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This frequently flying family had so many stories and tips to share, that their interview had to be broken up into two parts. In the first part they shared information about some of the domestic and international trips they have taken, their experience flying in First and Business class with their children, and discussed how airline elite status plays into their travel equation. In this post this awesome family will share some tips that helped make travel easier when their kids were younger, as well as what helps now. They will also share some more about trips they have enjoyed in the past, and ones they are looking forward to in the future.
Your kids are now passed the infant and toddler stages, but do you remember some tips and tricks that you learned while they were younger that helped make travel with young kiddos as easy as possible?
My wife and I tell new parents that it is super-easy traveling with young babies, because they don’t move on a plane and can be easily placated with a bottle or toy – at least that was our experience. Maybe we got lucky, twice! (Mommy Points editorial note – yes, they got very lucky, twice! That was not at all my experience with my young baby.) The challenge is that there is an inverse relationship between age of the child and the amount of gear one needs to schlep along. When they were babies, we needed to bring the stroller (which was gate-checked, but still had to go through security), we had to bring the diaper bag, and we had to bring the big car seat. It is definitely ideally a two-person operation. That is why I have to sing the praises of my wife again for traveling with our son by herself to and from France when he was young and I was studying in Paris.
During that transition phase when our children were starting to crawl and walk was the most challenging travel period with them, because they were no longer satisfied being confined in their car seat on board the plane. When we traveled internationally with our son to the UK, we were fortunate to be seated in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class, so space was not an issue. We frankly had more problems flying domestically, because after flying in a lie-flat seat, he thought that all seats were supposed to do that, so he stood up in his economy seat and tried to push his seat all the way flat. It was actually really funny!
What are some things that help make travel successful now that they are a bit older?
Do you have a favorite family vacation you have taken so far?
Thank you so much to this family for taking the time to share their tips and experiences. Happy travels!