EER020.1: Single-Dad, Gay Family Travel

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EER 020: Talon Windwalker and single-dad, gay family travelSubscribe #Epic Famiry Travel on iTuneStitcherButton300x110Talon Windwalker is a pretty amazing guy. After years of caring for the sick and the dying as a chaplain and hospice care worker, he adopted his son — the “cute, blonde ball of nervous energy” known online as Tigger — and set forth into the world, traveling the globe since 2011.

Single-Dad, Gay Family Travel

Tigger was prescribed numerous medications while in the conventional school setting, but once he and Talon broke free and began to live and learn on their own terms, the need for such medicines subsided.

Now the proud father of a worldly teenager, Talon and I discuss travel habits, what’s in his backpack, how he earns a living and the role of money and family. Talon also speaks frankly about what it’s like being both a single parent and a gay man in places where the idea of gay family travel clashes with local laws and customs. This interview was a long one, so I have split it into two podcasts. Second part is here.

EPIC INTRO

About:

  • Names: Talon Windwalker and his son (aka Tigger), now 14 years old. Talon is a single father who adopted Tigger in 2008. Talon tells the story here.
  • Hold passports from: USA
  • Type of travel: Indefinite, since 2011
  • A few places they’ve been: Honduras, Madagascar, Romania and many more (32 countries and 6 continents so far).
  • Despite traveling to countries where homosexuality is not widely accepted, (Malaysia, Morocco, etc), Talon is proof that gay family travel is possible worldwide (with exceptions such as Russia, of course, which we discuss briefly).

FIND THEM ON: 1Dad1Kid | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest |  Youtube

EPIC ORIGINS

  • A medical mission to the Philippines was a turning point in his views of travel, community, family time and materialism.
  • Chance meetings with the GotPassport family and Nancy Sathre-Vogel of Family on Bikes cemented the idea.
  • Moving to Mexico and “having to adjust to doing less.”
  • (details in the podcast)

EPIC RULES & ROUTINES

  • No electronics during dinner time.
  • Always have a safety plan in place when in crowds or  when taking public transportation — and review it often (details in the podcast).
  • With young ones, take a quick picture of your kid(s) with your phone so you have a current photo to show people if you are separated.

EPIC ECONOMICS

  • Medical transcription
  • Freelance writing/photography work
  • Worked as a SCUBA trainer in Honduras
  • Also income from the blog

EPIC ESSENTIALS

EPIC INSIGHT

  • Talon & Tigger are worldschoolers.
  • Tigger has special needs related to anxiety & sensory processing, which diminished once out of the traditional school environment. He once took multiple medications in school. Now he needs none of them (more details in the podcast).

EPIC RESOURCES

EPIC ADVICE

EPIC DESTINATIONS

For Talon:

  • Morocco
  • Vietnam

For both of them:

  • Malaysia
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Budapest
  • Romania (“Amazing produce and the fastest wifi speed in Europe”)

Single-dad, Gay Family Travel #EER020 -1 Windwalker

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