The most obvious statement of the century is that having kids changes everything. Yes, everything. That doesn’t mean everything changes for the worse, but it all changes. Naturally, this includes, but is not limited to the world of travel. I remember when my daughter was about four weeks old. We had already been to hell and back with her due to a NICU stay, a life flight, and many straight… Read the Rest.
While I am always happy to share my own traveling stories with my family, there are tons of other great traveling families out there with kids of different ages, different numbers of kids, and different experiences than me. As part of my “Little C’s Traveling Friends” series, I am sharing different family’s stories so we can all learn from their experiences. If you would like to be a part of… Read the Rest.
In February we had one day in Atlanta as part of a larger trip. I had been to Atlanta a few times before (including as a teenager for the 1996 Olympics), but had never been as a parent. We decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta downtown partly due to a good rate and partly because it was walking distance to the attractions we planned to visit while in… Read the Rest.
One of my daughter’s first flights when she was still very young was on Southwest. We were heading to Disney World to meet up with family, and I was able to use some free flights I had earned from work to get us there on Southwest. I don’t fly them as much anymore since I don’t have the same job that earned me Southwest credits (now points), and I no… Read the Rest.
I often get asked if car seats or other types of child restraint systems are required when you fly with your young child. On US airlines the simple answer is no (assuming the infant is either being held or can sit upright unassisted), but the real answer of what is required and/or permitted isn’t quite that simple. In fact, it actually is a bit complicated as many different airlines from… Read the Rest.
I am on the last night of a trip with my daughter. Simply due to the where trips fell on the calendar, the first quarter of 2013 was heavily loaded with family travel for my crew. I think this is already the fourth pretty big trip my daughter has been on with me since the year started. She’s seriously an old travel pro by now, but even still, travel is… Read the Rest.
Most ski schools I am familiar with start accepting kiddos at three years old. However, can a three year old really learn to ski? I mean they can’t even effectively wipe their own bottoms, so can they really strap on skis and head down the mountain? I wasn’t really sure of the answer when I started my own three-year-old in ski school a couple months ago when we went to… Read the Rest.
The Much Beloved 4AM Wake-up Call Today my tiny traveler, my parents, and myself headed West for a Spring Break trip to the mountains. Yes, even preschools get spring break. Flights the week of Texas Spring Break were quite expensive, so to keep the cost down as much as we could, we took the early flight out of Houston. Of course, booking a 7 something AM departure is always easier… Read the Rest.
A question posted on Milepoint the other day got me thinking – the basic premise was, “What do you do if you are sitting near a young child (not your own) who is acting up on a plane?” The original poster had experienced a flight in business class from Sydney to Singapore where the following happened: …..we sat in the middle two seats right behind a mom, dad, and 3.5… Read the Rest.
Most parents know that the best thing you can do for your children when they are going into a new environment is to prepare them for it ahead of time, and support them while they are experiencing it. This is true when starting a new school, starting a new gymnastics class, going to the doctor, having their first “play date”, and going through airport security. In fact, the whole process… Read the Rest.