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What's one of the funniest experiences (good or bad) you’ve had traveling with kids?

As we were beginning our 18 hour, 3 leg journey from Burlington to Maui with our 4 and 1 year old, my husband chooses the breakfast of champions -- a jelly donut. Sitting on my lap, my one year daughter is cuddled up with her blankie (a.k.a. "toe-toe") and bottle ready for take off and a long nap when she spies the donut. She must, must have a bite. Well wouldn't you know it, she gets the center bite. The one with the ooey-gooey, jelly dripping out of it and right on to her blankie. Now we have 17 and 1/2 hours to go with no "toe-toe". Not the best beginning to a trip we've ever had. Looking back now we laugh, but not so much at the time.

If you could share one piece of travel advice with other moms, what would it be?

Be ready for anything, but be open to anything. Travel is about the experience. If you want it to be just like home then you should stay home.

If you could take your kids anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to spend 3-6 months traveling through Europe with a loose plan. I want to show my children that travel can be spontaneous and although we have plans to stay one place, something might peak our interest and take us in a new direction and that would be alright. My husband's family comes from Ireland and although we have been, the children never have. I'd like to start there and end in Eastern Europe where my family is from.

What's a great tip for traveling with kids during the holidays?

Dana Freeman

Set your child's expectations before you leave home. Kids like routine --Turkey every year at Grandma's house or waking up Christmas morning in their own bed. As much fun as traveling can be, it can also be stressful for your children. Prep them a few weeks in advance for the differences that this holiday season may bring and make sure to bring a few special things from home. A jar of grandma's cranberry sauce or their own pillow may make them feel a bit more comfortable where ever you are you.
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