Our motto came from a very simple idea. We love to travel with our family and we are lucky to have family that accepts us and loves us for who we are. Yes, I mean family in the traditional sense but also our gay family.
When Stacey and I met 20 years ago I was just coming out to my family and he had been out for almost 10 years. Stacey has always had a great relationship with his family and I was amazed and encouraged by his example. Although, it took a few months for my family to adjust to my new relationship they’ve grew to love and accept Stacey as part of their own (of course, if you ever met Stacey you would understand why). Over the years we would do the traditional family events, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc… One year at his family’s house and the next year at mine.
On our very first cruise in 2004 it was the first time our mother’s met in person. In fact, not only, was it the first time but we put them in the same stateroom. We still laugh about it. Risky? Yes, but it ended up being a great time and our mothers just grew to love each other very much and now travel together often.
When Ryan approached us to start a new and different kind of travel agency – travelmobs – he came to us with his very clear vision…Gays and Lesbians traveling with their straight family and friends. It was so clear to us and we quickly realized that there was really nowhere else to go for group travel that wasn’t all gay or all straight. We had traveled for so many years, because of his leadership, with our family and friends that we assumed that that part of our community was well taken care of. Sadly, we were wrong. Although, many tour guides and cruise lines are very welcoming to our kind of group no one markets to them and so there are many people in our community that don’t know about the benefits and availability for group travel, hence the agency name “travelmobs”.
All of our cruises have been with a group and the groups have been made up of people from all different walks of life. Gay, straight, married, single. The common thread, though, has been just normal people who love to travel. Where friends become family and family become travelmobs.