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As long as people have been flying, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether carry-on or checked bags are the better option. So, if you’re one of those people still on the fence, here are some things to consider in the process of your trip. Many times when we fly, instead of checking a bag, each of us will pack a carry-on along with our personal item. When each person has their own bag, it’s much easier to keep things separate and find what you need.
I was thinking about potential blog posts one day, and since this is a family travel blog, I decided to consult with an expert - our 7 year old son, Cole. I asked him if he had any ideas on what I should write about. His response was, “you should tell kids about why flying isn’t scary.” So, here we are. I conducted this interview with him one evening as he was getting ready for bed so you can see a kid’s perspective of flying and travel. He has flown to several different states now, and is a fantastic traveler. He’s very independent and a total rule-follower, so that makes the process easier for us as parents, too.
There is a lot to consider when choosing where to go and where to stay when you’re planning a trip. You want to make sure you don’t overlook anything so you don’t have any regrets when you get there, but there are so many details!
It is totally worth bringing home souvenirs from your family vacation, as long as you choose the right things. For some reason, when we mention “souvenirs” from a trip, most of us envision cheap knick-knacks that will sit on a shelf and collect dust. There are oddly painted snowglobes and shot glasses galore in most souvenir shops in any tourist town. You know the ones - they have cheap t-shirts and sweatshirts lining the doorways for those unexpected temperature swings, and dusty shelves lined with junk. Sometimes, we feel like we should bring something home, so we just grab something for the sake of having a thing from our destination.
Traveling with kids in a car takes a little advanced planning, but it is possible to take a family road trip and everyone arrive happy! First, start with a clean, organized car. I know, you might be saying, “It’s just going to get trashed on the trip, so why even bother?” That’s like saying that you’re getting back in bed tonight, so why bother making it this morning? If nothing else goes right, you at least started the trip in a clean, peaceful space.
Summer is the perfect time to go on your family beach vacation. We live in the desert, literally, so being able to travel and experience time at the beach is a must for us! After a while, the brown landscape and lack of life, in general, is draining… I always find the ocean to be so soothing, and rejuvenating, don’t you? So, later this week, we’re packing up and heading to Florida for one last getaway before school starts.
Have you managed to squeeze in a summer vacation yet this year? I can’t believe it, but the new school year starts in just three weeks here! Where on earth did the summer go?? Remember when you were a kid, and the summer seemed to last forever? Those were the days… Everyone tells you that when you get older, time just seems to go by faster and faster, but we really don’t believe it. Our seven year old even said that he can’t believe how fast the last school year went.
What’s the big deal with a travel lap tray? Let me tell you, as the voice of experience, that we could not travel without one. We live waaaay out, where Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico meet. Our city has a population of about 700,000, but you have to drive at least four hours to get to any other large city. So, needless to say, we have made a few long road trips in our time here
Recently, I've been inspired to be more green and eco-conscious, in large part due to my son and his school's efforts. Every year they have a huge Earth Day event, and the kids learn a lot about saving our planet, passing it on to the parents. He even reminds me to pour out my water in the plants if I can, and to always bring my green bags! So, in day-to-day life, I've been trying to find was to be less wasteful and earth-friendly. But, when you're traveling, making these efforts becomes more of a challenge.
As I get older (more of a grownup perhaps) and as our parents age, I'm starting to notice more differences between generations. Our parents' parents grew up through the Depression, and were grateful for what they had. The Baby Boomers seemed to grow up through times of more abundance, and "keeping up with the Joneses" became more popular. Folks in that generation seem to be collectors of sorts, where I've seen a growing trend in my generation of actually getting rid of the things we don't need, and spending our excess funds on travel or experiences.