“The more you experience in life, the more you have to offer others”-Sara Blakley
I’m a Flight Attendant and my husband is a commercial airline Pilot and we have traveled to more than 60 different countries. Travel is so important to us for so many reasons. I love to get out of my comfort zone and exploring different cultures.
We have found that the people we meet when traveling are just like us. They are hard workers who are loving and providing for their families just as we are back at home. We have made life long friends while traveling in Croatia, Sweden, England and India.
I recently launched my business, Passport 4 Change after I asked my 5 year old niece Abby where she would go if she could go anywhere in the world. Abby thought for a minute and said, “Target!”
Wanting to make her world bigger, I went home and gathered the foreign coins from our travels. I packaged them and added a note with a fun fact about each country. I embroidered a tooth fairy pillow and designed my own colorful world map.
I gave it all to my sister and my niece called a few weeks later and said, “Aunt Tiffany! My first tooth just fell out and the tooth fairy was just in England having tea with the Queen and she left me British Pounds.”
Abby has since received coins from Madagascar, Australia, Fiji and Iceland. She is learning about math, geography, and time zones as well as about different cultures and traditions.
After seeing how much my niece loved seeing all the places the Tooth Fairy travels, I figured other families could benefit from the traveling tooth fairy too. So I launched my business, Passport 4 Change.
The Traveling Tooth Fairy
These kits included 20 foreign coins, a laminated world map, a passport book and an optional personalized tooth fairy pillow.
The kits have been an instant hit! During the ice skating portion of the 2017 Olympics, I received a message from a customer saying their child wanted to watch China and Italy because that is where the tooth fairy had been. Another Mom posted on social media that her son lost a tooth and put his tooth in his pillow for the tooth fairy and she fell asleep and forgot to exchange his tooth for the foreign coin. Her son woke up and said, “That’s okay! The tooth fairy must be traveling.”
Passport 4 Change is a fun way to spark a conversation about why people may look or speak differently. Traveling helps build compassion for others and you start to feel the world is your home. While we may not all be able to travel all over the world, we can definitely do things in our everyday life that helps us learn about different cultures.
Growing up, I was taught that people are all equal and the same. Through my travels I have learned that although, part of that is true; we are actually very different which is wonderful because we have a lot to learn from one another. Why not come together and celebrate our differences.
I am donating a portion of each sale from my traveling tooth fairy kits to study abroad programs. True education comes from traveling.
“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story” –Mr. Rogers favorite quote
To purchase a kit or read my travel/photo blog visit my website www.passport4change.com