Wandering Moms started with a single mom asking a stranger for a couch to sleep on.
Tanai Benard-Turner was living in the UAE with her three children and was visiting Atlanta, GA for an annual event held by a travel group she was part of. She posted in the group asking if anyone had a couch she could sleep on while she was in the city.
Libryia Jones responded “I’ve got way more than a couch, I have a whole room you can sleep in”.
Before Tanai came to Atlanta, she asked Libryia if she thought it would be fun to host an informational brunch in Atlanta that weekend for moms who were interested in traveling with their children. Libryia was all in!
They created a digital flier to post on social media to spread the word about the brunch and named it Wandering Moms. Six people showed up to the brunch!
Afterwards, Libryia was trying to find an efficient way to share the photos with the people who attended. She decided to post a Facebook group called Wandering Moms, add the six attendees and post the photos there.
Since then, the Wandering Moms Community has grown to over 20,000 members, Tanai and Libryia have hosted over 100 moms, husband, children, and family friends on trips to DC, Houston, LA, The Grand Canyon, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, and France and both Founders have spoken at multiple Travel Festivals and Conferences about traveling with children.
A single mom of a teenager, soccer mom, a wanna be home chef, and an IT Project Manager, Libryia stays pretty busy even when she’s not traveling.
When her daughter was born, she was in grad school, sharing a twin bed with her newborn, living on food stamps and WIC checks. When her daughter was around a year old, she saved up for her first international trip to Jamaica, without her kid! Since then, she’s visited 38 more countries, 14 of those with her daughter.
In 2016, she took her daughter along with a group of people around the world for an entire year!
Libryia now lives in Atlanta-metro working as an IT Project Manager. She is passionate about making travel more accessible to families and convincing moms to take time out for themselves.
An educator turned full-time entrepreneur, basketball mom, gymnastics mom, twin mom, mother of seven children (yes, you read that right), Tanai still finds time to inspire moms to travel the world.
In 2013, Tanai moved her then three children to Abu Dhabi to build her “American dream” outside of America. While abroad, her children were able to learn Arabic, excelled in school and sports, had a live-in nanny, and traveled the world.
Since returning to the US in 2016, she has continued to maintain the goal of granting her children a new passport stamp every 100 days.
In 2019, Tanai got married and grew her family from four to nine people to love and in 2020, she made the decision to quit teaching and pursue her dreams full time!
You can follow the adventures of Tanai and her family at their website TanaiBenard.com Tanai has been featured on the Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, Mater Mea and Washington Post.
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