As an event planner with offices in New York and Los Angeles and the mother of two, Jenifour Jones knows what it’s like to travel with kids — and to not travel with them.
“My biggest challenge is flight attendants,” says Jones, who flies frequently with her sons Wesley, 2, and Grant, 1. Some crewmembers don’t know which restrooms have changing tables. Others aren’t familiar with the rules on child seats. Many “lack empathy” for a mom traveling with two young children, she says.
Genevieve is a confessed liar.
She owns a 9-year-old lab terrier named Kali, and can’t stand being away from her.
In order to fly with her, she fabricated a few facts about the dog.
Budget airlines have a reputation for pushing for the lowest pilot pay and the most arduous working conditions to keep a cap on costs.
Of course consumers want cheap airfare, and sometimes they do get what they pay for. For example, flights that used to have three qualified pilots — a captain, first officer, and flight engineer — went down to two.
First, let’s be honest: All travel writers and bloggers want readers.
That’s why we write.
And lately, it seems like there’s an increasing number of stories about what not to do and see in various cities.
Family travel, as rewarding as it can be, is seldom easy. And with increasing airline fees for anything they can charge for, it’s also become much more expensive, especially for cost-conscious travelers who don’t fly enough to have airline status.
It’s not just needing to bring your own food, and pay for your bags. Now families have to pay just to be guaranteed to be seated together.
Think travel is a challenge? Try doing it with a special-needs child.
Jess Wilson knows what that’s like. Her autistic 11-year-old daughter is prone to anxiety attacks when her family is on the road. So Wilson, a disability advocate who lives in Boston, tries to smooth the way with careful planning.
But you can’t anticipate everything. Wilson recalls an unexpected delay on a recent theme-park vacation, which left her family idling at the entrance of Florida’s Magic Kingdom for about an hour.
“For an autistic child like mine,” she says, “it was torture.”
Red-eye flights are hard enough. But when you’re heading to a hotel after the marathon trip, all you probably want to do is drop your bags and sleep, even if just for a few minutes. Will your room will be available?
This week, I’ve got clients flying to Australia, from Washington. That’s 23 hours of travel time. They’ll be arriving at 8:30 a.m. And, of course, they want to check-in when they arrive.