We have a few friends getting ready to embark on family holidays. With the H1N1 being in the news every time you turn it on, it is hard not to think about how that will or will not affect your family vacation.
Back in May 2009 when the Swine Flu was all everyone was talking about, my family was getting ready for our first trip to Disneyland. This was during the time when people were on planes coming out of Mexico with masks on, quarantines, etc.
My parents (the kid’s Granny and Grandpa) were nervous about us flying from Calgary to California under these circumstances. I felt confident that an organization like Disney would have measures in place to deal with such an outbreak. Just in case, we talked to the kids before we left about the fact that they might see some people in the airport wearing masks and what that was all about.
In the end, our flight was pretty uneventful. We two people at LAX wearing masks and the kids didn’t really seem to bothered by it.
When we arrived at the Disneyland Park I was sure we would see some upgraded measures. Wrong. There were no signs up, no hand sanitizing stations, nobody wearing masks, etc. I was surprised, but reassured for some reason. Disneyland felt so safe and secure that I didn’t really think about the Swine Flu at all while we were there. That may have been a false sense of security, but we had a wonderful time and none of us fell ill.
One of my friends was insistent on getting the H1N1 vaccine for her boys before they left for Hawaii. My other friend has decided not to vaccinate her 5-year-old and is headed down to California next week. Hopefully, they all enjoy a safe and fabulous family vacation!
I have fallen in love with Podcasts. Bite size information, delivered to my desktop or IPOD everyday. I listen to them in the car, when I’m working out, everywhere.
If you are planning a family trip and want to hear from other parents about their experiences I would highly recommend checking out some podcasts. You can get them off ITUNES (for free) or visit sites like www.quickandditrtytips.com.
I came across a podcast by the Mighty Mommy called, “Flying the Child-Friendly Skies”. I also liked her podcast called “Are we there yet?” about family vacations.
Have a look (listen) to a whole range of topics on your IPOD or on your computer. http://mightymommy.quickanddirtytips.com/EpisodeList.aspx
6 months ago I was pretty low-tech. But on our last family vacation I embraced technology.
We landed in Kahului, HI at 10:30pm and picked up our rental car (installing the kid’s car seats in the dark). As we left the parking lot we fired up the TOMTOM gps system, I checked email on my BLACKBERRY, we put the new Tinkerbell DVD into the kid’s personal DVD player and made our way to the house we were staying at.
Once at the house, my Laptop helped us decide which beaches were family friendly and we drove there listening to the kid’s favorite songs on the IPOD.
Aside from the fact that this new travel gear of ours comes with a lot of different cords, my laptop is just one more step at Airport Security and the kids ears are just a little too small for the IPOD earbuds- this equipment keeps everyone happy while we are away from home.
One of my favorite sayings has always been, “Life is a journey, not a destination”. And although I want the kids to soak in all the new things on our ‘journeys’, I enjoy the journey much more when everyone is happy. Thank you DISNEY, SONY, BLAKCBERRY, DELL, TOMTOM & MAC for a fabulous family vacation!
There are some really cool products on the market for travelling with kids and I see a lot of them.
On our last flight to Maui we chose to use the gogo Kidz Travelmates so we could wheel the twins right up to the gate in their favorite (and safest) car seats, the BRITAX Roundabouts. There is about a 30 minute walk in the Vancouver airport from the domestic arrivals to the International departures and the gogo Kidz allowed us to get there super fast. The kids just leaned back and enjoyed the ride!
For the holiday season we will be renting out a selection of gogo Kidz Travelmates for your holiday travels ($35/trip).
You might also be interested in the CARES harness (on sale right now for $55.95 at (www.amazon.com ). As with everything, make sure you check out the customer reviews before deciding which travel accessory is right for you. This one has been getting mixed reviews and can only be used on certain airlines.
The Sit n Stroll car seat/strollercombination from by Lily Gold is also another option to get you to the gate and on your way. A much bigger investment at around $250, you can pick one of these up online (www.strollerdepot.com).