddy exudes a pride and joy when he talks about our trip, and talks about Guatemala. A few days after we returned, his teacher had him present to his class about how the ecosystems in Guatemala affect the culture and way of life. As I watched him present to his peers, he shared details and experiences that revealed how much this trip was profoundly imprinted on his heart and his identity. Our family benefited so much from being out of our comfort zone – we learned so much about our son’s birth country, about human resilience, and even more about our family. I can’t choose one favorite moment, or even pick out a single least favorite moment. The days were unique, yet perfectly balanced, creating a gorgeous tapestry of experiences.” – Meghan
We have amazing folks on the ground in every country we travel to – and they always have my clients’ best interests in mind, no matter the travel budget. By the time families arrive in their child’s birth country my operators and guides know exactly what to expect, can shift on a dime, and work diligently to make the most of every trip while taking into consideration the needs of every family member. I love my ground operators and guides!
“The guides provided by Motherland Travel not only were knowledgeable and fluent in English, but handled the dynamics of our family with ease. They had been trained in the emotional impact that a Heritage Trip might have on adopted children and were well prepared to handle any and all situations. We felt so lucky to have them with us. Their presence eased any worry or stress regarding the day to day events.” – Janie
The best part of what I get to do for families that travel with Motherland Travel is to take the pressure off. I have spent my life traveling, and for the last 16 years, with my adopted children. I’ve learned so much about the destinations we send families to, my kiddos (their fears, needs and, desires), adoptive families (their fears, needs and, desires), and most of all, how to help families use adventure activities to connect more deeply and build self-esteem. When an adopted child leaves their birth country with a sense of pride in their heritage my work has been done.
“Originally, I hadn’t considered using a “travel agency” for our trip because I was used to doing all my family travel plans using tools on the web. I am so grateful that we discovered Motherland Travel because we had only one opportunity to make a first impression of Guatemala on my son. Bambi thought of so many things that I would have missed. Our ultimate goal of the trip was to have Jack feel proud of his heritage. We knew that we had succeeded when on the last day of the trip as we were roasting cocoa beans at the chocolate factory, my son introduced himself to a stranger by saying “Hi, my name is Jack and I am from Guatemala.” – Bill
It’s been a journey of learning and discovery and my greatest gift is when I am able to use the knowledge I have gained to help families create life-changing experiences in their child’s birth country.
When you are ready to explore with your family, please schedule a 30-minute Discovery Session with me at www.calendly.com/bambi. I’d LOVE to help you design the trip of a lifetime for your family!
My best to each of you,
PS – Thank you for traveling with us! I love my job – and it’s because of you!
Bambi Wineland is the mother of two internationally adopted children, a traveler, a Certified Professional Coach, and the Founder and CEO of Motherland Travel. Motherland Travel began by designing Heritage Journeys for families with internationally adopted children. The emphasis of those Heritage Journeys has always been on deepening family connections, building self-esteem and cultivating pride in a family’s multi-cultural heritage. Motherland Travel also uses the philosophies of transformative Travel for designing family trips with purpose – building rich connections, with each other and the world! Read more about her here >> http://motherlandtravel.com/