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Did you say the Galapagos? Yes, I'm game! Or Cambodia. Also Latvia. Maybe Malaysia. Panama? Okay, I'll go anywhere. With kids.

Get Me OUT of Here!

Anyone with kids is well acquainted with the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days that accompany life as a parent.

It’s not that there aren’t nasty days when you don’t have kids, it’s just that when the nasty days show up post-kid you have to factor them in to your reactions.   This single fact is probably why those of us with a few mosquitos in tow don’t take off to recharge when those hideous days rear their inevitable heads.

How on Earth can you take off for a trip to recharge with THIS going on?
How on Earth can you take off for a trip to recharge with THIS going on?

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We’re Going to Cape Town! Now What?

Oh YES, you do want to visit here!

Oh YES, you do want to visit here!

No, you don’t have to make your kids watch Zulu, although it’s a good movie that stands up to the test of time and gives a real feel of a part of South Africa’s history.

Travel is always a lot more interesting when you are ready with what you want to see and the history behind it, and if you’re planning a trip to Cape Town any time soon, you might want to look at a few of these things…

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Make it Cheap!

Round trip business class tickets to Europe - with miles - $200.  Cheap travel is awesome.
Round trip business class tickets to Europe – with miles – $200. Cheap travel is awesome.

Last year I visited six European countries and three African countries.  I also visited four American states, one of those for the first time.  It was fun.

It would have also been very, very expensive if I didn’t have a few tricks up my sleeve for just such occasions.

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London – Preparations

We traveled to London, England with two children under the age of ten and a preteen.  It went off marvelously.  There were several hitches, because travel and also because children.  Also, because airline schedule.

London was the first overseas destination for our children – we wanted to start them off easily.  They spoke the language, the food was familiar, and I’ll admit it – Harry Potter.

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On Airlines : British Airways

Disclaimer:  We use British Airways a lot, and we have a rather large point balance with them.

BA flying all majestic-in-the-skies
BA flying all majestic-in-the-skies

Why, you may ask, do we have a large BA point balance instead of using those beautiful little things to purchase more travel?

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Things Discovered While Traveling – The Art Edition

I’d like to think we raise our children with a well-rounded education and exposure to a various assortment of scholarly pursuits amongst their judo and boxing lessons.   I mean, we do like to watch musicals together.  The current favorite is Les Miserables, but I have two teenage girls in the house, so that is rather to be expected.

Where I fall woefully short in educating my children is the world of art.  I’ve always meant to focus more on that, to make sure my children knew the difference between a Picasso and  Jackson Pollock and were able to appreciate that others appreciate the work of Mark Rothko.

I’ve always meant to do this, but somehow I fell short of that goal.  This is where we were saved by travel. Continue reading Things Discovered While Traveling – The Art Edition