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Not So Taxing Travels…

April 15th, 2010 by Stacey Lovett

Since it is April 15th, aka Tax Day, I thought it only fitting to talk about taxes.  I’m not really the one that is responsible for the taxes in our home.  OK OK…I’m totally not the one who is responsible for the taxes in our home.  In fact, I don’t even think I know how to do the taxes.  However, I do know how to travel.  And traveling with kids has the possibility of being taxing.  How’s that for a tie in?  I’m smooth like butter.  Am I right or am I right?  All right, all right, all right…I’ll get on with it. 

I love to travel.  I think it is safe to say that my husband loves to travel as long as it doesn’t center around huge crowds and crazy lines.  And I am happy to say that we are raising two little girls who love to travel.  Granted they are not up to Jolie-Pitt Clan standards, but we’ve made our mark in a quite a few places.  It helps that both our families live out of state (Maine and Montana) and in order to see Grammy KK or Nana and Papa we have to hop a train, plane, or automobile.   As a family we have conquered New England, Chicago, parts of the Pacific Coast, Hawaii,  the I-90 corridor that stretches through Washington, Idaho, Montana, and beyond.  We have had blown-out diapers at 30,000 feet,  gone comando at O’Hare,  experienced crying jags that have lasted for miles and miles, and had more roadside potty stops than I care to remember.  But we have also had some wonderfully exciting, totally memorable times.   Through all this we have learned, as parents, a very important travel lesson….ANYTHING GOES!!  That would mean unlimited snacks, bribery, and hours of DVD movies.  ANYTHING GOES goes a long way in saving our sanity.  “What?  You want to watch Barbie and the Christmas Carol for the fifth time?  Be my guest!”  “What?  You want to eat 18 pounds of red licorice and then later puke it up in the Hawaiian bushes?  Knock yourself out!”  “What?  You want a brand new Leapster game just because we are packing the carry on?  Whatever your little heart desires sweetums!”  If it keeps ‘em quite and entertained, then it is cool with me.

Mind you, we do not use this philosophy in our every day life,  but we do when it comes to travel.  As a result, we are all happier for it.  Mama’s happy, Daddy’s happy, little one’s are happy, and fellow passengers are happy.  Happy, happy, happy.  We also never have to say, “We are never traveling again.  That was a nightmare!”  We have trained them well…or have they trained us?  ANYTHING GOES!!!

All packed up and ready for adventure…

What is your favorite “traveling with kids” trick?  I would love to add a few new ones to our arsenal!

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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6 Responses to “Not So Taxing Travels…”

  1. jennyingram Says:

    I like the food option. Less talking.

    I kidding. I’m not kidding.

  2. michellewhite Says:

    Yes!Snacks galore. On our last plane trip, I bought mini hole punches in different shapes. They were so great. It took up time to punch holes in paper, and then my little one played with the little shapes. She counted them and sorted them and made up a little story. Very good time sucker!
    I always surprise them with a few cheap things or things I have sewn. That helps keep them in a good mood:)

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    I pack in my checked bag (hidden away) new stuff to save for the return flights/trip. That way when bored with the “new” stuff they played with on the departure, I have something different for the return.
    Also, I am not beyond going to a fast food restaurant for the unique kid’s toy they offer that is different from home while traveling.

    Best thing ever was an power converter that works in all countries for the portable DVD along with the airplane power cord.

  4. Stacey Lovett Says:

    Airplane power cord? What is this you speak of Elizabeth? Because lately our dvd battery has been “crapping” out on us…2 hours into a 6 hour flight. Save me!!!

  5. Wendy Says:

    i like the surprises idea and the snack idea, so we go for “surprise snacks” — which is getting harder the more she investigates every bag and even repacks stuff ahead of time!

  6. Prairie Says:

    When I traveled as a youngen, my Gramma and Mama would pack tape recorders so that we could record ourselves talking, singing, and playing talk show host with everyone in the car. We still have some of those tapes and they are hilarious to listen to now. So, the trick here being finding a tape recorder!! What’s that??

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