Teens

Does Back to School spell an end to travel?

Does Back to School spell an end to travel? No, but…

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Four years ago (how can it be so long?), I wrote an ode to the trouble of travelling with school-aged kids. In reality, it’s less ‘trouble’ than simply challenging, at times, and it’s never stood in the way of us taking the kids out of school for family trips. Only once has a teacher written back in reply to an absence notice, unhappily so, berating us for our youngest missing a week of middle school before spring break. My diplomatic reply indicated…

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Travelling with kids is good for you, and even better for them. Travel early and often!

Some thoughts about travelling with kids

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Ever since our first family trip with our five-month old son, I have, for the most part, enjoyed travelling with our children. ‘Well I should hope so’, you’re thinking, ‘you have a travelling with kids blog, don’t you?’  That’s certainly true. I may not have enjoyed the tiredness & jet lag (affecting one and not the other), the sick days, early nights, or the occasional tantrums (surprisingly, there weren’t that many, or I’ve purged them from my memory) from time to time,…

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These Wizarding World of Harry Potter tips for super fans will help muggles get the most out of this Universal Studios Orlando theme park. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Tips for Super Fans

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As excited – and sad – as I am about the last movie in the Harry Potter series, as a fan I’m comforted by the fact that I can live the magical experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Two fabulous travelling mom friends, Sharon B. & Tracy L., have recently visited WWHP. Despite my mad jealousy that they’ve been there and I haven’t, we just had to get their Wizarding World of Harry Potter tips for super…

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Travelling with school-aged kids can be a challenge. Do you take your kids out of school for holidays? (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The Trouble with Travelling with School-aged Kids

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Recently, I’ve been looking back fondly at the freedom of baby and early-childhood days. From a vacation planning perspective, that is. Those were the best of times when planning a holiday and travelling with kids. No school schedules to worry about, organized competitive sports obligations, or critical peer network commitments to maintain. We could (and did) travel in cheaper off-season times, and at the leisure of our (somewhat) flexible adult work obligations. As our children advance through school, and became more…

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The only way to travel by air is with carry on luggage that fits under the seat or in the overhead bin.

Travel with Carry-on Luggage: the Only Way to Fly

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When I was a child, my brother and I were each responsible for our own suitcase, a brown, vinyl ten-pound (empty!) monster with no wheels for carrying comfort. Suitcases today are a marvel of engineering. Lightweight – under 5 lbs – with high-tech rolling wheels and in many cool designs to fit every style and budget. It’s got to be lightweight, and able to roll down a cobble-stone street without losing a single wheel! Why Carry-on Luggage The inconveniences, delays…

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