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What's one of the funniest experiences (good or bad) you’ve had traveling with kids?
In the summer of 2009, we visited Edisto Beach, South Carolina. While playing in the surf, some people near us started yelling, "Shark! Shark! Get outta the water!!" I thought they were playing a joke on us, but who really takes a chance with that? We hustled it out of the water and the people explained that they had seen TWO fins sticking out of the water, which is a hallmark of a shark since their tail fin is vertical (unlike dolphins who have a flat tail fin). Needless to say, we stayed up on the beach and played in the sand. A while later, our shark came back and actually jumped out of the water a few times....it was actually a pair of dolphins swimming close together. Best shark encounter ever!
If you could share one piece of travel advice with other moms, what would it be?
When you travel with kids, it's important to keep your expectations realistic. We mostly travel by car and the kids do a lot better when we keep to no more than 6 or 7 hours of driving time each day and find *something* to do in each city we stop at. Sometimes that's just visiting a really cool playground, sometimes it's making the time to stop in the visitor's center at a National Park. When we really focus on the trip rather than just the destination, the kids tolerate the drive so much better.
Of course, it doesn't hurt have a few surprises up your sleeve. A new DVD to watch in the car, a fun snack they weren't expecting or a small toy to reward them with!
If you could take your kids anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to load up the kids in an RV and visit the entire lower-48. Whenever we fly, I feel like we're missing attractions along the way. There are so many new things we could see out there if we had the time to drive from place to place!
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