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What's one of the funniest experiences (good or bad) you’ve had traveling with kids?
We've had many a mishap, but one of the funniest (in hindsight) was when our son Calvin, who gets notoriously car sick, threw up in our van just miles before arriving at our destination. The smell was terrible (even after trying to clean it up roadside) but we figured we were lucky to we didn't have to put up with it for long...until we pulled into our four-star hotel and realized the only parking option was valet. We were mortified to hand over the keys, knowing what awaited the poor man!
If you could share one piece of travel advice with other moms, what would it be?
It's hard to narrow it down to one piece of travel advice, but generally speaking, I'd have to say my advice is to GO. Don't wait for the kids to be 'old enough', don't wait to have the extra cash (within reason, of course), and don't wait for school holidays to coincide perfectly with work schedules and sports practices. Just pack up and leave and enjoy the family time whenever and wherever you can get it!
If you could take your kids anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have a different answer to this each week, it seems, but as of right now, I'd have to say Australia and New Zealand. I'd love for them to experience the incredible natural wonders this part of the world hosts, and would be able to visit dear friends as well. I love the adventurous, outdoor-loving spirit fostered 'down under', and we've just got to see the Great Barrier Reef!
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What's a great tip for traveling with kids during the holidays?
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Young children often become disoriented during travel; add to that the excitement of the holidays, and they might not know if they're coming or going! To help our kids remember how many days are left until Christmas (and to give them something to do while in the car or plane), we bring the concept of the advent calendar on the road. We wrap a small, inexpensive gift (such as a book or travel game) each day, and label it with the number of days left until the holiday. They love the count down, AND the fun of having something new to entertain them in unfamiliar homes, hotels, and restaurants.