If you hate to plan, your last family vacation probably was filled with chaos. I know a thing or two about that.
Here’s a memorable scene: It’s New Year’s Day. I’ve just boarded a flight from Phoenix to Denver with three kids. Everyone’s a little nervous because we have no place to stay in Colorado and nothing to do while we’re there. I’ve just downloaded the Airbnb app on my phone and am frantically searching for places with the help of a travel agent, who is so frustrated with me that she’s about to quit.
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Flying somewhere with your family? Before you board that plane, before you pack your bags, before you even book your ticket, you’ll want to read this.
A solo plane trip can be stressful. But add kids or grandparents to the mix, and it’s enough to make you throw yourself out that emergency exit door at cruising altitude. In a recent Yahoo Travel survey, one in five parents surveyed found traveling with their own children “difficult.” Roughly 10 percent of adult respondents even wished they could sit apart from their own kids.
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The silly photos. The touristy behavior. And the chaos — oh, the chaos! If I had to pick just three of the most embarrassing things families do while they travel, those would be the ones. Read more “This is the most embarrassing thing families do on vacation”
The subject almost never comes up anymore. But when it does, there’s a long pause in the conversation. Yes, I’m on the road with three kids for more than 350 days a year — a single parent traveling with three teenagers.
Why don’t we talk about it anymore? Because everything looks so, well, normal. There’s a guy checking into a hotel, there are three kids, and there must be a wife or girlfriend just around the corner.
But there isn’t.
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There’s a lost art to doing a road stop. And that’s a shame since road trips are a time-honored American tradition. Shouldn’t road stops get a little respect too?
But they are not. People don’t plan their road stops like they should, they show little or no discrimination about where they pull over, and it ends up being all about the destination, not the journey. It doesn’t have to be that way. Read more “How to make a road stop with your family like a pro”